What’s New – The Land Cruiser is all-new from the ground up, with enhanced off-road technology, better on-road capability and all the luxury touches its buyers expect.
What We Think – The Toyota Land Cruiser is the company’s flagship, with high technology enhancing its already formidable off-road reputation without diminishing its around-town ride. We wish it got better fuel economy, and we wish it were less expensive...and we also wish there was one in our garage.
Toyota Land Cruiser – 2008 Review: The 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser is easy to love, but tough to justify. The list of loves is long: It’s a supremely capable off road machine; it’s comfortable and quiet inside; it’s loaded with features; it offers up lots of power and a very smooth ride. It can even tow a good-sized boat. What’s not to like?
How about a price tag well north of $70,000? Or fuel economy of only 12.8 mpg? How about that it’s smaller than Toyota’s Sequoia, yet costs $20,000 more when similarly equipped? Or that its cargo carrying capacity is diminished by an antiquated seat-folding philosophy?
The parallel existence of the Land Cruiser and the bigger Sequoia is a bit of a conundrum, especially when the latter is so much less expensive (and larger) than the former. In fairness, the Land Cruiser’s off-road technology, superior fit and finish and interior materials, and overall refinement mostly justifies the price premium over the Sequoia. Part of the appeal of the Land Cruiser is its heritage; as one of the oldest models in the Toyota lineup, and one with an enviable off-road reputation, the Land Cruiser has a loyal following, one that loves the vehicle’s smooth ride and trail-bashing ability and have enough money lying around to make the high price a non-issue. It’s also the most luxurious Toyota-branded vehicle you can buy, and its reputation carries a great deal of prestige among the horsie set, particularly for those who like to haul their own horsies. For those upper crust, horse-breeding, vinophile fans, this is far and away the best Land Cruiser ever, and we imagine that they’ll be immensely satisfied with it.