Before there was a Camry or a Corolla or any other high-volume product we now associate with Japan’s largest automaker, there was the Land Cruiser. The gutsy off-road icon was often seen in the pages of National Geographic or on the Discovery Channel tackling impossible terrain in unforgiving locales around the world. The Land Cruiser first came to the U.S. in the late 1950s and was one of the first Toyotas sold in the U.S., making it Toyota’s longest-running nameplate here. Renowned worldwide for its toughness and durability, the Land Cruiser started out as sort of a bare-bones Japanese Jeep but more recent versions (especially those now exported to the U.S.) have morphed into all-terrain luxury vehicles with opulence that can rival some Land Rover models.
There is just one well-equipped four-door, eight-passenger 2018 model that retails for $85,610 including destination and delivery. The only optional feature offered is a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Beyond dual-range four-wheel drive, the Land Cruiser’s long list of standard features is comparable to that available in any of Toyota’s Lexus luxury division’s products.