November 27, 2021

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser’s price is ridiculous, but it does what it was meant to do

The Toyota Landcruiser has always been geared towards offroad endeavors and that has not changed, But Toyota has tried to give the newer generation a little luxurious feel to it. The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser also includes lots of trail features, but if you’re not planning on constant offroad trail rides I would put the 2021 Land Cruiser at the bottom of the list when compared to its rivals due to the ridiculous price and poor fuel economy. 

Price

Land Cruiser starting at          $85,415

Heritage Edition starting at    $87,745

Horsepower and MPG

5.7-Liter DOHC 32-Valve V8 with Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)

381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque.

13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway

8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i)

Max Towing 8,100 pounds

Color Options

Midnight Black Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic

Performance

The Toyota Land Cruiser may have failed in the fuel economy department, but when it comes to testing if it is capable of what it was intended to do it definitely is. Toyota uses a 5.7L V8 which produces 381 Hp and 401 lb-Tq. Toyota utilizes Dual independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligent VVT-i which helps maximize usable power throughout the power range. It feels quick off the line for its size and the 8-speed automatic transmission applies logic depending on driving conditions and will adjust how it should shift accordingly. It feels great and allows for a smooth drive. 

Suspension

A dynamic suspension is a must if you are serious about off-road adventures and the Land Cruiser comes with Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System standard. The Toyota Land Cruiser comes equipped with Independent double-wishbone front suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar; 4-link rear suspension with coil springs, stabilizer bar, and semi-floating axle. This is great when on normal pavement and helps the Land Cruiser corner and prevent rollovers while on pavement. When going offroad the KDSS will soften your suspension and allow for more body roll giving you the best of both worlds.

Crawl Control Is an off-road cruise control with five-speed settings that can be engaged at 2mph and helps tremendously with a consistent throttle and keeps you from accidentally giving less or too much throttle when the terrain can be a little bit rocky and effect your foot pedal input. 

Multi-Terrain Select system modes– Each selectable mode is used to help limit wheel slip before the computer steps in to help maximize traction 

(In order of most slip to least slip)

Mud & Sand 

Loose Rock

Mogul

Rock & Dirt

Rock 

Fuel economy

The Toyota Land Cruiser does a lot of things great, but the fuel efficiency is where the Land Rover fails. It is a massive machine and when compared to its rivals the fuel economy suffers and receives an unimpressive 13 mpg in the city while achieving 17 mpg on the highway. Hopefully in the future Toyota comes up with a more efficient motor to take over the 5.7 Liter v8 because it burns fuel at a consistent rate a pig gobbles up all its food and that is alarming. 

Safety features 

  •  Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  •  Standard adaptive cruise control
  •  Standard blind-spot monitoring

Interior

The Land Cruiser’s interior isn’t as appealing as the Mercedes G class, but it comes with great materials and is very comfortable. The Land Cruiser seats up to eight and comes well equipped with features like a leather-trimmed and heated steering wheel. The front seats come ventilated and heated while the second row isn’t left out and is supplied with heated seats. The second row can fit passengers of any size comfortable, but the third row is only going to satisfy children. The Toyota Land Cruiser is also equipped with a four-zone automatic climate control. This allows both driver and passenger as well as both 2nd-row passengers the ability to control their own temperatures. The leather, buttons, and handles within the Land Cruiser are of great materials and feel like they will last for years to come like the Toyota products of the past, but when comparing to its price rang the interior isn’t up to what is expected. 

Heritage Edition

The Heritage Edition is geared even more to going off-road with removing the running boards that may get in the way while exploring uncharted lands. The lower chrome moldings are removed as well which makes it look more tailored to getting gritty instead of being the car that has offroad abilities but never used. The Heritage Edition also offers Darken chrome accents, 18-inch bronze BBS alloy wheels as well as bronze contrast stitching throughout the cabin. The wheels and darkened chrome accents aren’t the only exterior changes, Heritage owners also get a special badge that pays homage to the Fj40.

infotainment

The infotainment is were the Landrover Really does well. The instrument panel isn’t as futuristic-looking as some high-end SUVs, but Toyota Offers everything that you could possibly want. The Land Rover comes with standard Bluetooth that allows for hands-free phone calls as well as wireless charging. The display is a high-resolution 9-inch touchscreen and comes with a 14-speaker JBL sound system with satellite radio comes standard. If you have children a rear-seat entertainment system is available as an option. This option includes two 11.6 inch displays and two wireless headphones to help keep your passengers occupied.

Warranty

3 yr/ 36,000 mile basic, 

5 yr/ 60,000 mile powertrain

Automotive Test Drives

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