Toyota LAND CRUISER 2021 – Review, Specs, Photos

Production of the outgoing Toyota Land Cruiser kicked off in 2007, which makes the J200 one of the oldest SUVs in the market. It was revised several times, though, but a major revamp is just around the corner, according to our site. The Japanese publication reports that the new generation Land Cruiser, which will be reborn as the 300 series, will be unveiled in August, and will transition to the latest body-on-frame version of the firm’s Toyota New Global Architecture known as TNGA-CV.Full review and all information about the car – 2021 Toyota LAND CRUISER.


New Toyota LAND CRUISER 2021

You know about Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday. Well, the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser pretty much lives every day as some sort of flashback. This big body-on-frame SUV is a throwback to 2008, which is the last time Toyota gave it a full redesign. Is rocking an SUV design that’s more than 10 years old a good idea? It depends on what you want. Capable of towing over 8,000 pounds and equipped with off-road hardware such as a locking center differential, the Land Cruiser is serious about being an SUV. Many of its competitors, especially in the luxury-three-row-SUV segment, are crossovers. They use car-based platforms that increase fuel economy and ride comfort, but they also limit towing capacity and off-road capability. The Land Cruiser makes no such compromises — and because it’s so purposeful, the Land Cruiser is excellent at its stated purpose. It goes further off the beaten path than pretty much anything in its class. On the downside, the Land Cruiser’s old-school design results in serious drawbacks when it comes to on-road performance. Braking, steering and handling all suffer as a result of the Land Cruiser’s size. And even though it’s a relatively large vehicle, rear cargo space is lacking compared to the competition. What’s more, the Land Cruiser’s third row is rather small. Toyota now offers a two-row version of the Land Cruiser called the Heritage Edition, with some upgraded wheels and added exterior trim, but it’s more expensive than the already-pricey base version. In the end, we’d only recommend the Land Cruiser to buyers who want all the off-road capability it has to offer. Otherwise, it’s a luxury SUV that’s not as luxurious as lower-priced rivals, nor is it as modern or well-equipped. Check out vehicles such as the Audi Q7, the Land Rover Discovery or even the new Lincoln Aviator before you drive off the lot in a 2021 Land Cruiser.Toyota LAND CRUISER 2021 – photos colors and price in this article!


Interior

As far as the Land Cruiser’s cabin is concerned, it’s all about the execution, and there’s an impressive attention to detail at play. While the cabin isn’t as visually opulent as that of rivals such as the Mercedes GLS-class, it’s home to top-rate materials. Build quality is excellent, and knobs and switches move with a weightiness that conveys quality. The front row provides comfortable accommodations and commanding sightlines. There’s lots of room in the second row, but the third row is best suited for kids. With the standard eight-person seating setup, the Land Cruiser provides 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 41 cubic feet behind the second. There’s more cargo space in competing models like the Lincoln Navigator, which provides about 20 cubic feet of room for your belongings behind its third row.Toyota LAND CRUISER 2021 – see the photo in the gallery on our website.


Exterior

For a tank, the Land Cruiser has a lot of curves and chrome. The enormous chrome grille is flanked by LED headlights that don’t keep it from looking like the Land Cruiser of 30 years ago. Because it was designed as an off-roader, it has a high stance and short overhangs. The running boards make it easier to reach the cabin. The Toyota Land Cruiser was originally designed to be a super off-road SUV, but somehow it caught on as a family vehicle, and here it is today: a family vehicle with super off-road capabilities. For 2021 Toyota recognizes that heritage with a new model, the Heritage Edition, which eliminates the third row, drops the running boards and refrigerator in the center console, and adds BBS wheels and a roof basket.


Colors

Images of the upcoming Toyota Land Cruiser facelift have surfaced online, ahead of its official launch later this year. A fleet of updated Land Cruiser SUVs were spotted at a port in Japan, along with the few existing models, possibly being shipped to some export markets. In fact, the upcoming Toyota Land Cruiser facelift is said to be the last of the current generation model and is expected to come with the Final Edition tag. The SUV is likely to go on sale in the global market towards the end of this year as a 2021 model.


Fuel economy

This Toyota’s mammoth dimensions take a toll on its fuel economy. According to the EPA, the 2021 Land Cruiser achieves gas mileage of just 13/17 mpg city/highway. You’ll do better with rivals such as the Lincoln Navigator (up to 16/22 mpg) and Mercedes-Benz GLS-class (19/23 mpg). In our time with the Land Cruiser, we observed 17 mpg on our highway fuel-economy test route.


Horsepower

All 2021 Land Cruisers use a potent 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case. Its arsenal of 4WD parts includes a multi-mode traction control system, crawl control that allows the truck to lope along at a walking pace, and a trick system that reduces the turning radius in tight spots. None of that equipment does the Land Cruiser any favors around town, where it’s a lumbering beast. The ride is surprisingly (or not) soft. The cabin is as spacious as might be expected, although not as luxurious as the price tag suggests.


Technical specifications

The 5.7-liter V-8 makes 381 hp and a whomping 401 lb-ft of torque, enough to pull the 5,800-pound Land Cruiser with little effort. The acceleration is strong. The 8-speed automatic transmission is generally well behaved. The truck-like solid rear axle and separate ladder frame aren’t comfortable on winding roads, allowing the Land Cruiser to porpoise around. And the limited feedback provided by the light steering doesn’t help the handling. The trick suspension uses huge anti-roll bars that push down on the wheels in hard cornering, and this helps alleviate the situation somewhat. The system is tuned to allow for off-road articulation at slow speeds. The Land Cruiser feels better out on the open highway. And even better off-road, where it was born to be. Its off-road traction control modes, and a system that grabs the inside brake to reduce the turning radius at ultra-low speeds, makes it far more agile off-road than it should be for its weight.


Price

Base: $86,640; Heritage Edition: $88,970; The base-model Land Cruiser has more than enough bells and whistles to keep you coddled and entertained, and we think it will be an agreeable choice for most shoppers who are interested in this Toyota SUV. Exterior features such as LED headlights, a power sunroof, LED fog lights and rain-sensing windshield wipers are standard. Within the cabin, all models are equipped with four-zone automatic climate control, perforated leather upholstery, and power-adjustable heated and cooled front seats. The Land Cruiser comes standard with convenience features such as keyless entry and ignition, as well as driver-assistance features such as adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection.


Safety

Toyota’s Land Cruiser hasn’t been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Key safety features include: Standard adaptive cruise control; Standard forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking; Standard lane-departure warning system; Standard blind-spot monitoring.


Motors

All 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs are powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This setup generates 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. Full-time four-wheel drive is standard. With a ride quality that’s smooth and well-planted, the Land Cruiser delivers comfortable driving dynamics. Its steering feel is light, however, and there’s a fair amount of body roll. Rival SUVs in this price range offer handling that’s more rewarding. In spite of its beefy exterior, the Land Cruiser is relatively quick off the line. In our tests, it sprinted from zero to 60 mph in a respectable 6.7 seconds.


Configurations

But who’s going to bust out a ladder to secure gear to the roof-terrace of this two-story SUV? Yakima charges $359 for a Mega Warrior basket exactly like this one on the aftermarket, and we recommend negotiating a line-item veto with your dealer to deduct that amount off the Heritage Edition’s $2,330 price premium. Ditching that rack will save 35 pounds and a ton of needless aero drag, wind noise, and garage damage. For the last two of the Land Cruiser’s nine generations, fancy paint jobs, concert-quality stereos, forged BBS wheels, contrast-stitched leather interior trim, and so forth have done much to conceal the model’s serious mil-spec roots. But like the Jeep Wrangler, Mercedes G-Wagen, and Land Rover Defender, the Land Cruiser was originally designed for battlefield duty. The first-generation BJ models were ordered from Toyota by Uncle Sam to aid in the Korean conflict. For that reason, it’s unfair—or at least incomplete—to judge the Land Cruiser primarily on its size, fuel economy, infotainment system, and its ride quality and dynamic agility on pavement. In all these criteria, the Cruiser suffers in comparison with the current crop of primarily civilian-duty jumbo utes, each of which has been fully renewed (some more than once) since this Land Cruiser’s September 2007 start of production (it’s been mildly updated a few times since then).


Review

My week in the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition started off with an expensive-sounding, expletive-inciting “crunch” noise. I was merely pulling the pristine flagship Toyota into my garage for safe keeping, proceeding at a yacht-mooring pace when the blood-curdling noise came from overhead. “That ridiculous overlanding roof basket!” I correctly surmised. It had not occurred to me that a factory-equipped Toyota wouldn’t fit in my garage. The spec sheet height of 74 inches suggests 10 inches of clearance. The standard luggage rack adds 3 inches to that and the basket another 6-3/4. My open garage door apparently hung down just far enough to snag the basket’s wind deflector. Fortunately, nothing was damaged.


Release date

A new version of the Land Cruiser is coming. But it may take a bit longer than anticipated to reach the streets. Japanese reports from last year suggested that Toyota would be launching the all-new 300 Series Land Cruiser as soon as this July or August. But, according to a new report CarsGuide in Australia, those reports now have the launch date for the new model happening in 2021. (Toyota has not commented publicly on when the new Land Cruiser will launch.) How Toyota plans to reinvent the storied Land Cruiser nameplate has been the subject of plenty of reports and rumors. Toyota’s VP of sales and marketing in Australia Sean Hanley assured everyone the Land Cruiser would still be just as capable, which seems like an attempt to pre-empt any criticism over the Land Cruiser possibly moving from a V8 to a smaller V6 hybrid powerplant. Toyota planning details leaked to Motor1 suggest that the next Land Cruiser will ditch the third row of seats, focus on off-roading prowess over luxury and be significantly cheaper than the current model, which packs a price tag nearing $90,000.


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The Land Cruiser is a great luxury large SUV for some things, but it’s not so great for many other reasons. This four-wheel-drive Toyota is one of the most capable off-road vehicles you can buy, and you can tackle the beaten path in a mostly well-appointed and luxurious interior. With the Land Cruiser’s muscular V8 engine, there’s plenty of power on tap. This Toyota has a comfortable ride on paved roads, but its old-school body-on-frame construction and heavy steering may not be for you. Also, the Land Cruiser isn’t the easiest vehicle to navigate through tight city streets and suburban parking lots. Passenger space in the third row is limited, and though the second-row seats are roomy, they aren’t very comfortable.



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