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7.5

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Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.1
Safety:
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2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser lands in the middle of our luxury large SUV rankings. It boasts stellar off-road capability, an ample list of features, and a comfortable ride, but its cramped cargo hold and poor fuel economy hold it back.

Pros & Cons

  • Off-road prowess
  • Comfortable ride
  • Generous standard features list
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Cumbersome third-row impedes cargo space

Is the Toyota Land Cruiser a Good SUV?

The Land Cruiser is a good choice in the luxury large SUV class. It’s composed both on and off the road, and it has a generous list of standard features. This Toyota also has a good predicted reliability rating. However, it has poor fuel economy, and its third row hampers overall cargo space because it folds to the side. Many of its rivals are a little more opulent inside as well.

Should I Buy the Toyota Land Cruiser?

The Land Cruiser is worth your consideration, but keep in mind that this is an expensive vehicle. The Mercedes-Benz GLS is a more well-rounded option that has a lower starting price, a more refined cabin, and composed handling. Although it costs a little more than the Land Cruiser, the Lexus LX is a great alternative if you're looking for a capable off-roader with a ritzy cabin.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Land Cruiser?

Toyota last redesigned the Land Cruiser for the 2008 model year. Most shoppers will want to stick with a 2016-or-newer Land Cruiser. For 2016, Toyota updated the infotainment system, introduced an eight-speed automatic transmission, refreshed the exterior styling, and added some standard safety features. The Land Cruiser has seen few major changes since then so models from 2016 through 2019 are nearly identical.

If a used model interests you, check out our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Land Cruiser. For more information about savings and discounts on used vehicles, check out our Used Car Deals page.

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We Did the Research for You: 58 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 58 Toyota Land Cruiser reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, performance specs, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Toyota Land Cruiser generation, which runs from 2008 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Toyota Land Cruiser Cost?

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser starts at $85,165, which is about average for the class. There’s only one trim, and it has nearly every feature that this luxury large SUV offers. That means that this Toyota's price won't get too much higher than its base MSRP.

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Toyota Land Cruiser Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Land Cruiser or Lexus LX?

The Lexus LX is a more upscale version of the Land Cruiser. Both models have a powerful V8 engine, great off-road capabilities, and plenty of standard features. However, the LX's interior is more refined and upscale. At the end of the day, the Land Cruiser’s superior composure around turns and easier-to-use infotainment system is what makes it a better choice than the Lexus LX.

Which Is Better: Toyota Land Cruiser or Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class?

If off-roading capability isn't a big concern for you, the Mercedes-Benz GLS is a better pick. Not only does this luxury large SUV come with more engine options than the Land Cruiser, but it also features one of the most refined cabins in the class. Additionally, the GLS provides comfier seating for adults in the third row, additional cargo space, and better fuel economy estimates than the Land Cruiser. The Toyota comes with more features, but the Mercedes has a significantly lower base price – so you won't break the bank with the GLS if you decide to add on a few extras.

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Land Cruiser Interior

How Many People Does the Land Cruiser Seat?

There's seating for up to eight people in the Land Cruiser. The first two rows feature spacious, comfortable seats, and second-row occupants can make things roomier by sliding and reclining their seats. The third row is best left for smaller passengers, however.

Land Cruiser and Car Seats

The second row of the Land Cruiser has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the outboard seats, along with a tether-only anchor on the middle seat.

Land Cruiser Interior Quality

The Land Cruiser features mostly quality materials throughout its cabin, but a majority of its competitors look and feel more upscale. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated second-row seats, and a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard.

Land Cruiser Cargo Space

There is 16.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 43 cubic feet of space with the third row folded down, and 81.7 cubic feet of space with both the second and third rows folded. The third-row seats limit cargo space by folding to the side, but there is still a decent amount of space for the class. All models come standard with a power liftgate.

Land Cruiser Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Most of the Land Cruiser technology features come standard, including a 9-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a 14-speaker JBL premium audio system, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, the Entune app suite, a USB port, Bluetooth, and wireless phone charging. You can add a rear-seat dual-screen DVD entertainment system for an upcharge. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are unavailable.

While the infotainment system is user friendly, some reviewers claim that its graphics aren't as nice as more updated infotainment systems from its competitors. 

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Land Cruiser Performance

Land Cruiser Engine: One Potent V8 

There is only one engine available in the Land Cruiser, and it's a good one. The 381-horsepower V8 engine has plenty of power and accelerates quickly up to high speeds. All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that upshifts quickly, which helps save fuel. Four-wheel drive is standard.

Land Cruiser Gas Mileage: Gas Guzzler

Expect frequent fill-ups with the Land Cruiser. It delivers 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway, which are low estimates for the class. On the plus side, it takes regular gasoline instead of premium.

Land Cruiser Ride and Handling: Stable for the Journey  

Due to its large size, the Land Cruiser has some body roll around sharp turns. The suspension system is firm and stable, which provides solid handling and a comfortable ride.

Land Cruiser Off-Road Performance

The Land Cruiser is one of the best off-roaders in the class. Reviewers praise its ability to maintain a plush ride on the pavement, and that level of comfort doesn’t waiver on unpaved roads. This Toyota also comes standard with a limited-slip differential, low-speed crawl control, and a terrain selection mode to handle nearly anything mother nature or the trails throw at you.

Land Cruiser Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Land Cruiser can tow up to 8,100 pounds, which is slightly above average for the class.

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Land Cruiser Reliability

Is the Toyota Land Cruiser Reliable?

The 2019 Land Cruiser has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Toyota Land Cruiser Warranty

Toyota covers the 2019 Land Cruise with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Most other luxury large SUVs have four-year/50,000-mile basic warranties.

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Land Cruiser Safety

Land Cruiser Crash Test Results

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2019 Land Cruiser.

Land Cruiser Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features include front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a multi-view parking camera. The Land Cruiser also comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense, which includes lane departure warning, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

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Land Cruiser Dimensions and Weight

This Toyota measures roughly 16.2 feet long. It has a curb weight of 5,815 pounds and a gross vehicle weight rating of 7,385 pounds.

Where Is the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Built?

Toyota builds the Land Cruiser in Japan.

Which Toyota Land Cruiser Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser (MSRP: $85,165) only comes in one trim, but it has practically every feature that this SUV offers, including an extensive host of safety technology. A rear-seat entertainment system is available, and it comes with two 11.6-inch display screens, two wireless headphones, an HDMI input, and a remote.

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The Final Call

With excellent off-road capability, a compliant ride, and lots of features, the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is a strong competitor in the luxury large SUV class. However, it has below-average gas mileage and a third row that hinders cargo space. While its cabin is nice, it doesn’t feel as classy as those in some rivals. Its infotainment system works fine, but the system's graphics feel a bit outdated. You’ll have to balance the pros with the cons to decide if this is the right SUV for you, but for many folks, it’s a solid choice.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • Overall, we think a lot of shoppers will be happier with one of the Land Cruiser's similarly priced rivals, such as Land Rover's Range Rover or Discovery or Lincoln's Navigator. But if adventurously cruising this fine land with an abundance of luxury and creature comforts is your main priority, the 2019 Land Cruiser won't disappoint." -- Edmunds
  • Of course, nobody buys a Land Cruiser because it has a touchscreen and can cool your pants through its leather seats. There are plenty of choices that can do that while offering a more sumptuous and compliant ride. No, the special sauce here is the Range Rover-level capability that comes with it-highlights include full-time 4WD, crawl control, locking limited-slip center differential, the suspension's ability to disconnect the anti-roll bars, and the Multi-Terrain Select system." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)
  • "While many luxury SUVs are morphing into soft-riding behemoths with sharply raked rooflines and limited off-road ability, the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV remains true to its 60-year-old roots. The Land Cruiser's body-on-frame construction, powerful V8 engine and … tow rating make it one of the more capable full-size SUVs, and its single, well-equipped model formula helps it undercut comparably equipped luxury models like the Mercedes-Benz GLS and Land Rover Range Rover." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 11, 2019

Poor Sales: The Toyota Land Cruiser was the slowest selling luxury large SUV in 2018, and continues to hold that position this year. The Land Cruiser’s cousin, the Lexus LX, is outselling it by about 40 percent.

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