2011 Toyota Land Cruiser

Performance


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2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.7

The 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser combines legendary off-road abilities with comfortable on-road performance to impress reviewers. Like the rest of SUVs in this segment, it guzzles gas.

  • "In the more maddening wilds of the urban jungle, the 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser behaves like the civilized luxury SUV it's intended to be, soaking up bumps with composure and insulating driver and passengers from the outside world.” -- Edmunds
  • "Requires a platinum fuel card." -- Car and Driver

Acceleration and Power

The Toyota Land Cruiser’s 5.7-liter V8 engine makes 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. It gets an EPA-estimated 13 mpg in the city and 18 on the highway, making it one of the thirstiest vehicles on the market. Even though it’s a dismal figure, fuel economy like this is typical for the class of luxury large SUVs. If you’re looking for a large luxury SUV that’s a little greener, check out the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid. The Escalade Hybrid gets 20/23 mpg city/highway, but adding the hybrid powertrain will increase the Escalade’s price from $63,160 to $73,840 – a jump of more than $10,000. At this extra price, it would take ten years for the gas savings to make up for the higher sticker price, a margin that many feel is not worth it.  

 The Land Cruiser comes with a six-speed automatic transmission that reviewers say is smooth and well-tuned. This big SUV can tow 8,200 pounds, more than most of its class and likely more than enough for nearly all shoppers.

  • "At the heart of this full-size SUV is a 5.7-liter V8 that pumps out 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque and it's been specifically designed to allow the Land Cruiser to either scramble up a craggy peak." -- Edmunds
  • "The powertrain results in strong off-the-line punch and good passing power, helped by the transmission's quick kickdowns and smooth shifts." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

The Land Cruiser wins praise for its steering and on-road manners. However, the praise seems to always come with an asterisk – “some personality,” “fairly tight turning radius,” “good maneuverability for such a large vehicle.” Reviewers agree that the Land Cruiser is by no means car-like, but it does have better-than-average road manners for a large off-road SUV.

  • “When faced with curvy roads, the Land Cruiser remains relatively flat through corners, feeling surprisingly confident for such a large and heavy vehicle -- a lot of credit goes to the KDSS active antiroll bars." -- Edmunds
  • "Body lean is fairly well controlled, though the high seating position amplifies what tipping there is in fast corners. The variable-ratio steering has good feel and ‘quickens’ the farther you get off-center, and that, combined with a fairly tight turning radius, results in good maneuverability for such a large vehicle." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Decent steering and responses, and some personality in the driving experience." -- Car and Driver

Off-Roading

The Land Cruiser has stayed true to its off-road roots through its sixtieth year of production. Toyota has given its internationally-acclaimed off-roader its Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, which adapts to rough terrain, and Crawl Control, cruise control for rock crawling. Reviewers gush over the Land Cruiser’s off-road muscle, which is aided by 8.9inches of ground clearance and Hill-Start Assist, which keeps the car from rolling during the time it takes to switch to the accelerator from the brake.

  • "When exploring the untamed wilds, the Land Cruiser's crawl control takes much of the worry out of the hands (or feet) of the driver. Uphill or down, simply dial in the desired speed (as low as 1 mph), keep your feet off the gas and brake pedals, and steer in the desired direction." -- Edmunds
  • "We’re prepared to sum it up by saying we will follow you wherever you choose to go in your SUV as long as we drive the Cruiser. When you get stuck, we’ll be there to pull you out. It’s the real deal in a world of 4x4s styled to look rugged." -- Four Wheeler

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