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2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

The 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser ranks in the top half of the luxury large SUV class. It offers a muscular V8 engine, a comfortable ride, great off-road capability, and a solid reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular V8 engine
  • Refined on- and off-road handling
  • Robust towing capacity
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Below-average cargo space





Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser is a good option among used luxury large SUVs. The eight-passenger Land Cruiser is comfortable on the road and very capable off of it. It comes standard with lots of tech and safety features, and it boasts an above-average reliability rating. The SUV’s V8 serves up plenty of muscle too, making it a good vehicle for towing. If you’d prefer an SUV with a luxury badge, consider the mechanically similar 2015 Lexus LX.

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We’ve analyzed 46 Toyota Land Cruiser reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost-of-ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser?

Based on listings for the Toyota Land Cruiser on our site, the average price is $51,700. Prices range from $44,900 to $62,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Cost to Own?

The Land Cruiser’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $31,600, or about $6,300 per year. That’s better than average for a luxury large SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Land Cruiser?

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser starts at around $85,000. You can save thousands of dollars with a used 2015 model while still finding comparable performance. However, there are a few worthwhile features that are only available in the models from 2016 and later. These include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, Siri Eyes Free connectivity for iPhones, and a larger 9-inch touch screen. If these upgrades are worth it to you, opt for a newer Land Cruiser.

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There are less-expensive new off-road SUVs worth considering, including the four-door 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the Land Rover Discovery Sport, starting at around $32,000 and $37,000, respectively. One of the better options is another Toyota: the 2019 4Runner. It's a rugged body-on-frame SUV that can match the Land Cruiser’s go-anywhere performance. The 4Runner is available in a seven-seat configuration too, and it starts at just $35,100.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Land Cruiser Is Best?

The 2015 Land Cruiser is part of the vehicle’s J200 generation, which started with the 2008 model year. These SUVs have a solid reputation for reliability, making them all good options. That said, you’ll want to narrow your search to models from 2016 and later, as they have higher-quality interiors, more safety features like blind spot monitoring, a better infotainment system, popular tech features like Siri Eyes Free connectivity, and an eight-speed transmission.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser?

The 2015 Land Cruiser has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Recalls

The 2015 Land Cruiser is affected by three recalls. Toyota is recalling models due to issues with the passenger-side air bags. Certain models equipped with accessory running boards are also under recall because these items may not have been installed properly. Make sure these recalls are addressed by a Toyota dealer before buying a used Land Cruiser.

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Which Used Toyota Land Cruiser Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser has one well-equipped trim level. Standard features include an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a rearview camera, satellite radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, a USB port, keyless entry, push-button start, quad-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a chilled center console, a rear-seat DVD screen, and a moonroof. All Land Cruisers come with rain-sensing windshield wipers, a 360-degree camera system, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, fog lights, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Land Cruisers is equipped with a 381-horsepower V8 engine, a six-speed transmission, and full-time four-wheel drive. Additional off-road gear includes a two-speed transfer case, a limited-slip center differential, skid plates, adjustable sway bars, and five-speed crawl control.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Hyundai and Kia both have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Land Cruiser?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2015 Land Cruiser.

This Toyota comes standard with a rearview camera, parking sensors, a 360-degree camera system (Multi-terrain Monitor), adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with brake assist.

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2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser or 2015 Land Rover Range Rover?

The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover is a remarkable SUV. Like its Toyota rival, the Rover can crawl along rough trails with ease, yet still ride comfortably over everyday roads. It offers a lineup of punchy V6 and V8 engines, and it can tow nearly four tons. The Range Rover even outshines the Land Cruiser when it comes to interior quality. Ultimately, though, the Toyota is the better luxury off-roader. It rates higher for reliability, and its ownership costs are projected to be much lower. Additionally, used models are typically less expensive to buy.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser or 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL and Land Cruiser are both good options in this segment, but for different reasons. The Toyota is the better workhorse, with its higher towing limit, better off-road capability, and better reliability rating. The GL is the better family vehicle, though, as it has a roomier third-row seat, superior cargo space, more safety features, and better fuel economy numbers (up to 19/26 mpg with its available diesel engine). Opt for the SUV that fits your needs.

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2015 Land Cruiser Performance

How Does the 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Drive?

The Toyota Land Cruiser has a 5.7-liter V8 engine with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. This big V8 offers more than enough muscle for everyday driving, and it hustles the Toyota up to speed swiftly. The standard six-speed automatic transmission feels refined as well, and it delivers prompt gear changes that allow the SUV to breeze past slower vehicles.

One of the Land Cruiser’s best traits is its composed handling. The SUV rides comfortably over road bumps and potholes, and it feels fairly stable around turns. Its suspension flexes nicely off road, helping the Land Cruiser to crawl and maneuver across rocks, ruts, sand, and mud. All models have a four-wheel-drive system with high- and low-range gearing, a limited-slip center differential, four skid plates, and crawl control (essentially a low-speed cruise-control system for off-roading).

Does the 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Land Cruiser gets poor fuel economy, even by large SUV standards. It returns just 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Land Cruiser is rated to tow up to 8,200 pounds.

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2015 Land Cruiser Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Land Cruiser Seat?

The Toyota Land Cruiser is a three-row SUV with eight seats. All models have leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats. The front seats are supportive and roomy, and the driving position offers good all-day comfort. The seats in the second row are similarly comfortable and spacious, even for adult passengers. The third-row seats are cramped, awkward to access, and difficult to stow (they fold to the side rather than flat into the floor).

The Land Cruiser’s interior is well-insulated, and it filters out most road and wind noise. Its cabin materials are nice as well, but they're not quite up to luxury SUV standards.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser?

The Land Cruiser has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Features

The Land Cruiser packs a generous amount of standard features. These include an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, a satellite radio, a CD player, a rear-seat DVD player, quad-zone automatic climate control, and a chilled center console.

The air conditioning and audio controls are straightforward, and they can be adjusted quickly with knobs and buttons on the dashboard. The touch-screen infotainment system is user-friendly, but its graphics look a bit outdated.

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2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Dimensions

Toyota Land Cruiser Cargo Space

The Land Cruiser has 16.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row, 43 cubic feet with these seats folded, and 81.7 cubic feet with the second row folded and the third row removed. That’s less space than many rivals offer. Also, removing the third row is no easy task.

2015 Land Cruiser Length and Weight

The Toyota Land Cruiser is 16.2 feet long, and it weighs a hefty 5,765 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Built?

Toyota built the 2015 Land Cruiser in Japan.

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