2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

Although the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser hasn't been redesigned in years, it's still a great vehicle. In fact, it finishes near the top of our luxury large SUV rankings because it's an exceptional off-roader with a comfortable interior.




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.9
Safety: N/A
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Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-roader
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Comfortable cabin
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Occasionally unresponsive touch screen

Is the Toyota Land Cruiser a Good SUV?

The Toyota Land Cruiser is a fine choice in the luxury large SUV class. Buyers looking for a capable off-road SUV will be more than pleased with the Land Cruiser. Despite its size, it has solid handling and a potent engine. This Toyota also has a good amount of cargo space and more standard features than many class rivals. That said, while the Land Cruiser has a nice interior, some competitors are more luxurious. Its size and performance also contribute to very poor gas mileage.

Should I Buy the Toyota Land Cruiser?

The Land Cruiser is a worthwhile contender that rates highly for predicted reliability, but it isn't the best option in this class. There are more comfortable, more upscale, and more affordable choices, like the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS and the Lincoln Navigator.

If you like the Land Cruiser, you may also want to take a look at the Lexus LX. Both SUVs are built on the same platform. While the Toyota is more capable, the LX is more luxurious. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is another great off-road SUV with a luxe interior, but its starting price is much higher than that of the Land Cruiser.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Land Cruiser?

The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser is part of a generation that began with the 2008 model year. There have been no major changes to the Land Cruiser since the 2016 model year. This means you can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used 2016 or 2017 model, while still finding the same performance, tech, and safety features as in 2018 models. You can save more by considering even older models, but there are a few key updates to note. The 2015-and-earlier models have different interior and exterior styling, fewer standard safety features, and a clunkier touch screen. They also lack the eight-speed transmission of the 2016-and-newer models.

If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings on used vehicles.

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How Much Does the Toyota Land Cruiser Cost?

The Land Cruiser has a base price of $84,315. That’s a little high compared to most other luxury large SUVs. Some rivals, like the Lincoln Navigator and Infiniti QX80, have starting prices under $75,000.

However, the Lexus LX starts at around $85,000, and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class starts at well over $100,000, so the Land Cruiser isn’t outrageously priced relative to some other competitors. Because this Toyota only has one trim and few notable options, the price never gets too high above that base number, whereas many fully loaded competitors can cost around or over $100,000.

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Toyota Land Cruiser Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Land Cruiser or Lexus LX?

The Lexus LX and the Land Cruiser are very similar, which isn’t surprising considering they are built on the same platform. Each only offers one trim, and the models have similar cargo capacities and generous features lists. The Lexus' main priority is providing a comfy, luxe cabin – so if you're searching for opulence, you'll find more of it in the Lexus. The Land Cruiser still has a nice interior, but this Toyota focuses more on performance – specifically off-road performance. Both are fine, reliable options in this class, but the Land Cruiser’s much simpler infotainment system makes it a better pick.

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

While the Land Cruiser has a V8 engine, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class offers several engines with more power. The true strong suit of the G-Class, however, is its more luxurious cabin. Still, the Land Cruiser has more cargo space, can seat three extra people, and offers additional tech features in its cabin. Both the Toyota and Mercedes are extremely capable off-roaders, but the Mercedes has uninspiring on-road handling, and its gas mileage estimates are worse than the Toyota's already poor ratings. Because the G-Class uses premium gas (in comparison to the Land Cruiser’s regular gas), filling its tank will cost you about $1,000 more each year. Considering that the G-Class already has the highest starting price in the class ($123,600) and a lower predicted reliability rating, the Land Cruiser is a much better value.

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Land Cruiser Interior

How Many People Does the Land Cruiser Seat?

This Toyota seats eight people. The supportive front seats afford good outward visibility to drivers. The second row provides enough space for adults, but the third row feels somewhat cramped. The sliding second-row seats create more legroom for passengers when necessary.

Land Cruiser and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the Land Cruiser. The tether anchors are easy to find and identify, and the lower anchors aren’t set too deep in the seat cushion, which is a common problem in many vehicles.

Land Cruiser Interior Quality

People don’t generally think luxury when they hear Toyota, and the Land Cruiser won't change many minds. While it generally holds up well against other luxury large SUVs, the materials quality is still a step behind rivals’.

Land Cruiser Cargo Space

The Land Cruiser’s cargo hold is compromised because the third row seats fold to the side instead of folding flat like in rivals. However, it still has a good amount of space.

With the rear seats up, you have more than 16 cubic feet of room – enough space for a large dog or a few pieces of carry-on luggage. Fold the second and third rows, and you have nearly 82 cubic feet of space, which is enough room for large outdoor gear like camping equipment or bicycles.

Land Cruiser Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Land Cruiser’s standard features include a 14-speaker JBL premium audio system, navigation, a 9-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Siri Eyes Free, the Entune app suite, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, wireless phone charging, proximity key entry, push-button start, and a moonroof. A rear-seat dual-screen DVD entertainment system is available.

There are some smartphone connectivity options in this Toyota, but unlike many rivals, it doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The Entune infotainment system is easy to use, but the touch screen responds slowly to inputs at times.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Land Cruiser Performance

Land Cruiser Engine: Not Short on Power

You only have one engine option in this vehicle – a 381-horsepower V8. It has plenty of power, and it moves the Land Cruiser’s bulk surprisingly well. There’s plenty of low-end torque, which helps with acceleration and towing.

Land Cruiser Gas Mileage: MPG You Won’t Envy

This Toyota gets 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway, which are some of the lowest ratings in the class. The Mercedes-Benz GLS, Lincoln Navigator, and Land Rover Range Rover all get better mileage, and they’re not the only ones.

Land Cruiser Ride and Handling: Solid and Steady

The Land Cruiser has plenty of road grip thanks to its standard four-wheel drive. Its size means there’s noticeable body roll around corners, but handling is reasonably good. The ride is firm but not uncomfortable.

Land Cruiser Off-Road Performance

If you want a luxury large SUV that isn’t afraid to get dirty, the Land Cruiser might be tailor-made for you. It’s one of the most capable off-road SUVs this side of Jeep and Land Rover, and it comes with a number of features that help you tackle any terrain. These include a limited-slip differential, low-speed crawl control, and a multi-terrain select mode that allows you to adjust the suspension and traction control for different terrain types.

Land Cruiser Towing Capacity

The Land Cruiser can tow up to 8,100 pounds when properly equipped. That’s a higher capacity than some class rivals deliver.

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Land Cruiser Reliability

Is the Toyota Land Cruiser Reliable?

The 2018 Land Cruiser has a great predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Toyota Land Cruiser Warranty

The Toyota Land Cruiser comes with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Many other luxury large SUVs are backed by four-year/50,000-mile warranties.

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Land Cruiser Safety

Land Cruiser Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tested the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser.

Land Cruiser Safety Features

Standard active safety features include a multi-view camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Some of these features are part of Toyota Safety Sense.

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Which Toyota Land Cruiser Model Is Right for Me?

Do you get overwhelmed when lots of options are staring you in the face? Then good news! The Land Cruiser is easy to pick out because there’s only one trim and almost every feature comes standard. This big Toyota SUV has a starting price of $84,315, and the only notable option is the rear-seat entertainment system. It costs $2,220, plays DVDs, and has two 11.6-inch display screens, two wireless headphone sets, a remote, and an HDMI input.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser finishes near the top of our luxury large SUV rankings. It comes with plenty of features, and it’s one of the most capable SUVs on and off the road. The Land Cruiser isn’t perfect, though, and you might find that other vehicles in the class more closely meet your comfort and pricing needs. Still, this Toyota is definitely worth a look.

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

  • "Though it lacks some newer safety assists and infotainment features such as Apple CarPlay, many Land Cruiser owners still feel their SUV plays in the same league as more expensive luxury brands such as Land Rover and Cadillac. With its potent V8 engine, rugged body-on-frame construction and 8,100-pound tow rating, the 2018 Land Cruiser is the perfect vehicle for families whose outdoor adventures extend beyond a campground parking lot." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser continues the tradition, combining strong performance, excellent manners on- and off-road, and high levels of comfort. Of course, this generation of the Land Cruiser dates back about a decade, and its age is showing. In particular, this sport-utility vehicle lacks some of the more modern features that are now expected of any vehicle that costs more than $80,000. … It seems likely, though, that we'll soon see an all-new Land Cruiser. Thankfully, the strengths of the 2017 Land Cruiser outweigh its weaknesses by a healthy margin, earning it a solid Edmunds 'A' rating." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Is there a place for a V8-motivated, leather-lined, trail-busting SUV in this day and age? How about one costing nearly $80,000? For a handful of discerning customers each year, the answer is yes. It's empowering to know your vehicle could handle virtually any terrain in the world, and the Land Cruiser has the added appeal of being quiet, comfortable and surprisingly swift on the pavement. Throw in standard 3-row seating and tastefully restrained styling, and it's easy to see why the modern Land Cruiser is as impressive in its own way as those legendary Land Cruisers of yore." -- Autotrader (2016)
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