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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser ranks near the top of the luxury large SUV class, thanks to its good predicted reliability rating, long list of standard features, and exceptional off-road ability. That said, it's not as luxurious as many rivals, and it has a sluggish infotainment system.

Pros & Cons

  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Proficient off-roader
  • Generous cargo space
  • Lots of standard features
  • Low fuel economy estimates
  • Touch screen can lag when responding to input
  • Some rivals have more upscale cabins




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.4
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Overview

Is the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the Land Cruiser is a good luxury large SUV. It's a great choice for those who want reliability and ruggedness in equal doses. However, if you want the latest tech or fresh interior styling, this Toyota may disappoint.

The 2018 Land Cruiser has many appealing attributes:

  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Generous helping of standard features, including a suite of driver aids
  • V8 engine delivers swift acceleration and plenty of pep
  • Outstanding off-road capability, rivaling Jeep and Land Rover

It also has a few drawbacks:

  • Low fuel economy estimates for a full-size SUV
  • Interior is less luxurious than most class rivals
  • Infotainment system can be slow to respond
Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Toyota Land Cruiser review. It combines concrete data (like predicted reliability ratings, crash test results, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 55 automotive sources. This Toyota Land Cruiser review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which ran from the 2008 through 2019 model years.

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Is the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser?

Used 2018 models are beginning to appear on dealer lots. Our listings for the Land Cruiser range in price from $63,900 to $79,000, with an average list price of $72,000. Prices vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Cost to Own?

The 2018 Land Cruiser’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $30,560 or $6,112 per year. That’s below average for the luxury large SUV class.

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

Toyota made no major changes to the 2019 Land Cruiser, which starts around $85,000. With a 2018 model, you might be able to save money and get a virtually identical vehicle to a 2019.

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Toyota last redesigned the Land Cruiser for the 2008 model year. However, most shoppers will want to stick with a 2016-or-newer model, which has an updated infotainment system, more standard safety features, revised exterior styling, and an eight-speed automatic transmission instead of the old six-speed. Neither the 2017 nor 2018 model saw any major updates, so you could likely get a virtually identical vehicle and spend less money with a 2016 Land Cruiser.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Land Cruiser?

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

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Recalls

As of this writing, there is one safety recall for the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser:

  • A broken wire may deactivate the air bags

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Toyota Land Cruiser Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Land Cruiser comes in a single well-equipped trim level that has a ton of comfort amenities, tech goodies, and safety features. Every model comes with a 5.7-liter V8 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive.

Standard features include quad-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a moonroof, and Qi-compatible wireless device charging. Several off-road features come standard too, such as an adaptive suspension, crawl control, multi-terrain select, and a limited slip differential.

The standard Entune infotainment system features a 9-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a 14-speaker JBL stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, and HD Radio. You also get quite a few standard safety features, like adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision warning and braking system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.

The only notable option is a rear-seat entertainment system with two 11.6-inch screens.

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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. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all 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 Land Cruiser, which is common for high-end luxury vehicles.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • multi-view camera
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • pedestrian detection
  • lane keep assist
  • lane departure warning
  • automatic high beams
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • adaptive cruise control

Available advanced safety features:

  • none

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser or 2018 Lexus LX?

The 2018 Lexus LX is built on the same platform as the Land Cruiser, and both vehicles have the same powertrain. As such, the LX has similar dimensions, mpg estimates, and overall driving characteristics to the Land Cruiser. The Lexus has a more opulent cabin, but the Toyota has a more straightforward infotainment system and superior off-road abilities. The Land Cruiser has lower ownership costs as well. Unless you want the added elegance of the Lexus, the Toyota is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser or 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is another excellent off-roader. It has a premium cabin and a range of powerful engines with more horsepower than anything this Toyota offers. On the other hand, the Toyota has a larger cargo hold and feels more composed out on the road. It also has better fuel economy estimates and costs less to fuel (the Mercedes-Benz uses premium gasoline, and the Toyota does not). On top of that, the G-Class has some of the highest ownership costs in the class. Unless you really want the G-Class' added luxury, go with the Toyota.  

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2018 Land Cruiser Performance

How Does the 2018 Land Cruiser Drive?

The Land Cruiser's V8 engine moves this bulky SUV with ease. There’s also ample low-end torque, boosting off-the-line acceleration and making towing easier.

While it is a full-size vehicle with some body lean around turns, this Toyota generally feels stable out on the road. The ride is firm, like in many body-on-frame SUVs, but the suspension soaks up road flaws well enough to keep the ride comfortable. Off-roading is where the Land Cruiser shines, and few SUVs rival its prowess. It comes with multi-terrain select, crawl control, a limited-slip differential, an adjustable suspension, and four-wheel drive. 

  • Base engine: 5.7-liter V8 with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Land Cruiser Get Good Gas Mileage?

Large SUVs aren’t known for their fuel economy. Even by those standards though, the Land Cruiser trails the class.

  • 13/18 mpg city/highway
2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Land Cruiser can tow up to 8,100 pounds.

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2018 Land Cruiser Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Land Cruiser Seat?

This Toyota seats eight people in three rows. The first two rows are comfortable, providing plenty of head- and legroom for most adults, and the second-row seats slide and recline. Space in the third row is tighter and best left for kids. The cabin has quality materials with some upscale touches, but many rivals go a step further in this luxury class.

Standard seating features:

  • leather-trimmed upholstery
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel
  • heated second-row seats
  • split-folding and reclining second-row seats and split-folding third-row seats

Available seating features:

  • none
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser?

This vehicle has a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors on each of the outboard rear seats, as well as a single tether anchor for the second-row middle seat.

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Features

The Entune infotainment system has a responsive touch screen with sharp graphics, but it can be slow to respond to touch input. There are also several physical controls for climate, audio, and navigation settings.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto not unavailable in the Land Cruiser. For more information, read What is Apple CarPlay? and What is Android Auto?

  • Standard infotainment features: Entune infotainment system, 9-inch touch screen, a navigation system, 14-speaker JBL stereo, Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: rear-seat DVD entertainment system with dual 11.6-inch screens
  • Additional standard features: push-button start, proximity keyless entry, quad-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, and Qi-compatible wireless device charging

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Dimensions

Toyota Land Cruiser Cargo Space

This vehicle has 16.1 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 43 cubic feet of space behind the second row, and a total of 81.7 cubic feet of space behind the front row seats. The total space is larger than some other luxury large SUVs offer, but the third row doesn’t fold flat into the floor. Instead, the seats fold to the sides, hampering available space. A power liftgate comes standard.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 2 inches
  • Curb weight: 5,815 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 7,385 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Built?

Toyota built the 2018 Land Cruiser in Japan.

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