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2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser ranks in the middle of our luxury large SUV class. It has lots of features, a beefy engine, and solid driving dynamics both on- and off-road, but it suffers from poor gas mileage, and its slide-folding third row hinders cargo space.

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular V8 engine
  • Composed handling and comfortable ride
  • Terrific off-road capabilities
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Side-folding third-row seats impede cargo space

7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.6
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is a good used luxury large SUV. It has a strong engine and a smooth, composed ride on paved roads, as well as plenty of trail-ready features that make it an excellent off-roader. It also offers a good array of features and a good predicted reliability rating.

This Toyota isn't perfect, however. The cabin is well-built, but it's not as luxurious as those of classmates, and it lacks popular features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Several rivals also best it when it comes to fuel economy and cargo space. If you want more storage room and a swankier interior, you might want to consider competitors like the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS or the 2019 Lincoln Navigator.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our Toyota Land Cruiser review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 58

 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much is the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser?

Based on listings for the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser, the average list price is $78,358. Prices range from $78,358 to $78,358 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Cost to Own?

The 2019 Land Cruiser’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $37,000, or $7,400 per year. That’s below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser: What's the Difference?

There are no major differences between the 2018 and 2019 Land Cruiser.

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Here are the key changes for the Land Cruiser over the past few years:

  • 2016: gained an eight-speed automatic transmission, an updated infotainment system, and several standard features, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and wireless device charging
  • 2017: no major changes
  • 2018: no major changes
  • 2019: no major changes

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Land Cruiser, 2017 Land Cruiser, and 2018 Land Cruiser reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser?

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five.

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2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Recalls

There have been 3 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP Recall Date: 01/12/2020
  • Summary: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2018-2019 4Runner, Highlander, Camry, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma and Tundra, and Lexus RC 300, RC 350, GS 350, GX 460, IS 300, LC 500, LS 500, LX 570, RX 350, and 2019 Toyota Avalon and Corolla, and Lexus NX 300, ES 350, and GS 200T vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 695541
  • Consequence: If the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: The remedy for this recall is still under development. Toyota issued owners an interim notification on February 17, 2020. A second notice will be mailed once the remedy is available. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371 or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Toyota's numbers for this recall are 20TB02 and 20TA02 for Toyota vehicles and 20LB01 and 20LA01 for Lexus vehicles.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 20TB02/20TA02/20LB01
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V012000
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS Recall Date: 03/26/2019
  • Summary: Gulf States Toyota (GST) is recalling certain 2019 C-HR, 4Runner, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Tacoma, Sienna, Tundra and Yaris vehicles. The text on the load capacity label may become illegible. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 3634
  • Consequence: If the driver cannot read the label, they may unknowingly overload the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: GST will notify owners, and dealers will provide corrected load carrying capacity modification labels, free of charge. The recall began May 24, 2019. Owners may contact GST customer service at 1-800-444-1074. GST's number for this recall is 19R1.
  • Dates of Manufacture: FEB 20, 2019 to FEB 26, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 19R1
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V244000
SEAT BELTS:FRONT Recall Date: 12/12/2018
  • Summary: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2008-2019 Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX 570 vehicles. Over time, the seat belt tension sensor wire harness may break and deactivate the front passenger air bag, knee air bag, and passenger seat-mounted side airbag.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 89740
  • Consequence: In the event of a crash, deactivated air bags can increase the risk of injury .
  • Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will modify the front passenger seat belt assembly or replace it with an improved one, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began February 11, 2019. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371 or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Toyota's numbers for this recall are Lexus Interim J2L and Remedy JLL, Toyota Interim J15 and Remedy J05.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JUN 04, 2007 to DEC 04, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: See attached report.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V887000

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Which Used Toyota Land Cruiser Trim Is Right for Me?

The Land Cruiser comes in one well-equipped trim, and options are few.

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser comes with a 381-horsepower V8 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive. Standard features include leather upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated and leather wrapped steering wheel, a sliding and reclining second row, and quad-zone automatic climate control. Infotainment features include a 9-inch touch-screen infotainment system, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, the Entune app suite, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 14-speaker JBL premium audio system, and wireless device charging.

Advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera system, and automatic high-beam headlights. Off-roaders will enjoy low-speed crawl control with turn assist, a Multi-Terrain Select system, and a locking, limited-slip differential.

This Toyota is available with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with two 11.6-inch screens, two wireless headphones, an HDMI input, and a remote.

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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 2019 Land Cruiser.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking

Available advanced safety features:

  • Nothing notable

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2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser or 2019 Cadillac Escalade?

The 2019 Cadillac Escalade has one of the stronger engines in the luxury large SUV class, putting out about 40 more horsepower than the Land Cruiser’s. The Cadillac also has more total cargo space than the Toyota. While the Land Cruiser has just under 82 cubic feet of cargo space, the standard Escalade has about 95 cubic feet, and the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV has about 120. The Escalade gets better fuel economy as well, though only by about 2 mpg. While some buyers will appreciate the Cadillac’s extra room and power, the Toyota is the better vehicle overall. It offers a softer ride, an easier-to-use infotainment system, and a significantly better predicted reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser or 2019 Lexus LX?

The 2019 Lexus LX and Toyota Land Cruiser are corporate siblings with much in common. Both boast strong V8 engines, off-road prowess, good predicted reliability ratings, and loads of features. The LX has a more upscale cabin, however, with first-rate materials and handsome styling. That said, the Land Cruiser’s smoother, more composed ride and its simpler infotainment system make it the better vehicle for everyday use.

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2019 Land Cruiser Performance

How Does the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Drive?

The 2019 Land Cruiser’s refined V8 engine has plenty of power to move this hefty SUV, and its strong brakes slow the vehicle with authority. The Land Cruiser has fairly composed handling and little body roll for a large SUV. Despite the somewhat firm suspension, its ride is pretty comfortable.

You can also take the Land Cruiser off road. It comes with lots of trail-ready features, including full-time four-wheel drive, low-speed crawl control with turn assist, and a locking, limited-slip differential. The Multi-Terrain Select system allows you to adjust the suspension to tackle various terrain such as rock, mud, and sand. It also comes with a multi-terrain monitor that lets you see beneath the car, helping you navigate obstacles like rocks, bumps, and sticks.

  • Engine: 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8
  • Drivetrain: four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2019 Land Cruiser gets an EPA-estimated 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. Those are poor ratings for the class. On the plus side, it takes regular gas, unlike several competitors that require premium gasoline.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Towing Capacity

The Land Cruiser can tow up to 8,100 pounds when properly equipped.

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2019 Land Cruiser Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Land Cruiser Seat?

The 2019 Land Cruiser seats eight people in three rows. The front seats are comfortable, supportive, and spacious. The sliding and reclining second-row seats provide extra legroom and adjustments for rear passengers. The side-folding third row is cramped, which is true of many three-row SUVs.

The cabin is well-built and features mostly high-quality materials, but it doesn’t meet the luxury standard set by class rivals with posher styling.

Standard seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Sliding and reclining second row

Available seating features:

  • Nothing notable
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser?

The 2019 Land Cruiser has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Features

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is brimming with tech features that come standard. The infotainment system is easy to use, but its graphics look dull and outdated compared with those in rival systems. Additionally, the Land Cruiser doesn’t have popular smartphone integration features like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 9-inch touch-screen infotainment system with navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, the Entune app suite, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 14-speaker JBL premium audio system, and wireless device charging
  • Additional standard features: quad-zone automatic climate control
  • Available infotainment features: second-row dual-screen DVD entertainment system

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2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Dimensions

Toyota Land Cruiser Cargo Space

There is 16.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the Land Cruiser's third row, 43 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 81.7 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. Those totals are a little below average for a luxury large SUV. It’s also worth noting that the third-row seats fold to the side, taking up some of the useable cargo space. A power liftgate is standard.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 3 inches
  • Curb weight: 5,815 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 7,385 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Built?

Toyota built the 2019 Land Cruiser in Japan.

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