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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser has great off-road abilities, a solid predicted reliability rating, and plenty of standard and optional features. However, it ranks in the bottom half of our luxury large SUV class. Many rivals have more composed handling, roomier cabins, and more usable cargo space.  

Pros & Cons

  • Phenomenal off-road abilities
  • Muscular V8 engine
  • Extensive list of standard features
  • High price, even for the class
  • Cramped third-row seats
  • Cumbersome handling
  • Poor fuel economy

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Toyota Land Cruiser has a score of 7.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 61 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 6.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Is the Toyota Land Cruiser a Good SUV?

The Land Cruiser is a great luxury large SUV for some things, but it's not so great for many other reasons. This four-wheel-drive Toyota is one of the most capable off-road vehicles you can buy, and you can tackle the beaten path in a mostly well-appointed and luxurious interior.

With the Land Cruiser’s muscular V8 engine, there's plenty of power on tap. This Toyota has a comfortable ride on paved roads, but its old-school body-on-frame construction and heavy steering may not be for you. Also, the Land Cruiser isn’t the easiest vehicle to navigate through tight city streets and suburban parking lots. Passenger space in the third row is limited, and though the second-row seats are roomy, they aren't very comfortable.

Should I Buy the Toyota Land Cruiser?

The Toyota Land Cruiser comes with a roughly-$85,000 starting MSRP. At that price point, it has little overall appeal compared to its more well-rounded rivals from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, and Cadillac. The Land Cruiser has also gone more than a decade without a full redesign, which becomes apparent when looking at this SUV next to one of its competitors. Some shoppers will appreciate this old-school approach to an SUV, but others will find it less appealing than most other luxury vehicles.

If you can shell out enough dough and actually do a decent amount of off-roading, this Toyota should be on your list. Otherwise, you’re better off shopping around. The Land Rover Range Rover has dynamic performance both on- and off-road, and the Lexus LX is related to the Land Cruiser, but it’s a little nicer inside.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Land Cruiser?

The 2020 Land Cruiser is part of the vehicle's J200 generation, which dates back to the 2008 model year. We recommend starting your search with 2016-and-newer models. For 2016, Toyota refreshed the Land Cruiser's exterior styling, replaced the old six-speed automatic transmission with an eight-speed unit, and made several driver assistance features standard. The Land Cruiser was essentially unchanged from the 2016 to 2019 model years.

For 2020, Toyota introduces the Land Cruiser Heritage Edition trim, which celebrates 60 years of the SUV's nameplate. The Heritage Edition has exclusive interior and exterior design elements, distinctive wheels, and a Yakima roof rack. Unlike the regular three-row Land Cruiser, this version has only two rows of seats. Unless you want this limited-run model, consider buying a 2016, 2017, or 2018 model, which will likely save you thousands of dollars compared to buying a new model.

Be sure to read our 2017, 2018, and 2019 Land Cruiser reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 60 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 60 Toyota Land Cruiser reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 Land Cruiser is the right new car for you. This 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which launched for 2008.

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How Much Does the Toyota Land Cruiser Cost?

The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser starts at $85,315, which is on the higher end for a luxury large SUV. There are only two trims and few notable packages and options, so you won't see much variation in price. A new-for-2020 and limited-run Heritage Edition costs $87,645.

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Toyota Land Cruiser Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Land Cruiser or Lexus LX?

The two-row Lexus LX is based on the Land Cruiser, so these two luxury large SUVs have the same excellent off-road performance, but they also have comparably bad fuel economy. There are some differences, however. The Land Cruiser bests the LX’s towing capacity by more than 1,000 pounds, but the Lexus has a slightly better predicted reliability rating than the Toyota.

The LX is also a little more expensive, and while it has a slightly nicer interior, you get less for your money. Features that come standard in the Land Cruiser – such as third-row seating, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel – are options in the LX. However, as the more luxurious SUV, the LX offers features that you can’t get in the Land Cruiser, including a head-up display and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen.

Go with the Toyota if you want the most bang for your buck, since it has more standard features and a higher tow limit. However, the Lexus is worth getting if you want a nicer interior and its exclusive features.   

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

The Land Rover Range Rover and Toyota Land Cruiser hold up equally well on grueling off-road courses, but on paved roads, the Range Rover feels more composed than the Toyota. The Rover also offers a lineup of muscular powertrains – with outputs ranging from 340 to 557 horsepower – including diesel and plug-in-hybrid options.

The Range Rover has a richer interior than the Toyota, and while it’s only available as a two-row version, all seats deliver prime comfort and space, especially in the long-wheelbase version. At the same time, the Land Cruiser has more cargo space and more intuitive features.

The starting price of the Range Rover is several thousand dollars higher than that of the Land Cruiser, and it’s easy to eclipse six figures with more powerful engines and options. In fact, there are Range Rover variants that cost twice as much as a Land Cruiser. That said, if better on-road handling and interior elegance are worth the jump in price, the Range Rover may be a better fit. On the other hand, the Land Cruiser has a much better history of predicted reliability, and it offers more bang for your buck with a lower price and an impressive list of standard features.

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Land Cruiser Interior

How Many People Does the Land Cruiser Seat?

The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser seats eight people across three rows. The new Heritage Edition only has two rows that hold five people total. Nearly all seating amenities come standard – from leather upholstery to heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats.

The front seats offer a commanding view of the road and good visibility all around. You'll have no problem staying comfortable on a long trip, and standard 10-way power-adjustments make it easy to find a comfortable position. The steering wheel is heated and features power tilt-and-telescoping adjustments.

The second-row bench seat slides and reclines to increase legroom and comfort. These seats are mounted a bit low, however, which may leave adult passengers riding with their knees up and wishing for more under-leg support. The middle row seats tumble forward to ease access to the third row, but it can still be tricky for adults to navigate their way back there. To top it all off, the back row is pretty cramped for most passengers.

Land Cruiser and Child Car Seats

The Land Cruiser's second row has a complete set of LATCH connectors for each outboard seat and a tether anchor for the middle seat. Unlike many other three-row SUVs, there are no anchors in the last row.

The lower anchors are easy to access. They're located at the back of the seat cushion under slits that are held together with Velcro. The outboard tether anchors are located on the back of the seats about halfway down, behind plastic flaps. The tether anchor for the middle seat is harder to find; it's at the base on the back of the seat.

Land Cruiser Interior Quality

For a more-than-$85,000 vehicle, the Land Cruiser hits the mark with its interior design. Most surfaces are soft to the touch, and ample leather and wood trimmings further enhance the atmosphere. Still, this trail-ready Toyota doesn't feel as elegant as some similarly priced rivals. It's also gone more than a decade without a full redesign.

Land Cruiser Cargo Space

Cargo space in the Land Cruiser is about average for the luxury large SUV class. There's 16.1 cubic feet behind the third-row seats. You can fold those seats to the side to open up 41.1 cubic feet of space. It's a bit of a process, as you have to reach into the cargo hold and pull a strap before you fold the seats vertically against the sides of the SUV.

With no third row of seats, the Land Cruiser Heritage Edition has 53.5 cubic feet of cargo space. All Land Cruiser models have a maximum cargo capacity of 82.8 cubic feet of space.

The Land Cruiser's power liftgate opens in two pieces. The top half is hinged at the roof, opening like a traditional SUV, while the bottom folds down to open like a truck tailgate.

Land Cruiser Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Land Cruiser features an infotainment system with a 9-inch touch-screen. Though the display is larger than what you'll find in most other Toyota vehicles, most of the technology is the same. This interface is straightforward, but the screen doesn't have the same sharpness and high resolution as other modern systems. And while Toyota is finally starting to phase in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration in most models, the Land Cruiser carries on without them.

The Land Cruiser comes loaded with many other features. Quad-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, a 14-speaker JBL stereo, navigation, satellite radio, and wireless device charging are all standard. There's also a dedicated cooling box in the center console. A rear-seat entertainment system is optional.

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Land Cruiser Performance

Land Cruiser Engine: Large and in Charge

The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser comes standard with a 5.7-liter V8 engine, good for 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. This is the same engine found in other large Toyota vehicles, such as the Tundra pickup truck and Sequoia SUV, as well as the related Lexus LX. An eight-speed automatic transmission rounds out the powertrain.

Despite weighing nearly 6,000 pounds, the Land Cruiser has potent acceleration from a stop and offers smooth power delivery the rest of the way. The transmission occasionally upshifts too quickly, hampering quick acceleration under heavy throttle.

Land Cruiser Gas Mileage: Among the Worst

The 2020 Land Cruiser returns EPA-estimated fuel economy of 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are poor for a luxury large SUV, and they're among the lowest in the industry.

Land Cruiser Ride and Handling: Some Good, Some Bad

The Land Cruiser features a standard Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) that adjusts the stabilizer bars and other suspension components to keep the ride smooth and composed when you're on the pavement. You likely won't notice most bumps or shocks in the road.

If you're looking for a fun or athletic SUV, the Land Cruiser should be low on your list. With its large size, this Toyota can be difficult to maneuver in tight spaces, and the steering feels slow and heavy. Still, there isn't as much body roll around corners as you might expect.

Land Cruiser Off-Roading

After 60 years on the market, the Toyota Land Cruiser is still one of the best off-roaders you can buy. It comes loaded with all kinds of off-roading goodies, such as a locking center differential, Multi-Terrain Select, crawl control, and skid plates for the radiator, fuel tank, and transfer case.

The dynamic suspension can automatically disconnect the sway bar and adjust other settings for individual control on each wheel. A standard Multi-Terrain Monitor helps you see under the front and immediate sides of the SUV for hazards. Other standard amenities include running boards and front and rear recovery tow hooks.

Land Cruiser Towing and Hauling

The Land Cruiser can tow up to 8,100 pounds, which is about average for the class.

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Land Cruiser Reliability

Is the Toyota Land Cruiser Reliable?

The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Toyota Land Cruiser Warranty

Toyota covers the Land Cruiser with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Land Cruiser Safety

Land Cruiser Crash Test Results

Like many luxury large SUVs, the Land Cruiser has not undergone crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Land Cruiser Safety Features

Every Land Cruiser comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) pre-collision system, which includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

Other standard driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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Land Cruiser Dimensions and Weight

The Toyota Land Cruiser is 16.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,715 to 5,815 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Built?

Toyota builds the 2020 Land Cruiser in Japan.

Which Toyota Land Cruiser Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser comes in two trims: the base model and a limited-run Heritage Edition. The latter mostly upgrades the SUV with special appearance features, though it does lack the regular Land Cruiser’s third row of seats.

Most buyers will be fine with the base Land Cruiser model. Nearly all features come standard, and there are few notable options. All models come with a 5.7-liter V8 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive.

Toyota Land Cruiser

The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser starts at $85,315.

Standard features include leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping heated steering wheel, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, quad-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, and a cooled center console. The Land Cruiser also features heated outside mirrors, a power liftgate, a moonroof, a roof rack, running boards, front and rear tow hooks, multiple skid plates, and a Multi-Terrain Monitor, which is a set of cameras underneath the SUV.

The standard 9-inch touch-screen infotainment system includes a 14-speaker JBL stereo, navigation, voice recognition, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and wireless device charging. A rear-seat entertainment system is optional for $2,200.

Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition

The Land Cruiser Heritage Edition retails for $87,645. It comes with unique BBS wheels, darkened headlight and fog-light housings, a unique grille and exterior badging, trim-specific interior stitching, and an upgraded Yakima roof rack.  

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The Final Call

Aside from formidable off-road prowess, the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser offers few distinct advantages compared to rival luxury large SUVs. Before spending a good chunk of change on this pricey Toyota, it’s worth checking out rival SUVs with better all-around appeal.

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

  • "The Land Cruiser is probably overkill for most buyers in the market for a large SUV, and its nearly-$90,000 price tag is almost definitely outside the budget of most consumers. On top of that, when it comes to family-efficient features like interior storage cubbies, easy-folding seats and reasonable fuel economy, the Land Cruiser comes up pretty short, and other high-end SUVs … all offer more mainstream appeal." -- Autotrader
  • "Overall, we think a lot of shoppers will be happier with one of the Land Cruiser's similarly priced rivals, such as Land Rover's Range Rover or Discovery or Lincoln's Navigator. But if adventurously cruising this fine land with an abundance of luxury and creature comforts is your main priority, the … Land Cruiser won't disappoint." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Today’s Land Cruiser is a leather-laden full-size SUV that nearly mirrors its Lexus LX 570 sibling in luxuriousness. Yet it retains incredible off-road ability with features like full-time 4-wheel drive, a disconnecting sway bar, terrain-select and crawl control. Will any new Land Cruiser buyer ever use these features or even know what to do with them? Probably not, and in reality, lower-cost rivals like the Cadillac Escalade or Lincoln Navigator are better, more comfortable, more technologically sophisticated choices. But if you want to venture far off the map -- or portray the image that you do -- the … Land Cruiser will get you there." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: July 23, 2020

Low Sales: The Toyota Land Cruiser is the slowest selling luxury large SUV in 2020. The Land Cruiser’s cousin, the Lexus LX, is outselling it by 45 percent. To add to its woes, Land Cruiser sales have decreased by 23.2 percent this year compared with the same period in 2019.

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