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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

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A four-wheel-drive tank of an SUV with a luxurious interior, the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser could help you go off-road in high style, though for a rather high price. Its starting MSRP is more than $85,000, almost $60,000 more than the RAV4. Toyota may sell only a couple hundred Land Cruisers each month, but move 30,000-plus RAV4s. But what you get in return for the Land Cruiser’s high price is a fully-loaded vehicle with the Toyota brand dependability.

Toyota Land Cruiser pricing and trims

The 2020 Land Cruiser has only one tricked-out trim. Features include: 5.7L V8 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive, independent suspension, third-row seating, leather interior, heated and ventilated front seats and four-zone automatic climate control.

What the 2020 Land Cruiser does not have is a lot of options. You do have the choice of adding a rear entertainment system or upgrading to the Heritage Edition, but not both.

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser
Land Cruiser Heritage Edition Rear Seat Entertainment System
MSRP $85,315 +$2,330 +$2,220

The Heritage Edition package. Optional, this package celebrates the model’s 60th year in production. For $2,330 more, bronze alloy wheels and contrast leather stitching are added, and the running boards and the chrome body moldings are removed in favor of dark chrome surrounds. But perhaps the most notable removal is the third row, providing more cargo room but limiting passengers to five.

Your color options are also more limited. If you select the Heritage Edition package, there are only two exterior paint colors you could choose, black or white, with only one type of seating, black leather.

Color options on the base trim include black, navy, white, silver and gray, and can choose between black or brown leather interior seating.

Rear Seat Entertainment System. For $2,220 more, you could add this to the Land Cruiser. It is an entertainment system with two 11.6-inch display screens in front of each second-row passenger. Inputs include DVD and HDMI, and it includes a, remote and two wireless headphones.

What’s next? Once you pick out your vehicle, you’ll probably need a vehicle loan. Potential lenders include Toyota financing or your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree and get up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders, depending on your creditworthiness. It does not hurt your credit to apply to several lenders any more than it does to apply to one, as long as you do the applications within a window of 14-days — some credit scoring methods may even allow you up to 45 days.

Toyota Land Cruiser safety

The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have not crash tested the Land Cruiser. Toyota builds the Land Cruiser as a “body on frame” construction, which provides better off-roading and towing ability, but typically scores worse on crash tests than unibody constructed vehicles.

To help avoid a crash, the Land Cruiser comes with the Toyota Safety Sense P, which is a package of advanced driver assistance features, including:

  • Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. If the car senses something or someone in front of it, it alerts the driver audibly and visually and applies the brakes if the driver does not.
  • Lane departure alert. At speeds at or above 32 MPH, the car will alert the driver audibly and visually if it senses that it is drifting out of the lane, and will make small steering adjustments to help stay in the lane.
  • Automatic high beams. At speeds above 25 MPH, the car will automatically toggle between high and low beams accordingly to allow greater driver visibility.
  • Dynamic radar cruise control. While the driver has cruise control on, the car will automatically slow down or speed up, without cruise control deactivating, as conditions call for it due to other vehicles within range. The car can also alert the driver if more speed reduction is needed and apply the brakes.

Toyota Land Cruiser competitor comparison

The Land Cruiser has some competition in the full-size SUV segment from luxury automakers, including Lincoln, Cadillac and Land Rover. It’s priced higher than the Navigator and the Escalade, and out of the seven Land Rover models, six have a lower starting MSRP than the Land Cruiser. The Land Rover model with a price closest to the Land Cruiser is the highest model, the $90,900 Range Rover.

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. Competitors
Vehicle 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser 2020 Lincoln Navigator 2020 Cadillac Escalade 2020 Land Rover Range Rover
Base MSRP $85,315 $75,825 $75,195 $90,900
Expert Scores NA 4.2 3.5 NA
Standard Features 5.7L V8 Engine, 8-Speed Automatic Transmission, 4×4, Toyota Safety Sense P, 18″ Wheels, Leather Interior 3.5L V6, 10-Speed Automatic Transmission, Lincoln Co-Pilot360, 10″ Touch Screen, Phone-As-Key Technology 6.2L V8 Engine, 10-Speed Automatic Transmission, Navigation 8″ Touch Screen, LED Lights, Automatic Park Assist Inline 6-Cylinder Engine, 8-Speed Automatic Transmission, AWD, 19″ Alloy Wheels, LED Lights, Leather Interior
Fuel Economy Combined/City/Hwy 14/13/17 MPG 19/16/23 MPG 17/14/23 MPG 23/21/27 MPG

*All MSRPs are the lowest base price for each model. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings when available. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city/highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

The bottom line on the Toyota Land Cruiser

The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser is a lot of car for a lot of money. It has a high resale value and is built to live off-road, providing comfort to its passengers while doing so. Yet it might not be the most practical vehicle to have as a daily driver, especially given the poor fuel economy due to the V8 engine.

If the Land Cruiser hasn’t captured your heart yet and you want to look around more, check out the best 4×4 SUVs or the best eight-passenger SUVs.


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