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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

For the last six decades, Toyota's Land Cruiser has dominated the serious off-road SUV scene for those that like to blend their off-roader's credentials with on-road comfort. Although many advancements have been made in terms of comfort and convenience, the Land Cruiser retains its original strength, which is superior go-anywhere ability. Available in one model only, the 2018 Land Cruiser is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 gasoline engine, which drives all four wheels. Mechanically identical to the Lexus LX; the Toyota cuts back on the luxury a little for the sake of a friendlier price of entry. The Land Cruiser offers much more than most rivals when it comes to ability in technical off-road terrain and remains a brilliant choice for the adventurer. Although this large, luxury SUV does not offer the best in terms of fuel economy, it is fully-loaded with a host of safety features, a premium audio system and comfortable seating for seven. Robust off-road ability and long-standing reliability, can the genuine off-roader survive the onslaught of faux-by-four crossovers?

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2017 Land Cruiser?

The Land Cruiser was previously updated in 2016, with Toyota adding a little more for 2018 to keep things current. The 2018 model year upgrades include an optional rear-seat entertainment system and some advanced off-road driver aids. Power folding exterior mirrors have also been included for the new year.

Pros and Cons

  • Proven durability
  • Superb off-roading capability
  • Torquey V8 engine
  • Comfortable seats
  • Full array of standard safety features
  • Expensive price tag
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Antiquated cabin architecture
  • Prioritizes off-road ability over on-road comfort

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Base
5.7L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$84,565
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2018 Land Cruiser Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Wheelbase 112.2 in
  • Height 74.0 in
  • Max Width 78.0 in
  • Front Width 64.9 in
  • Rear Width 64.7 in

Exterior Colors

  • Classic Silver Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Brandywine Mica
  • Blue Onyx Pearl
  • Blizzard Pearl

2018 Land Cruiser Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    5.7L V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    4X4

Handling and Driving Impressions

Surprisingly, this huge off-roader offers a smooth and comfortable drive. The Land Cruiser's suspension absorbs most surface imperfections with ease and its steering is precise and solid, allowing the driver to accurately place it, even on narrower roads. Equipped with Toyota's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, the Land Cruiser proffers relatively low levels of body roll around corners and steers with confidence. Naturally, grip from the all-terrain tires isn't exceptional, but it's more than ample for on-road use. However, the body on frame construction is inescapable, and steering inputs are always met by a moment's hesitation as the chassis and body negotiate before responding.

The construction gives it a benefit off-road, though, where you're aided by the multi-info display indicating tire direction, to assist in negotiating blind rises and tricky terrain. When traversing rough terrain, the locking center differential and off-road appropriate drive modes make for confidence-inspiring progress. Toyota's crawl control operates as a low-speed cruise control, and the combination of multi-terrain select and full-time all-wheel drive provides ample grip and excellent traction.

It's no Wrangler, but the Land Cruiser is still capable of getting past just about anything, and with enough creature comforts to keep a family comfortable day to day and on long road trips for the annual family vacation.

2018 Land Cruiser Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    8-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.9 in
  • Front Head Room 38.3 in
  • Rear Leg Room 34.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.9 in

2018 Land Cruiser Trunk and Cargo Space

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Trunk Space with Seat Folded Toyota
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2018 Land Cruiser Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser a good SUV?

In this segment, the Land Cruiser has remained an excellent choice over the years - despite the fact that many rivals offer more refined cabins with luxurious trimming. The Land Cruiser performs consistently well as an adventure SUV, due to its powerful V8 engine, superior off-roading capabilities, and robust go-anywhere-without-dying attitude. Although less spacious than some competitors, it has an above-average towing capacity and impressive cargo capacity. With a full suite of safety features, an uncomplicated infotainment system and comfortable cabin, the Land Cruiser is an entirely accomplished large luxury SUV. It also has a proven track record of providing predictable service over the years. It's no crossover, and as such, there's a fair bit of compromise in the ride, handling, and fuel economy. But the Land Cruiser appeals to a very different audience to the typical crossover buyer, and those who want a land Cruiser will appreciate its timelessness.

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Comparisons

Lincoln Navigator
Lexus LX Lexus
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Toyota Land Cruiser381 hp13/17 mpg$85,665
Lincoln Navigator 440 hp16/20 mpg$77,635
Lexus LX 409 hp17/22 mpg$86,900

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser vs Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln's Navigator is a cheaper full-size SUV option, with prices ranging between $72,055 and $96,905. The Navigator is available in four trim levels, all powered by the same 3.5-liter V6 engine. Although equipped with a smaller powertrain, the Navigator produces significantly more power, whilst providing much better fuel consumption, thanks to its turbocharged configuration. However, the Land Cruiser has the superior towing capacity and outperforms the Navigator off-road, with the Navigator being more of a crossover than all-out SUV. This gives it better road-manners and makes it easier to live with day to day, while it's level of onboard features, especially when fully loaded, are exceptional and outgun the dated offering on the big Toyota. But which to buy? Well if you need to take the family off-road, the Land Cruiser can't be beaten, but if you just need a high-riding family hauler for day to day school runs, the Navigator is the better family SUV.

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser vs Lexus LX

Virtually identical in terms of mechanical specification, Land Cruiser and Lexus LX offer two slightly different areas of excellence. The Lexus undoubtedly excels in terms of cabin opulence and luxury features, whilst the Land Cruiser provides sterling off-road ability and towing capacity, without the need to worry about scratching the paint on your Lexus badge. With similar cargo volumes, seating options and fuel economy, the difference between these two relates to buyer priorities: comfort and luxury, or utility and practicality? Truth told, the Lexus doesn't offer substantially more than what the Toyota does, and we'd recommend the Land Cruiser for the ultimate bang for your buck luxury off-roader.

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