2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Performance

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2021 Land Cruiser Performance

Both Land Cruiser models are powered by the same 5.7-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine designed and developed by Noah when building the ark. Little known fact, that. In any case, it produces adequate rather than incredible power. It's a torque-rich mule of an engine that doesn't enjoy being rushed. Yet, it's capable of accelerating the Land Cruiser from 0 to 60 mph in around seven seconds, according to independent tests. If you really want to, you can reach a top speed of around 120 mph but at that point, you'll be burning fuel at an alarming rate. The 381 horsepower is less significant in this application, with 401 lb-ft being the key figure. It's available from low down in the power band, making the Land Cruiser an excellent tow vehicle. Its 8,100 lbs tow rating might not be class-leading but is more than its Lexus cousin can muster.

The power is transferred to a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer case, a locking center differential, a terrain select system, and a rather useful crawl control which allows the driver to simply focus on steering. While it may not have the kind of power output to match newer, more road-biased SUV competition, it has adequate torque for most situations. For a car so obviously set up for off-road performance, it does an excellent job of being a daily cruiser as well, proving that it's possible for a hardcore off-roader to work as a daily driver.

2021 Land Cruiser Performance Photos

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Engine and Transmission

The 5.7-liter naturally-aspirated 32-valve V8 is good for 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. It has been used in various Toyota products for around two decades, and it has one thing still counting in its favor: reliability. Toyota has dropped the V8 in favor of a twin-turbo six-cylinder engine in the new Land Cruiser 300 Series, making many people very angry. We don't see the problem, as the US won't be getting it, and it will almost certainly be more efficient and kinder to the environment. It's more a question if a turbocharged power plant can supply the consistent and controllable low-end torque the current V8 in the 200 Series delivers in spades.

The most modern part of the powertrain is the eight-speed automatic, which replaced the outdated six-speed in 2016. The transmission isn't snappy, but it's smart enough to be in the right place at the right time and transition gears smoothly and with no fuss. Overall, it's a perfect blend of applied V8 power through a drivetrain that you'll have to dedicate time and effort to break.

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Performance Specs:

Toyota Land Cruiser TrimsToyota Land Cruiser EnginesToyota Land Cruiser HorsepowerToyota Land Cruiser TransmissionsToyota Land Cruiser DrivetrainsToyota Land Cruiser MPG/MPGE
Base5.7L V8 Gas381 hp @ 5600 rpm8-Speed Automatic4X414 MPG
Heritage Edition5.7L V8 Gas381 hp @ 5600 rpm8-Speed Automatic4X414 MPG

2021 Land Cruiser Gas Mileage

The Land Cruiser's EPA-estimated gas mileage figures read like a sad romance novel. In the best-case scenario, you're looking at 13/17/14 mpg city/highway/combined. Even with the sizeable 24.6-gallon tank, it will only do 344 miles between refills. It's not like the Land Cruiser's main competitors are that much better, but the Ford Expedition Max 4WD - an SUV that is significantly longer and similarly heavy - is a perfect example of what's capable with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The Ford's smaller engine provides more power and torque (400 hp and 480 lb-ft), but its EPA-estimated figures are 16/21/18 mpg. That's still not great, but you can see the argument for a smaller-capacity turbocharged engine going forward. On our test drive, the Toyota's consumption dipped to 11 mpg on mountain roads and fire trails, and only got an indicated 16 mpg on normal roads.

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Fuel Capacity

Toyota Land Cruiser TrimsBaseHeritage Edition
Toyota Land Cruiser Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)13/1713/17

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Trailering

Toyota Land Cruiser TrimsBaseHeritage Edition
Toyota Land Cruiser Maximum Trailering Capacity8,100 lbs.8,100 lbs.
Engine5.7L V8 Gas5.7L V8 Gas
Transmission8-Speed Automatic8-Speed Automatic
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