The Land Cruiser isn't short on features and has enough space for eight people. A third row can now also be added to the Heritage Edition, which was previously only available as a five-seater. Our main gripe with the interior is not the quality or lack of standard fare but rather an absence of any sort of imagination. Given the large interior dimensions, there's a lot of room to play around with, so why not use that room to build something exciting? For reference, take a look at the new Defender's rugged, playful, yet minimalist interior. On a positive note, the Land Cruiser offers loads of space in the first two rows, excellent visibility, and lovely leather upholstery.
Retailing at around $80,000, it's only fitting to expect a generous amount of standard features. Toyota delivers on this front by including power-adjustable front seats with heating and ventilation, four-zone climate control, a nine-inch infotainment screen, and a 14-speaker JBL sound system.
Inside the Land Cruiser, there's a ton of space and seating for a maximum of eight, although the final three passengers in the optional back row won't be thrilled. The packaging for the third row is awkward and eats up cargo room when folded, so we would only option those if they were going to be essential. Legroom and headroom are plentiful for the first and second row and, while the interior is not quite up to Lexus standards, the seating is comfortable and beautifully upholstered. For the driver, there's more than enough adjustability in the 10-way power-adjustable seat to get the perfect driving position, whether short or tall. Essentially for a large off-roader, visibility is excellent with plenty of glass at every angle, and a non-sloping hood lets you know exactly where the corners are.
|Toyota Land Cruiser Trims||Base||Heritage Edition|
|Headroom Front Seat||38.3 in.||38.3 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||38.9 in.||38.9 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.9 in.||42.9 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||34.4 in.||34.4 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||61 in.||61 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||61.1 in.||61.1 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||59.4 in.||59.4 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||58.6 in.||58.6 in.|
The interior colors and materials are even more basic than the color palette. The standard Land Cruiser comes with semi-aniline perforated leather in either Terra or Black. The Heritage Edition is only available with black leather but adds Bronze contrast stitching. Deep Wood is the only available interior trim. It looks good enough, but it loses a lot of its initial appeal once you touch it. As expected, both the shift lever and steering wheel are trimmed in leather.
In its eight-seater configuration, the Toyota Land Cruiser SUV comes standard with 41.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the third row folded down. With the second row folded flat, the cargo capacity increases to a colossal 82.8 cubes. The Heritage Edition without the third row boasts an impressive 53.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Those are some excellent cargo-hauling specs.
The big difference in cargo capacity in the five-seater and a Land Cruiser with the third row folded flat is the location of said seats. They don't fold flat into the floor like on most modern SUVs. Instead, they're mounted to the sidewalls, which chows into the available space. With these small seats folded up, you're left with an awkward narrow loading space. These seats can be removed, but it sort of defeats the purpose of having them there in the first place. They're most commonly used on odd occasions where extra kids tag along, so they should ideally be out of sight and mind but easily reachable when necessary. For the record, with all three rows in place, the Land Cruiser still offers a usable 16.1 cube trunk.
Interior storage consists of a large cooled storage space underneath the front center armrest, a separate tray above that, an overhead console for a pair of sunglasses, and slim door pockets. Toyota also provides up to twelve cupholders depending on the seat configurations.
Toyota includes many features as standard, with minimal options and accessories left to add to it. While it may be an aging SUV, it comes with most of the modern amenities you'd expect. Highlights include four-zone climate control, remote keyless entry with push-button start, and perforated leather seats that are both heated and ventilated in the front. The driver's seat features ten-way power adjustment and comes with a memory function. Some of the more modern technology includes wireless charging, a surround-view camera system, radar-guided cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring, to name just a few. We applaud Toyota for offering most of the modern driver assistance features as standard on such an old bus.
This is where the Land Cruiser stutters, given its price point. Bluetooth connectivity is standard, but there's no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which is odd for a vehicle coming standard with wireless charging and a premium JBL audio system with no less than 14 speakers. It's one of the few major criticisms we can name in this Toyota Land Cruiser review. Navigation is also standard, but Toyota's own connectivity software, Entune, is fiddly, and the nine-inch touchscreen's resolution is out of date. Both HD Radio and SiriusXM satellite radio are also standard, as is a CD player for those who are stuck in the 1990s. A rear-seat entertainment system with dual 11.6-inch screens is available optionally.