Overview of the Toyota Landcruiser
Toyota started its Land Cruiser way back in 1951 with their version of a Willys Jeep; they retained its boxy, hard, utilitarian look until the 1990s and the release of the 80 series. They then created a softer, more family-orientated look for the Land Cruiser and released a completely revolutionised vehicle. The 80 series had a more rounded body shell that exhibited less of a commercial feel while retaining its sturdy, durable image. The ultimate generation, the 200 series, was first driven off the car yard in 2007. Sharing the Lexus LX 570 platform, it had a radically different shape than its predecessors. The latest Land Cruiser is shorter and stronger, with harder-working front brakes and suspension and a better-protected underside. The 200 series' vast array of gadgets and features means that it is the perfect vehicle for operating in harsh, dusty, and hot environments like the outback, where traditionally Toyota have always brought their 4x4s for test drives. Land Cruiser 200s are available in four trims: GXL, VX, the Sahara, and the GX, offering differing levels of comfort, connectivity, and refinement but always providing a reliable yet stylish workhorse-like vehicle. Although there has been a price rise in the latest models, Toyota has also increased the available standard features. The GX comes with 5 seats and a barn door construction boot while the Sahara has 4 external cameras and a memory setting for the driver's seat, self-dimming mirrors, and a rear-seat DVD screen.
- Good value for money
- Somewhat underpowered 3.0L engine
- Expensive to run