Toyotas costliest and most historical full-size sport utility vehicle has smaller dimensions than the companys newer Sequoia. The Land Cruiser has a heritage that dates back to Toyotas early days in the U.S. market in the 1950s. In recent years, it has been the slowest-selling member of the companys SUV group. A backup video camera and monitor system are available on Land Cruisers equipped with a navigation system for the 2004 model year.
The Land Cruiser and the more expensive Lexus LX 470 share the same basic design and major components, but the Lexus model has more standard features and additional luxurious furnishings. A third-row seat, automatic rear climate control and a HomeLink transmitter are standard in the Land Cruiser. Among the few options are a JBL sound system and a DVD-based touchscreen navigation system.
The Land Cruiser stretches to 192.5 inches long overall, which makes it about 6 inches shorter than the Chevrolet Tahoe and almost a foot shorter than the Sequoia. Mounted on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, the Land Cruiser measures 76.4 inches wide and 73.2 inches tall. Access to the cargo area may be achieved through a window that flips up and a tailgate that drops down. Standard tires measure 17 inches in diameter. Running boards, a roof rack, and 18-inch wheels and tires are optional.
Standard seating for eight people in the Land Cruiser includes two front bucket seats and three-place second- and third-row benches that split and fold to hold more cargo. Children will fit better than adults in the removable third-row seat.
Cargo volume in the Land Cruiser totals nearly 91 cubic feet when the center-row seat is folded down and the rear seat is removed. When all of the seats are in place and upright, cargo space behind the third row amounts to 20.8 cubic feet. Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, an in-dash six-CD changer, a powered glass sunroof, remote keyless entry and automatic climate control, which includes a rear-seat system. All Land Cruisers also have a tilt/telescoping steering column, power front seats and heated power mirrors.
Under the Hood
The Land Cruiser uses a 235-horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8 engine that produces 320 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed-automatic transmission teams with permanently engaged four-wheel drive. The Lexus LX 470 uses the same powertrain. All Land Cruisers have traction control and a limited-slip rear differential.
Standard equipment includes antilock brakes and daytime running lights. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags are optional.Toyotas Vehicle Skid Control electronic stability system applies the brakes to individual wheels when necessary.