by 2005 land cruiser owner from West Tennessee on Mon Jul 26 2010
I am about to give my 2005 land cruiser to my daughter. It is an excellent car. It has never had one single thing go wrong with it in almost 75,000 miles. Great handling and safety: it might save her life. Excellent perforance and reliability. Great dealer service. Don't appreciate this site's comments about its "excessive" size. It is none of your business what size car readers might want - labelling it "excessive" is opinion, and is an attempt to influence -- it is not fact. If anything the land cruiser is smaller than SUV drivers might want. For the size, it is efficiently designed and roomy. SUV's that are properly designed (that is, not top-heavy) are far safer than cars. Half of all collisions are one-car. As long as there are phone poles, brick walls, delivery vans, 18-wheelers, buses, buildings, etc. out there, you will find me in a massive vehicle. . It is not difficult to enter and exit. SUVs are particularly easier for older adults. They can "haul" themselves up into the car by the conveniently-placed hand-hold, and then, again using the hand-hold, slide out of the car using gravity as their friend. Much easier than climbing out of a sedan. I have taken numerous "little old ladies" to meetings and to plays (etc) and they all appreciate the ease of entry and exit, and all appreciate the large supportive seats of an SUV, which is almost never replicated in a sedan. And I have never heard of an adult riding in the third row of any car at all. The third row is for car-pool, although you may certainly do as you wish. Before this car, I owned a suburban, which I loved, but it was far more expensive to drive, owing to repairs, even though it got "better" gas mileage. Before that I had a Volvo Station Wagon. All have been fine in their own ways. The Land Cruiser blends the best of them all. Yes, the car requires gas. The engine has excellent responsiveness and pickup. When trying to turn into traffic, or maneuver out of the way of other drivers' occasional errors, this is an important safety feature. Again, the opinions of this site are wrong. Highly recommend the vehicle.
Purchased a New car
Uses car for Transporting family
Does recommend this car!!
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