2012 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Decent towing capacity
  • Good highway acceleration
  • Doesn't need premium gas
  • Off-road features

The Bad

  • Price
  • Cabin materials
  • Rear-seat folding
  • Cargo volume
  • Gas mileage
  • Ground clearance

Notable Features of the 2012 Toyota Land Cruiser

  • Mildly revised front-end styling
  • Standard 5.7-liter V-8
  • Standard full-time 4WD
  • Seats eight
  • 10 standard airbags

2012 Toyota Land Cruiser Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Land Cruiser is an eight-seat full-size SUV. It's larger than Toyota's Highlander and 4Runner midsize SUVs but smaller than the full-size Sequoia — and more expensive than all three. At this size and price, competitors include the Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Mercedes-Benz M-Class and GL-Class.

New for 2012
The 2012 Land Cruiser gains updated styling and new features. Newly available features include a four-camera surround-view system, off-road turn assist, ventilated front seats and Toyota's Entune multimedia system. Entune provides access to mobile internet applications such as Bing, iheartradio, OpenTable and Pandora.

Exterior
The 2012 Land Cruiser has updated bumpers and headlamps and a revised grille. Of Toyota's current SUVs, the Land Cruiser looks most like the Highlander. One major difference is that the Land Cruiser is a truck-based, body-on-frame model, which puts it in the same category as Toyota's FJ Cruiser, 4Runner and Sequoia. Exterior features include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Fog lamps
  • Front and rear frame-mounted tow hooks
  • Power moonroof

Interior
Although it has eight seats divided among three rows, the Land Cruiser has a shortcoming that's common to truck-based SUVs: Its interior space isn't as great as you'd expect from its outside girth. The headroom and legroom measurements are less than the midsize Highlander's. Only in width does it exceed the Highlander — most notably in the third r...

Vehicle Overview

The Land Cruiser is an eight-seat full-size SUV. It's larger than Toyota's Highlander and 4Runner midsize SUVs but smaller than the full-size Sequoia — and more expensive than all three. At this size and price, competitors include the Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Mercedes-Benz M-Class and GL-Class.

New for 2012
The 2012 Land Cruiser gains updated styling and new features. Newly available features include a four-camera surround-view system, off-road turn assist, ventilated front seats and Toyota's Entune multimedia system. Entune provides access to mobile internet applications such as Bing, iheartradio, OpenTable and Pandora.

Exterior
The 2012 Land Cruiser has updated bumpers and headlamps and a revised grille. Of Toyota's current SUVs, the Land Cruiser looks most like the Highlander. One major difference is that the Land Cruiser is a truck-based, body-on-frame model, which puts it in the same category as Toyota's FJ Cruiser, 4Runner and Sequoia. Exterior features include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Fog lamps
  • Front and rear frame-mounted tow hooks
  • Power moonroof

Interior
Although it has eight seats divided among three rows, the Land Cruiser has a shortcoming that's common to truck-based SUVs: Its interior space isn't as great as you'd expect from its outside girth. The headroom and legroom measurements are less than the midsize Highlander's. Only in width does it exceed the Highlander — most notably in the third row.

Safety Connect, a subscription-based telematics service, comes standard, and the optional navigation system includes XM Nav Traffic data service, which also requires a subscription. Interior features include:

  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Push-button start
  • Power seats
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Standard Bluetooth, MP3 jack, USB port
  • Available backup camera

Under the Hood
The Land Cruiser is intended to be off-road-capable. The rear suspension is multilink, but the rear axle is solid, which has off-road advantages but can be a detriment to ride and handling on pavement. The Land Cruiser has a Low gear in its transfer case, along with an adaptive suspension and a feature called Crawl Control that manages the throttle while the driver steers over obstacles. Mechanical features include:

  • 5.7-liter V-8 makes 381 horsepower and 401 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Full-time four-wheel drive
  • 8,200-pound towing capacity
  • Multiterrain system

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for first and second rows
  • Side curtain airbags for all three rows
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active front head restraints
  • Antilock brakes

 


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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Land Cruiser received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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