2012 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Key specs

Base trim shown

  • Body style not available

  • Combined mpg not available

  • Seating not available

  • Length not available, Height not available

  • Drivetrain not available

Overview

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

1 trim

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

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

2012 Toyota Land Cruiser review: Our expert's take

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

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

FJ Cruiser

Great car...I've owned a lot of suv's. explorers mostly...had tranny issues with 2 of the 4 explorers I owned a 1996 and a 2004 v8...The FJ engine/tranny is nice and smooth...great ride strong engine even with the 6 270hp....no issues with blind spots...a little less viewing out that right rear window than my explorer but the mirror/s more than make up for that...smaller issue than people make it out to be...just a great car for the money...however, if you are putting children in car seats in and out of that back seat maybe not the car for you...a little tight back there in terms of moving car seats in and out of it...I would suggest you try putting the seats in and out a few times before you buy it if you have young kids....there is enough room for two adults but I wouldn't want to spend 5 hours back there on a long ride...mine kids are grown so yippee for me....rock solid...22.5 MPG if you keep it at 65 or so...just a very nice riding car....unless you plan to take this 30K plus car off road I don't think you really need upgrade package with atrac...atrac and locking diff can only be used when in low 1 four wheel drive (creep mode) so maybe not something you need unless you are going to trick out the truck with off road stuff (winches) and the like and really take it off road...reliability...not sure just got it...my lexus gs was very reliable...kind of drove me to another toyota so to speak...car is a tank and rides great...noise level not too bad with the racks...wind can sometimes push you around a bit (when really windy)....radio system is probably rated a B....I am not a huge audio person...love the blue tooth and sirius radio though....car is a little smaller than my explorer but that was one of the reason's I bought it...nice and nimble...I can load my dogs hunting stuff fishing stuff in it...cargo a little smaller than my explorer but no problem really...again I knew what I was getting and wanted something a little smaller....nothing about this car I don't like yet...mine is a 2012 base model with convenience package...great in the snow...very good...

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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