My Family Has Owned 6: Here's What Is New
November 26, 2018
Over the course of my lifetime, my family has had the great pleasure of driving 6 Land Cruisers (ever since we fell in love with the early 2000's model). Obviously, there comes a little bias when I say that the Land Cruiser is the best large luxury SUV out there... but that comes with knowing that every single Land Cruiser we've owned has reached 250,000 miles with NO mechanical problems - the only time our Cruisers have been in the shop were for maintenance. We run about 35,000 miles a year on average - quite a bit to test the longevity in a quick amount of time.
(Note: At roughly 180,000 miles one of the speakers usually don't like songs with strong bass and around 230,000+ the driver's window does not come down - if you replace it, the problem just comes back within 30,000 miles)
If well kept, you could sell your Land Cruiser for at least $8,000 trade-in around 300,000 miles. Big contingency on well-kept though.
Given the price range, the Land Cruiser is often compared to Mercedes, Range Rovers, and other luxury brands. That being said, it still sports a Toyota badge. It is slightly more discrete and less bold in exterior design. Only a select few will recognize its true prowess until they get inside.
If you are concerned about performance, look up "Land Cruiser Speed Record". All you need is an aftermarket supercharger to crank the respectable 381 hp to an unprecedented 550 hp (more than any supercharged Range Rover). Turns on a dime, off roads like no other, and holds a plush ride along the way (May not be as plush as a Mercedes, but pretty darn close).
As far as the 2018 goes, many of the things in our 2001, 2003, 2008, 2013, etc. Land Cruisers it holds true to the legacy it has established with previous models. A little bit leaner on the chassis this time around, moving back to the early 2000's era: perfect!
The only thing that frustrates me is this: It has the same gear shifter handle as the base model Camry. An $87,000 vehicle should not match any interior accessories as a $25,000 vehicle if it is to be said luxurious. Just switch back to the old shifter handles - they are awesome.
If you took the time to read through this entire thing, I'm sure the last thing you are worried about is a gear shifter. Just know one thing: if you are looking for a car with value, look no further than the Toyota Land Cruiser. Once you get one, you will realize just how few there are until you travel to an exotic, wealthy tourist location like Aspen, Colorado - where reliable luxury is what dominates the used auto market.
So long as Toyota continues making Land Cruisers the way they have over the past two decades, I will forever advocate for them.