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1997 Toyota Land Cruiser

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1997 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $41,188


In the world of sport-utility vehicles there are big and not-so, luxurious and mildly-so, capable and so-so. Then there's the Toyota Land Cruiser. The Cruiser, and its Toyota family near-twin, the Lexus LX 450, has few peers when it comes to a supreme level of all-around competence, from tuxedo night at the country club to bashing through the very worst of off-road nightmares. If you're looking for ruggedness, consider this: The Cruiser is sold in over 180 countries throughout the world, and most of those places don't have the infrastructure of, say, Dallas, Texas. Most of what's said about the Cruiser also applies to the Lexus LX 450. But there are a number of distinctions, including a substantial difference in price. For example, the LX 450's suspension is tuned for a smoother ride and it has specific wheels and tires. In addition, the LX 450 includes many features as standard equipment which are optional on the Cruiser, such as seven-passenger seating. And there are some items standard on the Lexus which are simply not available on the Cruiser: The LX 450 has LS 400-level leather, wood-grain interior trim inserts, an exclusive 195-watt sound system, a couple of unique colors, automatic climate control, cell phone pre-wiring, the Lexus multi-function remote entry system, and an optional in-cabin six-disc CD changer. Last, the Lexus has some specific exterior trim details, such as the grille, headlamp design, body side cladding and color-keyed bumpers. Our tester was a Land Cruiser, but in operation and general feel the two vehicles are virtually identical.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
4.5L I-6 / 212 HP / 275 ft.lbs.
4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time Four-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
13 / 15 / 14 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
4.5L I-6 / 212 HP / 275 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time Four-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
13 / 15 / 14 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel
Fuel Tank
25.1 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
90.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
189.9 "
Exterior Width
76.0 "
Exterior Height
73.6 "
Front Headroom
40.3 "
Rear Headroom
39.7 "
Front Legroom
42.2 "
Rear Legroom
33.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
58.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,751 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
20.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
16.0 " Silver Styled Steel
Monotone / Clearcoat Lower Accent Two-tone / Monotone With Badging
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Black With 2 Front Tow Hook(s)
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Cloth / Leather
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way / (6-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way / (6-way Power)
Front Armrests
4-way / (6-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
50-50 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan / Premium Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Passenger Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
96 Months / 80,000 Miles

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