The Land Cruiser remains true to decades of chunky, recognizable styling. Chrome is daubed liberally around the grille and rear, but the Cruiser still manages to look conservative and utilitarian. The look suits the car’s personality, and side sills do an admirable job of masking the Cruiser’s nine inches of ground clearance. The interior is lavish and comfortable, with plenty of space in the first and second rows. Many controls are integrated into the touchscreen, but off-road options are controlled by dials and switches on the center console. Cargo space is predictably ample. The safety technology is also worth mentioning: automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are all standard.
The removable third row has three seat belts, which is ambitious – it’s a row best occupied by children. And while the upholstery is nice, too much of the trim is cheap, hard plastic, which doesn’t match the Land Cruiser’s hefty price tag. As capable as the Land Cruiser is, some buyers may balk at paying more than $80,000 for a car with a Toyota badge. The Lexus LX 570 is similar mechanically, but offers flashier styling and a slightly upgraded interior for only a few grand more.