The Toyota Land Cruiser is as much an icon as the mountains it climbs, the ranches it serves, and the terrain it traverses. Maybe it's because it remains powerful and uncompromised, or maybe it has something to do with heritage and reputation. Whatever the case, this nearly-six-figure Toyota SUV has ascended to a lofty and exclusive realm within the automotive circuit, one that operates without much concern for model-year updates or mid-cycle refreshes or even timely redesigns. Like the old Cadillac Brougham or Lincoln Town Car, the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is built exclusively for the few diehards who swear by these rigs – for them, no other vehicle can compare; ergo, no other vehicle will do.
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2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Overview
What's New for 2019
Unsurprisingly, there are no updates to speak of for 2019, and we imagine that those who will be buying one are perfectly happy with that.
Choosing Your Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota hardly sells any of these SUVs. More Camries are sold in a week than the Land Cruiser will ever sell in a year. It makes sense, then, that Toyota keeps the process simple when it comes to ordering one. There's only one trim level, simply denoted Land Cruiser – no alphabet-soup fluff necessary. The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser starts at $86,060, which includes the $1,295 destination charge.
There's also only one powertrain: Toyota's age-old 5.7-liter V8. It makes 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, and is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic. It's a powertrain stout enough to pull 8,100 pounds with the standard-equipment trailer-tow package, or get loaded down with 1,250 pounds of payload. It's also a powertrain that quaffs gasoline like a drunkard downs wine. According to the EPA, the Land Cruiser achieves 13 miles per gallon city, 18 mpg highway, and 15 combined.
The reputation of the Land Cruiser was built on the go-anywhere capability it came with from the factory. Though there's a lot more leather and luxe in the 2019 rendition, the ability to venture far off the beaten path is certainly still here and accounted for. There's crawl-control, hill-descent control, terrain management, skid plates, a locking limited-slip differential, full-time four-wheel drive, and a capable (but seriously outdated) live rear axle. More modern assistance is provided via a multi-camera exterior monitor for checking all sides of the vehicle during tight off-road maneuvers, a dynamic suspension system that can disconnect the front anti-sway bar, and an off-road turn assist that activates a tighter turning radius. This kind of hardware will let the big Cruiser keep up with it's older brethren out on the trail.
With a base price over $86,000, this is a Toyota wearing a Lexus price tag – so it's appropriate that there's Lexus-levels of standard equipment. All Land Cruisers come with a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system, navigation, a 14-speaker audio system, a 4.2-inch driver information display, a center-console cooler box, a moonroof, eight-person seating with split and foldable rear seats, leather upholstery, parking sensors, a heated steering wheel with tilt and telescope adjustment, heated and cooled front seats with 10-way power adjustment, wireless charging, heated rear seats, four-zone climate control, and LED lights. Also standard is Toyota's Safety-Sense suite of active-safety features, which includes adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, automatic high-beams, and a sway-warning system. Other safety features include active headrests, 10 airbags, emergency assistance and automatic crash notification, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
The lone factory option is the $2,220 Rear Seat Entertainment System that places two 11.6-inch screens behind the front seats. The whole gamut of typical accessories like floor mats, cargo nets, and wheel locks are also available.
There are six exterior paint choices and two interior colors available.
This is the Land Cruiser. If you want one, you know you want one, and no amount of praise or condemnation will sway you. All we'll say is that we like the Blue Onyx Pearl and would skip the rear seat entertainment option.