The last time the Toyota Land Cruiser went through a full redesign was in 2008, making the large SUVs one of the oldest on the market. 2020 saw the introduction of a new Heritage Edition trim for the Land Cruiser, but beyond that, changes have been few and far between for the model. With that being said, we expect a carryover model for the 2021 model year.
While the 2021 Land Cruiser shares a lot of the same parts and overall design as the 2008 model, the SUV got a slight exterior update in 2016 with squared-off headlights, a more pronounced grille, more defined front air intakes, and a more chiseled hood. The rectangular silhouette, enormous taillights, and chunky bumpers went unchanged. The mild refresh also brought an updated center console design with a more streamlined look and more clearly laid out buttons. The steering wheel was also redesigned to be slimmer. Both the exterior and interior design of the Land Cruiser won’t change for 2021.
On the tech front, the 2021 Land Cruiser will come with a 9-inch touchscreen, navigation, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, Bluetooth, wireless charging, and satellite radio.
Under the 2021 Land Cruiser’s hood sits a 5.7-liter V8 engine that’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive. The engine is rated at 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The powertrain brings an impressive towing capacity of up to 8,100 pounds.
Every Land Cruiser will continue to come with Toyota Safety Sense P as standard equipment for the 2021 model year. The suite includes automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. Blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera, as well as rear cross-traffic alert are also standard.