The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the most recognized and respected SUVs on the market and it has been for the past few decades. In fact, it’s so respected that you have probably thought about buying one at least once in your life. And why not? It’s a good-looking, super rugged luxury SUV that’s over-engineered to outlast anything that you currently own. If anything, you could live in it if you wanted to.
Jokes aside, I can see why the Land Cruiser has such a cult following. It’s a semi-unobtainable “holy grail” of an SUV that you want but, in most cases, can’t have. But in reality, you don’t really need it anyway, and here are three reasons why.
The Toyota Land Cruiser costs $90,000
To kick things off, let’s talk about pricing. The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser has a starting price of $85,565 and can easily creep up to the $90,000 range if you get a rear entertainment package. However, the press car that I had for a week was the Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition, which had a total MSRP of $90,089 with the $1,365 destination charge. In case you haven’t noticed by now, these are some pretty hefty numbers to throw around.
And unless you really have the kind of scratch to afford a $1,200 per month lease payment (super rough estimate) or even higher finance payment, let’s get real. You’ll probably be better off with a more cost-friendly Highlander. But if you can afford it, then more power to you.
The Land Cruiser is massive
Standing at 74 inches tall, 78 inches wide, and 195 inches long, the 2021 Land Cruiser is a massive SUV. I would be impressed if you can find a house with a garage that can fit this beastly vehicle, especially if you get the Heritage Edition with the Yakima roof rack on it that makes it a few inches taller.
And aside from the fact that it might not fit in your garage, it’s a giant SUV to drive on a daily basis. Chances are, you could get tired of driving such a gargantuan vehicle around every day. Especially considering it only gets around 14 mpg combined, according to my real-world driving.
You’ll never use it to its full capability
The Land Cruiser has 8.9 inches of ground clearance, an 8,100-pound tow capacity, Crawl control, and even an off-road turn assist feature that locks up the inner-rear wheel when making a U-turn in order to reduce the turning diameter so that the turning circle is shorter.
It’s a trick move that would work well on a narrow off-road path, but the truth of the matter is that you’ll probably never use it. Nor will you likely use any other stuff that I mentioned, and if you do, it’ll most likely only be once or twice a year, at the most.
In that case, I suggest getting a Highlander instead, as it works better as a daily driver, is more fuel-efficient, and it can handle those light off-road adventures that you do every blue moon. And if you really want to spend the money, then just buy two Highlanders, they’ll probably still be cheaper than one of these things.