The Toyota Land Cruiser is a full-size off-road luxury SUV model produced and sold by the Toyota Motor Corporation. The Land Cruiser is Toyota’s largest vehicle and its longest-running series of models. It is sized and priced above the Toyota 4Runner midsize off-road SUV and the Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV.
During a military occupation in the Philippines in 1941, the Japanese Army captured a Willys MB Jeep model and sent it to Japan. On the order of the military, Toyota set about creating a vehicle similar to the Jeep by reverse-engineering. This AK10 vehicle was eventually renamed the Land Cruiser.
The first generation of the Toyota Land Cruise began production in 1951 and has been produced in various builds overseas, including as a convertible and station wagon, and as its luxury counterpart, the Lexus GX. Although hugely popular in Japan, the Land Cruiser was discontinued in the U.S. after its 2021 model year due to its declining sales. Its competition continues to be the Cadillac Escalade, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, the Lincoln Navigator, and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
- 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser (Starting MSRP $85,665)
- Pros: The Toyota Land Cruiser full-size SUV is immense in size with a strong V8 powertrain, tons of off-road capabilities, and lots of standard luxury features.
- Cons: The Land Cruiser’s size, weight, and engine make fuel efficiency absolutely awful. Additionally, most luxury competitors offer more prestige and class for less.
- See Also: 4Runner and Sequoia
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