The 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser is a full-size body-on-frame luxury eight-passenger SUV. A 2012 model is not available; Toyota has skipped this model year in favor of introducing a redesigned 2013 Land Cruiser in February 2012.
For now, the 2011 model garners praise for its smooth and comfortable ride, admirable off-road ability, powerful engine, and plentiful features.
One trim level is offered with an MSRP of $68,920.
The Land Cruiser is driven by a 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine that can tow 8,200 pounds. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is a full-time four-wheel-drive system that provides both low- and high-range gearing.
Torsen limited-slip center differential with a locking feature comes standard too. The front wheels use an independent double-wishbone suspension while the rear features 4-link suspension.
In addition, the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System controls the front and rear antiroll bars according to driving conditions.
Fuel economy is rated at 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway.
Standard equipment consists of 18-inch high-gloss alloy wheels, automatic halogen headlamps, fog lamps, auto-dimming heated side mirrors with reverse tilt-down and memory, power moonroof, windshield wiper de-icer, privacy glass, roof rack, running boards, and front and rear tow hooks. Headlamp cleaners and rain-sensing windshield wipers are optional.
On the inside, passengers can enjoy a four-zone automatic climate control with second-row control panel, leather upholstery, power front seats with power lumbar, driver’s seat memory, multi-stage heated front seats, split-folding second-row bench seat that also slides and reclines, split-folding third-row seat, front and rear parking sensors, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel with controls, push-button start, Bluetooth connectivity, an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Options include a voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system with a backup camera, multi-stage heated second-row seats, and a center-console cooler box.
The standard system includes a JBL Synthesis 6-disc CD changer with MP3/WMA capability, 14 speakers including a subwoofer, satellite radio with a 90-day trial, an auxiliary audio jack, and USB/iPod connectivity.
If desired, this may be integrated into the voice-activated touch-screen navigation system mentioned above plus real-time traffic updates.
A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is optional and includes a 9-inch display and two wireless headphones.
Standard equipment includes ABS with multi-terrain programming, brake assist, traction control, stability control, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Crawl Control hill ascent, and descent assist, Smart Stop Technology to enhance the throttle and brake applications, front and second-row side airbags, side curtain airbags, front knee airbags, tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights with on/off feature, and Safety Connect telematics and emergency assistance program with a 1-year trial. An advanced seatbelt system is optional.
Crash test results are not available at this time.
According to reviewers, the Land Cruiser successfully blends rugged off-road duty with smooth, controlled ride quality and capable handling.
The only significant downsides are the high price tag and low fuel efficiency — hardly a surprise for such a large, well-rounded vehicle.