2010 Toyota Land Cruiser Review
The 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser’s beefy look is easily identifiable on the road. It is conservative, some may call it boxy, but very appealing in a muscular, sophisticated way. That says it all about this car – tough yet elegant. It looks much the same as it did in 2008 when it underwent a pretty substantial redesign. As a leader in its class, the Land Cruiser combines a luxury driving experience on the highway with mind-blowing prowess off-road. That is not easy to find in one vehicle, so it is just about unbeatable in its class. The interior is built with top-of-the-line luxury in mind; materials and finish are superb.
The only changes you will find in the 2010 model are additional options together with technological upgrades such as the Safety Connect system, which sends post-crash alerts to local emergency responders, adds an “SOS” button to summon help, even a stolen vehicle tracking system. There are also a better navigation and audio systems offered in this year’s Land Cruiser.
It is offered in only one trim level and is equipped with a monster 5.7 liter, 381 horsepower, V8 engine. Once you find out that this is the same engine as in the mighty Toyota Tundra, you start to understand the type of power this baby can generate. The Land Cruiser weighs in at 5700 lbs but even though it has some extra weight to contend with, the tough V8 engine makes short shrift of lengthy freeway merges or hauling and towing duties. Properly equipped this behemoth can tow 8,500 lbs of weekender fun equipment.
Take a look at the base model
- 5.7L V8 engine
- Automatic transmission
- Up to 13 cty/18 hwy mpg
- 4-wheel drive
- iPod input
- Satellite radio
- Side/Curtain Airbags
- Stability Control
- Third row seats
- Traction Control
- Navigation System (Optional)
- DVD player (Optional)
Toyota offers an Upgrade package that bundles several luxury features including a rear spoiler, rear-seat entertainment system, a navigation system with real-time traffic, a back-up camera, interior wood trim, heated second-row seats and a center console cooler box. You won’t find this a cheap package, though. Be prepared to shell out for it.
King of the (off) road
Built ruggedly to withstand all kinds of rough treatment off-road, the Land Cruiser’s body on frame construction makes it a lot stronger than most of its competitors. The base model Land Cruiser comes standard with stability and traction control. Its all wheel drive system pushes power to the rear wheels, depending on the type of terrain encountered. Low-range gearing further helps the vehicle’s off-road capabilities, as does the Cruiser’s “Crawl Control,” which automatically maintains a constant speed over rocky terrain. There are several other features which come in the Land Cruiser such as Hill Descent Control, which help the vehicle move more carefully down a steep slope and Hill Start Assist, which keeps you from rolling backwards on an uphill start.
All of this technology boils down to one simple fact: the Land Cruiser is simply an awesome off-road vehicle.
Room for eight
Huge outside and huge inside, the Land Cruiser can carry up to a total of eight. Access to the third row of seats is via fold forward second row seating, but be advised, put your children back there: it is too small and cramped to fit grown-ups with any serious degree of comfort.The second row of seats has recline and side adjustments so it is more suitable for adults. The Land Cruiser has only 82 cubic feet of cargo space, which is because the back seats do not fold down flat. That is smaller than one might expect in an SUV of this size.
On or off the road, this dual purpose monster SUV is an ideal choice for those who like to combine elegant around town driving – with gut- busting, mud splashing, rock scaling, pothole climbing, river crossing, sheer gradient crawling, trail grabbing adventure. That conjures up an interesting picture. A fine art dealer crossed with a mountain goat?
Of course with any unique and hard-to-find product, you have to pay a premium for it. You could buy a Range Rover, but it is even more expensive than the Land Cruiser -and lacks that famous Toyota reliability. You could go for a Lexus, but that also costs more. Mercedes M and GL class? Not as good off-road. Porsche Cayenne? Fuggedaboutit! The Land Cruiser, for what it is and what it can do- has them all beat.
If the price and relatively low gas mileage don’t deter you, and you love its capabilities, then you really have to come for a test drive. It will blow you away. Live in Orange County, Southern California? Stop by Toyota Place and get ready to fall in love with this impressive SUV.