Toyota Land Cruiser Review - Toyota Reviews South Africa
The Land Cruiser isn't as plush or sporty as some 4x4s, but in terms of ruggedness and dependability, it has few peers.
That's not to say that it's uncivilised. Far from it – it's refined and, in top-spec trim, stuffed full of high-tech kit. We reckon it works best as the entry-level LC3 model, though, because it keeps the price low, has the same 3.0-litre diesel engine as the rest of the range and is still formidable in the rough.
You could see the mid-spec LC4 trim as a good compromise, but there's a massive jump in price over LC3 and it's not a big leap to the LC5, which comes fully loaded.
As well as the leather trim, sat-nav and electric-folding rear seats of the LC4, the LC5 has an electric sunroof, rear seat entertainment system and a range of electronic trickery to boost its off-road ability.
Pro's and Con's
Pro: The Land Cruiser is practical, built to last and will go wherever you want it to. The entry-level version is decent value for money.
Con: It's not as agile as many rivals on road, and the four-cylinder engine is a bit weedy. The cabin doesn't have any wow factor, either.