2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Reviews

The Toyota Land Cruiser carries over unchanged from the 2010 model year.

The 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser is an icon for Toyota, but it's also like a misfit at a high school dance. As a large SUV, the 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser is a strong choice in the segment. The 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser is a full-size luxury SUV available in just one well-appointed trim level.

Most options are bundled into the pricey Upgrade package that includes a rear spoiler, a rear-seat entertainment system, a navigation system, real-time traffic update feature, a back-up camera, wood interior trim, heated second-row seats and a center console cooler box. The 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque.

Safety
Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes (with brake assist and multi-terrain programming), stability control, front and second-row side airbags, front knee airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints.
The 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser also receives Toyota's Safety Connect telematics system, which is similar to GM's OnStar, notifying emergency responders if the airbags deploy or if a severe rear-end collision is detected.

Driving Impressions
As with previous 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser, the 2011 model has excellent off-road capability while still delivering a thoroughly comfortable ride on urban streets. When exploring the untamed wilds, the Land Cruiser's crawl control takes much of the worry out of the hands (or feet) of the driver.

Few trucks or SUVs are as well-known around the globe as the Toyota Land Cruiser. The history of the Toyota Land Cruiser dates back to the early 1950s. Soon after, Toyota gave this original "20 Series" vehicle the Land Cruiser name.

Though Toyota introduced the FJ20 to the U.S. market in 1958, it is that vehicle's replacement -- the FJ40 Land Cruiser that debuted a few years later -- that most people recognize as being the classic Land Cruiser. Modern Toyota Land Cruisers still maintain their forebears' focus on off-road ability but are now much more upscale, comfortable and accommodating.

Current Toyota Land Cruiser
A six-speed automatic channels this output to all four wheels via the Land Cruiser's full-time 4WD system with selectable low-range gearing. We're guessing most 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser buyers won't mind, since this SUV still offers superior off-road capability while raising the level of luxury to new heights. Notable add-ons include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a navigation system and wood trim.

We also have our reservations about the Land Cruiser's lofty price, especially with desirable options.

Used Toyota Land Cruiser Models
The current Toyota Land Cruiser represents the fifth generation, which was introduced for 2008. There have been no major changes since, though 2007-'09 models lacked the current model's advanced telematics system (Toyota Safety Connect) and expanded audio connectivity.

The fourth-generation Toyota Land Cruiser was produced from 1998-2007. As an option, Toyota offered an adjustable suspension system. We liked this version of the Land Cruiser -- a lot. Generally, the newer the Land Cruiser is, the more features it will have. In Edmunds.com reviews of the third-generation Toyota Land Cruiser, praise was given for its impressive off-road ability, strong engine and durable nature.

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