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Toyota Land Cruiser Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.5 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 212 hp @ 4600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/14 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Gobs of power, seats a bunch of people, and can tow 5,000 pounds. Its also the only SUV sold in the US with three locking differentials.

  • Cons

    Price. (Were it not for the steep tarrif, one would be sitting in our driveway.)

  • What's New for 1997

    The Black Package is discontinued, but black becomes an available color choice. A 40th-anniversary package lets buyers outfit their Cruiser with leather and choose one of two unique paint schemes.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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1997 toyota land cruiser

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser 40th Anniversary Limited 4dr SUV 4WD

I bought this car with 94K and I am currently at 102k and my goal is to go half a million miles with this amazing car. I absolutely love this car. Its got this best engine ever made. Never ever gives up and will chug through just about any type of weather mother nature throws at it. Its 4x4 capabilities and high clearance makes me feel comfortable in any situation. I live in a thick mountain area and at -21 degrees it starts right up. This car is reliable and worth every penny! Plus it just looks amazing! Very unique compared to most other vehicles. This car will be around for my kids and grandkids.



9 of 9 people found this review helpful

Best car i have ever

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser 40th Anniversary Limited 4dr SUV 4WD

I bought my 1997 special 40 anniversary edition Landcruiser new back in 1997. The problem with this suv is that its so good you don't want to let it go. I have put 335,000 miles on it. It drives better than many new suvs coming right off the showroom. The only repairs in 15 years have been 1 radiator and 1 alternator. The power antenna just got tired of going up and down, so now it just stays up. I had to re-upholster my two front leather seats a year ago due to normal wear and tear. The mileage is always the same 15 to 16mpg regular gas no matter if you are going up hill or downhill. I joke to my friends this truck will do 16mpg even if its parked.




Wow-i love this car.

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser 40th Anniversary Limited 4dr SUV 4WD

Bought this car with 190,000 miles. It is now at 270,000 miles. My only repair was a new radiator, which I probably could have skipped but was on vacation with family and didn't want to chance it. Like previous reviewers, the wife and I fought over this car although we had a newer one with less miles sitting in the driveway! I will definitely be buying another land cruiser. Although mileage is poor, you make up for it with lack of repairs. Truly a pleasure to drive. Also, like the previous reviewer, we got rid of a Jeep Grand Cherokee to buy this. That car was always in the shop. Not the land cruiser. Wonderful car.




Last of the greats

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser 40th Anniversary Limited 4dr SUV 4WD

i just purchased a meticulously cared for 97 collectors edition. drove it 1700 miles from the airport i picked it up at. i had never "really" driven in snow. this truck cruised on control at 80 o snowplowed and unplowed highways for 6 hours. flawless. the sticker 13 years ago was $54,000. if the truck was new today i would pay that in a heartbeat. i would have to finance it though. safe, and accurate. the awd practical drove for you. there is no real passing power going up mountains; but the power button allows you to pass relatively easily on flat roads. i have a gt3 and gti. i would trade either for this armageddon tank. it is my favorite vehicle today. one of the best ever.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Best car i have owned

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser 40th Anniversary Limited 4dr SUV 4WD

I bought my LC new in 1997. It is the BEST car I have ever had. It now has 276,000 miles and I have not had to hardly do any repair work, other than oil changes (I do it every 3,000 miles), brakes and tires. I was told this 6 cylinder engine should be trouble free for 500,000 miles or more, so my high mileage so far has not scared me. The only things that have given me trouble was the automatic car antenna and one of the little gadgets that extend out to electronically bend the front back seat. It does 15-16 mpg of regular fuel. The newer land cruisers with V8 do 14mpg with premium fuel. I recommend this car, if you can get one with 100-150,000 miles it's a better buy than a new car.




My next car will be

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser 40th Anniversary Limited 4dr SUV 4WD

Bought at 192,000 mi. It now has 225,000 mi. R U ready for this...I had to fix...(drumroll)...a spark plug. That's it. We have a newer Subaru Forester, but we both fight over who gets to drive this car. We LOVE it.



Full 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

What's New for 1997

The Black Package is discontinued, but black becomes an available color choice. A 40th-anniversary package lets buyers outfit their Cruiser with leather and choose one of two unique paint schemes.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 12
  • cty
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  • 14
  • highway
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