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Toyota Land Cruiser Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.7 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 235 hp @ 4800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/16 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Toyota Land Cruiser

  • An SUV that does everything well. But before you buy, make sure you have a need for all of the Land Cruiser's abilities.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Go-anywhere capability, smooth ride quality, strong and smooth V8, versatile interior with luxurious appointments.

  • Cons

    Quality and capability don't come cheap; Toyota's Sequoia is bigger yet less expensive.

  • What's New for 2005

    All Land Cruisers now ride on a set of 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Full 2005 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

What's New for 2005

All Land Cruisers now ride on a set of 18-inch aluminum wheels.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Fundamentally the best

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

We purchased it in the summer of 2005 and have taken it on cross country trip, over endless NYC potholes and off road. It is smooth, refined, has great visibility and extremely comfortable front row seating. The engine, the shifting and all other mechanical features appear flawless.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Smooth ride, and build like

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

We bought our LC in the winter of 2005 and had Toyota not made the new ones look like overgrown Highlanders we would have bought a new one. This is the single best vehicle I have ever owned. I have driven it as a commuter, on long road trips, and even camped in it and it has exceeded expectations in every scenario. I also love the interior appointments, and the stateliness of the exterior styling, and think of it as everything the Range Rover should be without the constant trips to the shop. With more than 5 years of ownership the only times it has been in the shop have been to repair body damaged caused by my wife's impatience, and routine maintenance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Super nice, a world standard

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

I was bitten by the Land Cruiser bug after being taking on a sand dune ride in Dubai, UAE. It was amazing. Quiet and smooth on the freeway and unstoppable offroad. Since then I have seen them in action in Oman, Pakistan, and Ethiopia where they are used by the United Nations. My own LC leads an easy life compared to those vehicles. I am now spoiled by the ride, handling, stability and quality of it. I've had it 1.5 years and enjoy it just much as now as the first day I got it. So far oil changes and tire rotations are the only service it has required. I happen to like the truckish body style. It is what it is and not a wannabe sport car, SUV, station wagon, crossover mishmash.

Outstanding build

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

The car drives and runs so smoothly and is so tight and handles so well in all conditions: snow covered roads; pouring rain; highway driving; driving on dirt roads, etc., it really gives me great comfort. The reliability and ruggedness makes me feel like my car will be the last car on the road to break down.

Great vehicle

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

This is by far the most comfortable vehicle I have ever owned. I have owned Mercedes, Jeeps, Hondas and Toyotas in the past but never a Land Cruiser. The other day I was at an outdoor festival and we parked in the grass. It started to pour down rain and soaked everything. When we were leaving there were lots of SUVs which were spinning there wheels in mud and the grass, but we had no problem in the grassy field or going through the mud. The best part was that I didn't even have to switch to 4 wheel drive since it is in it full time. I love this vehicle.

My 5th landcruiser

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

This my 5th Land Cruiser. I was going to switch to the LX 470, but decided that my 4 and 7 year old boys could spill milkshakes and ketchup in a Land Cruiser just as easy as in a Lexus! Great vehicle. I bought this one sight unseen at the end of the year and didn't get the exact interior package that I wanted, but that's not big deal.

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This is probably a silly question, we just purchased an '05 LC, however we did not get instruction on how to operate the Rear DVD system (i.e. where do yuo put thd DVD in at). We have 2 remotes but I?...

If I were in a better health I would try to sell the two vehicles that will be trade-in instead ( 2003 Land Cruiser and 2005 Honda Odyssey )....

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Gas Mileage


  • 12
  • cty
  • 16
  • highway
Calculate Yearly Fuel Costs
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