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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 265 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/15 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser

  • It may wear a Toyota badge, but the 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser is a full-on luxury SUV, not to mention one of the best off-roaders on the market. Unless you can make full use of its talents, though, its near-$60K price tag probably isn't worth the stretch.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Go-anywhere capability, comfortable ride, smooth V8, versatile interior with luxurious appointments.

  • Cons

    Quality and capability don't come cheap, dated styling.

  • What's New for 2007

    The 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser sees its V8's ratings fall to 265 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, though actual performance is unaffected. Inside, front-seat side airbags and two-row side curtain airbags are now standard.

Full 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

What's New for 2007

The 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser sees its V8's ratings fall to 265 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, though actual performance is unaffected. Inside, front-seat side airbags and two-row side curtain airbags are now standard.


The longest-surviving nameplate in the Toyota lineup, the Land Cruiser traces its roots to an earlier era when sport-utility vehicles were judged for their off-road credentials above all else. That's not to say that the 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser feels like a relic when you get behind the wheel. A major overhaul in 1998 saw it pick up a smooth V8 engine and a stiffened chassis that gave it exemplary on-road manners while preserving its all-terrain abilities. High-quality leather hides any evidence of its utilitarian personality in the cabin, and if it weren't for the lack of wood inlays, this Toyota would easily pass for a Lexus. This is a good thing, because with its $56K price of admission, the multitalented Land Cruiser is far out of reach for the typical Toyota buyer.

Although today's Toyota Land Cruiser is a bona fide luxury SUV, its ancestor, the FJ40 Land Cruiser, was a pure off-road vehicle and considerably smaller in size. (Toyota has attempted to reclaim some of that heritage with the launch of the FJ Cruiser this year.) As the customer profile shifted over the years, the Land Cruiser grew larger and more luxurious. The current model seats eight, allowing it to function as an upscale carpool vehicle. It's not the ideal vehicle for putting about in suburbia with the kids, though. Compared to the accommodations in newer midsize and large SUVs, its third-row seat is cramped and doesn't fold into the floor when you need more room for cargo.

As you'd imagine, practicality is not first on the list for most Toyota Land Cruiser buyers. They buy it because it's still the best SUV there is when it comes to blending off-road capability with on-road refinement, and because it's backed by Toyota's legendary reputation for quality and durability. For consumers who know they won't scratch the surface of Land Cruiser abilities, though, the Land Rover LR3 or Mercedes-Benz GL450 are better suited for family duty. And if you're willing to part with some luxury trimmings, Toyota's own Sequoia offers a lot more room than the Land Cruiser for a substantially lower price.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

A large eight-passenger SUV, the 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser comes only one way -- loaded up. Highlights include 18-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, leather upholstery, power-adjustable and heated front seats, a 300-watt JBL audio system with an in-dash CD changer, and separate automatic climate control systems for front and rear passengers. On the options list, you'll find major items like a navigation system (with a rearview backup camera and Bluetooth connectivity) and an adaptive suspension system that automatically adjusts both ride height and shock damping for improved performance both on- and off-road. A roof rack and running boards are also available. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is available as a port-installed option.

Powertrains and Performance

Power comes from a 4.7-liter V8 that generates 265 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is a full-time four-wheel-drive system with low-range gearing for off-roading. Should you want to tow, the Toyota Land Cruiser, properly equipped, can lug up to 6,500 pounds. Fuel economy rates just 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway.


The 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser comes standard with antilock disc brakes (with brake assist), traction control, stability control, a tire-pressure monitoring system, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags for the first and second rows.

Interior Design and Special Features

Thanks to the multitude of features and plush seating in the first and second rows, the Land Cruiser feels like a luxury SUV on the inside. The styling is a little dated, but materials are high in quality and fit and finish is outstanding. Total passenger capacity is eight. Comfort is excellent in the first two rows, but the third row is only suitable for children. When not in use, the third row can be split in half, folded to either side of the cargo bay and stored in an upright position; when it's removed entirely, the Toyota sports a maximum cargo capacity of 97.5 cubic feet. If the Land Cruiser isn't luxurious enough for you, consider its cousin, the Lexus LX 470.

Driving Impressions

While certainly not the most powerful SUV in this price range, the 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser will satisfy most buyers when it comes to acceleration. The V8 has an ultra-smooth power delivery and passing maneuvers are rarely a problem. Ride quality on pavement is comfortable and refined, especially for a traditional body-on-frame SUV with a solid rear axle. Handling is less impressive, as the Land Cruiser's large size and soft suspension tuning give it a slightly clumsy feel around corners. Ordering the optional adaptive suspension is recommended, as it allows the driver to call up firmer shock damping to keep the vehicle steadier in these situations.

First and foremost, though, the Toyota Land Cruiser is designed to be driven off-road, and not only is it amazingly capable on rutted trails, it retains its smooth, forgiving ride. Some newer SUVs offer more sophisticated off-road hardware, but few, if any, can match the Land Cruiser's easygoing demeanor.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Great for duck hunting

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Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser 4dr SUV 4WD (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

After owning a 1999 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4x4 (which is a truely excellent mid-size SUV), I decided to splurge and buy the 2007 Toyota LandCruiser. Yes, it was alot of money, but it is great. I duck hunt with a group of friends and whenever it rains we leave their Suburbans at home because we know only my LC will make it through the mud and muck. Also, the clam shell trunk is great; sit on the fold down half to put on waders, while the fold up half provides shelter from the rain. I took off the running boards and ditched the 3rd row seats (which are worthless) to improve off-road ability and create more storage. Got stuck only once because I forgot how to lock the differential. Duh... Great SUV

2007 land cruiser

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Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser 4dr SUV 4WD (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

This is our first Land Cruiser and we truly love it. The quality of this vehicle is amazing. We feel very safe driving it. While the gas mileage is nothing to brag about, the Land Cruiser offers so much more...luxury with flawless quality and dependability.

Back to basics

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Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser 4dr SUV 4WD (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

A solid, reliable, comfortable vehicle that, while missing some of the fluff of similar vehicles, does everything pretty well. No electric parking brake, a simple key, a cable controlled shift lever, hydraulic suspension... simple controls that do the job, and enhance reliability. I've owned Range Rover, X5, and Cayenne, and it was nice to get back to basics. Hope the new one doesn't succumb to electronic complication.

$64,000 question

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Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser 4dr SUV 4WD (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

$64,000 was the price and I question why I layed down that much money for this vehicle. It is nice, don't get me wrong, but not even close to nice enough for this price...drove well in 10 minute test drive but wearing on my sense of value now after 7 months. Many missing features previously mentioned by other reviewers. Gas mileage is well below advertised range. Toyota should be embarassed to charge this much for this vehicle.

Depends on what you need

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Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser 4dr SUV 4WD (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

2nd LC. Traded 99 with 250K trouble free miles. Only repair was overpriced starter replacement. Previous LC saw blizzards and ice storms; routinely driven for hours in 115 degree desert. Not afraid to drive on forest roads where no other vehicles seen for hours at a time. Good vehicle for hauling lots of stuff. Great for seeing country from freeway and remote locations - not so great for being seen in trendy fashion. A bit overpriced - due in part to air suspension and navigation system. Bought 2007 because concerned new model will be more upscale. Ride is smooth and quiet for this type of vehicle. Had 2 4-Runners - LC has same reliability, more room.

Mixed feelings

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Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser 4dr SUV 4WD (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

I did a lot of resaearch and was awed by the reliability ratings of this vehicle and the reputation. I bought it based on these attributes but now I feel like I left a lot on the table in terms of style and features compaed to other similar vehicles. Some specifics that I miss in this suv versus my last one (and others I consdiered): -No Dual climate control -No Heated rear seats -Unattractive exterior styling -Handles poorly...lots of sway -Sound system poor especially when driving with windows open -No rain sense wipers -Big and bulky...not precise -A lot of plastic trim -No in dash cd changer -no auto dimming outside rear view mirrors

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