2021 Toyota Land Cruiser

MSRP range: $85,665 - $87,995
4.8 out of 5 stars(4)
MSRP$88,248
Edmunds suggests you pay$88,874
Low supply is pushing the market average above MSRP.

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2021 Toyota Land Cruiser video

[MUSIC PLAYING] DAN EDMUNDS: The Toyota Land Cruiser is an iconic offroader that's been around for more than 60 years. During that time, a lot of its competition has morphed into crossovers, but the Land Cruiser remains a dependable offroad vehicle that's ready for adventure. We're here in the mountains outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, to see what makes it so special. But before we get into that, remember to use Edmunds next time you're ready to buy a car, truck, or SUV, and click Subscribe for more videos like this one. In 1960, the FJ-40 got the ball rolling in North America. This two-door Jeep-like vehicle with a removable hard top introduced us all to Toyota's bulletproof reliability and offroad knowhow. The FJ-55 came in 1967. This is the FJ that was designed to be a four-door wagon from the outset, and its design was heavily influenced by the requirements of the North American and Australian markets. The FJ-60 was rolled out in 1980, and was a further refined model with a better interior, more power, and more gears. The term "sports utility" was just getting popular, and this Land Cruiser was designed to have even broader appeal. The 1990s was the era of the FJ-80. And by this time, the alphanumeric codes were Greek-- or I should say, geek-- to most people. I'm in an 80-series Land Cruiser. They have several older cruisers to choose from, and I picked the 80 series because I used to own one of these. And I put about 100,000 miles on it, and I regret selling it. It was a great truck. And the thing about it is, when it came out, it was kind of a notorious mall wagon. And that was because it came out right when the SUV craze was at its peak and everybody was buying the biggest SUVs they could. So a lot of people bought these and just drove them around town. But the thing is, this is one of the best ones for offroad use because it's solid axle front and rear. It's got triple lockers available. And coil spring suspension, not leaf spring suspension, so it's easy to mod, easy to lift. It's really capable, even if people did think of it as a mall wagon. Now that I've driven this a little bit, I got to have another one. The FJ-100 was first sold here in 1998 and it broke a lot of new ground. It was the first Land Cruiser with a V8. All previous ones had a straight six. It was the first with independent front suspension instead of a solid front axle, and the first with rack and pinion steering instead of recirculating ball. All of this made it better for street use, but it still had the offroad chops to outdo what was left of its full-size SUV competition. And that brings us to the 200 series, which has been with us for over a dozen years. This is a truck we know well, and Toyota is celebrating over 60 years of Land Cruiser success with this Heritage Edition. There's a lot of changes on this truck, but the one I like the most is this badge here. It's the same one you'll see on the oldest FJs on the road or in any museum. It's really cool. Other changes include BDS-forged alloy wheels, no running boards, and this roof rack. Other changes are merely cosmetic. The mirrors are blacked out. So are the backgrounds for the headlights. And there's a darker chrome on the grill and these fog light surrounds. But then there's changes inside, too. Inside, you'll find special perforated black leather seats with contrast stitching that matches the wheels. The cooler box has been deleted from the center console, and you may wonder why they did that. It's because they got rid of the third row seat to make more room for gear, such as a cooler or a plug-in refrigerator. One thing I really like about the Land Cruiser, and a lot of people do, is this tailgate setup. You can get stuff out without anything falling out, or you can open it for easier access, or sit here and tie your boots. And with the third row deleted, it's just a ton of space. I'm a big fan of the 5.7-liter V8 that powers the Land Cruiser. It's got a lot of power, a lot of torque. The 8-speed automatic that comes with it just gives it all the right moves when it comes to shifting. And there's just no problem. It could tow 8,100 pounds, too, so this is no slouch at all. It is, though, a little bit thirsty-- 14 miles per gallon combined. 13 city, 17 highway. You're going to be pouring some gas into this thing. This particular generation of Land Cruiser has rack and pinion steering and independent front suspension, and they combine to make it a great daily driver. The Land Cruiser's really easy to steer, and the driving position gives you a commanding view of the road. But it's not perfect. I wish the seat went down a little bit more and the steering wheel could telescope out towards me just a little bit. I feel like I am reaching for it, and the steering wheel feels like it's in my lap a little bit. I'm not as impressed with the infotainment interface. It's got a great big touchscreen, but the graphics are kind of dated, and it doesn't support Apple Car Play or Android Auto. Those two systems got added to the 4Runner and Tacoma systems this year, and they really transformed the experience. But here, it feels a decade old. We're in an offroad park outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, and we're going up a little bit of a rocky hill right now. This is steep enough to put it in low range, which is easy to do. But it's not really going to push this car to its limits. Oh, I better not say car-- push this Land Cruiser to its limits. The thing that we might notice is that the stock mudflaps do tend to rub on rocks, but it's no harm, no foul. This truck has several features that give it great offroad capability. Its suspension layout-- it's got a five-length coil rear suspension, independent upfront. That part is debatable, but it works well. But what's going on is it's a full-time four-wheel drive machine with torsion center differential that you can lock. On the pavement, it's unlocked, and it distributes torque 40% to the front, 60% to the rear. In a situation like this, you can push this button. You can lock it. Or if you put it in low range, it automatically locks it. There are other things, such as crawl control, which is a low-speed cruise control that works uphill or down, forward or reverse. There's also a multi-train select that reconfigures the traction control for different types of terrain. But the thing that I really like is something called Kinematic Dynamic Suspension System, which is easier to say as KDSS. And that's a set of stabilizer bars that can sense when you're offroad and basically disappear. They disconnect using the hydraulic mechanism so you have maximum articulation. Then when you get back on the pavement, they reconnect and you've got great control of body roll, even on a winding road. The tires on this vehicle are all-season, all-terrain. They're good. I'm not having any problems here. I think if you were going to offroad full time, you'd probably look for something with a little bit more traction. But the size is good. And these are really nice forged BDS wheels. I'd hate to replace those because they're really special. But yeah, you might want more traction if you did this all the time. But if you're going to do it occasionally on roads like this, they're fine. One of the things the Land Cruiser has that a 4Runner doesn't, for example, is something they call turn assist. It's a button here, and when you want to make a really tight turn, what it does is it clamps onto the inside rear brake and that helps the turning radius in a really tight situation. And it's really a nice little tool to have in your tool box. And that's really what it is. When you have an offroad vehicle, the more things you can deploy in different situations, the more enjoyable and trouble-free your experience is going to be. The Heritage Edition, which is what we're in now, has a few changes that are targeted at the person who might take it offroad more than the average person. The contours of the front and rear bumper covers are the same as a regular Land Cruiser, so you still have the same approach, departure, and breakover angle underneath. And those are all good numbers to begin with, and they're still the same here. What's different about this that helps the offroader is they've eliminated the sidesteps. Now, if you're the kind of person who drives in the street, the city all the time, you may not like that move. But if you're an offroader, you like that move. The Land Cruiser's mission has changed a little bit over time. It started out as a rough-and-tumble, dedicated offroader. And over time, it's become more and more family-oriented, but at the same time, keeping really outstanding offroad performance for a vehicle that can take the family out on an adventure. Of late, a type of offroading that goes by the name of overlanding has cropped up, and the Land Cruiser fits into that mold really nicely because it's got the room to haul your gear. It's got offroad performance that'll get you most places. It's not a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, so it's not ultimate in terms of that. It's not single-minded. It's a good all-round vehicle that has a very solid offroad foundation, and a good ability to carry equipment and people there and back, again, without breaking down. This is a premium vehicle, and it's priced accordingly. But if you look at the prices of a lot of large SUVs-- like you get a loaded Denali, GMC, or an Escalade, or even spend a lot of money on something like a Suburban, or an Expedition, and you'll be in the same price territory as one of these. It's a lot more expensive than, say, a 4Runner. But the Land Cruiser has always been aimed at a more premium audience. They're not trying to sell 100,000 of these. They're trying to sell a certain number that appeals to a premium buyer who's looking for the ultimate offroad nameplate. It's kind of a rare vehicle. They don't have an unlimited number to sell, and that's because Land Cruisers are made for all over the world. They're sold in many, many world markets. So we're in one of many countries that's getting an allocation out of one plant. And that kind of plays into Land Cruiser's mystique. It's a rare, special vehicle that you don't see every day. What have we learned here today? Well, the Land Cruiser remains a comfortable daily driver and it's a capable offroader for those looking for a little adventure. As for the Heritage special edition, there's quite a few changes that give it a nod to the past, but also increase its functionality for those who would really take it offroad. I really like it. Do you? Let us know in the comments. And remember to use Edmonds next time you're in the market for a car, truck, or SUV. And for more videos like this, click Subscribe.

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition Review -- On- and Off-Road Test Drive

NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser, but since the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


FAQ

Is the Toyota Land Cruiser a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Land Cruiser both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.3 out of 10. You probably care about Toyota Land Cruiser fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Land Cruiser gets an EPA-estimated 14 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Land Cruiser ranges from 16.1 to 53.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Toyota Land Cruiser. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser:

  • Heritage Edition now offers optional third-row seating
  • Part of the sixth Land Cruiser generation introduced for 2008
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Is the Toyota Land Cruiser reliable?

To determine whether the Toyota Land Cruiser is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Land Cruiser. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Land Cruiser's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Land Cruiser and gave it a 7.3 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Land Cruiser is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser?

The least-expensive 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser is the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $85,665.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 8A) which starts at $85,665
  • Heritage Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 8A) which starts at $87,995
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What are the different models of Toyota Land Cruiser?

If you're interested in the Toyota Land Cruiser, the next question is, which Land Cruiser model is right for you? Land Cruiser variants include 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 8A), and Heritage Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 8A). For a full list of Land Cruiser models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Overview

The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser is offered in the following submodels: Land Cruiser SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 8A), and Heritage Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 8A). The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser comes with four wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 2 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Land Cruiser 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Land Cruiser.

Pros

  • Very capable off-road
  • Comfortable ride for a large truck-based SUV
  • Commanding view of the road ahead

Cons

  • Third-row seats are cramped and impinge on cargo space
  • Touchy brake pedal makes it hard to stop smoothly
  • Poor fuel economy, even by large SUV standards
  • Limited smartphone connectivity

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser?

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 8A)

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 8A)

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser?

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
14 compined MPG,
13 city MPG/17 highway MPG

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
14 compined MPG,
13 city MPG/17 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG14
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainfour wheel drive
Displacement5.7 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase112.2 in.
Length194.9 in.
WidthN/A
Height74.0 in.
Curb Weight5815 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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