Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator character is known for its "I'll be back" quip. But you can imagine the Toyota Land Cruiser uttering the same thing after Toyota discontinued it after the 2021 model year. Now the Land Cruiser is crashing through the proverbial police station window for 2024, reborn to be smaller, more agile off-road and less expensive than it was before.
Based on Toyota's truck-based TNGA-F platform, the new Land Cruiser is related to the similarly new Lexus GX. This midsize SUV seats five passengers and will take its place between the smaller 4Runner and bigger three-row Sequoia within Toyota's lineup of truck-based SUVs. In case you're curious, its 112.2-inch wheelbase and 193.7-inch overall length generally line up to those of the 1998-2007 Land Cruiser and Jeep's current-generation Grand Cherokee.
The 2024 Land Cruiser should arrive in dealerships in the spring of 2024. Toyota hasn't officially given pricing but we expect it to start around $55,000. It will be offered in three trim levels: Land Cruiser 1958, Land Cruiser and Land Cruiser First Edition. The First Edition (you guessed it) will kick things off and the first 5,000 vehicles sold will all be in this configuration, then the other two trims will be offered. The 1958 in the base model's title refers to the year that the Land Cruiser was first sold in the United States, and it has a few retro touches like circular headlights (also found on the First Edition) and black panels near the grille.