2008 Toyota Land Cruiser Interior
Despite its hard-to-stow seats and a third-row only fit for kids, the Land Cruiser's interior leads the class. "Every convenience item known to the driving public has been integrated in a properly mature fashion, with sensible controls laid out in an unostentatious manner," says Car and Driver.
Nevertheless, the quality of the Land Cruiser's overall fit and finish is debatable. While most reviews agree that its interior cabin is exceptionally quiet, BusinessWeek asserts that it's "nicely appointed but not especially fashionable or luxurious - sort of in the same way that the Avalon compares to other luxury cars." Consumer Guide, however, argues, "Virtually every surface that can be is richly padded except the console, and most materials would look at home in a luxury sedan. Workmanship is likewise impressive."
The Land Cruiser's large interior cabin features an eight-passenger/three-row seating arrangement. Still, Cars.com says the space "isn't as great as you'd expect from its outside girth. The headroom and legroom measurements are all lesser than in the midsize Highlander's. Only in width does it exceed the Highlander - most notably in the third row, where the Land Cruiser gives about a foot and a half more hip room and roughly 7 extra inches of shoulder room."
The Land Cruiser's front row features power adjustable 10-way driver and eight-way front passenger seats. According to Consumer Guide, "Large, comfortable seats with lots of adjustments combine with tilt/telescoping steering wheel and ample head and leg room for first-class accommodations."
Consumer Guide says the second row is "impressive ... with plenty of head and leg room on comfortable seats that can fit three across in a pinch. However, toe room is tight unless the front seats are raised."
As with most other three-row vehicles, reviews say that the third row's foldaway 50/50 split-folding bench seat is best reserved for children. "The 3rd row is fairly easy to access and there's good head room, but toe space is scarce and the low cushion forces anyone but small children into a knees-up position," says Consumer Guide. Edmunds agrees that the third-row "provide a knees-up seating position that will be the first choice only for kids."
Included among the Land Cruiser's long list of standard interior features are leather upholstery, a steering wheel with integrated audio and multi-function display controls, a tilt/slide one-touch power glass moonroof, Smart Key System with push button start, multi-information display, three auxiliary power outlets, and a JBL AM/FM six-disc in-dash CD changer with 14 speakers.
Though the Land Cruiser offers 81.7 cubic-feet of cargo room behind the front seats (43 cubic-feet and 16.1 cubic-feet behind the second and third rows, respectively), Consumer Guide reports it "isn't easy to go from 8-passenger seating to maximum cargo space as it is in most SUVs. Oddly, Toyota retained the Land Cruiser's inconvenient side-stowing split 3rd-row seat, the halves of which can't be easily removed and are quite heavy." Still, the Land Cruiser comes equipped with a wide array of storage features -- including an overhead console, center-console storage area and cooler, as well as 12 cup and bottle holders.