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2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

This review was written when the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser was new.

The automotive press says the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser is a highly capable on- or off-road luxury large SUV. Its eight-passenger capacity and high-tech features are highlights, but it comes with a hefty price tag, they add.

There are a lot of updates for the 2013 Land Cruiser, but it retains its powerful 5.7-liter V8 engine and off-road roots. Reviewers say the engine moves the huge SUV with confidence, making passing and merging easy. The Toyota Land Cruiser’s engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, which auto writers feel shifts smoothly. It also comes with full-time four-wheel drive for those who want to venture on the back roads or want extra assurance in harsh weather. Kelley Blue Book says, "After 60 years, the Toyota Land Cruiser continues to define the standards of off-road prowess." The Land Cruiser gets average fuel economy for the class at 13/18 mpg city/highway. Auto writers say the Land Cruiser handles well on paved roads, which isn’t always said the case for off-road SUVs. Like most large SUVs, the Land Cruiser’s maneuverability in tight spots is an issue.

With a revised interior, test drivers say the Toyota Land Cruiser has a luxurious cabin packed with high-tech features and seats up to eight passengers in three rows. There are no optional features, as all available features are now included as standard equipment. Notable features include a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, perforated leather upholstery, heated second-row seats and a refrigerated center console. Toyota’s new navigation system includes its Entune infotainment system, which provides real-time traffic and weather, as well as Pandora Internet radio. The 2013 Land Cruiser trails much of the class in terms of cargo space, and critics feel that its third row is only comfortable for children.

  • "For 2013, Toyota raises the bar once again by adding an abundance of high-tech gadgetry to its flagship SUV. Despite the technological upgrade, the Toyota Land Cruiser has not forgotten its roots. Seating for eight, an 8,200-pound tow rating and unrivaled off-road capability make the Toyota Land Cruiser a capable family mover." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's a lot to like about the Land Cruiser's capabilities and its more refined driving environment for 2013. But even for luxury shoppers, its price tag is going to be almost impossible to swallow." -- Cars.com
  • "The Land Cruiser is the de facto flagship of Toyota's lineup, with the highest price tag and the most luxury features of any vehicle offered by the brand. Its rugged body-on frame design means the Land Cruise is something of an anachronism - the vast majority of SUVs have switched to lighter and more fuel-efficient unibody construction - but also makes it one of the most capable off-roading vehicles of all time." -- Left Lane News

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Other SUVs to Consider

The highly-ranked Cadillac Escalade is a great alternative to the Land Cruiser, and it won our 2012 Best Luxury Large SUV for the Money award. Critics like that the Escalade has a powerful V8 engine and a luxurious interior that can seat up to eight people. While the Land Cruiser and Escalade have comparable fuel economy, the Escalade has far more cargo space, at 108.9 cubic feet. Still, the Escalade isn’t a capable off-road SUV like the Land Cruiser.

If you’re seeking a refined SUV more suitable for daily driving, consider the Land Rover Range Rover. Reviewers say that the Range Rover blends a good balance of on-road performance with its legendary off-road abilities. In addition, the Range Rover offers a plush interior with seating for five. Fuel economy is similar, but the Land Cruiser has slightly more cargo space and better reliability.

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Details: 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser

The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser is only available in one trim. The Land Cruiser has a 5.7-liter V8 engine that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and has full-time four-wheel drive. The eight-seat Land Cruiser receives a refreshed exterior and interior for 2013, and most notably, all features are now included in the base price, meaning that all available features are standard. Since many aspects of the Land Cruiser haven’t changed, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

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Review Last Updated: 5/22/14

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