Toyota Land Cruiser Performance
The 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser is praised for its comfortable ride and smooth V8 engine, which reviewers say produces ample power. The Land Cruiser can tow up to 8,500 pounds, and reviewers say that features like generous ground clearance, driving systems such as Multi-Terrain Select and CRAWL Control and a locking differential help make the Land Cruiser a very capable off-road SUV.
- "On the pavement, the Land Cruiser is a brute, but a kind of endearing one." -- AutoTrader
- "A vehicle like the 2014 Land Cruiser needs an engine to match its capabilities, and the big V8 under the hood is as unobtrusive as a good waiter and as dependably competent as a Secret Service bodyguard. Smooth, quiet, powerful - it gets all parts of the Cruiser's jobs done." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "As with previous Toyota Land Cruisers, the 2013 model has excellent off-road capability and still delivers a thoroughly comfortable ride on urban streets." -- Edmunds (2013)
Acceleration and Power
The Land Cruiser is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 that produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 13/18 mpg city/highway, which is about average for a V8-powered, four-wheel drive luxury large SUV.
Auto journalists say that the V8 delivers ample power for acceleration from a stop, highway passing and towing. They agree that the transmission is responsive and shifts smoothly, though one mentions that the gas pedal is a bit touchy at low speeds.
- "And, even though it weighs over 5,700 pounds empty, the 5.7-liter V8, with 381 horsepower, moves the big Land Cruiser with easy and smooth response and grace." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The muscular engine also enables the Land Cruiser to tow a substantial 8,500 pounds. A six-speed automatic transmission provides silken shifts and offers a wide spread of gears to maximize efficiency, though fuel economy is about what one might expect: 13 in the city and 18 on the highway, a product of the Land Cruiser's big motor and bigger mass." -- Left Lane News
- "The throaty V8 certainly helps. It's pretty amazing how much get-up-and-go this SUV has." -- AutoTrader
- "The powertrain delivers strong off-the-line punch and good passing power, helped by the transmission's quick kickdowns and smooth shifts. However, some testers complained that the throttle and brake pedals were touchy in low-speed maneuvering." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "On the highway, you'll cruise and pass with authority." -- Cars.com (2013)
Handling and Braking
Reviewers say that the Toyota Land Cruiser has a comfortable ride, but most agree that the Land Cruiser feels large from behind the wheel, and that handling suffers as a result of its height. Many write that body lean is noticeable through turns, but the Land Cruiser earns praise for its tight turning radius, which makes it easy to maneuver. Test drivers like the Land Cruiser’s variable-ratio steering, which they say has a good feel and gets quicker at slower speeds to improve maneuverability in parking lots.
- "In the interest of durability and trailer-towing capability, Toyota builds the Land Cruiser with an extremely robust body-on-frame construction. This might seem archaic, but the Cruiser's fully independent suspension, with control arms in front and a multilink arrangement in the rear, provides exceptional articulation for the most severe off-road situations and compliance for a smooth highway ride." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Cruiser's enormous dimensions are readily apparent from behind the wheel, but you feel completely invulnerable up there, like you're on a personal suburban safari." -- AutoTrader
- "Body lean is fairly well controlled for the class, though the high seating position amplifies what tipping there is in fast corners. The variable-ratio steering has good feel and 'quickens' the farther you get off-center, and that, combined with a fairly tight turning radius, results in good maneuverability for such a large vehicle." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "In the more maddening wilds of the urban jungle, the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser behaves like the civilized luxury SUV it's intended to be, soaking up bumps with composure and insulating driver and passengers from the outside world." -- Edmunds (2013)
- "Unfortunately, the extreme height leads to some body lean and roll in sharp corners that erases that straight-ahead confidence." -- Cars.com (2013)
The Land Cruiser comes with a full-time four-wheel drive system and Multi-Terrain Select, which maximizes traction for different types of terrain. The Land Cruiser also comes with CRAWL Control, which automatically adjusts the throttle and brakes at low speeds so the driver can focus on steering through tough terrain. Off-Road Turn Assist is also standard, which uses the brakes to help the Land Cruiser make tighter turns on difficult terrain. Auto journalists say these that these systems, a locking center differential, low-range gearing and ample ground clearance make the Land Cruiser very capable in rough terrain.
- "Off-road performance is excellent thanks to good ground clearance, low-range gearing, a locking center differential and a slew of driving aids." -- AutoTrader
- "Since the introduction of the FJ40 in 1960, the Land Cruiser has assumed the kind of cult status that parallels other 4x4 legends from Jeep and Land Rover. Like those icons, the Land Cruiser has always gone places normal vehicles can't tackle and, not surprisingly, the Toyota is also heralded as the most reliable in this exclusive group." -- Edmunds (2013)
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