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2011 Toyota Land Cruiser

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2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

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In the world of full-size SUVs, the 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser commands great respect. Combining the best attributes of a luxury car, a minivan, a serious off-road 4x4 and perhaps even a full-size pickup, the Land Cruiser is a single vehicle that can satisfy many needs. With seating for eight, Toyota's flagship SUV is a capable family mover. Its 381-horsepower V8 engine and battery of high-tech off-road-capable equipment make the Land Cruiser ideal for families whose idea of a relaxing holiday is to venture far from civilization. For those who prefer a more pampered vacation, the Land Cruiser's 8,200-pound tow rating will prove more than sufficient when pulling a boat or loaded horse trailer. Unfortunately, unlike the original Land Cruiser, the 2011 model has grown not only in size and complexity, it has also grown expensive, placing it out of reach for all but the well-to-do.

You'll Like This Car If...

The Land Cruiser's safari-venturing roots serve it well. Those looking for a large SUV that can tackle the most inhospitable terrain will find much to like in the 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your primary need is transporting kids and cargo with minimal fuss, the Land Cruiser's old-fashioned flip-up third-row seats are not as convenient as the flush-folding type, plus they take up valuable cargo space.

What's Significant About This Car?

There are no major changes for the 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser.

Driving the Land Cruiser

Driving Impressions The 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser's stiffened ladder frame helps eliminate squeaks and rattles, as well as serves as the foundation for its hefty suspension setup. The Land Cruiser's ride quality...

is impressively smooth, even over broken pavement. Body roll and lean seem to be kept in check, and the steering response is precise and confident. Despite its nearly 5,700-pound weight, the Land Cruiser can accelerate and pass with confidence. We took our Land Cruiser over several severe off-road exercises, including climbing rock piles, traversing deep dirt moguls and descending a steep, snow-covered hill. In every situation, the Land Cruiser defeated its opponent and left us feeling supremely confident in its ability to handle more. In the urban jungle, however, the Land Cruiser is not so easy to tame, and we found that parking and maneuvering in tight quarters was a challenge, even with the sonar proximity-warning system and rearview camera.

PTC Heater
A nice feature to have for anyone living in a place where the word "minus" regularly precedes the outside temperature is the Land Cruiser's positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heater. In extreme cold, the PTC can nearly-instantly heat the passenger cabin by passing air over a heated ceramic element.

Kinetic Driving Suspension System
During serious off-road driving, the new Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System maximizes suspension travel in order to keep the tires on the ground. Without it, a tire would hang uselessly over the valley between deep moguls when the suspension reached its limit of travel.

2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Details
Interior

The 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser's large interior can seat up to eight passengers, or as few as one person and a mountain of gear (or any number of combinations in between.) Oddly, where most of the Land Cruiser's competitors offer a flush or flat-folding third-row seat, Toyota has chosen to stick with an outdated split-bench design in which the two halves flip up and stow at the cargo bay's sides. The design isn't just awkward; it actually eats up quite a bit of cargo space. When the third row is not in use, adjustable second-row seating can be pushed rearward to create additional legroom. Although the instrument panel is well designed and easy to see, it is awash in numerous switches, gauges and displays, requiring the driver to first spend some time with the owner's manual to figure out what they all do.

Exterior

The 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser shuns the use of gimmicky plastic add-ons and bulging fender flares to impart its place as an off-road dynamo. Instead, the Land Cruiser relies on the same simple and clean design that made the original such a timeless classic. Although this is the longest Land Cruiser to date, its excellent ground clearance and short front and rear overhangs allow it easy access over boulder-strewn paths or on steep approach angles. We especially like the Land Cruiser's slim A-pillars, which allow for excellent visibility when traversing narrow trails.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Highlights of the Toyota Land Cruiser's standard features are full-length side-curtain airbags, which deploy in side impacts or rollovers. They account for two of its 10 airbags. To help prevent the need for airbags, the Land Cruiser has full-time four-wheel drive, vehicle stability control, four-wheel traction control and an anti-lock brake system (ABS) designed to produce shorter and more controllable stops in snow, on sanded roads and off the pavement. A sonar system warns drivers of obstacles hidden close to the vehicle. The four-zone climate control system's 28 outlets should help all passengers stay comfortable. The Land Cruiser is available in one trim level.

Optional Equipment

A satellite navigation system and a rear-view camera top the list of options available for the 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser. The camera's image is projected on the navigation system's screen when reverse is selected. It's possible to get these separately or as part of the Upgrade Package, which bundles almost all of the Land Cruiser's optional equipment. Passengers on long road trips will appreciate the package's rear-seat entertainment system, which includes a nine-inch display, six-disc CD/DVD changer and jacks for audio and games, heated second-row seats and a refrigerated "cool box" in the center console.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser's 5.7-liter double-overhead cam V8 produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, helping it tow trailers of up to 8,200-pounds. The capable six-speed automatic transmission employs a very low first gear for strong acceleration away from stoplights and two overdrive gears for better fuel economy. The Land Cruiser's revised full-time four-wheel-drive system has a Torsen torque-sensing center differential that sends engine torque to the axle with the most traction.

5.7-liter V8
381 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
401 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18

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2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 23 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.1/10

Not like the old one..

By on Wednesday, February 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, safety features, great capability"

Cons: "Little Storage, Plastic scratches easy, gas milage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I own a 2000 Land Cruiser with 280,000, which I purchased new in '99 and still have, and the 2011 Toyota has downgraded the interior with a steeper price tag. Interior has plastic pieces that scratch very easily, door handles especially. The third row is no longer removable causing there to be less cargo space. My LC is very gently handled and never used armor all on the interior and almost every seat has a crack. Interior has very little storage space due to the cool box. It is a great feature, just lacks storage space. I love the Toyota Land Cruiser for its off-road capabilities, handling, safety features and looks. I would like to see the interior upgraded again and not skimping on what I can only assume to be leatherette. If I was not so in love with the Toyota LC and my 2000 then I would wait until they bring back some of the nicer features before purchasing again."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Excellent vehicle!

By on Thursday, January 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Love the hefty and secure feel on the road."

Cons: "Rear jump seats not convenient or comfortable."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great ride and drive.Gets good gas mileage as long as you do not put your foot on the floor. Only complaint is about the convenience of the rear two jump seats. They are not comfortable or convenient. Also, not easy to remove. I feel very secure and safe when driving. It has been superbly dependable for our family."

8 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Overall Best SUV out there, its a Legend !!!

By on Thursday, November 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good space for 7-8 people, fun to drive"

Cons: "City driving 13-14 miles/gal"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Superb power and gives you a good sense of safety and confidence it'll take you anywhere you want to go…. Average 13-14 city and was able to average 19-20 miles/gallon driving from NY to Chicago and NY to Toronto. Awesome power will not leave you hanging , great passing power an smooth ride. Very quiet , low maintenance cost. Will keep this car forever"

8 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Quiet, awesome acceleration for an SUV!

By on Thursday, June 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Get there in style - and likely the only one there"

Cons: "It doesn't "look" like an $85k vehicle LOL"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the second Landcruiser I've ever owned, and likely won't be the last. It's heavy, but the power of the engine and the perfectly tuned suspension make it handle like a smaller and lighter vehicle. The ONLY thing I don't like about it is... Not enough upholders!!!!! My Toyota Tundra has them all over the place!! But, only 2 1/2 in here!! Also, the associated cargo bin is small, and no tray for easy access. I guess soccer mom's just don't need any clutter!"

13 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Good long distance traveler. Excellent off road.

By on Tuesday, June 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "See Above"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have owned and really used 4wd all of my adult life.Toyota reliability tops all that I have owned and is confirmed by hundreds of thousands of CONSUMER REPORT mag customer reports. If you need non functional trashy bling get ESCALADE and wake up when you find no low range gearing installed, or buy RANGE ROVER products and learn what CONSUMER REPORT low reliability rating is all about. This goes for JEEP also. It is expensive to buy and fuel. You get what you pay for. As Harry Truman once said: IF YOU CANT STAND THE HEAT, GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN!"

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

The most solid production vehicle on the planet.

By on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Build quality, power, comfort"

Cons: "The wheelbase is a little short for towing heavy."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I believe this is the best engineered, best built car you can get. For example, the UN buys 1,000 of these a month for use in the most inhospitable environments on earth. Highway driving is virtually flawless, and off-road they are the stuff of legend. If you want to go anywhere--really, anywhere!--with confidence, safety and luxury, pick a Land Cruiser."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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