By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 3/30/2011
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 It 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.Favorite Features
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.