By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 7.0
After 60 years, the Toyota Land Cruiser continues to define the standards of off-road prowess. Over the decades, the Toyota Land Cruiser adopted the latest comfort and convenience features one would expect from a high-end luxury vehicle, and the 2013 Land Cruiser is no exception. 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. However, the Land Cruiser's legendary capability and advanced technology do not come without a hefty price. Since everything is now included as standard and there are no options or packages, the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser will carry a seemingly inflated base price, which might place it out of reach for all but the well-off.
"Land Cruiser" is Toyota's longest-lasting nameplate, and for good reason. If price is no object and extraordinary off-road capability is a mandatory prerequisite for your next SUV, the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser will satisfy your needs.
The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser's fold-down second-row and cumbersome fold-up third-row seat hinders its cargo-carrying abilities. If cargo versatility is an essential attribute for your next full-size SUV, the fold-flat second- and third-row seats of the Mercedes GL may better suit your needs.
For 2013, the Land Cruiser receives a host of new interior features and a slightly refreshed exterior design. New xenon headlights with integrated LED running lights, restyled taillights and a revised front grille mark the notable exterior changes. Inside, the 2013 Land Cruiser receives a new multimedia navigation system, perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, a color multi-information display and numerous interior trim updates.
Driving Impressions The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser's rugged ladder frame ensures off-road survivability plus outstanding towing capability. Despite the Land Cruiser's rigid body construction, ride quality is impressively smooth, even over broken...pavement. Body roll and lean seem to be kept in check with help from the Land Cruiser's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, and the steering response is precise and confident. Despite its nearly 5,700-pound weight, the Land Cruiser can accelerate and pass with confidence. The Land Cruiser's international reputation for off-road capability is almost legendary, but the 2013 model does not rest on its laurels; off-road traction is improved even further, thanks to the Land Cruiser's superior wheel articulation and 4-wheel Active Traction Control system. Within city limits we found that parking and maneuvering the king-sized Land Cruiser in tight quarters was a challenge, even with the sonar proximity-warning system and rearview camera.
A brand-new feature for the 2013 Land Cruiser, the Multi-terrain Monitor utilizes four cameras to provide a near-360-degree view of the vehicle's surroundings. This feature is particularly advantageous when navigating narrow trails where clearance is extremely limited. The camera's views are visible on the new 8-inch navigation system display (the largest display offered on a Toyota vehicle).
Kinetic Driving Suspension System (KDSS)
During serious off-road driving, the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System maximizes suspension travel in order to keep the tires on the ground. On pavement, the KDSS helps alleviate body roll thanks to the system's massive anti-roll bars.
The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser's spacious 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 fold-flat third-row seat, Toyota decided 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. The new interior colors, Black and Sandstone, are complemented by the addition of perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces and high-gloss wood-grain trim. The Land Cruiser's updated navigation system features Entune, Toyota's new infotainment offering, and includes advanced voice recognition to create a user-friendly multimedia experience.Exterior
The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser continues to rely on the simplistic and functional design that helped make the original a timeless classic. Exceptional ground clearance and short front and rear overhangs allow for steep approach and departure angles for traversing irregular terrain. Due to the sheer size of the Land Cruiser, one might expect a power rear liftgate for effortless access to the cargo area but, unlike its competitors, the Land Cruiser does not offer a power rear liftgate and access to the cargo area can be troublesome for the vertically challenged.
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 4-wheel drive, vehicle stability control, 4-wheel traction control and a multi-terrain anti-lock brake system (ABS) designed to produce shorter and more controllable stops off the pavement. A front and rear sonar proximity warning system alerts drivers of hidden objects and structures. The 4-zone climate control system's 28 outlets should help all passengers stay comfortable. The Land Cruiser's adaptive cruise control system employs radar to detect the speed of and distance to the vehicle ahead of it, alleviating part of the stress associated with extended road trips.
The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser is available in one trim level and does not offer stand-alone options or packages.
The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser's 5.7-liter double-overhead cam V8 produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, helping it tow loads up to 8,200 pounds. The capable 6-speed automatic transmission utilizes a low first gear for powerful acceleration from stoplights and two overdrive gears for enhanced fuel economy. The Land Cruiser's full-time 4-wheel-drive system has a Torsen torque-sensing center differential that sends engine torque to the axle with the most traction.
381 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
401 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 mpg
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser is just under $80,000. While this is a considerable price jump compared to the 2012 model year, previously-optional equipment is now standardized for 2013. The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser shares a starting price that's similar to its Mercedes-Benz GL550 and Land Rover Range Rover HSE competitors. Before heading off to the dealership, be sure and check kbb.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what buyers in your area are paying for a 2013 Land Cruiser. On balance, the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser offers more standard equipment and is expected to hold its value reasonably well, better than its Mercedes-Benz GL and Land Rover Range Rover challengers.
By gman (MO) on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Go anywhere, with 8 people, in comfort and style."
Cons: "Fill up often along the way."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have owned this truck for 3 years now and almost 80,000 care free miles. I call it a truck, not an SUV. Trucks are tough. Trucks can tow heavy loads safely. Trucks can be lifted (mine is, lifted 3") and run 33" tires and have 13" of clearance under the rear axel casing. Trucks have real four wheel drive systems. Trucks can have winches (mine does, thanks to the Austrian Outback). My point is, there are not many vehicles left in the world that can go from the highway to some of the roughest jeep trails in Colorado, hauling 8 people and doing it with comfort and quite. The Land Cruiser is truly remarkable because of it's versatility, on road and off. It looks big, but it's really not. Only 1.5" wider than a Jeep. Only 12" longer than the 4 Runner. With a lift kit and replacement bumpers from ARB, the LC can out do Jeeps in rocks and shelfs. It has a unique articulation sway bar that allows the LC to reach down and keep contact with the ground at low speeds, but prevents excessive sway on the road. There are also many modification kits available. Not as many as Jeep or the FJ, but the ones that are available make taking long haul trips across America and explore it's back country roads more enjoyable and safe. It's just too bad Toyota does not sell the Diesel version in the US. The gas milage is terrible."
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By A_E (AZ) on Monday, March 19, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Reliable, offroad capabilities, creature comforts"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"If you're obsessed with brands and bling then the Land Cruiser isn't for you. Spending $70K on a Toyota will make some people wince but you get what you pay for with the latest Land Cruiser. Living in Arizona this vehicle provides great flexibility, towing capacity, ability to transport 7 people and lots of creature comforts (Nav, DVD, keyless entry, Bluetooth, EXCEPTIONAL air conditioning and climate control, refrigerator built into the center console, etc.). But the real treat for those who like to go places that other vehicles won't take them is the Land Cruiser's ability to navigate rough terrain, ascend hills and provide great suspension. Again, if you want to showoff then go with a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche or other SUV that will get stuck in the mud. If you want a killer SUV and you're adventurous, then look into the Toyota Land Cruiser and start planning your camping, skiing, and other outdoor adventures!"
17 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By Ray (FL) on Monday, January 16, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "One ogf the best cars I ever owned in my 54 yrs"
Cons: "Price and gas mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The ride is superb, very dependable, towing capacity is amazing, the inside is vey roomy. Is not very good in gas mileage but not bad compared to other big SUVs."
8 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By TO on Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Was carried away with this when I test drove. Ride is excellent and power is fantastic. Very quiet and has performed exceptionally well in snow and light 4 wheeling. I feel the family is very safe. Has a few quirks, tranny is a bit jerky coming out of 1st, interior refinement could be better. Gas mileage is offensive. OVerall though we are pleased."
6 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By EGC Review (Quezon City, Manila, Philippines) on Saturday, March 12, 2011
overall rating 7 of 10rating details
"Good seating capacity, decent towing capacity, and has three great features; its towing capacity, off road performance and the Crawl Control."
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Trekker.1970 (Miami, Florida) on Tuesday, November 23, 2010
overall rating 8 of 10rating details
"Just got my third LC in 19 years. drove one '91 for 8 years (still running great, now it's my kid's car), a '99 (sold by itself, did not even need to offer it to anyone) and a 2011. I looked around, did research on other brands and each and every one has had its major flaws, from the low profile rims on the Range Rover to the puny suspension on the Q7. This car is worth every cent, great engine, comfy, stylish, excellent torque, with the addition of some really handy gadgets and more spacious seating - having 2 sons over 6'4" tall was another concern, not with the Land Cruiser. I'm up to my third and full of excitement."
14 people out of 14 found this review helpful