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2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

"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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2013

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 the Land Cruiser

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.

Multi-terrain Monitor
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.

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Details
2013 Toyota Land Cruiser photo Interior

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
2013 Toyota Land Cruiser photo

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.

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 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.

Optional Equipment

The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser is available in one trim level and does not offer stand-alone options or packages.

Under the Hood

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.

5.7-liter V8
381 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
401 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 mpg

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2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 29 Ratings for the 2008 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Best 4WD in the world. Period.

By on Saturday, November 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,600

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
10/10

Pros: "Super durable, reliable, and fun to drive."

Cons: "Costs a lot. You get what you pay for."

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

"I have owned sixteen 4WD vehicles over the years including Land Rover, Range Rover, Jeep, GMC Trucks. I have owned Land Rover Defender, Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Range Rover. This is my 7th Land Cruiser and is the best ever. It drives like a limo and at the same time handles like a sports car, has super creature comforts and every whistle and bell you could ask for. I still own an old vintage (1982) Land Cruiser (FJ 40). It has 150,000 miles and runs like a top. This new one is light years ahead of the old one. I know they ain't cheap, but if you want a tough, reliable, capable, and comfortable 4WD get a Land Cruiser. I read that Land Cruiser is the NATO vehicle of choice...no wonder."

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Fouth Land Cruiser in 20 years.

By on Monday, October 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power,Comfort, Control, Family Freindly, Relyabily"

Cons: "5.7 Litre is thirsy, 3rd row windows don't open."

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

Blue 60th Land Cruiser with Rock Warrior Wheels

"From the 100 to the 200 there are a couple features the boys from Toyota missed with the back windows not opening and back door hatch warning system misfiring. Other than that, this is the best LC so far! If you are hitting the road, Trail, Snow, Mud or Sand with your family and or friends this is he vehicle you want. Purchased the 60th Anniversary edition here in Colorado in Blue with Grey, Crawl Control, 4WL, Lockers, Traction ECT.... Oil changes and tire rotations is the game here folks! If you want to spend more time adventuring and less time in the shop this is the one. Funny story, I picked my 2011 LC up on a lease return with 42K miles the same week a buddy bought a 2015 Land Rover. I paid a clean $45K less than the Rover for my beauty and his is in the shop almost every month with electrical, Wheel/Tire, NAV issues. He was hit in a parking garage on the rear panel and had to wait 3months for a certified tech not to void his new car warranty. He was told there are only a couple in the entire state and they were al backed up. He is now looking for a used LC for the ski season. Tried to take a couple sleds behind his Rover over Berthoud Pass and ended up needing more body work from a snow bank. I've pulled many trailer full of wood with my LC on snowpack over the same pass without as much as a hiccup! Great mountain vehicle!"

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Blue 60th Land Cruiser with Rock Warrior Wheels

Nothing else quite like it, highly recommended

By on Saturday, October 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Classic looks, bulletproof, ridiculous resale"

Cons: "manual tailgate, awkward 3rd row seating"

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

"I bought this about a year ago as our family car replacing a Sienna minivan. Yes it is pricey but you honestly get what you pay for. No crossover looking swooping curves here. IMO the LC has classic rugged looks that should still look good 15 years from now. It flies under the radar of most which I like. There are so many subtle details that most will never notice. Take a look at the undercarriage on the LC and then compare against Escalade or Denali. No loose hanging hoses or small axles here. This truck is beefy everywhere it counts and is built to last as long as you want it to keep it. Compare the TCO including service cost against those SUV's or a MB GL450 or 550 with depreciation over a 5 year term. The LC has strong value. With Toyota the first 2 years of service are free, and even after 2 years oil changes cost the same as a Corolla. I get a solid 15mpg in mixed driving on regular fuel. Many competitors require premium fuel and get similar mileage. Visibility is excellent sitting up tall with commanding view from the drivers seat. The engine and tranny combo are smooth as silk. Torque everywhere and no turbo hesitation or turbos to worry about breaking in the future. The service dealer mentioned they have folks bringing them in with over 300K+ on the clock. I don't know if I'll have it that long but at least I know the resale value on it is amongst the highest of any vehicle made today. I'm not sure what I would replace it with. It's a keeper. Sounds dramatic but if the end of the world is coming this is the vehicle I want to be heading down the highway in."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Own 2 of these (2015 and 2011).

By on Monday, September 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Tough,Reliable,Safe,Capable,Luxury,not Pretentious"

Cons: "More options than I really want/need."

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

"These are the best vehicles I've ever owned. The 2011 has over 100k miles, and is like new. I've never had any mechanical, electronic, or other malfunction from a Land Cruiser. They're extremely reliable, safe, luxurious, and capable on or off road. Liked the LX 570, but Land Cruiser suspension is better, and 20 inch wheels on the Lexus are inferior to the Toyota's 18's off-road. Lexus has better seats, and rear entertainment in Lexus doesn't block rearward view like Toyota. The Toyota has more available accessories (bull bars, etc.). The Toyota is a better fit for me."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

LOYAL to Land Cruiser

By on Friday, September 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This is my third! I tried other cars in-between but always come back. Sticker shock for a "non-glamorous" vehicle but then I never regret it. Very reliable and trouble free.Always drive them 100 000+ miles. Uses a lot of gas though. Only complaint is hatch back door reach and ease of third row seat placement, especially when I am in a dress.. But each model change has improved those."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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."

18 people out of 27 found this review helpful

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