Pros: Off-road prowess; impressive quietness; “old-school” architecture and Toyota quality appeals to a select group of buyers
Cons: Fuel economy; disappointing cargo versatility, mainly due to tedious side-folding 3rd-row seats; feels a bit archaic compared to many rivals
CG Says: The 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser is a premium full-size SUV with traditional body-on-frame construction. It seats up to eight in three rows of seating. A 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 mated to an 8-speed automatic is the sole powertrain. Four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case are standard. Land Cruiser blends legendary off-road capability with impressive on-road manners and luxurious accommodations. However, it feels rather archaic compared to most of the competition, largely due to its limited passenger/cargo versatility. Land Cruiser’s staunchly traditional architecture appeals to a select group of high-rolling off-roaders and brand loyalists, but most premium-large SUV shoppers will probably be better served by less expensive, more-mainstream class competitors.