2018 Toyota Land Cruiser-In Depth Review  

And the legacy continues! The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser is an icon and has been in the market for six decades now but age just seems to be a number for this stalwart. This year the Land Cruiser has been hardly unchanged after a hefty makeover in 2016. It is a highly capable off-roader and has the ability to go anywhere and take the most beaten path. These attributes have made this juggernaut a go-to vehicle in the most remote and war-torn regions of the world.

Toyota fits only one engine to its Land Cruiser: a zesty 5.7-liter V-8 engine rated at 381-horsepower, 401-pound-feet of torque. The V-8 sends power to all the four-wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission which helps pulls this 5,800-pound SUV with ease. It also has an impressive towing capacity of 8,100-pounds.

Its on-road manners are impressive but it has a slow steering because of its hefty size making maneuverability in tight spot a problem for the drivers. The biggest negative is that the Land Cruiser is one of the least fuel-efficient SUV available today while most in the class offer better mileage. To sum things up, the Land Cruiser’s value varies according to need and what you want out of your SUV. Toyota has priced the Land Cruiser at $84,315.

“The Land Cruiser SUV is one of the most capable vehicles on the planet. ” Kelley Blue Book

 What we like

  • Most capable off-roader SUV in the class
  • Comfortable ride and great handling for a big SUV
  • Good view of the road
  • Excellent resale value

What we don’t like

  • Fuel guzzler
  • Cramped second and third-row as compare to rivals
  • Touchscreen unresponsive at times

What’s New with 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

There have been no major changes in the 2018 Land Cruiser. A couple of minor changes includes a key-activated folding mirror and rear-seat entertainment is now optional ($2,220).

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Trim Level and Features

Toyota has kept things simple and clear by offering only a single fully-loaded trim in the 2018 Land Cruiser. Most of the features come standard and the only optional feature includes a rear-seat entertainment system with two display screens. The Land Cruiser gets a 5.7-liter V-8 engine that is paired with eight-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system.

Trim Land Cruiser
MSRP $84,315
Feature Adaptive Cruise Control

Front and Rear Door Pockets

Keyless Ignition

Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel

Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

Audio and Cruise Controls on Steering Wheel

Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors

Four Zone Climate Control


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The 2018 Land Cruiser comes equipped with all the techs and feature that the Toyota has to offer apart from a rear-seat entertainment system which can be skipped if you use a tablet or other devices.

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Power and Performance

“The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser delivers impressive performance. It features a powerful V8 engine and a smooth-shifting transmission. It’s one of the most capable off-road vehicles on the market, complemented by refined and composed driving dynamics on the highway. Fuel economy is low, even for the class.” Cars.usnews.com

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser comes with a sole 5.7-liter V-8 engine (381-horsepower, 401-pound-feet of torque) that sends power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 has enough gusto to move this 5,800-pound SUV with ease while the eight-speed automatic transmission fires off quick and smooth shifts. You can hear the V-8 rumble during acceleration but it is more of a music to the ear rather than noise.



The Land Cruiser is one of the most off-road capable SUV that is available in the market today. It comes mated with a full-time 4-wheel drive with a lockable center differential, adjustable suspension, hill descent control, crawl control and Multi-Terrain select mode that allows you to adjust the suspension depending on various terrain type. Apart from the Jeep and the Land Rover there are very few SUV that can go to places where the Land Cruiser can go.

Models Toyota Land Cruiser Land Rover Discovery Lexus LX 570 (3 Row) Lincoln Navigator (Premier)
MSRP $84,315 $54,090 $90,380 $72,055
Engine 5.7-Liter DOHC 32-Valve V8 engine with 3.0 Liter LR-V6 Supercharged Engine 5.7-Liter V8 DOHC 32V engine

w/Dual VVT-i

3.5-Liter turbocharged V-6 engine
Transmission 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 10-speed automatic
Power 381 hp 340 hp 383 hp 450 hp
Torque 401 lb-ft 332 lb-ft 403 lb-ft 510 lb-ft


The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser accelerates quickly despite a curb a weight that tips 5,800-pounds. There is plenty of power form the big V-8 engine that pushes this bulky SUV from 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds. These numbers are good if not the best in the class as the Lincoln Navigator which weigh around the same offers best in class acceleration. Even the Land Rover Discovery which is a capable off-roader and is priced much below the Land Cruiser offers better acceleration. It also weighs around 1,000-pounds less than the Land Cruiser.

Models Toyota Land Cruiser Land Rover Discovery Lexus LX 570 (3 Row) Lincoln Navigator (Premier)
0-60 MPH 7.4 sec 6.9 sec 7.3 sec 6.5 sec
Quarter mile 15.1 sec @ 93  mph 16.6 sec @ 83.6 mph 15.6 sec @ 89.9 mph 15.1 sec @ 90.1 mph
Engine 5.7L 3.0L 5.7L 3.5L

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

11.7 9.0 11.8 9.3

Braking and Handling

When you think of the Land Cruiser the first thing that comes to your mind is off-roading. You might also think that an SUV with real off-road capability might compromise on the road manners. Such is not the case with the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser as the ride quality is smooth even on the rough pavements. Despite its hefty size, this Toyota handles reasonably well and remains stable around corners, but the body lean is prominent.

The brakes feel powerful enough to bring this herculean SUV to a halt from 60 mph with a stopping distance of 121-feet. However, you will need to press the pedal hard to slow down the vehicle at speed.

Model Toyota Land Cruiser Land Rover Discovery Lexus LX 570 (3 Row) Lincoln Navigator (Premier)
Brake Front(in) 13.97 14.2 13.9 13.8
Brake Rear(in) 13.58 13.8 13.5 13.8
Curb weight(lbs) 5815 4916 6000 5760
60-0 MPH (ft.) 121 133 123 125

Fuel Economy

The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser weighs around 5,800-pounds which means the fuel economy is awful. It checks in at 13mpg city, 18 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined. Honestly, these numbers are not bad considering its mass but that also makes it one of the least fuel-efficient vehicle in the segment. However, the Land Cruiser is not the only one that guzzles fuel it has also got a partner in crime – the Lexus LX 570.

Model Toyota Land Cruiser Land Rover Discovery Lexus LX 570 (3 Row) Lincoln Navigator (Premier)
MPG (city) 13 16 13 16
MPG (highway) 18 21 18 23
MPG (combined) 15 18 15 19

Towing and Payload Capacity

When properly equipped the 2018 Land Cruiser can tow up to 8,100-pounds, which is average for the class. However, these are impressive numbers for a large SUV, and is enough for towing camper van, boats, or ATVs (all-terrain vehicle). The Lincoln Navigator however impresses with best in the class towing rate at 8,700-pounds.

Model Toyota Land Cruiser Land Rover Discovery Lexus LX 570 (3 Row) Lincoln Navigator (Premier)
Weight (lbs) 8100 8201 7000 8700
Engine 5.7L 3.0L 5.7L 3.5L

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Exterior

“Its bulbous shape has stayed true to form for nearly three decades. Up front, a ribbon of chrome slices through the LED headlights, a look that echoes the now-classic 1991 model. Removable side steps give the Land Cruiser a lower look than its nearly 9.0-inches of running ground clearance provide. At the rear, there’s again no shortage of chrome, but the look is fairly tasteful and conservative”. The Car Connection


Dimension and Weight

The exterior of the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser defines its purpose in life, that is, to perform in any weather situation, over any terrain, while offering ultimate luxury. It’s long stance and ample ground clearance, tells you that this SUV is meant to get rough. It is also among some the heaviest SUVs that are available in the market today. The Lexus LX 570 however beats all in terms of weight but performs same as its elder cousin.

Model Toyota Land Cruiser Land Rover Discovery Lexus LX 570 (3 Row) Lincoln Navigator (Premier)
Curb weight(lbs) 5815 4916 6000 5760
Length(in) 194.9 195.7 200.0 210.0
Width(in) 77.95 81.6 78.0 83.6
Height(in) 74.0 73.0 75.2 76.4
Ground clearance(in) 8.9 8.7 8.9 9.7
Wheelbase(in) 112.2 115 112.2 122.5
Track width(in) F/R 64.9/64.74 66.5/66.4 64.8/64.6 67/67.2


An 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheel with mud-and-snow rated steel-belted radial tire is standard on the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser which offers a smooth ride over most pavements and also helps the vehicle to move out of any sticky situation while off-roading. Thanks to Toyota for keeping things simple by not offering a larger wheel and tires which may appeal to the eye but compromises on the ride quality.

Model Toyota Land Cruiser Land Rover Discovery Lexus LX 570 (3 Row) Lincoln Navigator (Premier)
Size F/R (in.) 18*8/18*8 19*7.5/19*7.5 21*8.5/21*8.5 20*8.5/20*8.5
Quality Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminium
Wheel type Alloy Alloy Alloy Alloy

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Interior

“The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser has a nice interior with mostly high-quality materials throughout the cabin. However, many class rivals are more upscale. The Land Cruiser’s first two rows of seats are spacious, but the third row is a little cramped. Cargo space is good for the class, but it won’t blow you away. This 2018 Land Cruiser has more standard features – including active safety features – than many competitors”.Cars.usnews.com

Interior Seating and Comfort

Considering its off-roading capabilities, the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser feels surprisingly comfortable and quiet inside during normal city or highway driving. Getting in and out of the car is made easy by the grab handles and running boards while the door opening is big. Drivers get a commanding view of the road as the seats offer multiple adjustments but shorter drivers may find hard to judge the front corners of the SUV as they are at a distance.


With seating for eight the 2018 Land Cruiser offers a generous amount of headroom, legroom and elbow room in the first two rows. The third-row is cramped and better suited to kids. The Lincoln Navigator offers more space in all the three-rows but then it is more a luxury SUV rather than an off-roading SUV and it is also the longest in the segment with 210-inches of length.

Standard seating feature includes:

  • 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row
  • Leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel
Model Toyota Land Cruiser Land Rover Discovery Lexus LX 570 (3 Row) Lincoln Navigator (Premier)
Passenger capacity 8 5+ (2) 8 7
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)



38.3/61.0/42.9 40.0/60.4/42.4 38.3/61.0/42.9 41.8/65.2/43.9
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)



38.9/61.1/34.4 39.0/59.5/37.6 38.9/59.1/34.4 40.0/65.1/41.1
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg)



35.8/62.3/28.3 N/A 35.8/62.3/28.3 37.3/64.2/36.1


The Entune infotainment system features a large 9-inch high-resolution touchscreen with split screen capability. Graphics are sharp but the screen is slow to respond to inputs.There are buttons available for those who like physical controls. Standard feature includes:

  • A 14-speaker audio system
  • Navigation
  • Satellite radio
  • A USB port
  • Bluetooth
  • Wireless charging
  • A rear-seat dual-screen DVD entertainment system (Optional)
TOYOTA LAND CRUISER | Infotainment System
TOYOTA LAND CRUISER | Infotainment System

Cargo Space

Land Cruiser’s cargo capacity is at par with the rivals as it offers 16.2 cubic feet of cargo behind the third row, 43.0 cubic feet with them folded and 81.7 cubic feet of cargo with both the second and third-row folded. The Lincoln Navigator being the largest in the segment offers more cargo and is also priced much lower than the Land Cruise. If you need more cargo space along with luxury then there is no better vehicle than the Navigator.

LAND CRUISER | Cargo Space
LAND CRUISER | Cargo Space
Model Toyota Land Cruiser Land Rover Discovery Lexus LX 570 (3 Row) Lincoln Navigator (Premier)
Behind 3nd Row(ft.cube) 16.1 N/A 15.5 19.3
With 3nd  row folded (ft.cube) 43.0 45.2 41.0 57.5
With All  Seats folded (ft.cube) 81.7 82.0 83.1 103.3

Safety and Reliability

Both the Federal and private agencies have not banged the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser on the wall and we will update the rating once it arrives. Meanwhile on the reliability front the Toyota has covered the 2018 Land Cruiser with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Safety features

The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser comes packed with advanced safety techs and features making it one of the safest SUV in the segment.

Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) — Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Sway Warning System (SWS), Automatic High Beams (AHB) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
Star Safety System — includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Multi-terrain 4-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST). Smart Stop Technology is designed to help the driver bring the vehicle to a stop.
Ten airbags — includes driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, second-row outboard seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and all-row Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA) with cutoff switch
Driver and front passenger active headrests
Driver and front passenger Active Seatbelt Pretensioning System with force limiters
3-point seatbelts for all seating positions; driver-side Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) and Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR) on all passenger belts
Adjustable front- and second-row outboard seatbelt anchors
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) includes lower anchors on outboard second-row seats and tether anchors on all second-row seats
Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
Anti-theft system with engine immobilizer
ToyotaCare  (featuring a no cost maintenance plan with roadside assistance)

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Competition Check

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Vs Lexus LX 570

The Lexus LX shares many of its characteristics with the Land Cruiser, though the LX costs few thousand dollars more. There is only one trim to choose from in both these SUVs along with a long list of standard features. Cargo capacity and mileage are equal as well. The only thing that separates them is the interior quality. Lexus provides a more lavish and comfortable interior than its elder cousin. However, the Toyota is more capable SUV with higher towing capacity and best in class off-roading ability.

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Vs Land Rover Discovery

Both the Land Cruiser and the Land Rover are off-roading beats that can conquer even the toughest of trails. Land Rover comes standard with seating for five and you will not spend extra to get the third row but the Toyota seats eight. Apart from seating configuration, the Land Rover leads in many aspects. It has a fairly low starting price and it towing capacity is also more than the Land Cruiser. It also offers better fuel economy and plush cabin. Overall, the Land Rover Discovery brings to the table more at a lower price.

2018 Toyota and Cruiser Vs Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator ranks high in the full-size luxury SUV segment. The V-6 engine puts out more horsepower than most in the class and it also has the highest towing capacity for a large luxury SUV. The Navigator also offers more space in all the three rows than the Toyota Land Cruiser. The Navigator is priced $10,000 less than its Toyota rivals but it is not an off-roader. if you seek adventure go with the Land Cruiser otherwise the Lincoln is a better value proportion.

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Final Verdict

The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the most capable off-roading SUV in the market. Toyota has kept things simple by not adding layers of the optional package as the Land Cruiser comes fully loaded with advanced techs and features. It offers a zesty V-8 engine and nimble handling despite its size. The SUV is although marred by its fuel economy as it guzzles fuel like no other vehicle and is one of the least fuel-efficient vehicles in the class. The Land Rover Discovery makes a great choice as it offers similar off-roading capability along with luxurious interior.

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