2020 Toyota Land Cruiser

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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 28, 2019
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The name Land Cruiser was first heard in the 50s as an answer from Toyota to people looking for a full-sized SUV that could ferry a large family of seven comfortably. It was a rugged body-on-frame, go-anywhere vehicle with no-nonsense looks, and strictly meant business. A few decades later, when technology met the automotive sector, the Land Cruiser started evolving into a luxury SUV which then won more hearts.  

This legacy of the Toyota Land Cruiser continues with another year now. Last refreshed in 2016, the Land Cruiser has been carried forward unchanged ever since, of course, apart from a few tweaks here and there. It borrows a lot of cues from its sister - The Lexus LX570. In fact, both of them are the same vehicles just with different badges and feature-list, the latter being more feature-rich of course. The Land Cruiser has an upper hand in terms of pricing though.

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Pros

An array of standard safety features

Amazing off-roading capabilities

Good ride and handling for a large SUV

Cons

Limited second and third-row seating space

Poor fuel economy

What's New?

Unchanged from the previous year model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$85165

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

4WD

engine type

displacement

346 cu.in.

horsepower

381 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

401 lbs.-ft @ 3600 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension w/active anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

64.9/64.7

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

194.9 in.

width

78 in.

height

74 in.

curb weight

5815 lbs.

ground clearance

8.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

81.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

8100 lbs.

payload capacity

1570 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/15/18 mpg

highway range

442.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

2 yr. / 25000 mi.



Styles

 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser in blizzard pearl color  2020 Toyota Land Cruiser in Blue Onyx Pearl color  2020 Toyota Land Cruiser in Brandywine Mica color  2020 Toyota Land Cruiser in Classic Silver Metallic color  2020 Toyota Land Cruiser in Magnetic Gray Metallic color  2020 Toyota Land Cruiser in Midnight Black Metallic color
blizzard pearl

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

8.5

Interior

7.5

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Base

Base

power
381 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
15 combined

$85,165


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $85,165 MSRP (13/15/18) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8   Blizzard Pearl
  Blue Onyx Pearl
  Classic Silver Metallic
  Midnight Black Metallic
  Brandywine Mica
  Magnetic Gray Metallic

Expert Review

8.0

Overall Rating


Toyota has blessed the Land Cruiser with a 5.7L, V8 motor that packs in quite a lot of punch, 381 horses to be precise. The V8 engine transmits power to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission and to top it all, it can also tow 8200 pounds behind it. Strictly a utilitarian, the Land Cruiser isn't very pleasing to look at when compared to its rivals like the Lincoln Navigator. But the former has an upper hand with its generous pricing that sets it apart from the segment.

With the prices starting at $84,315, the Land Cruiser takes on some well-reputed rivals like the Lexus LX 570, Land Rover Range Rover, Infiniti QX80 and the Lincoln Navigator. Let's move ahead and find out which of these contenders offer the best proposition for their money.

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Front Three-quarter View
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Front Three-quarter View
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Rear Three-quarter View
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Rear Three-quarter View

7.0/10
Features

 

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Features

7.0/10

The 2020 Land Cruiser has always kept itself simple and classy with a single feature-loaded trim. Majority of the features are available as standard and the only thing that is available as optional comprises of a rear seat entertainment system with dual display screens. The SUV is packed with a 5.7-liter V8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The car is configured with a four-wheel drive system.

Trim

Toyota Land Cruiser

MSRP

$84,765

Key Features

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 2020 Land Cruiser is available with single base trim. The SUV is already loaded with hefty features. However, you may add a rear seat entertainment system.

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Engine and Performance

8.5/10

“A fully independent suspension permits the generous wheel articulation required for crawling over rocks and logs, yet also endows the Land Cruiser with a stable but somewhat firm on-road driving experience.” – Kelley Blue Book

Powering the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser is a 5.7-liter V-8 engine that churns out a maximum power of 381 hp and 401 pound-feet of torque. The engine sends power to all wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Engine
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Engine

Cruisers old-school body design gets a hydraulic suspension system that prevents it from leaning too much into corners or driving through bumpy terrain. The standard four-wheel drive and the traction control system is capable of taking you to any terrain.

Models

Toyota Land Cruiser SUV

Lincoln Navigator SUV

Lexus LX 570 2row SUV

Land Rover Range Rover SUV

Infiniti QX80

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4matic SUV

MSRP

$86,060

$74,500

$87,125

$89,855

$66,795

$70,545

Engine

5.7L V8

3.5L V6

5.7L V8

3.0L V6

5.6 L V8

3.0L V6

Transmission

8 Speed Automatic

10 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

7 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

381 hp@ 5600rpm

450 hp@ 5500 rpm

383 hp@ 5600rpm

340 hp@ 6500rpm

400 hp@ 5800rpm

362 hp@ 5500rpm

Torque

401 ft-lbs@ 3600rpm

510 ft-lbs@ 3000rpm

403 ft-lbs@ 3600rpm

332 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

413 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

369 ft-lbs@ 1700rpm

Acceleration

Weighing around 5800 pounds, the Land Cruiser accelerates quickly with the V8 under the hood. The bulky SUV manages to sprint 0-to-60 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is a bit slower than the Infiniti QX80 and Mercedes GLS 450. Here the Infiniti QX80 manages to do 0 to 60 MPH in 6.1 seconds.

Models

Toyota Land Cruiser SUV

Lincoln Navigator SUV

Lexus LX 570 2row SUV

Land Rover Range Rover SUV

Infiniti QX80

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4matic SUV

0-60 MPH

6.8 sec

N/A

N/A

6.9 sec

6.1 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter mile

15.1 sec

N/A

N/A

N/A

14.8 sec

N/A

Engine

5.7L V8

3.5L V6

5.7L V8

3.0L V6

5.6 L V8

3.0L V6

Emission

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

N/A

9.3

N/A

N/A

11.0

N/A

Braking and Handling

The Land Cruiser is an ultimate off-roader for sure. The SUV doesn’t even compromise on the overall performance when it comes to off-roading. The ride quality offered by the SUV is smooth on uneven pavements. It is stable around the corners despite its big size and heavy weight. The brakes offer powerful grip and come to a halt at 121 feet. However, we feel that the carmaker should work on making the brake pedal a bit softer.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Handling
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Handling

Model

Toyota Land Cruiser SUV

Lincoln Navigator SUV

Lexus LX 570 2row SUV

Land Rover Range Rover SUV

Infiniti QX80

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4matic SUV

Brake Front (in.)

13.9

N/A

13.9

14.3

13.7

13.8

Brake Rear (in.)

13.6

N/A

13.6

13.8

13.8

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5815

5685

5800

4974

5679

5335

60-0 MPH (ft.)

121 feet

N/A

N/A

N/A

122

N/A

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Fuel Economy

The fuel economy offered by the 2020 Land Cruiser is not bad, after looking into the comparison chart. The SUV returns 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. It is one of the least fuel efficient vehicles in the segment considering its weight and performing engine. Other contenders offers a bit better fuel economy in this regard.

Model

Toyota Land Cruiser SUV

Lincoln Navigator SUV

Lexus LX 570 2row SUV

Land Rover Range Rover SUV

Infiniti QX80

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4matic SUV

MPG (city)

13

16

13

17

14

17

MPG (highway)

18

23

18

23

20

22

MPG (combined)

15

19

15

19

16

19

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Interior

7.5/10

“The large door openings and chunky grab handles help people climb in and out, and they'll find lots of space once they're inside. The controls are easy to understand, but the centrally located touchscreen may require a reach.” - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The SUV is surprisingly comfortable and quiet if you take it for a spin on normal road condition. The best part is the interior spacing between the seat rows. There’s ample room for both short and tall passengers. There’s absolutely no hassle in getting in or out of the car. The adjustable front seats is a bliss for the driver as it provides a best forward view of the road.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Seating
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Seating

Model

Toyota Land Cruiser SUV

Lincoln Navigator SUV

Lexus LX 570 2row SUV

Land Rover Range Rover SUV

Infiniti QX80

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4matic SUV

Passenger capacity

8

7

5

5

7

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/61.0/42.9

41.8/65.2/43.9

38.3/61.0/42.9

39.3/NA/NA

39.9/63.8/39.6

41.2/58.5/40.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/61.1/34.4

40.0/.65.1/41.5

38.9/59.1/34.4

39.2/ NA/ NA

40.0/63.5/41.0

40.0/58.3/38.5

Infotainment System

The infotainment comprises of a large 9-inch touchscreen that comes with in-built split screen feature. The graphics are sharp for all side visibility. It holds three buttons that work as physical controls. The standard features include:

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser infotainment
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Infotainment Display
  • A 14-speaker audio system
  • Navigation
  • Satellite radio
  • A USB port
  • Bluetooth
  • Wireless charging
  • A rear-seat dual-screen DVD entertainment system (Optional)

Cargo volume

2020 Land Cruiser offers 16.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is lease than the Navigator and Range Rover. Comparatively, the Land Rover Range Rover tops the list in terms of the cargo area.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser cargo space
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Cargo space

Model

Toyota Land Cruiser SUV

Lincoln Navigator SUV

Lexus LX 570 2row SUV

Land Rover Range Rover SUV

Infiniti QX80

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4matic SUV

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

16.1

19.3

9.1

31.8

16.6

16

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser cockpit area
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser cockpit area
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser front seat
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser front seat
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser rear seat
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser rear seat
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser sear folded
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser seat folded

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Exterior

“The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser has more curves and chrome than some ‘50s Detroit iron.” –thecarconnection

Dimension and Weight

The Land Cruiser looks pretty as always. The design looks upmarket and classy. The tailgate is power-operated and offers a clamshell design layout. The SUV offer long stance along with good ground clearance. It is one of the heaviest SUVs available in the segment right now. The Lexus LX 570 is class-leading in terms of overall weight and performance.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser side view
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser side view

Model

Toyota Land Cruiser SUV

Lincoln Navigator SUV

Lexus LX 570 2row SUV

Land Rover Range Rover SUV

Infiniti QX80

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4matic SUV

Curb weight (lbs.)

5815

5685

5800

4974

5679

5335

Length(in)

194.9

210.0

200.0

196.9

210.2

201.6

Width(in)

78.0

79.9

78.0

81.6

79.9

84.3

Height(in)

74.0

76.4

75.2

73.6

75.8

72.8

Ground clearance (in)

8.9

9.6

8.9

8.7

9.2

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

122.5

112.2

115.0

121.1

121.1

Track width (in) F/R

64.9/64.7

67/67.2

64.8/64.6

66.6/66.3

67.5/67.9

65.2/65.9

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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser front view
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser front view
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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser top view
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser top view
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser rear view
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser rear view
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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser
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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Safety

Both the NHTSA or IIHS have not to crash-tested the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser and we will update the rating once it arrives. Meanwhile, on the reliability front, the Toyota has covered the 2020 Land Cruiser with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Airbag
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Safety Airbag

Safety features

Standard Safety features for 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser include:

  • 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)

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Competition

Toyota Land Cruiser Vs Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator is slated high in the full-size luxury SUV segment. The V-6 engine churns out more horsepower than most in the segment and it also has the highest towing capacity. The Navigator also provides more space in all the three rows than the Toyota Land Cruiser. The Navigator costs $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 pick.

2019 Lincoln navigator
2020 Lincoln navigator

Toyota Land Cruiser Vs Lexus LX 570

The Lexus LX takes many cues from the Land Cruiser, since coming out of a sole parent company. Though the LX costs a few thousand dollars more and we know the reason. There is a single trim available in both these SUVs but there’s an array of standard features. The cargo capacity and mileage are similar as well. The only thing that differentiated them is the interior. Lexus provides a more lavish and comfortable cabin compared to its elder cousin. However, Toyota Land Cruiser turns out to be a more capable SUV with higher towing capacity and impressive off-roading ability.

2019 Lexus LX570
2020 Lexus LX 570

Toyota Land Cruiser Vs Land Rover Range Rover

Land Rover offers seating for five and you might not spend extra to get the third row. On the othr hand, the Toyota Land Cruiser holds a seating capacity for eight passengers. Apart from the seating configuration, the Land Rover leads in multiple areas. It offers a fairly low starting price and the towing capacity is also more than the Land Cruiser. It also offers better fuel economy and upmarket cabin. Overall, the Land Rover is a better deal available at a lower price.

2019 Land rover range rover
Land rover range rover

 

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Final Verdict

The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser is a popular and highly capable off-roading SUV in the market. Toyota has been known for keeping things simple and not adding layers of the optional package. The Land Cruiser already gets featured with advanced techs and features. It offers a robust V-8 engine and nimble handling despite its size. The SUV is somehow marred by its fuel economy as it drinks fuel like no other vehicle and is marked as one of the least fuel-efficient vehicles in the class. The Land Rover Range Rover here makes a great choice as it offers similar off-roading capability and slightly better fuel economy.