2020 Toyota Land Cruiser

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$85,315 - $87,645
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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Tijo Tenson Content Writer Updated on: December 8, 2019


Toyota has managed to create a vehicle which ages like fine wine. The first Toyota Land Cruiser rolled out in 1951 and has not stopped thereafter! The last major upgrade was done in 2016. There has been minor upgrades thereafter and the latest iteration has a few cosmetic upgrades.

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Pros

Built like a tank

Feature rich interior

Well Disciplined for an SUV

Cons

Lacks Apple Play and Android Auto

Poor Fuel Economy

Limited third row seating

What's New?

A host of cosmetic upgrades which gives it a refreshed look


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$85315

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

346 cu.in.

horsepower

381 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

401 lbs.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/active anti-roll bar

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

cargo volume

82.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

8100 lbs.

payload capacity

1570 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/14/17 mpg

ev range

319.8 mi.

highway range

418.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Rear 3 Quarter View  2020 Toyota Land Cruiser 3 Quarter View  2020 Toyota Land Cruiser 3 Quarter View  2020 Toyota Land Cruiser 3 Quarter View  2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Emblems
Interior
 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Seating Layout  2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Front Seats  2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Trunk Space  2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Rear Seats  2020 Toyota Land Cruiser interior

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
blizzard pearl

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine

6.5

Interior

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Base

Base

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

$85,315


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (5.7L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $85,315 MSRP (13/14/17) 381hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8

 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition

Heritage Edition

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

$87,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Heritage Edition 4dr SUV AWD (5.7L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $87,645 MSRP (13/14/17) 381hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8

Expert Review

7.7

Overall Rating


The Land Cruiser is powered by a 5.7L V8 producing peak power of 381 horses and 401 lb-ft of peak torque. This is transferred to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission with a manual overdrive. It has an impressive towing capacity at 8100 pounds.

Toyota has taken care to provide all the latest technological offerings in the Land Cruiser to make it a breeze to drive both on and off roads. The fact that has kept the Landcruiser going on for such a long period of time is the fact that it's a clear cut pure offroader. It has a straightforward attitude which makes it a favorite of many.

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Front View
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Front View
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Rear View
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Rear View

7.5/10
Features

 

6.5/10
Engine

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Features

7.5/10

The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser is available in two trims; Base and the Heritage Edition

Trims

Base

Heritage Edition(Limited)

MSRP

$85317

$87645

Engine

5.7L V8

5.7L V8

Features

LED projector-beam high and low beam headlights

All the features in Base variant including:

 

Integrated LED Fog Lamps

Dark Housing for Headlamps

 

LED stop lights and light-pipe tail lights with vortex generators

Darkened Chrome with black inserts for fog lamps

 

Auto-dimming ORVM with cameras

5-Passenger seating with black perforated leather.

 

Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade

“TOYOTA LAND CRUISER” Heritage badge

 

18-inch split-spoke alloys wheels

18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels

 

10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

Yakima MegaWarrior roof rack

 

3-position memory function

All-Weather Floor and cargo mats

   

Black Interior Package

   

Ten cup and bottle holders

Which trim should you opt for?

The Base variant is the sensible one to get. Apart from the fact that the Heritage Variant is limited to 1200 units, it doesn’t offer anything major for the extra premium. A few cosmetic changes are all we get. So the Heritage is not really worth the extra $2328 and the good old base variant is sensible of the two.

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Engine

6.5/10

The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser is powered by a 5.7L V8 powerhouse which chucks out 381 horses and 401lb-ft of torque. Power is transmitted via an 8-Speed wizardry to all 4 wheels which helps the Landcruiser to crawl literally on any terrain. With a price tag of $85315, it is not the cheapest SUV out there. It does justify the price tag with exceptional offroading capabilities and an ever so comfortable interior.

What's under the hood of Toyota Land Cruiser?

Powered by a 5.7L V8 gasoline engine, the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser produces 381hp at 5600rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm.

​​2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Engine Bay

The 8-speed transmission does the work of pulling this behemoth over any terrain possible. It is also equipped with a 2-speed transfer case and a locking center differential. 

 

Models

Toyota Land Cruiser

(Base)

Lincoln Navigator L

(Reserve)

Cadillac Escalade ESV

(Base)

Maserati Levante

(GranSport)

Lexus LX 570

(Two-Row)

MSRP

$85315

$85205

$81195

$77500

$86380

Engine

5.7L V8

3.5L Twin Turbo V6

6.2L V8

3L Turbo V6

5.7L V8

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

(rpm)

381hp

@5600

450hp

@5500

420hp

@5600

345hp

@5750

383hp

@5600

Torque

(rpm)

401lb-ft

@3600

510lb-ft

@3000

460 lb-ft

@4100

369lb-ft

@1750

403 lb-ft

@3600

The Lincoln Navigator L is the most powerful of the lot, courtesy of its twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6. The 10-speed gearbox helps in transmitting the power. But the ride is much more jerky because of the twin turbo setup which has an irregular power delivery cycle. All the others have a linear setup which makes them tamable.

How quick is it up the hill?

The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser in spite of weighing close to two tonnes, crosses the 60 miles mark in 6.8 seconds which is very impressive.

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Front View

With a quarter-mile of 15.1 seconds, this is a pretty quick SUV. The 8-speed transmission is programmed to upshift prematurely for increased fuel economy.

Models

Toyota Land Cruiser

(Base)

Lincoln Navigator L

(Reserve)

Cadillac Escalade ESV

(Base)

Maserati Levante

(GranSport)

Lexus LX 570

(Two-Row)

0-60 MPH

6.8s

5.9s

5.9

5

7.3s

Quarter mile

15.1s

14.5

14.3*

12.0

15.7*

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

11.7

9.8*

10.3

10.4

11.8*

The Lighter Lexus LX 570 gets to the 60 mark a lot slower with a time of 7.3 seconds. This shows the efficient power delivery of the Land Cruiser which makes it superior in speedruns.

How is the driving dynamics of the Toyota?

Toyota has always given extra focus on driving dynamics. The Land Cruiser is not an exception as well. The body is attached to a ladder frame which is ideal for a no-nonsense SUV. The rear has a solid axle and independent suspension at the front. The steering is light which helps in moving the huge Toyota with ease. Standard tires provide a good grip but the suspension is on the softer side. This makes curvy roads uncomfortable.

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV 3rd Rear View

Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System makes the ride comfortable on highways but it excels on uneven terrains where it’s meant to be. This system utilizes anti-roll bars which disconnects at lower speeds for more wheel travel depending on the terrain.

How effective are the brakes?

The Toyota Land Cruiser has enough stopping power to bring the 2-tonner to a stop from 60 mph in 121 ft. . It has ABS-equipped Disc brakes all around with a rotor diameter of 13.9 inches at front and 13.6 inches at the rear.

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Brakes

It offers a decent bite and instills confidence when offroading. 

Models

Toyota Land Cruiser

(Base) 

Lincoln Navigator L

(Reserve)

Cadillac Escalade ESV

(Base)

Maserati Levante

(GranSport)

Lexus LX 570

(Two-Row)

Brake Front (in.)

13.9

N/A

13

13.6

13.9

Brake Rear (in.)

13.6

N/A

13.6

13

13.5

60-0 MPH (ft)

121

N/A

121

118

118

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Fuel Economy

When it comes to SUVs, fuel economy is something which is least thought of . But with the ever increasing fuel prices it has become a concern now. Needless to say, the Land Cruiser gives a combined MPG of 14 which given its size and power output is decent. A few tweaks have been made to the powertrain to extract the maximum MPG.

Models

Toyota Land Cruiser

(Base)

Lincoln Navigator L

(Reserve)

Cadillac Escalade ESV

(Base)

Maserati Levante

(GranSport)

Lexus LX 570

(Two-Row)

MPG (city)

13

16

14

15

12

MPG (highway)

17

22

21

21

16

MPG (combined)

14

19

17

17

15

The Toyota is the least fuel efficient of the lot. The Cadillac Escalade and Maserati Levante top the list with a combined MPG of 17.

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Interior

8.0/10

The interior of the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser doesn’t mimic its functionality. It is rather comfortable and luxurious when compared to other SUVs. It has a host of driver and passenger-friendly features to cocoon them in comfort while it devours various terrains!

How cozy is it on the inside?

The Land Cruiser is a 8-seater with three rows of seats. The first and second rows are comfortable and spacious but the third one is only good for kids.

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Seats

The seats are upholstered with semi-aniline leather and wooden trims are added into the dashboard. It makes sure that its occupants are comfortable while it climbs mountains.

Models

Toyota Land Cruiser

(Base) 

Lincoln Navigator L

(Reserve)

Cadillac Escalade ESV

(Base)

Maserati Levante

(GranSport)

Lexus LX 570

(Two-Row)

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

38.3/61.0/42.9

39.5/65.2/43.9

42.8/64.9/45.3

N/A

38.3/61.0/42.9

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

38.9/61.1/34.4

37.9/65.1/42.6

39.1/64.4/39.7

N/A

38.9/59.1/34.4

The Land Cruiser is not the spacious of the lot, but it makes up for it with the exceptionally luxurious interiors and clever management of seats. The Cadillac Escalade wins here with plenty of interior space.

Is the Infotainment top-notch?

The Land Cruiser boasts of a 9-inch touch screen infotainment system couples with 14 JBL speakers including amplifier. It supports advanced voice recognition, hands-free Bluetooth and has Qi-compatible wireless smartphone and device charging.

How good is the cargo space?

The Land Cruiser provides 16.1 cubic feet of cargo space with all the three rows of seat up. This low volume is because of the addition of the third row and a compact wheelbase. This can be varied by folding the third and second row of seats when needed. This provides an adaptive cargo space which helps a lot when offroading.

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid Cargo Space

Models

Toyota Land Cruiser

(Base) 

Lincoln Navigator L

(Reserve)

Cadillac Escalade ESV

(Base)

Maserati Levante

(GranSport)

Lexus LX 570

(Two-Row)

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

16.1

36.0

39.3

20.5

34.6

The Lincoln and Cadillac have a maximum volume of 36.0 and 39.3 cubic feet because if its elongated wheelbase. Lexus has 34.6 cubic feet as it has only two rows of seats.

Interior Features

  • Four Zone Automatic front and rear climate control with air filter and dust pollen filtration
  •  Enhanced Multi-terrain Monitor with selectable front, side or rear views
  • Bird’s Eye View Camera-PerimeterScab and Overhead 360-degree view
  • Multi-stage heated and ventilated front seats
  • 40/20/40 split, sliding, reclining, folding and tumble second-row seats
  • 50/50 split, fold-down third-row seats
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Two center console 12V auxiliary power outlets
  • One rear cargo area 120V AC power
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Rear Seats
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Rear Seats
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Seats
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Seats
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Front Seats
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Front Seats
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Steering wheel
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Steering wheel
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Interior
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Interior

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Exterior

The Land Cruiser has always had a very conservative design with simple curves to complement it. Even after being in production for over 70 years! the latest one still has cues from the initial iteration. Other than a few mandatory updates which were done to meet the latest norms, the Toyota Land Cruiser is still the old no-nonsense offroader.

Does Toyota Land Cruiser look the part?

The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser has been designed very boldly. The sheer size of it and the huge grille never lets it go unnoticed. The signature LED lighting and “LandCruiser” logo on the side moldings celebrates its presence. LED headlamps and taillights help bring a refreshed look to the ageless SUV.

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Badging

The A-pillars have been designed to facilitate maximum field of view so that the SUV is easy to maneuver in cities as well.

Models

Toyota Land Cruiser

(Base)

Lincoln Navigator L

(Reserve)

Cadillac Escalade ESV

(Base)

Maserati Levante

(GranSport)

Lexus LX 570

(Two-Row)

Length (in)

194.9

221.9

224.3

197.0

200

Width (in)

78.0

79.9

80.5

77.5

780

Height (in)

74.0

76.1

74.0

66.1

75.2

Ground clearance (in)

9.0

9.6

9.0

8.0

8.9

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

131.6

130.0

118.2

112.2

Track width (in) F/R

64.9/64.7

67.0/67.2

68.7/68.7

63.9/66.0

64.8/64.6

Curb weight (lbs)

5815

6089

6088

4650

5800

Exterior Features

  • LED stop lights and light-pipe tail lights with vortex generators
  • 18-inch split-spoke alloy wheels with P285/60R18 116V tires
  • Privacy glass on rear side, quarter and liftgate windows
  • Rain-sensing aerodynamic variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Roof rack
  • Front and rear frame-mounted tow hooks
  • Skid plates — on front suspension, radiator, fuel tank, and transfer case
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Bonnet
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Bonnet
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV 3rd quarter rear view
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV 3rd quarter rear view
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Side view
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Side view
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Rear View
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Rear View
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Exterior
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Exterior

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Safety

Being an offroader, Toyota has bathed the Land Cruiser in all the latest safety features available. This makes driving the vehicle a lot more easier and comforting. It is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense and Safety Connect which are custom-tailored security bundles which make the Toyota a very safe place to be in.

Safety Features

  • Pre-collision System with Pedestrian Detection(PCS w/PD)
  • Lane Departure Alert(LDA)
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Ten airbags!
  • Driver and Passenger active Headrests
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seats
  • Highly rigid body structure with side-impact door beams
  • Tyre Pressure Monitor System
  • Front and Rear Parking Assist Sonar
  • Stolen Vehicle Locator
  • Blind Spot Monitor(BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert(RCTA)

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Competition

Lincoln Navigator L(Reserve)

The Navigator is a long SUV. Its proportions are not practical to be used for offroading which makes it very clumsy. It balances the added weight by producing 450 hp which makes it the most powerful of the lot. But it has a very extreme character which doesn’t help in its purpose. It only excels on roads and that too on highways. It will be a headache to maneuver something of this magnitude in cities. The Land Cruiser provides a sensible and balanced structure that instills confidence to go anywhere. These characteristics completely mask its inferior performance figures which makes it the better of the two.

2020 Lincoln Navigator L

Cadillac Escalade ESV

The Cadillac is also a very powerful SUV trailing behind the Navigator in terms of performance. The Cadillac has very poor driving ergonomics which makes it tough to live with. It is the longest car of the lot which makes moving it hard. Toyota, on the other hand, is a fine example of balancing size and power to provide the maximum output which makes it the David in this test.

2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV

Maserati Levante(GranSport)

The Levante is an odd addition as it is a two-row SUV whereas the Toyota Land Cruiser is an 8 seater 3 row SUV. This made to the list as it costs more than the Toyota and produces more power as well. But the marginal power bump is not enough to showcase its benefit over the Land Cruiser.T he Maserati focuses only on the performance perspective which doesn't help it in overshadowing the Toyota

2020 Maserati Levante GranSport

Lexus LX570

The Lexus is technically a Toyota Land Cruiser with different clothing. As both the SUVs share all of the resources, this is a subjective choice based on looks. The Lexus will cater to a more modern audience as it flaunts a modern design.

2020 Lexus LX570 2-Row

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Final Verdict

The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser hasn’t gone through any modifications when compared to the previous generation. It is a good sign as the Land Cruiser was already a bold straight forward no-nonsense SUV. It feels at home in challenging terrains which help it flex the muscles.

If you want an utterly reliable, relatively compact, functional, luxurious and craving offroader then the Land Cruiser is the one for you. It doesn’t disappoint you on roads as well, but off-road is where Toyota truly feels at home.