This multi-tasking full-size SUV offers all the versatility of a traditional mini-van with the amenities and comfort level of a high-end sedan. Add in the 4WD that allows you to chew up rough terrain if desired (or necessary) and the power to pull 8200 lbs. worth of, well, whatever. The Land Cruiser combines the best of all possible large-vehicle worlds into one classy looking package. The only downside is the price tag, which means that this flagship SUV probably won’t be within the means of the average working-class Joe.
The 2011 Land Cruiser comes standard with a bevy of safety and comfort features, like sunroof, keyless entry and start, 28-outlet four-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, 8-way power front seat with lumbar control and driver’s side memory, Bluetooth/iPod/USB connectivity, and Toyota’s signature Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, plus more. The Upgrade Package adds on a DVD and 9” screen in the rear, heated second row seats, and a “cool box” in the center console.
Changes for 2011
The Land Cruiser did not receive changes from the 2010 model year.
What We Like
The four-way traction control, clean exterior lines, and ability to carry eight people are all attractive selling points. The KDSS allows the suspension to adjust to an extremely precise extent, which keeps all four tires in contact with the ground on rugged terrain. The PTC Heater is a wicked indulgence – this technology offers occupants almost instantaneous warmth on ultra-cold days by passing air over a heated ceramic element and into the cabin.
What Concerns Us
It’s a bit disconcerting, considering the artfully engineered nature of almost every component on the Cruiser, that the third row of seats folds up to the sides of the cargo area rather than folding flush into the floor. This eats up storage, as well as just looking and feeling awkward.
The 2011 Land Cruiser comes with a 5.7L V8 6-speed automatic, 401 lb.-ft. of torque, 381 HP, and 13/18 mpg.
In March 2011 Toyota issued a recall due to a problem with the low tire pressure indicator – it might not light up in the event of improperly inflated tires, increasing the risk to occupants. The company notified owners and offered to recalibrate the system.
In August 2012 owners were notified of a recall involving the potential for the gas pedal to get stuck wide open as a result of being caught under the floor mat. Toyota notified owners that they would replace the mat and/or gas pedal.
May 2012 there was a recall issued because of an incorrect loading weight label. Toyota notified owners and can provide a corrected label.
There are no consistently reported complaints on this model.