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The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is the brand’s brawniest 3-row SUV. At over $85,000, it’s also its priciest. Descended from vehicles that roamed to the ends of the earth, today’s Land Cruiser is a leather-laden full-size SUV that nearly mirrors its Lexus LX 570 sibling in luxuriousness. Yet it retains incredible off-road ability with features like full-time 4-wheel drive, a disconnecting sway bar, terrain-select and crawl control. Will any new Land Cruiser buyer ever use these features or even know what to do with them? Probably not, and in reality, lower-cost rivals like the Cadillac Escalade or Lincoln Navigator are better, more comfortable, more technologically sophisticated choices. But if you want to venture far off the map — or portray the image that you do — the 2019 Land Cruiser will get you there. The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser’s go-anywhere capability makes it a cult favorite, but most buyers are better suited to rivals.
Beneath the big exterior and leather-covered interior of the 2019 Land Cruiser remains a surprisingly capable and rugged off-road adventurer. Riding on a rigid body-on-frame chassis that has been part of its well-respected resume for more than 60 years, the Land Cruiser not only goes where most SUVs only dream, it can take a level of punishment that would leave lesser SUVs waiting for AAA to arrive. 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. Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) adjusts rollbar stiffness, preventing excessive lean in the curves while keeping all four wheels planted when off-roading. The 5,815-pound Land Cruiser isn’t a light or nimble SUV, but its big V8 and smooth 8-speed automatic transmission work well to move its heft. By its nature the Land Cruiser doesn’t have the comfort, efficiency or easy driving manners of a crossover SUV like the Toyota Highlander. Yes, the Land Cruiser will serve dutifully as a daily commuter, but Toyota’s flagship SUV remains its best roaming where the asphalt ends.
The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser only comes in one trim, but it has practically every feature that this SUV offers, including an extensive host of safety technology. A rear-seat entertainment system is available, and it comes with two 11.6-inch display screens, two wireless headphones, an HDMI input, and a remote. With excellent off-road capability, a compliant ride, and lots of features, the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is a strong competitor in the luxury large SUV class. However, it has below-average gas mileage and a third row that hinders cargo space. You’ll have to balance the pros with the cons and decide if it’s the right SUV for you, but for many folks, it’s a solid choice.
Every 2019 Land Cruiser leaves the factory in Japan with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and lane-departure warnings.
The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer some of the incremental steps toward self-driving cars seen in some rivals. Features such as limited hands-off driving and active lane control are not available.
Thanks to its capable off-road ability, ample list of features, and comfortable ride, the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser sits in the top half of our luxury large SUV rankings.