2003 Land Cruiser New Car Test Drive
Toyota now sells five different sport-utility vehicles, but Land Cruiser remains at the top of the heap when it comes to luxury and off-road capability, and not necessarily in that order. This is one of only a few truly elite off-road vehicles.
Few vehicles offer the off-road capability of the Land Cruiser, and fewer still combine this with its level of luxury. If this doesn't do it for you, then you'll have to step up to the Lexus LX 470 or the new Range Rover.
The Toyota Land Cruiser can transport up to eight passengers over the toughest terrain, but it's also a comfortable long-distance cruiser. Inside, you'll find all of the features normally associated with top-level luxury sedans, including heated leather seats, power sunroof, automatic climate control, and every power accessory under the sun.
It comes with Toyota's impressive level of quality control, ensuring excellent durability and reliability. While the price is high, the Land Cruiser maintains its value over the long haul with minimal depreciation.
Only one well-outfitted model of the Toyota Land Cruiser is available, which retails for $52,595. The Lexus LX 470 is similar since it's based on the same components, but adds more leather and wood interior trim, a more sophisticated suspension, and a few other features.
The Land Cruiser comes with just about everything, including leather seating surfaces, remote keyless entry, one-touch up/down power windows, and an in-dash CD stereo. For 2002, the third-row seat is standard equipment, and brings with it automatic rear climate controls, power rear quarter windows, cupholders and grip handles. This formerly was a $2,265 option package. Also standard for 2002 is a HomeLink universal remote system.
Sophisticated active safety measures make the Land Cruiser easier to control in emergency maneuvers. Standard active safety features include full-time four-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution, active traction control and vehicle skid control. Four-wheel drive and traction control also enhance the Land Cruiser's off-road capability.