2020 Land Cruiser New Car Test Drive
The Toyota Land Cruiser was originally designed to be a super off-road SUV, but somehow it caught on as a family vehicle, and here it is today: a family vehicle with super off-road capabilities.
For 2020 Toyota recognizes that heritage with a new model, the Heritage Edition, which eliminates the third row, drops the running boards and refrigerator in the center console, and adds BBS wheels and a roof basket.
All 2020 Land Cruisers use a potent 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case. Its arsenal of 4WD parts includes a multi-mode traction control system, crawl control that allows the truck to lope along at a walking pace, and a trick system that reduces the turning radius in tight spots.
None of that equipment does the Land Cruiser any favors around town, where it's a lumbering beast. The ride is surprisingly (or not) soft. The cabin is as spacious as might be expected, although not as luxurious as the price tag suggests.
Not surprisingly (for sure), the 2020 Land Cruiser is one of the thirstiest new vehicles available. It's rated by the EPA at just 13 mpg city, 17 highway, 14 combined. The good news is that it runs on regular fuel.
It hasn't been crash tested, but standard equipment includes automatic emergency braking that can detect pedestrians, blind-spot monitors, lane-departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control.
For $86,600 the Land Cruiser comes with leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a power moonroof, a cooler in the center console, active safety equipment, a 9.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment paired with Bluetooth, USB ports, navigation, JBL speakers, and a wireless charger.
The Heritage Edition costs $88,900. The only option is a $2,220 rear entertainment system.