Toyota Land Cruiser’s Base Version Could Be The Pick Of The Range

The recent 2018MY Toyota Land Cruiser’s facelift comes with what many potential customers might have missed: the entry-level Utility trim level.

Toyota UK describes it as a “workhorse” grade, aimed at those who want the durability and dependability of a Land Cruiser (sold as the Prado in certain markets) but couldn’t care less for things like leather seats, chrome inserts or even alloy wheels.

That’s right; the new Land Cruiser Utility comes with a set of 17-inch steel wheels, which to these eyes look the business, eliminating the fear of curbing them and even probably offer a better ride quality too.

And don’t let the entry-level spec scare you as the cheapest Land Cruiser still comes with roof rails, front fog lights, air-conditioning, dusk-sensing headlights, cruise control, smart entry and a six-speaker audio system with CD player, Bluetooth, aux-in and USB ports.

Toyota offers the Land Cruiser Utility in three- and five-door versions. The only available engine is the 2.8-liter D-4D turbodiesel unit that makes 175hp and 309lb-ft when paired to a six-speed manual transmission.

This back-to-basics approach is pretty refreshing, not to mention it makes the Toyota Land Cruiser more affordable than ever: a three-door Utility with the manual gearbox starts from £32,795 ($45,500 in current exchange rates) in the UK, with the five-door asking for £34,095.


  • Jay

    I see a Japanese Bronco here, and I like it.

  • Liam Paul

    lol 45k for that, thanks but no thanks

    • Leofred

      Well after 10yrs of owning it you’d probably get 35k for it

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        Not in the UK you won’t.

        • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

          cost 100k in norway for a 5 door premium land cruiser.

          • Obsequious Lickspittle

            That’s great!

          • thunder bolt

            it’s about 85k based price in the U.S. but with option and tax, I think it would be the same as Norway.

    • Ken Lyns

      In the UK that might be considered a good deal…

  • Andy

    HDJ or nothing

  • Andy

    HDJ or nothing, out there the land cruiser is useless

    • Eythan Aldrich

      what on earth is HDJ mean man? also you spam the same comment again

  • Dude

    With 177HP diesel not interesting at all. Underpowered and full of unreliable systems like SCR or DPF. Make it petrol hybrid, Toyota.

    • Christian Wimmer

      How is the diesel unreliable?

      A petrol-hybrid seems like a recipe for reliability disaster over a diesel given then complexity of that system.

      • Dude

        Complexity? You mean lack of starter? Hybrids are more simple than regular petrols. And diesel is unreliable because of turbo, DPF and SCR as well as because of CR injectors. Former diesel owner here… diesels are reliable without the all eco-gear in EU. If you buy a diesel for asian market, yes, it will be reliable.

        • Christian Wimmer

          Come on. There are millions of turbodiesel cars and trucks in the EU providing transportation. If they were so unreliable then we’d hear about this.

          And if emission piping, catalytic converters and injectors are so “problematic” on diesels, then surely they must also be “problematic” on gasoline-powered cars. Right?

          • DeCode

            “If they were so unreliable then we’d hear about this” yeah, just like you’re always hearing about all about the African/MiddleEast/Far-Asian invasion through out Europe…oh wait.

        • Six Thousand Times

          What? “Hybrids” are more complex than anything else. That’s two complete powertrains lashed together.

    • Michael_66589

      Better make LPG version.

  • Bash

    Fine, I’ll take it in black!

    • R-Wentworth-J

      Excellent choice, sir… …so would I.

      • Bash


  • Bob White

    2 Doors, 6 speed manual, no BS… Bring this to US and Canada and it would fly out the door. My cheque is ready.

    • Ken Lyns

      Toyota will never bring another short wheelbase SUV to North America – too many lawyers waiting to pounce.

      • Bob White

        Toyota is just too conservative. What’s the legal issue with SWB? Wrangler does it.

  • appleimmune

    Just hate the new gallery component on this refreshed site.. The old component was better, less clicks and one was able to see all of the images without having to close each image.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Agree. You cannot cycle through images on an iPad.

      • Zandit75

        Or a desk top computer it would seem.

  • RipOff

    Still a rip off in the UK. Price starts at 3538000 JPY in Japan, or £23,050 in GBP…!

  • Six Thousand Times

    I’d go for that spec but I’d get the 5-door. The 3-door looks too chopped – like those VW busses where somebody has cut the middle out.

  • smartacus

    needs a rear door like a Veloster.

  • Seven23

    Is shame this kind of vehicle is not in sell in US.

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      Agreed. I had a 2001 Explorer 2 door that I loved. Unfortunately, there is not enough demand for 2 door suv variants. I think even Jeep thought about eliminating the 2 door Wrangler due to its falling demand. In 2016, Jeep sold roughly 200K 4 door Wranglers globally to only 50K 2 door Wranglers. Every other manufacturer is well aware of this. It is simply not worth investing a couple hundred million dollars in a model variant that is consistently losing demand. It is a shame as the new Bronco deserves to have both variants.

  • Zandit75

    Looks like a poor render from the side.

    Hmmm, where is X-Tomi these days. Did he have anything to do with this???!!

  • Vanishing Boy

    No rear-mounted spare tire on a bare-bones rig kinda ‘ruins’ the look somewhat. (Of course, take off the tire cover.)

  • bubusdad

    These things are indestructible. You see them all over Latin America. It will outlive every other vehicle you may have (and even you).

  • Worse
  • DeCode

    I want to be excited, but we don’t get it (the stripper version) in the US and frankly, it’s so damn ugly (Euro version) I wouldn’t buy one anyway.

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