2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Is Still Built For Off-Roading First And Foremost

Last year, Toyota made quite a few changes to the Land Cruiser for the 2018MY in an attempt to solidify its status as an off-road icon.

The 2018 Land Cruiser boasts a new bonnet with an inverted scoop, new fenders, a redesigned grille, new headlights, taillights, wheels and bumpers. The redesign resulted in the Japanese automaker’s 4×4 being a few inches longer compared to its predecessor.

Inside, there is a new dashboard, instruments and center console with an 8-inch infotainment screen positioned lower in order to boost outwards visibility. However, while the 2018 Land Cruiser’s cabin is nice, it’s not as posh as what you get with a Land Rover Discovery, for instance. But that was to be expected, since it doesn’t belong in the premium segment – Toyota has Lexus to take care of that.

Yet, the reviewer thoroughly enjoyed most of the updated Land Cruiser’s characteristics, especially off-road where the Toyota felt tough and surprisingly punchy, despite its 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel producing just 177 horses. On the flip side, its 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque provide decent amounts of low-down pulling power.

If your driving needs don’t involve any trips off-road, perhaps you’ll be more than happy with something like an Audi Q7 or any of its rivals, because the 2018 Land Cruiser is no tarmac-oriented SUV, but an off-roader that gets tough when the going gets rough.

  • DM

    What a cool SUV! A fresher looking interior like the one in the bigger LC would have been nice though, but it’s a great machine nonetheless.

  • TheBelltower

    Very tough truck. Maybe one day Toyota will hire adults to style it.

  • Ary Wisesa

    It’s a nonsense SUV, on off road it’s better than any SUV wannabes offered by other manufacturers.

    • *no-nonsense SUV.. it’s quite capable and comfortable

      • Ary Wisesa

        I mean it’s an excellent SUV 🙂 I wrote it wrong. It should be “It’s a no nonsense SUV.. “

  • SteersUright

    Too expensive, too ugly, outdated powertrains, and cant do anything off-road that far cheaper, new and improved Wrangler 4-door cant do.

    • Krisnadi Imam

      how bout reliably? toyota SUV user here… in a tropical 3rd world country, between rough roads, occasional waist deep floods, and extreme traffics… 200K km, 10 years of ownership, replaced the clucth 2x, replaced the tires 4x, battery 4x, i even run the diesel engine on gasoline once because i was “drunk”, even then not once i was stranded or the car died on me. Everything runs tight, with minimal rattling and squeaks, no leaks, no nothing i can speak ill about.

      well if there is one, they dont make the shift knobs and the steering out of wood anymore… i kinda worn mine down, they are bloody expensive to replace ( unless i go cheapo fakes )

      • Ary Wisesa

        Well.., you know.. so many people that are too pre-occupied with snobbish brands and outer appearance. And since they can’t afford it to truly understand what lies beneath the shell, they simply judge the book by its cover. My family own an LC100, and I must admit it’s the best vehicle we ever own. Never breaks down, never rattles, never terrorize me with exorbitant repair costs. Only proper maintenance expenses, and a little expensive fuel. LOL (But come on, it’s a 2300 kg vehicle with 4700cc V8, so nobody would expect it to be as frugal as Prius. Hahaha..) Quiet simply, it’s excellently engineered. Meanwhile, I saw too many snobbish SUVs (from the same year make) which they worship too much (like RR, X5, ML-class, XC90, etc) only give severe headache to their owners due to technical breakdowns. The RR is the worst among them though. And btw, about flood, our LC was our savior during severe flooding. That’s why we love it so much and will still keep it with us.

        • Krisnadi Imam

          yep… mine is a fortuner (derivatives of the old Rav 4) its a turbo diesel with 2.5L produces a measly 101HP. its a 5speed manual with only 2WD.
          What it lacks in power it makes up in fuel economy. With average speed of measly 14kmh (8.7mph) over years of travels, mine gets 10km/liter of diesel (23.5mpg). im getting similar fuel economy to a1.8L corolla!

          TBH, its no where near a LC100 in terms of refinement and quality. if mine lasts, it would expected that yours will outlast it.

          here is an example of one

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/334fafa4d5339d6373f92ab5639607adf9d747b7f7f730718687ca734bb8a8b4.jpg

          • Ary Wisesa

            Fortuner is very good car too. My cousin own the very firts version of it (I think it’s from 2007 if I’m not mistaken). He has the 2700cc gasoline 2WD. It’s also very durable and tough. Nice SUV you have. 🙂

          • Krisnadi Imam

            That one is not my car, but very similar to it. its also the same black color too

          • TheHake

            The Fortuner is derived from the Hilux, not the Rav4.

    • TheHake

      Except it will take you through Africa without breaking down 1000 times.

      • SteersUright

        Yes, and getting through Africa is a deal-breaker requirement for oh so many of us. That said, so will a 4Runner and even a Rav4 for far less money. In fact, so would a CRV, Tacoma, Ridgeline, F150, and a host of others. Im not arguing that the Land Cruiser isnt an excellent truck, Im arguing that its simply vastly overpriced and much behind the times with regards to powertrain and efficiency.

        • TheHake

          I would DEFINITELY not mind the 4Runner either! But the RAV4 or CRV are no off-road cabpable machines. Can’t speak for the Tacoma, but if I was to have a Toyota truck, it would be the Hilux. But before I take a highlux, I’d have a Ranger or V6 Amarok.

  • Bullitt2605

    Lets go off roading in my new Land Cruiser said no one ever.

    • TheHake

      WHAAAAAT? You are not serious, right???

      • Bullitt2605

        Why did you take your new $85,000 plus LC off roading when you got it?

        • TheHake

          Because that’s what it’s built for. Otherwise I would have bought a 7-series Beemer.

  • TheHake

    The LC150 is still VERY comfy on road as well.

  • smartalec

    Slightly less ugly than the previous model, although that is not saying much.

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