2013 Toyota Land Cruiser: First Look

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  • Competes with: Audi Q7, Infiniti QX56 and Land Rover Range Rover
  • Looks like: Same old Land Cruiser, albeit slightly more polished-looking
  • Drivetrain: 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: early February

After skipping model-year 2012, Toyota is updating one of its largest, most expensive and least popular vehicles with fresh styling, new standard features and more off-road capability for 2013. Its Lexus sibling, the LX, is getting similar treatment — the 2013 LX will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday.

The Land Cruiser’s thirsty 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission return for the 2013 model year. Updates to the large SUV’s exterior include a revised grille, LED daytime running lights, a new bumper, chrome side molding and redesigned side mirrors and taillamps. A new color, Pearl White, joins Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Salsa Red Pearl, Sonora Gold Pearl, Amazon Green Metallic and black.

The Land Cruiser’s interior sees updates that include a new woodgrain finish, brighter silver instrument panel and chrome-plated air registers. Also new to the interior is Toyota’s Multi-terrain Monitor that displays multiple views of the SUV’s exterior.

Features previously optional but now standard on the 2013 Land Cruiser include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a cooled center console, headlamp cleaners, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, multi-information display, voice and Bluetooth hands-free controls, upgraded JBL stereo, a navigation system with Entune and heated second-row seats.  Entune provides access to mobile internet applications such as Bing, iheartradio, OpenTable and Pandora.

In the off-road department, a new Multi-Terrain Select system alters wheel slip based on the terrain, including different settings for mud, sand and rocks. It sounds a lot like Land Rover’s adept Terrain Response system, which allows drivers to alter terrain settings via console-mounted buttons. Land Cruiser’s new Off-Road Turn Assist feature automatically adjusts the brakes to help it make sharper turns off-road.

Land Cruiser has always been capable off-road; its equipment enhancements should improve its chops in that department. Poor fuel economy and steep prices, though, have always been shortcomings. Unfortunately this update won’t change either issue as the thirsty engine carries over for 2013. Adding standard equipment will likely raise its already-hefty price. The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser will start at $77,955 when it goes on sale in early February.

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Comments 

Bowrider

So, does the 570 fondle you while you are driving? Because I'm not sure what it could possibly offer over and above the Land Crusher to make one want to spend the money.

g

a toyota for 77 grand? Forget it. Get a Benz or a Rover, people.

chubby

Chubby want.

xrs2009

Looks better than the current generation though the Range Rover looks better, I still would get the Land Cruiser over the problematic Range Rover. Land Cruiser have good reliability, dependability and quality and that's something Range Rover needs to work on their trucks.

JM

you know why its Toyota's least popular vehicle? because nobody wants a Toyota that is almost 80 grand. at that point, buyers will just spring for the Lexus, or another model all together. buyers also don't want a $80K Toyota that swills gas and has a less roomy and comfortable cabin than the cheaper Sequoia. Toyota really just needs to put the interior of the Land Cruiser in the Sequoia, kill off the Sequoia name plate, and make that new model the Land Cruiser, keeping its cheaper price.

Randy

Any smart buyer would take a $80k Toyota over it's competition. The Range Rover is about as reliable as a clunker and there isn't much else that compares really. These vehicles are very popular and most people that buy them have owned one before.

CC

What's up with LED cluster in headlight housing these days? Audi had it first now every automaker try to put it on to their cars. I still think they look the best on Audi.

broq3.5

@Randy,
It's not that popular in the states- only 1662 sold here all year.

I personally really like the models from the 90s.

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/05/these-are-your-top-10-worst-selling-vehicles-of-2011/

Broq

Cool. www.otachkax.ru

stanford

Broq,
Are you referring to the 90s land crushers with the chevy based 6 or the ones tat came after 93 with the toyota designed engine?

The luxury sedan market is a really competitive market. My first car was a Toyota so I know they perform well but when you are paying north of $50k you really have a lot of choices now. Good looking car though.....

Mike

I know a few people with the Landcruiser and the LX and I have to say that they keep their cars for 7-10 years. These are tanks. You really get what you pay for with this. My sister has a '98 LX with 450k miles and it still looks and drives new.

Rich

Ugly. Gluttonous. Barge.

wplumb@ameritech.ne

We have a 201 Land Cruiser and it is the best vehicle we have ever had

aa

YOU REALLY NEED TO LISTEN TO OWNERS, NOT REVIEWERS. THEY RESELL AT THE HIGHEST VALUE, THEY ARE THE BEST OFF ROAD AND THEY LAST IN GREAT SHAPE FOR MANY YEARS, THEIR COMPETITORS DON'T KEEP UP WITH THESE IN THE LONG RUN ( HAUL ).
TALK TO ACTUAL OWNERS BEFORE SAYING THEY COST TOO MUCH...

maena eric

"aa" U HAV A BRILLIANT POINT,PIPO SHOULD SEEK ADVICE FROM EARLIER LANDCRUISER OWNERS NOT FROM REVIEWERS AND SICK RANGEROVER FANATICS

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