**Did you know, the Toyota Land Cruiser was the first vehicle to be driven 2,500 metres up Mount Fuji? If that doesn’t demonstrate this legendary vehicle’s off-road capabilities & incredible durability, I don’t know what will. Let's take a deeper dive as Vanarama’s Van Expert Tom explores this versatile LCV. **
The Land Cruiser is Toyota’s longest running model series starting life in 1951, albeit in passenger car form. Over the years, it has been steadily updated & remains a popular, full-sized SUV which (it says) rivals the Land Rover Defender. Although I still wonder how it rivals the Defender.
Today’s 4WD Commercial was launched in 2018 as a basic, workhorse version of the Outlander, with a more up-market specification launching in early 2020. Later that year, Toyota gave the vehicle a boost with a more powerful, economical engine & an updated 8-inch infotainment system in its Active trim level.
In the current generation, you can breathe easy in this workhorse too, with Toyota Relax you’ve got up to 10 years on the warranty. That’s outrageous - Toyota must really be confident in their vehicles! Let’s take a closer look.
Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial
Trim Levels & Features: There are two trim levels on offer - Utility & Active. The Cruiser is available in two wheelbases with 2 or 5 doors, respectively. The Active model comes with automatic transmission as standard.
Cab Environment: The Active trim level features the 8-inch Toyota Touch 2 Infotainment system with DAB. The size of the screen decreases to 4.2 inches on the Utility model. Manual air conditioning features in the Utility trim, but with the Active models you’ll get automatic dual-zone conditioning. Cool!
Driver Convenience: Both models come with heated power mirrors, auto headlights, keyless entry & cruise control as standard. The Active model also features a reversing camera & rear parking sensors.
Exterior: The LWB version features black roof rails, whereas the Active trim gets cool body-coloured mirrors & handles. If you’re into your alloys, you’ll get 17-inch ones to marvel at. As standard, the Utility & Active trims both feature LED DRLs.
Safety Features: Safety features on this vehicle include active traction control, TPWS, trailer sway control, & more, which makes this vehicle pretty perfect for on & off-road driving. If you’re seeking a little more safety, opt for the Active trim level where you’ll also get hill start assist control & downhill assist control.
Engines & Drivetrains: Under the bonnet, this vehicle boasts a 2.8-litre 204HP diesel with 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, & permanent 4-wheel drive.
Body & Weight Configurations, Doors & Loading Bays: Yes, this Land Cruiser is a SUV in commercial vehicle form, so you might need some convincing that it’ll be able to handle your everyday business needs. However, Toyota knows that you’ll need to battle all weathers, while carrying all of your equipment on the lovely (pot-hole filled) British roads. The vehicle has two twin side doors (on the LWB version) with a remote-opening glass tailgate, plus 4 lashing rings in the cargo area to help keep your cargo safe. Additionally, you’ll get a rubber-lined rear floor tray (which can definitely take a few knocks), blanked-out rear windows & a mesh bulkhead.
Capabilities: Payloads, Tow Weights, Fuel Consumption & CO2: You’ll stay in perfect control when towing your equipment as the towing capacity for this SUV/van combo is 3000kg. The WLTP fuel consumption ranges from 28.8-31.0 mpg (combined) with CO2 emissions from 239-258g/km.
Cargo Area Dimensions: It’s a car-derived van, so it’s not going to be massive. Its internal lengths are 1068mm (SWB) & 1480mm (LWB), its internal widths are 1060mm (SWB) & 1045mm (LWB, & its internal height is 959mm (SWB) & 928mm (LWB). Which means it gets thinner the longer it gets… random.
I’ve said it before - car-derived commercial vehicles & me just don’t mix. There’s a few on the market I like… & this is one of them. Toyota just seems to get what it's doing in commercial vehicles. The Land Cruiser is an excellent platform to build a commercial vehicle on & I think you’ll find a huge number of agricultural drivers who agree with me.
If you really don’t think a van or pickup truck will work for you, this is what I’d suggest next. The Land Cruiser is not ‘out there’ like the Mitsubishi Outlander, but it’s got charm & personality coupled with practicality. That’s enough to convince me of its capabilities. Let me know if you agree in the comments - if you don’t agree, well, that’s your choice.