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2024 Toyota Land Cruiser First Look Review: Returning to its Source

The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the most iconic models from Toyota, so we were disheartened when it discontinued a few years back. However, it now seems that Toyota never intended for it to be absent for long, as it’s making a comeback for the 2024 model year. The positive news is that the 2024 Land Cruiser is just as robust as before, but it now is more compact and has a significantly more accessible initial price.

Inspired by previous Land Cruiser models like the FJ40 and FJ62, the 2024 Land Cruiser showcases iconic round LED headlights and the “TOYOTA” heritage grille on the 1958 trim level, while the standard trim receives slim, rectangular headlights reminiscent of the FJ62. The squared off body is also similar to past Land Cruiser models. Compared to the outgoing 200 Series, the new Land Cruiser is 4.4 inches narrower and 1.2 inches shorter, which actually makes it look and feel closer in size to the 4Runner. It’s just over three inches longer than the 4Runner.

The resemblance of the new Land Cruiser to the 2024 Lexus GX is striking, as both SUVs have similar profiles, but with brand specific front and rear fascias.

While the 200 Series was equipped with a V8, Toyota has ceased production of a V8 for its trucks. Instead of utilizing a V6, the Land Cruiser is now powered by a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder hybrid powertrain. This hybrid powertrain produces a combined 326 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, which is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a full time 4×4 system. We will need to wait until we get behind the wheel to evaluate the Land Cruiser’s performance on and off-road. The Land Cruiser is also based on the same TNGA-F platform as the Tundra, Sequoia, and the 2024 Tacoma.

Inside, the Land Cruiser’s interior now features only two rows of seats, compared to three in the last Land Cruiser. The interior now has a far more contemporary appearance, with the same look and feel as Toyota’s other newer truck models. It comes with a fully digital instrument cluster and buyers can choose between either an 8- or 12.3-inch touchscreen.

The 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser will be offered in three trims: 1958, Land Cruiser, and First Edition. The distinctive First Edition model adds a roof rack, rock rails, a front skid plate, and round headlights. Production of the Land Cruiser First Edition is limited to 5,000 units.

The exciting news is that the 2024 Land Cruiser is now much more accessible with a starting price in the mid-$50k range. It’s expected to arrive in the spring of 2024.

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