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1999 Toyota Land Cruiser REVIEW logo 4/6/2017

Con: Even more expensive than the 4Runner. For $50,000 you better really need all those storage bins.

Pro: With a V8 engine and tons of interior compartments, this SUV can haul the whole family over hill and dale with ease.

What’s New: No changes this year.

Review: Back in 1958, Toyota brought a truck named BJ to U.S. shores, called it a Land Cruiser, and sold it in droves. Now into its 5th generation, Toyota's popular sport-utility vehicle features a 4.7-liter 32-valve DOHC V8 engine. This makes it the first Toyota to be powered by a V8. The engine produces 230 horsepower, 18 more than the last generation's six-cylinder engine, and 320 foot-pounds of torque, an increase of 45 over the '97 model. Toyota executives say that the new Land Cruiser is "larger, stronger and heavier" than the previous generation truck; it is also supposed to produce lower emissions, be more fuel efficient than its predecessor and offer increased luxury options.

The redesigned chassis and suspension resulted in a 50 percent increase in structural rigidity, making the SUV more comfortable, more durable and less noisy. Inside the Land Cruiser, you'll find more room in both length and width, larger door openings, more cup holders, an overhead console featuring three storage compartments and an eyeglass holder/garage door opener compartment. There are also front and rear door pockets and separate compartments for first aid and tool kits.

Other luxury options include power moon-roof, leather seats, roof rack, locking differential and a third seat. Stylistically, Toyota has thrown out their old color options save Black, and offers this year's vehicle in Natural White, River Rock Green Metallic, Champagne Pearl, Mahogany Pearl, Desert Bronze, Imperial Jade Mica and Atlantis Blue Mica.It seems the newest version of the Land Cruiser is expanding its reputation as a luxury sport-utility vehicle in all areas, and this year, it's got the power to prove it.


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