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The surprising history of the Toyota Land Cruiser

Cheapism Logo By Andrew Lisa of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 18: Originally created for the military in the Far East, the Toyota Land Cruiser has evolved into a status symbol for well-heeled buyers in the West. It originally borrowed heavily from the American Jeep and British Land Rover, but soon set itself apart as a highly capable and purpose-built off-road machine wrapped in luxury, comfort, and style. Backed by Toyota's legendary reliability, the Land Cruiser now enjoys a loyal cult following and a place among the greats in world automotive history. While unconfirmed rumors have recently swirled that the 200-series Land Cruiser might be discontinued after the 2021 model year, fans hold out hope that the legend will continue to grow for years to come.Related: 17 Things You Didn't Know About Jeeps

Cruising Into History

Originally created for the military in the Far East, the Toyota Land Cruiser has evolved into a status symbol for well-heeled buyers in the West. It originally borrowed heavily from the American Jeep and British Land Rover, but soon set itself apart as a highly capable and purpose-built off-road machine wrapped in luxury, comfort, and style. Backed by Toyota's legendary reliability, the Land Cruiser now enjoys a loyal cult following and a place among the greats in world automotive history. While unconfirmed rumors have recently swirled that the 200-series Land Cruiser might be discontinued after the 2021 model year, fans hold out hope that the legend will continue to grow for years to come.

Related: 17 Things You Didn't Know About Jeeps

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