Landcruiser began life as a humble 4X4 in 1951. It had rubber mats and was 100% utilitarian.
In 2008, the Landcruiser 200 series was born. Since then it has been lavished with updates in comfort, technology, and capability.
Models are GX, GXL, VX and the luxuriously, fully-appointed Sahara. Our semi-luxury VX scores much of the goodies of the Sahara for 15 grand less.
In 2018, Landcruiser was fettled again with the addition of an upgraded infotainment system, blind spot monitor and a trick 360 ° camera that also gives a view of underneath the car, and where the front wheels are placed.
Australia is Toyota’s largest Landcruiser market with 13,677 sold last year, giving Toyota 91,6% of the segment. Admittedly, only Nissan’s Patrol shares that segment. Landcruiser 80 series adds another 10,037 to that total.
Landcruiser is a big boy. There is no hiding that hulking 2,740kg brute of a body. It is 1980mm wide not including the mirrors, and 4990mm long with a 2850mm wheelbase.
VX has 18” alloys which look a bit lost in that endless sea of wheel arch. Tyres are 285/60R18, with enough height to be comfortable regardless of the size of the rocks under them. That’s a good thing.
Bi-LED auto headlights were added but look added on to the aging body. LED taillights look more successful, but are still what I’d call pretty.
There is a 2-part manual rear hatch, which along with all other doors, has smart entry and locking. The bottom section can be used to stand on, if you manage to be able to scramble up on to it.
Side steps help with access into the high-set 7 or 8 seater cabin. You feel like you’re boarding a jet.
Landcruiser is over 10 years old, which is geriatric in automotive terms. Despite that it continues to be one of the best selling vehicles in the country, mainly because it has only one rival.
Overall, the 2 box shape is OK. It’s the best shape to be wrapped around such a capacious cabin.
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