2009 Toyota Land Cruiser | new car review

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 by

 

’s Land Cruiser has been in the market for over 50 years now and has since proven itself to be an almost perfect blend of ability, quality, comfort and reliability.

In the Middle East the Land Cruiser has a stranglehold over the large SUV market while being the preferred choice of safari operators. The only area where the Land Cruiser seems weak is styling with many finding it bland and appliance like. The new Land Cruiser retains the rugged characteristics and off-road reliability that has made it famous, while improving driving pleasure, quality and comfort.

It has increased slightly in size making it one of the largest SUVs around. Buyers will appreciate the extra legroom and headroom as compared to the previous generation and the SUV can now accommodate eight passengers thanks to three-row configurable seating. The most noticeable change is the passenger cabin which is now more opulent and blends luxury with technology quite well.

2009 Toyota Land CruiserHigh quality leather, wood and metal accents complement each other to provide a first-class ambience. An advanced climate control with four-zone temperature zones and up to 28 air outlets will keep you cool and relaxed even on the most challenging off-road excursions. There are lots of convenience oriented gadgetry such as the stop/start button, large navigation screen, rear monitor, parking sensors and a moon roof.

The Land Cruiser features three engine options and includes a diesel unit as well. There is the base 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine that delivers 240bhp and a more powerful 4.7-litre V8 with 271bhp. These petrol units are mated with either a five-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

2009 Toyota Land CruiserThe diesel engine is a 4.5-litre V8 unit with common-rail technology and twin-turbo. This diesel power plant is mated to either a five-speed manual or a new six-speed automatic transmission and is tuned differently to produce 217bhp with manual transmission and 232bhp with the automatic.

The Land Cruiser remains the king of the dunes with exceptional off-road ability. The SUV possesses a host of technologies designed for off-road competence. The Crawl Control System automatically manages both the engine and brakes to maintain a constant, low crawl speed, which coupled with the Downhill Assist Control, allow the driver to confidently tackle sand or rocky surfaces and steep gradients without getting beached.

2009 Toyota Land CruiserToyota has generously equipped the Land Cruiser with safety kit which includes a multi-terrain ABS, dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, knee airbags, side and curtain airbags. Two trim levels exist; GXR and the fully loaded VXR. The Land Cruiser is a very competent and proven SUV which delivers on all front and meets most expectations buyers have from a 4X4 in this segment. It is also a very reliable machine and thus retains its value in the resale market well.

Specification

Body TypeEngine (litres)Power(bhp)Torque(Nm)Transmission
SUV4.0240375M/A
4.7271410A
4.5D232615M/A

Price Range (AED) 137,000-251,000

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