The Toyota LandCruiser started it’s evolution as a basic utility vehicle who’s main function was primarily as a 4 Wheel Drive. Making it more than capable of traversing every kind of condition you’d likely find “off-road”. Outback Australia fell in love.
Today, the LandCruiser is still a serious ‘off-road’ vehicle, but it is so much more in terms of comfort and luxury than its original name sake. For a long time, the entire Toyota LandCruiser series has given tough competition to similar models launched by the likes of Nissan, Mitsubishi and Land Rover. There is good reason as to why it continues to be so popular.
LandCruiser 200 Series 2023 Reviews
Here is a review of the Toyota LandCruiser, a proper family car, and what this beautiful 4WD series really has to offer for Australians.
Exterior of the 200 Series
One of the most noticeable things of the entire Toyota LandCruiser series is that it has a unique, linear and no-frills design.
Unlike the more flashy designs of Land Rover and Nissan, the design of the LandCruiser is more tubular in design. The bonnet is extended into a missile-fashion and the rear end is flat-edged as well. To make up for this Toyota has just upped the features pack.
Some of the better external features include the adjustable headlights which is awesome. Better Fog Lights and power adjustable side mirrors.
The Rain Sensing Wipers are really cool together with Rear Window Wiper and Rear Window Washer. The Alloy Wheels really make the vehicle pop. Some of the others include:
- Moon Roof
- Side Stepper
- Side Mirror Turn Indicators Lights,
- Integrated Antenna
- and a Roof Rail.
Inside of the 200 Series
The interior is comfortable and spacious while the controls and accessories are snugly fitted into the car dashboard so as to make it easy and effortless for the driver.
Therefore, it might look straight-cut, but its packed with features. The sumptuous interior features include Electric Adjustable Leather Seats and the Driving Experience Control.
Although, I think some others things like the faux woodgrain and the brushed alloy trim across the dash, might be an acquired taste.
- Electronic Multi Tripmeter,
- Digital Clock, Digital Odometer
- Touch Screen,
- Navigation System,
- Bluetooth Connectivity,
- USB & Auxiliary Input, CD Player, DVD Player, Speakers Front, Speakers Rear and Voice Control.
Number of Rear Occupants?
The base model on the 200 series comes standard with five seats together with the 4.5-litre V8 twin-turbo-diesel engine. The upgrades give you a choice of either a 4.6-litre V8 petrol unit, with seven seats. Or up eight seats depending on the engine.
LandCruiser 200 Fuel And Engine
Most of the family cars from other brands are known to be quite weak in terms of fuel economy with only single digit figures.
This is certainly not the case with the Land Cruiser 200 series twin turbo V8, boasts a healthy 10.3L per 100km and the v8 petrol variant claims 13.6L per 100km.
This suggests that tourists and roadsters can use this vehicle series for the best experience. On the other hand, the engines run on fuels like Unleaded Petrol, and Diesel.
The 4.5 Lt twin turbo V8 Diesel model producing 200KW at 3400 rpm and 650Nm at 1600-2600 rpm.
Behind that is a purpose built 6 speed automatic transmission optimised for extra torque when towing, making this a very capable vehicle to tow 3500kg.
Great for towing a large caravan around Australia with the family.
4461cc 8-cylinder Diesel engine
Toyota LandCruiser 200 Specifications
There are quite a few specs which will further make this series quite a sensation among all the 8 seater cars as well.
The first gear ratio is pretty impressive at 3.33 and the reverse ratio is 3.06 which means that this Toyota Land Cruiser 200 is quite a super-capable series of cars that will deliver in terms of functionality.
The Double Wishbone Suspension on the Front will aid you in creating the right kind of comfort when driving.
This means that you will end up having quite a ball with the Toyota LandCruiser 4WD since it is all so smooth and assured.
Safety Assist Features on The Cruiser
The Toyota LandCruiser has an astonishing array of safety features packed into the Model.
Some of these include the Airbag systems all around.
- Passenger Air-bag,
- Driver Air-bag,
- Side impact Air-bags for both the driver and the front passenger
- Side impact Air-bags for the Rear occupants
Other safety systems include; Rear Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Front Impact Beams, Side Impact Beams,
Other Monitoring System
It has Day & Night rear view mirror as well as a reversing camera. Other include the Child Safety Locks, Anti-Lock Braking System, Brake Assist, Ebd, Vehicle Stability Control System.
- Parking Sensors
- Crash Sensor
- Engine Check Warning
- Door Ajar Warning
- Traction Control.
What has the LandCruiser got in terms of security?
- Anti Theft Device
- Anti-Theft Alarm
- Engine Immobilizer
Toyota Land Cruiser 200 – 7 Different Versions
You are totally spoiled for choice when it comes the different versions that are available for the Land Cruiser 200 series.
- GX Diesel
- GXL Diesel
- VX Diesel
- Sahara Diesel
- GXL Petrol
- VX Petrol
- Sahara Petrol.
Toyota LandCruiser 200 Price
The Toyota LandCruiser 200 series is priced at between $85,000 and $130,000 depending on the variant and the features you choose to get as a package.
The price tag is hefty, however this is the kind of 4WD series that has a lot going for it.
The Final Word on Toyota LandCruiser 200
Along with all the other frills, the Toyota LandCruiser again proves itself to be ahead of the game, when compared to other segments and series of family cars.
The 8 seater capacity means that you can take along your best friends and closest relatives for a nice trip on the highway.
There is plenty of leg room and head space and there is also quite a substantial and differentiated cargo space capacity as well.
For a long time, the entire Toyota Land Cruiser series has given tough competition to similar models launched by the likes of Nissan, Mitsubishi and Land Rover.
Non have really come close, making the Land Cruiser the king of 4WD’s.