Used Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon 4x4 1997 - 2002 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Our recommendations

1997 - 2002 review
Toyota L'cruiser Amazon 4x4 (97 - 02)
  • Toyota L'cruiser Amazon 4x4 (97 - 02)
  • Toyota L'cruiser Amazon 4x4 (97 - 02)
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Which used Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon 4x4 should I buy?

Choosing a Land Cruiser Amazon is a pretty simple job, as there are only two engines. And, unless you have particularly deep pockets, you'll prefer the 4.2-litre turbodiesel to the 4.7-litre V8 petrol.

Not only does the diesel cost several thousand pounds less to buy (partly because the petrol came in top-spec VX trim only), it's also more fuel-efficient.

Originally, both engines were available only in lavish VX trim, but from early 1999, Toyota launched an Amazon with cheaper GX trim, and this is our favourite version. It's not quite as plush as VX - there's no leather or sunroof, and it has air-con rather than climate control - but you're hardly slumming it.

The only real difference between petrol and diesel is that the petrol has a standard automatic gearbox, but you may well find a diesel fitted with one as an option.