What is it like?

Used Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 2003 - 2009 review

(2003 - 2009)
Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (03 - 09)
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What's the used Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 like?

There's no getting away from it, the Toyota Land Cruiser is a very big car – longer than a Mitsubishi Shogun and barely any shorter than a Land Rover Discovery. Like those rivals, it's extremely impressive off-road, helped by optional features such as hill-start assist and hill-descent control systems.

The trouble is that almost everything that makes it so good off-road means it's not so good on-road. Cars such as the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90, which are designed almost exclusively for road use, are better to drive, and even the Discovery shows up the Land Cruiser's limitations. The Toyota suffers from too much body roll and slow steering, although we do like the smooth low-speed ride.

Likewise, you can't really fault the Land Cruiser's interior practicality – even the three-door has plenty of room for five, and the five-door will take eight – but the Discovery most things better.