Used Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 2003 - 2009 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Our recommendations

2003 - 2009 review
Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (03 - 09)
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (03 - 09)
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (03 - 09)
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Our recommendations

Which used Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 should I buy?

The best Toyota Land Cruiser is one from after October 2004, when our favourite engine, the 3.0-litre diesel, was uprated and the whole range gained extra standard equipment.

The only alternative to the diesel engine is a 4.0-litre V6 petrol unit. However, although it gives the big Land Cruiser an impressive turn of speed (even with a standard automatic 'box), it drinks a frightening amount of fuel in the process.

That's not say the diesel is particularly frugal, but it is at least more economical, and its stronger low-down pull is better suited to off-roading or hauling around heavy loads.

All models are well equipped, with air-con, alloys, electric windows and a CD player across the board, so there's little point buying anything dearer than the cheapest model, the LC2 or, after the range was cut back in October 2004, the LC3.

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