Toyota Land Cruiser (2003–2009)

Model History

October 2003

Replacement for Colorado used name Land Cruiser. About the size Land Cruisers used to be and retains a separate X frame chassis. Comes in two lengths with 3 or 5 doors and two widths to accommodate fatter tyres.

Lengths are 4,400mm or 4,850mm, widths are 1,790mm or 1,875mm and heights are 1,835mm without roof rails or 1,890mm with them.

Original engines existing 163bhp 3.0 litre D-4D with 343Nm torque from 1,600 to 3,200rpm, and new 249bhp 4.0 litre V6 with 382Nm torque at 3,200rpm. Diesel gets to 60mph in 13 seconds, top speed 103mph and the petrol in 9.2 sconds, top speed 112mph.

Either manual or automatic transmissions. Powertrain includes permanent four-wheel drive with Torsen limited slip centre differential, electronic Hill Start Control and electronic Downhill Assist Control. Suspension is Toyota’s TEMS electrically modulated semi-active system with optional rear air suspension.

Front, side and curtain airbags. Luxury equipment includes optional satnav with traffic avoidance, standard dual zone climate control and cruise control. UK diesel from January 2003 and V6 petrol sales from March 2003.

5-door, 8-seat Land Cruiser Invincible from June 2006 has Toyota's 3.0-litre D-4D engine and five-speed automatic transmission with more power and torque. Output increased from 164 to 201bhp (166 to 204 DINhp) and torque from 410 to 470Nm, giving stronger load-pulling and off-road driving ability and more flexible and comfortable on-road performance. 0 to 62mph down from 11.2 to 10.8 seconds. Top speed, fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions unchanged at 109mph, 31.4mpg (combined cycle) and 243g/km. Dark tinted rear privacy glass and dedicated 'Invincible' badging. Spare under the vehicle, instead of the tailgate. 500 are available, priced on-the-road at £34,565.

December 2006

Both 3.0-litre D-4D diesel and 4.0-litre VVT-i V6 petrol re-engineered to produce lower levels of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide emissions are also slightly reduced. The changes have resulted in only minor variations in performance: maximum output from the 3.0-litre D-4D rises by 7bhp to 171bhp (173 DIN hp).

Invincible top of the range 8-seater from May 2007 has Sequoia leather seats, full-map satnav, dual zone climate control, electric heated front seats, plus rear privacy glass and DVD player with two headrest mounted screens. £38,495 (£500 more than LC5).

October 2007

Invincible replaced LC5 as top of the range model. Standard specification includes Bluetooth, rear parking monitor, black wood trim inserts, a leather and wood multi-function steering wheel, privacy glass and dark-finish headlamps, grille and alloy wheels. Available with 3.0 D-4D diesel and 4.0 VVT-i petrol engines. Spec also includes 17-inch alloy wheels, full-map satellite navigation with Electronic Traffic Avoidance, Toyota Electronically Modulated Suspension (TEMS), nine-speaker sound system with six-disc CD changer and dual-zone climate control with independent front and rear controls.

The 3.0 D-4D was offered with a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission; the auto gearbox is standard on the V6.

  • Land Cruiser Invincible 3.0 D-4D (6 M/T) £37,795
  • Land Cruiser Invincible 3.0 D-4D (5 A/T) £38,995
  • Land Cruiser Invincible 4.0 VVT-I V6 (5 A/T) £39,495

May 2009

Toyota achieved a significant reduction in exhaust emissions from its Land Cruiser, cutting its tax liability and strengthening its cost of ownership profile. Adopting a new low viscosity differential oil has helped bring down the CO2 figure for the 3.0-litre D-4D automatic from 238 to 224g/km, ratified by a re-test of the model by the Vehicle Certification Agency.

As a result Land Cruiser moved from Band L to Band K for Vehicle Excise Duty, almost halving the annual road tax cost (down from £405 to £215). This £190 reduction is reflected in a lower on-the-road price, effective from 1 May and detailed below.

Land Cruiser LC3 3.0 D-4D Auto £29,630

Land Cruiser LC4 3.0 D-4D Auto £33,350

Land Cruiser Invincible 3.0 D-4D Auto £38,145

On 3.0 D-4D the waterpump is driven by the alternator belt, not the timing belt, so no need to routinely replace the waterpump.

What does a Toyota Land Cruiser (2003 – 2009) cost?

Contract hire from £378.62 per month