Toyota Land Cruiser (2010) Review

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Toyota Land Cruiser (2010) At A Glance

3/5

+Big and tough. Good off road and good for towing. Excellent reliability record. You feel invincible.

-Expensive to buy and run. Old-fashioned to drive on the road. High boot floor.

New prices start from £34,690
Contract hire deals from £469.69 per month
Insurance Groups are between 31–48
On average it achieves 78% of the official MPG figure

The Toyota Land Cruiser isn’t as plush or fancy as a Land Rover Discovery. Yet its blend of huge size, impregnable reliability and serious off-road capability make it a strong proposition for a select few. Namely those who need their car to cope year-round in remote areas and hostile weather conditions.

Only one engine choice is offered – originally a 3.0-litre D-4D it was replaced by a more economical 2.8-litre diesel in 2015. This has slightly less power with 177PS and 450Nm of torque, but is effective, albeit gruff, producing plenty of shove low down the rev range. Most variants have an auto as standard, but basic Utility versions come with a manual gearbox as standard. Official economy is just short of 40mpg with either.

For driving over challenging terrain, the Land Cruiser is very impressive indeed. Downhill assist, ride height control, a crawl function and a limited slip differential are among the off road features.

Unfortunately, its off-road prowess translates to lacklustre on road driving, with spongy suspension and ponderous steering. Driving a Land Cruiser requires a certain mindset and, if you're happy to wander along at 60mph on the motorway, it can be quite enjoyable in the same vein as a Land Rover Defender or Suzuki Jimny.

You sit high up with a commanding view, and everyone treats the Land Cruiser with respect. Visibility's pretty good, apart from when you're reversing, but that's what parking sensors (standard on Active models and up) are for.

Buyers get a choice of three- or five-door body styles. The appeal of the three-door is very limited though, especially when you consider the fact the five-door variant has two extra seats that fold up from the boot floor. The boot itself is large but very high off the ground, making it difficult to load heavy objects.

Most SUV buyers are better catered for elsewhere. German alternatives such as the Audi Q7 and BMW X5 are much, much nicer to drive with and easier to live with day-to-day if you don't wish to venture off road, while the Land Rover Discovery does a better job of combining mud-plugging ability with car-like dynamics.

If you're looking for an SUV that's more of a workhorse than a Chelsea Tractor, the Land Cruiser makes sense. Some of the interior finish is almost unforgivable for an SUV that can cost well over £50,000, but it's extremely competent off road and boasts a legendary reliability record.

Toyota Land Cruiser 2010 Road Test and Video

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Real MPG average for a Toyota Land Cruiser (2010)

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Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

78%

Real MPG

22–37 mpg

MPGs submitted

77

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What's the best 3.5 tonne tow car for under £15k?
"My partner is looking for a vehicle that is capable of towing 3.5 tonnes (horsebox and horses). Ideally, an automatic that costs less than £15,000 to buy (not a Land Rover Discovery after numerous issues with a previous car she owned). What options are there? "
We'd recommend a SsangYong Rexton. A late example of the last-generation model (replaced in 2017) will be within budget and capable of towing up to 3500kg. Alternatively, look at a Toyota Land Cruiser. You'll be looking at a much older example for the cash but they're very capable tow cars and pretty much indestructible.
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We've got a 2006 Defender. Should we hang onto it or sell it?
"We own a 2006 Land Rover Defender 90 TD5 (120,000 miles) and, unfortunately, due to higher road tax rates and congestion charges in clean air zones it'll be almost impossible for us to continue to afford to run this fine vehicle. It's in good condition with a current MoT and Full Service History by Land Rover. My wife has a horse and given harsh winters, floods etc, nothing beats a Defender in getting her to the yard. We've looked at the new Defender and pricing. It's very expensive and doesn't seem as durable as our Defender. Do you think it's worth swapping (finance is cheap)? If not, should we put it away and wait to see if the value shoots up?"
The good news is your Defender's probably worth considerably more than you'd expect - second-hand Defender prices are high even for abused, rusty examples (which your car isn't, by the sound of it). Unlike most cars, buyers concentrate on condition (which varies dramatically) rather than age or mileage meaning it's hard to place a figure on it, but you'd probably be looking in the region of £16,000 for a private sale. While it's difficult to predict future Defender values, furloughing it might be a bad idea. It's surprising how quickly a car will deteriorate once it's out of sight and mind. As a replacement, consider a Toyota Land Cruiser or maybe a pick-up truck like an Isuzu D-Max.
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Is there a new small SUV with selectable 4WD and a low ratio option?
"Since the mid-1970s we've driven a succession of gutsy Suzuki SUVs including the original SJ410. They had manually-selectable 4WD with a low-ratio option and free-wheeling front hubs. Our current permanent 4WD Vitara just can't cut the mustard to do jobs like towing a trailer over poor ground. Is there a relatively modern/current vehicle that will, as did our previous Suzukis, meet the need?"
There's the new Suzuki Jimny, which is excellent over rough terrain and features a low-ratio gearbox. It's quite light, though, so not the most capable tow vehicle, and actually finding one might be difficult - it's got a very long waiting list. Other than that, there are very few small SUVs which are capable off road. You might have to look at bigger cars - the Toyota Land Cruiser would be an excellent choice, but it's expensive. Alternatively look at a pick-up truck like the SsangYong Musso with its seven-year warranty.
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I need help narrowing down my options for a car purchase?
"I'm looking for a 4WD car to tow two large horses, so towing capacity must not be less than 2.5 tonnes. I travel some 12,500 miles per year, most of it towing and usually reasonable distances (100 miles +), so I want something comfortable too. I find the process of narrowing down my options bewildering, but am trying to compare value for money and fuel economy. I wish to buy new or nearly new. My must haves are the towing capacity, heated front seats, reversing camera, parking sensors, Bluetooth, digital radio and in-built sat nav. I wonder if you could give your recommendations."
The Kia Sorento has a towing capacity of 2.5 tonnes if you spec the manual gearbox. It's a popular choice for towing and is well equipped - all models bar the entry-level KX-1 will meet your requirements. Review here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/kia/sorento-2015/). Alternatively, the Toyota Land Cruiser (https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/land-cruiser-2010/) is one of the best tow cars on the market, capable of lugging 3 tonnes. It's old school, though - while you'll be able to get one with your required equipment, it feels old-fashioned and won't be as frugal as the Kia.
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