1996 Toyota Land Cruiser

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1996 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

An adventure machine—ready for anything!

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Overview

The 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser represents a powerful sport utility vehicle predominately designed with performance in mind. The Land Cruiser lives up to its name with its excellent off-road performance. It can handle off-road terrain far better than much of its competition, with only a few exceptional SUVs performing in the same league.

The interior helps set the Toyota Land Cruiser apart from much of its competition. With many off-road SUVs, even basic features such as air-conditioning and an audio system remain optional features. The Land Cruiser includes all the basic comforts most drivers take for granted. Combined with the roomy interior, the Land Cruiser feels as comfortable to ride in as it is fun to drive.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.5-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Toyota Land Cruiser

What's New

A new color scheme, the Black Package, comes on the 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser.

Exterior

The 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser measures 189.8 inches long, but it has a wheelbase of 112.2 inches. The Land Cruiser uses a four-door body with a hatch to access the rear cargo area. A roof rack, a trailer hitch, and running boards comprise the list of optional equipment.

Interior

Compared to most of its competition, the 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser has a surprisingly well-equipped interior. Air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player provide standard equipment. While not impressive compared with many passenger cars, SUVs frequently have little to no standard features, which make the Land Cruiser exceptional in this regard.

Performance & Handling

The Toyota Land Cruiser underperforms slightly on roadways, but this marks a common problem for a predominately off-road vehicle. The eight-cylinder engine provides solid acceleration in comparison to some of its competition. However, the relatively short wheelbase and high center of gravity cause it to handle rather poorly.

Off-road performance shows where the 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser truly excels. The short wheelbase and high center of gravity improve off-road performance significantly, allowing it to get through areas that few other vehicles can attempt. The Toyota Land Cruiser can even ford a river almost 20 inches deep. The eight-cylinder engine gives more than enough power to keep the Land Cruiser from getting stuck in all but the worst conditions.

Safety

The 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser has dual-front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment. However, given its focus on off-road usage, the excellent handling under these conditions should help avoid accidents entirely.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Land Cruiser: 12/14 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent off-road ability
  • Smooth ride offroad
  • Large towing capacity

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • High price tag

Sum Up

An adventure machine—ready for anything!

If You Like This Vehicle

  • AM General Hummer
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Nissan Xterra
  • Ford FJ Cruiser

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