1997 Toyota Land Cruiser

  • 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser Base Sport Utility

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1997 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

Cruise the land with this fully capable SUV.

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First introduced to the market in 1984 as part of Toyota’s 70 Series, the 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser receives a new, modified engine. Toyota updates the model to the 24-valve, 4.5-liter, six-cylinder, gasoline-powered engine, providing this car with a significant leap in acceleration and gas mileage over previous models. It enjoys great popularity. 1995 saw the addition of airbags to the Land Cruiser for the driver and front passenger, improving safety.

Its rather hefty sticker price (the result of tariffs on imports) gets matched by some excellent engine technology and equipment; most customers do not mind the poor gas mileage or the fact that it gives a sit-up-straight ride. Land Cruisers are in demand—some must put their name on a waiting list for one.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.5-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Land Cruiser 40th anniversary Limited

What's New

Toyota renovated the 1997 Land Cruiser’s engine, adding the 1FX-FE six-cylinder, gas-powered model as opposed to previous diesel-driven models.


The external dimensions of the Toyota Land Cruiser measure 189.8 inches in length and 73.6 inches tall (not a lot of head clearance there). The 1997 model features front and rear toned bumpers, bright chrome trim, driver and passenger power body door mirrors, a power antennae, power windows, and power locks. The vehicle curb weight totals 4834 pounds.


The interior of the 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser offers 39.7 inches of headroom, 33.6 inches of legroom, and 58.7 inches of shoulder room. Features include air-conditioning, cruise control, illuminated ashtrays, an audio anti-theft system, and a comprehensive stereo system (AM/FM with nine speakers). It does not feel as spacious as later Land Cruisers but marginally better than a passenger car. Height-adjustable head restraints improve comfort in the seven cloth-upholstered seats. Other features include power steering and a tachometer.

Performance & Handling

Rear and front locking differential gives peak traction at low speeds, making the 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser the only SUV with three locking units to supplement the four-wheel drive. All four wheels operate in unison, equalizing torque distribution. The Toyota can tow up to 5000 pounds with its new 4.5-liter, six-cylinder engine.


Government agencies have issued no recalls or provided safety test results on the 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser, which offers driver and passenger airbags and four-wheel ABS.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Land Cruiser: 12/14 mpg city/highway
Toyota Land Cruiser 40th anniversary Limited: 12/14 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great handling and traction
  • Offroad reliability
  • High-quality interior

You Won't Like

  • Stiff ride
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Awkward seating

Sum Up

Cruise the land with this fully capable SUV.

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