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1999 Toyota Land Cruiser Review
Luxury SUV with power, finesse, and style.
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The 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser, available in only one model, is a luxury four-wheel-drive SUV that is gorgeous inside and out, full of power, fun to drive, and more than capable of going off roading. The Land Cruiser is in its fifth generation, which is marked by improvements to the suspension, a noticeable increase in power, and the potential to produce lower emissions. Its rugged design gives it an aggressive appearance that matches its agile ability. The spacious interior of Land Cruiser enables passengers to be comfortable and provides for ample storage room. Overall, it meets or exceeds its competition in performance, safety, and style.
Engine: 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Land Cruiser
After The 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser went through a complete redesign in 1998, which introduced a new V-8 engine and new, more stable suspension, it gets only a few changes in this year’s model. One addition is the availability of an independent rear automatic climate control system.
The 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser measures over 190 inches in length and 75 inches in width, which is a noticeable increase over the year before, meanwhile, the four-door 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser is a beautiful sight. The new structure of the frame, along with evolutionary construction techniques used in forming the body, gives the Land Cruiser a more rigid look. The bumpers, which are covered in plastic, contrast sharply with the body color. Mounted on the front bumper are the daytime running lamps. The solid frame rides on 16-inch silver alloy wheels.
The standard package of the 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser features full carpet floor covering, cloth bucket seats, a leather steering wheel and shift knob, automatic climate control, front and rear cup holders, and a rear heater. Seating is provided for five passengers. The front bucket seats are heated for extra coziness. The power driver and passenger seats are adjustable and recline for maximum comfort. In the rear, there is a cushioned bench seat that is split, allowing for one or both sides to be folded down. An extra row of seating is optional, which allows for three more passengers or extra cargo space. Leather seats are optional.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser boasts a powerful 4.7-liter, V-8 engine with 32 valves. It produces 230 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. This is a dramatic increase in power in comparison with the year before. The automatic transmission shifts flawlessly, providing smooth acceleration. The Land Cruiser pushes from zero to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds, which is an improvement of over two seconds from the year before. Surprisingly, the Land Cruiser drives like a luxury car, handling corners elegantly and effortlessly. This is a remarkable improvement from the prior year’s model, which lacked on-road comfort. The redesigned suspension has stabilizer bars on both ends, providing a smooth, stable ride. Four-wheel drive enables the driver to take the Land Cruiser off road with extreme confidence.
The 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser comes equipped with standard anti-lock brakes on all four wheels, which aid in quicker stops and better steering while braking. Front-impact airbags are installed on both driver and passenger sides, enabling better protection in the event of a frontal crash. There are three-point adjustable seat belts. Also, seatbelt pretensioners tighten the seatbelts in the front in order to keep passengers in an optimal seating position during a crash. The NHTSA gives the Land Cruiser an impressive five-star rating for driver front and side impact, passenger front and side impact, and rollover resistance. For parents, there are child safety locks installed in the rear doors. The Land Cruiser has an ignition disabling device that prevents the wrong key from being used to start it. It also has a security system to prevent unwanted intrusion.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Great handling
- Comfortable seating
- Ease of entry and exit
- Very durable
You Won't Like
- Poor gas mileage
- High price tag
Luxury SUV with power, finesse, and style.
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