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2000 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

Pricey, but performs better than most on and off the pavement.

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Overview

Equally rugged and luxurious, the 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser provides an upscale sport utility vehicle designed to perform on all terrains. As the largest offering in Toyota’s SUV lineup, the truck-based Land Cruiser is best known for its comfortable cabin, powerful engine, and status-symbol reputation. However, its many features don’t come cheap.

For 2000, the single-trim Land Cruiser comes with one of the highest price tags in the luxury SUV segment. While the Land Cruiser offers some of the best abilities in its class, buyers willing to forgo the posh brand name can easily find a competent family-sized sport utility vehicle at a lower price point.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Land Cruiser

What's New

The 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser gains a few new standard features, including traction control, Toyota’s Active TRAC four-wheel-drive system, and illuminated entry with the use of the keyless entry system. Rear air-conditioning now comes standard with the optional third-row bench seat. Some previously optional equipment, including a sunroof and leather interior, become standard.

Exterior

The 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser looks both upscale and athletic with its truck-based body, high ground clearance, and sleek design. Though it shares many features with the Lexus LX470, the four-door Land Cruiser differentiates itself with unique headlamps and a Toyota grille and badge.

Standard gear includes 16-inch alloy wheels, a full-size spare tire, body-colored front and rear bumpers, tinted cabin glass, rear-window privacy glass, intermittent windshield wipers, a rear window wiper, a rear defroster, opening rear quarter windows, automatic headlights, fog lights, a locking differential, skid plates, a power sunroof, and a keyless entry system. Available exterior options include a roof rack, running boards, a rear wind deflector, and a trailer hitch.

The 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser measures 192.5 inches in length, 73.2 inches in height, and 76.4 inches in width. It sits on a wheelbase of 112.2 inches and has a ground clearance of 9.8 inches. For 2000, the Land Cruiser offers eight exterior colors: Black, Natural White, Atlantis Blue Mica, Champagne Pearl, Desert Bronze Metallic, Imperial Jade Mica, Mahogany Pearl, and River Rock Green Metallic Mica.

Interior

Though the 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser comes in just one trim, it offers more luxuries than most rival sport utility vehicles. Leather upholstery and wood interior trim come standard. Interior amenities include heated power-adjustable front bucket seats, a leather tilt-adjustable steering wheel, a leather shift knob, cruise control, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, air-conditioning, automatic climate control, and a premium audio system with a CD changer. An optional third-row seat increases seating capacity from five to eight people. Individual options include dual-zone automatic climate control and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Inside the spacious cabin, front occupants receive 39.2 inches of headroom, 42.3 inches of legroom, 58.6 inches of hip room, and 61.3 inches of shoulder room, while rear passengers get 36.4 inches of headroom, 27.3 inches of legroom, 60.5 inches of hip room, and 61.3 inches of shoulder room. The Land Cruiser comes standard with two front seats and one three-person rear bench seat, but can upgrade with a second rear bench seat, increasing seating capacity to eight people. The vehicle boasts a generous cargo volume of 59.7 cubic feet with all seats in place. With the Land Cruiser’s middle seat folded forward and its optional rear seat folded to the sides, cargo capacity increases to 90.8 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser gets its power from a 4.7-liter V-8 capable of churning out 230 horses and 320 lb-ft of torque. Based on a modified version of the Lexus LS400’s V-8, the engine stays surprisingly quiet and smooth for a large SUV. A four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive remains the only gearbox available.

In spite of its hefty 5115-pound curb weight, the Land Cruiser accelerates quickly and smoothly on the freeway. The SUV’s long wheelbase contributes to a surprisingly silky ride on paved roads. On rougher terrains, the Land Cruiser’s four-wheel-drive configuration, standard traction control, and poised steering system allow it to take dips and bumps in stride. With the ability to tow up to 6500 pounds, the Land Cruiser proves ideal for recreation-oriented families looking to haul trailers and boats. While towing heavy loads reduces gas mileage, the Land Cruiser gets some of the best overall EPA ratings in its segment. The vehicle’s maximum payload reaches 1745 pounds.

Safety

Standard safety gear on the 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser includes dual front airbags, daytime running lights, child safety locks, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and traction control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Land Cruiser: 12/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • True off-road talent
  • Muscular V-8
  • Lavish cabin
  • Lots of options

You Won't Like

  • Painfully high price
  • So-so gas mileage
  • Smaller than cheaper rivals

Sum Up

Pricey, but performs better than most on and off the pavement.

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