2001 Toyota Land Cruiser

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2001 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

Excellent performance and handling in addition to a ton of luxury features.

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Overview

The 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser offers more than enough power, style, and luxury features for the average driver. It has plenty of interior room for eight passengers to sit comfortably. Plus, it can actually go offroad. This isn't one of those off-road vehicles that only pretend to have the dexterity and power that it takes to leave behind the beaten path.

All of these advantages, however, come at a price. The 2001 Land Cruiser only comes in one trim level, so you don't have a chance to save money by leaving out a few features. Most owners don't need everything the Land Cruiser has to offer. If you don't need an SUV of this standing, then you might as well save money by choosing something else. If you really want one of the best off-road SUVs on the market, though, you should consider the Land Cruiser.

The Range

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

What's New

Toyota offers plenty of new features for the 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser. It now offers an optional navigation system that also plays DVDs (but only when the car isn't moving). Standard features now include a JBL sound system with a six-disc CD changer. The alloy wheels get a finish that makes them look like chrome. An electrochromatic rear-view mirror with a compass comes standard. Three new exterior colors join the lineup, and Toyota does away with Desert Bronze.

Exterior

The 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser comes built for off-road adventures, but it has an exterior style that fits in anywhere. Plop the Land Cruiser in the middle of the African grassland and the locals immediately assume that you're on a well-appointed safari. Drop it onto a crowded city highway, though, and you won't get any funny looks. In fact, you might even get a few nods of approval.

Interior

The Land Cruiser comes in one trim level, so you should be willing to pay for luxurious standard features. The leather upholstery lets passengers settle in for the ride while a seven-speaker JBL premium stereo system surrounds them with tunes from a six-disc CD changer.

The 2001 Land Cruiser also comes standard with climate control, an interior air filtration system, dual illuminating vanity mirrors, and an electorchromatic rear-view mirror with a built-in compass.

If you want a little more, the carmaker a few optional features that you can add to the 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser. A navigation system that plays DVDs while in park makes a nice addition. The third-row seat accommodates big families. Overall, though, you won't find many optional features from the factory since Toyota makes just about everything standard.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser comes with a 4.7-liter V-8 that offers 230 hp and an impressive 320 lb-ft of torque that really comes in handy when you go offroad. The V-8 stems from one used by Lexus, so it accelerates readily without making a lot of noise.

Handling remains one of the best things about driving the 2001 Land Cruiser. It has a well-balanced steering system that makes the driver feel totally in control. Its long wheelbase helps absorb bumps in the road, producing a calm ride on just about any kind of surface.

The build of the Land Cruiser clearly keeps off-roading in mind. Remarkably, though, this big SUV doesn't suffer on the highway. While it doesn’t make the best vehicle for crowded streets, it has a nimble response that feels very comfortable in the city, on the highway, and off the beaten path.

Safety

The 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser includes more safety features than you might expect. It comes standard with four-wheel ABS and electronic brake force distribution, stability control, and traction control. If you plan to use the Land Cruiser’s off-road ability, then you might particularly enjoy the stability and traction control.

The 2001 Land Cruiser also comes with child seat anchors, an engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, and dusk-sensing headlamps. In other words, it has just about every safety feature that you could want.

Unfortunately, neither the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety nor the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration have published crash test results for the 2001 Land Cruiser. Given its large number of safety features, though, one can probably assume that it would score well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Land Cruiser: 12/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Strong V-8 engine
  • Luxurious interior
  • Off-road ability

You Won't Like

  • High price

Sum Up

Excellent performance and handling in addition to a ton of luxury features.

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