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2003 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

This luxury SUV is a gas guzzler, with a fairly powerful engine and lots of extras.

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Overview

The 2003 Toyota Land Cruiser is a full-size SUV. Development for the Land Cruiser began in 1951 as Toyota’s version of the Jeep-like vehicles used in WWII. These quickly became popular for their durability and reliability, especially in places like the Australian Outback due to their high tolerance for extreme conditions and temperatures. The 20 series Land Cruiser was built from 1955 through 1960 with hardtop and soft-top versions. These very closely resembled the military style Jeeps. The 40 series were a modified version but very similar in body style to the 20 series. These were available with four-wheel drive while the 20 series only included rear-drive models.

Overlapping the 40 series, the 55 models were built from 1967 through 1980. Still with a rugged outdoors-oriented exterior, these were larger and categorized as four-door station wagons. Toyota changed directions in 1980 with the 60 series and began making SUVs similar to the modern styles available. All models had a front-engine four-wheel-drive layout. The 90 series models were built from 1996 through 2002 with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder or a 3.4-liter, V-6 gas engine or a 3.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel or turbodiesel. The 100 series was in production from 1998 through 2007, a little larger than the 90 series, the top-end engine was a 4.7-liter V-8 with 4.2-liter diesel and turbodiesel engines as well. The 120 series was in production from 2002 through 2009 as midsize versions of the Land Cruiser.

The Land Cruiser is known for its off-road performance, powerful engine options, and in recent generations, a wide range of luxury features. There were no significant changes to the 2003 models.

The Range

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

What's New

There are no significant changes to the 2003 Toyota Land Cruiser.

Exterior

The 2003 Land Cruiser is a full-size, rugged, four-door SUV. The profile is similar to most SUVs from the time period with few exterior details to set it apart outside of the Toyota logo in the center of the grille. Some exterior features include front and rear mud flaps, an optional chrome grille, a power sunroof, and colored bumpers and side moldings.

Interior

The 2003 Toyota Land Cruiser seats eight people standard with two front bucket seats and second- and third-row three-seat benches which fold down for more cargo space. With the seats folded down maximum cargo capacity totals 91 cubic feet. The Land Cruiser is roomy but the third row can become crowded with three adults. Some standard features include leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a six-disc CD changer, and remote keyless entry.

Performance & Handling

The Land Cruiser has a powerful 4.7-liter, V-8 engine paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. In produces 235 hp and has a maximum towing capacity of 6500 pounds. All models have all-wheel drive with traction control and rear limited-slip differential. Acceleration is quick and powerful and it remains a comfortable ride on most surfaces. Handling is good in the 2003 Toyota Land Cruiser, however maneuvering city traffic and parking in tight spots can be more difficult due to its dimensions.

Safety

Front-impact airbags and anti-lock brakes come standard in the 2003 Toyota Land Cruiser. The skid control system and electronic stability automatically adjusts brakes to each wheel as needed to maintain control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Land Cruiser: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Room
  • Convenience features
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfort
  • Interior room
  • Reliability

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Price

Sum Up

This luxury SUV is a gas guzzler, with a fairly powerful engine and lots of extras.

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