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2004 Toyota Land Cruiser Review
Swallow the price tag and cruise in style.
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The Land Cruiser has been a part of Toyota lineup since the 1950s, although it is currently smaller than the Sequoia and one of Toyota’s slower-selling vehicles. The 2004 Toyota Land Cruiser provides a full-size SUV with a luxurious interior and a price tag to match. It only comes in one trim level with scant options available.
Engines: 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Land Cruiser
The only new addition to the 2004 Toyota Land Cruiser is an optional navigation system that comes with a rear-view camera that allows the driver to see in the rear when parallel parking or driving in reverse.
The Land Cruiser comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires. A full-size alloy spare mounts underneath the car. A chrome grille, skid plates, front and rear mud flaps, a rear step bumper, body-colored front and rear bumpers, and colored body-side moldings complete the look. Cargo enters through a retractable window in the rear, or the liftgate.
Running boards, a roof rack, and 18-inch wheels provide the only exterior options for the 2004 Toyota Land Cruiser.
The dimensions for this SUV measure 76.4 inches wide, 73.2 inches tall, and 192.5 inches long with a 112.2-inch wheelbase.
This four-door SUV seats up to eight across three rows. It includes a 10-way power driver’s seat and an eight-way power passenger seat. Leather captain’s chairs up front include multi-level heating. A manual, split-folding second and third row can be folded or removed to increase cargo space. The third row feels cramped and better suits children. Luxury touches include leatherette door trim, metallic instrument panel inserts, leather trim on the shift knob and steering wheel, carpet floor trim that extends all the way into the cargo area, and a full cloth headliner. Tinted windows add a layer of privacy from the outside.
Standard features for the 2004 Toyota Land Cruiser include power rear quarter windows, power door locks and windows, remote keyless entry, cruise control, speed-proportional power steering, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and audio and cruise controls embedded on the steering wheel. All Land Cruisers come with HomeLink universal remote transmitter (for garage doors and security systems); 12-volt front, rear, and cargo power outlets; front and rear climate control; a cargo area light; alloy trim on the center console; front and rear reading lights; a dome light; an electrochromatic rear-view mirror; and dual illuminating vanity mirrors. Instrumentation includes a compass, a clock, a tachometer, an external temperature gauge, and low fuel level warning.
Options include a DVD-based navigation system with a rear-view camera, and a JBL premium 300-watt stereo system. This system has separate rear audio, seven total speakers with a subwoofer, and an AM/FM six-disc CD player.
Storage includes a front console with storage; front, second-row, and third-row cup holders; front and rear door pockets; an overhead console with storage; front seatback storage; and a locking glove box. Cargo capacity starts at 20.8 cubic feet with all the seats in place and ratchets all the way up to 90.8 cubic feet with the second row folded down and the third row removed. A cargo cover improves security.
Performance & Handling
The lone engine option for the Land Cruiser, a powerful 4.7-liter V-8, couples with a five-speed automatic transmission. This gets the driver 235 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. The 2004 Toyota Land Cruiser uses full-time all-wheel drive and rack and pinion steering. It also has a front double wishbone suspension and a multi-link rear suspension.
When properly equipped, the max towing capacity for the Land Cruiser totals 6500 pounds.
Standard safety features for the 2004 Toyota Land Cruiser include four-wheel ABS with front and rear ventilated disc brakes, child seat anchors, rear-door child safety locks, emergency brake assist, an engine immobilizer, front fog and driving lights, dusk-sensing headlamps, two front and three rear height-adjustable headrests, front seat belt pretensioners, stability and traction control, and electronic brake force distribution. A panic alarm and security system also come standard.
Ample warning systems include warnings for a low battery, low oil level, key in ignition, door ajar, liftgate ajar, low brake fluid, low fuel, engine temperature, and fluid temperature.
Toyota offers optional seat-mounted side-impact and side-curtain airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Powerful V-8 engine
- Luxurious interior
- Resale value
You Won't Like
- Price tag
- Toyota Sequoia is bigger and costs less
- Poor fuel economy
Swallow the price tag and cruise in style.
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