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2005 Toyota Land Cruiser Review
Luxury, comfort, and safety in a large SUV.
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Over the years Toyota’s iconic four-wheel drive 2005 Toyota Land Cruiser has evolved from a rugged Jeep clone into a sport utility vehicle similar to the Range Rover. The 2005 version comes fully loaded with a variety of safety features and options similar to a luxury car.
Like a number of SUV-makers Toyota identifies its primary market as families with children. This car definitely appeals to this market. A host of family friendly features includes child seat anchors, stability control, and rear-door child safety locks.
Traction control, permanent four-wheel drive, and a powerful 4.7-liter V-8 enable the Land Cruiser to travel offroad. That makes it a perfect car for families that like to spend time in the great outdoors and parents who need to take their kids to a soccer match.
Engines: 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Land Cruiser
The only new additions to the Land Cruiser for 2005 include 18-inch wheels and Toyota’s Star Safety System which employs stability control, traction control, and an anti-lock breaking system with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist.
The body design looks neat and fairly basic, but it succeeds in evoking some of the character of the Range Rover. Toyota has decided to concentrate on performance and safety rather than style. The body design does provide for a decent ground clearance of about 9.8 inches, enabling drivers to take it offroad.
Families appreciate the drop-down tailgate and flip-up window on the rear that provide a lot of access to the back cargo area. This makes unloading the tent easier on camping trips. Trailer wiring comes standard, as does privacy glass, a rear wiper, a chrome grille, and skid plates. Toyota also includes a full-size spare tire with this vehicle.
The best part about this vehicle’s interior concerns all the room it provides. Toyota advertises standard seating for nine people with all of the seats in place. The 50/50-split removable third-row seat enables owners to expand the cargo area to 91 cubic feet. With all of the seats in place the cargo area contracts to 20.8 cubic feet.
In addition to room the Land Cruiser offers a lot of interior options including a heated, 10-way, powered driver’s seat; an eight-way, powered front-passenger seat; and height adjustment for the driver’s and passenger’s seats. Adjustable lumbar support in the driver’s seat is also available. Other features include automatic climate control with front and rear air-conditioning and interior air filtration. This includes rear ventilation ducts. The model also includes a rear defogger, a front console with storage, a 300-Watt JBL sound system with a cassette player, a CD player, seven speakers, separate rear audio, 12-volt outlets throughout the vehicle, a tilting steering wheel, a moonroof, leather seating, remote power door locks, one-touch power windows, power mirrors, a universal remote transmitter, and retained accessory power. Options available to families include a DVD player.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Toyota Land Cruiser offers a very smooth ride for a powerful SUV. The 4.7-liter, V-8 engine generates 320 lb-ft of torque. The permanent four-wheel drive offers real offroad capability. The speed-proportional power steering makes the Land Cruiser really easy to drive and steer in city, highway, and offroad conditions. It also has cruise control, making it even easier to drive on long stretches of road.
This car comes loaded with safety features including anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, an emergency braking system, child safety locks on the rear doors, and front and rear ventilated disc brakes. Other features include: daytime running lights, an engine immobilizer, auto delay-off headlights, dusk-sensing headlights, all-season tires, and electronic brake force distribution. Safety options include side curtain airbags and a navigation system.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Permanent four-wheel drive
- Powerful 4.7-liter V-8
- Leather seating
- Lots of cargo space
- Lots of seating
- Real offroad ability
You Won't Like
- High price
- Limited space for adults in the folding back seat
- Limited cargo capacity with all seats in place
- Lacks standard airbags
- Low ground clearance for an SUV
Luxury, comfort, and safety in a large SUV.
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