2008 Toyota Land Cruiser

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2008 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

A reliable full-sized SUV with a powerful engine, adequate off-road capabilities, and a fully-loaded list of interior amenities.

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Overview

The 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser is a full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) that, while in a high price bracket, is worth every penny, given its versatile performance capabilities and rugged styling. This SUV has good off-road performance and the towing capacity is adequate for boats, recreational vehicles, and other large towable items. It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, and the fuel economy is decent given its size. It seats eight people, but the third row is too small for taller people. For those with the need to load many heavy items, the cargo space is just right. Aside from its utility and versatility, the 2008 Land Cruiser is also backed by the legendary Toyota reputation of quality, reliability, and longevity. These vehicles require very little maintenance before 100,000 miles and have been known to last up to 200,000 miles and beyond. The 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser is a rugged full-size sport utility vehicle that offers high end towing and hauling capacity and powerful off-road capabilities, all backed by the Toyota name.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size sport utility
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8 engine
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Land Cruiser

What's New

The 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser has an improved V-8 engine and increased towing capacity when compared to the previous model year.

Exterior

The 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser comes in metallic green, black, red and metallic gray. The measurements are 77.6 inches in width, 74.0 inches in height, and 194.9 inches in length. The front and rear tracks are 64 inches, and the wheelbase is 112.2 inches. The curb weight is 5690 pounds. The exterior also includes a defogger, rear wiper, roof rack, and sunroof. The styling of the exterior makes a statement of toughness and versatility.

Interior

Some of the main features in the interior include power mirrors, power windows, cruise control, parking sensors, and a leather steering wheel. Also included is climate control, an audio system with 14 speakers, beautiful leather seats, parking sensors, sunroof, GPS navigation system, and interior wood trim. The fuel warning and tire pressure warning assist in maintaining tires and notifying the driver of how much gas is in the SUV. The smart key feature allows them to unlock the door even if they're a few feet away from it. In a nutshell, the interior of the 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser is fully loaded with almost every amenity available. The front head room is 38.3 inches, and front hip room is 59.8 inches. The front leg room is 42.3 inches, and front shoulder room is 61 inches. The rear hip room is 58.5 inches, and rear head room is 38.9 inches. The rear leg room is 36 inches, and rear shoulder room is 61.1 inches.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser’s suspension allows for adequate, but not top-notch, handling. The 5.7-liter, V-8 engine gives off an amazing 381 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque power, which adds to this SUV’s acceleration. The 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser comes with Hill Descent Control that allows consumers to drive safely on the road, and the Crawl Control feature helps them with off-road driving. While there isn’t much road noise, the suspension doesn’t absorb shock very well. While the 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser exhibits good off-road qualities, it may not be impressive enough for drivers who are used to SUVs with more powerful off-road capabilities. However, the four-wheel-drive system is adequate for most off-road driving situations. The transmission makes parking and backing up manageable. The traction control and brake assist also operate efficiently.

Safety

The 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser’s safety features include child seat anchors, fog lights, headlamps, front and rear headrests, seat belt pre-tensioners, traction control, and tire pressure monitors as well as child safety locks. This SUV received high safety ratings on crash tests, and overall drivers and passengers felt safe while in the SUV.

EPA Fuel Economy

2008 Toyota Land Cruiser, 13/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Engine, torque power and transmission
  • Room in SUV for multiple passengers
  • Off-road capabilities
  • Long list of interior amenities

You Won't Like

  • Plain-looking exterior
  • Third row seats are too small for tall people
  • Poor fuel economy

Sum Up

A reliable full-sized SUV with a powerful engine, adequate off-road capabilities, and a fully-loaded list of interior amenities.

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