The Land Cruiser reached its peak in North America in 2008, with the 200 Series. It was bigger than ever, more comfortable, more luxurious and more capable. Unfortunately, Toyota decided to skip the 300 series for North America, leaving the 200 series as the last Land Cruiser offered on the continent. Combined with the growing popularity of off-road, the 200 Series now speaks volumes for everyone.
- Legendary ability
- Stabilizer 5.7L V8
- Engine / Engine: 5.7L V8
- horse power: 381 hp
- torque: 401 lbs ft
- payment system: four wheel drive
- Transmission: 6-speed automatic / 8-speed automatic
- Looks great
- Luxurious, yet dependable and capable
- Comfortable on the road
- get expensive
- fuel economy
Land Cruiser 200 Series Overview
The 200 Series Land Cruiser is the last generation of the iconic SUV introduced by Toyota in North America. Introduced by Toyota for the 2008 model year, it brought with it a host of improvements over the previous 100 Series. The 200 features an improved design, larger overall proportions, more luxury and style, and a new powertrain. Pre-facelift models feature a large chrome grille with large headlights, while the facelift receives a larger grille with slats that integrate into the headlight assembly.
The profile is simple and boxy, with noticeably flared flares, and distinctive alloy wheel designs. The rear end is very simple, with a vertical tailgate, and Land Cruiser decals stamped on the chrome centerpiece, which also includes the tailgate version. While overseas markets, particularly the Middle East, offered a variety of powertrain and trim options, the Land Cruiser came one way only in North America. Its main competitor is Range Rover, as well as cars such as Mercedes-Benz GL and GLS, Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition.
200 Series Land Cruiser Powertrain and Propulsion System
In overseas markets, the 200 Series came in several powertrain flavors, including a guaranteed 4.0-liter V6 and a turbodiesel V8. In North America, a continuation from the trim level, the Land Cruiser came with only one powertrain and powertrain assembly. Under the hood is a 3UR-FE 5.7-liter V8 petrol engine, developing 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. Pre-facelift models distributed power to the wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, while the facelift offered an improved eight-speed engine.
The Land Cruiser apparently has permanent all-wheel drive, as well as a locking differential. Combined with thick tires, excellent ground clearance, and approach and departure angles, the 200 Series Land Cruiser has tremendous off-road capabilities, even without any off-road-centric mods. Nevertheless, the 200 Series has made great strides in improving its comfort level on the road. It really is the best of both worlds; A comfortable cruiser, but also an unstoppable all-terrain vehicle. The fuel economy isn’t very good, so keep that in mind if you use the highway a lot.
200 Series Land Cruiser Comfort and Quality
There is an interesting mix of components in the interior of the 200 Series Land Cruiser. There’s a fair amount of fancy features, downsides, and modern materials, but there’s plenty of old school, too. Later models feature a larger screen for entertainment, heated and cooled seats, adaptive cruise control, wireless device charging (in the last few years of models) and so on. The facelift also brought a revamped instrument cluster, as well as a new and improved steering wheel design. Later models also included plenty of advanced safety features, including lane departure warning and forward collision warning.
In terms of reliability and quality, there is not much to say here. Perhaps one of the most famous features of the Land Cruiser is its reliability. With regular maintenance and oil changes, the 5.7 V8 engine under the hood can easily exceed 600,000 miles, and the same goes for the rest of the components. As long as you are regular in maintenance, your Land Cruiser shouldn’t worry you much. The 200 Series Land Cruiser gets three-row seating as standard, with 16 cubic feet of storage space when all three rows go up. With the third row out of the way (it folds into the sides of the cargo area, not into the floor), you get an excellent 41 cubic feet.
Prices for 200 series Land Cruiser
Due to its popularity and the fact that Toyota canceled the Land Cruiser for North America, the values of the 200 Series have skyrocketed. It’s very hard to find one with less than 100,000 miles, but if you do, expect to pay about $50,000 for pre-2016 models, while 2016 and later models, especially the latest Heritage Edition, are closer to $100,000. If you’re willing to pay less for more numbers on the odometer, expect to pay about $40,000 for an earlier model that has about 150,000 miles.
That’s a lot of money for a Toyota SUV, but this is no ordinary Toyota SUV. Capable, good-looking, and reliable, the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series with a historic badge to boot has become a collectible for a reason.
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