2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible 3.0 D-4D Auto review – Is being Tough, Reliable and Capable all that matters?

Super-tough & incredible 4×4 prowess, will outlast the moon & is as reliable as the sun, other road users will move over, (mostly) comfortable seating, airy & roomy cabin

Cabin design is boring with an ugly centre console & is outdated next to rivals, 3.0 D-4D needs more power & torque

Hill climbing in the Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible review

Toyota Land Cruiser?

In 1955, Toyota introduced their first Land Cruiser, which was formerly known as the BJ. Since then, it has well and truly proved itself with sales figures of over 5 million into a massive 176 countries and regions (188 territories if you count this new model).

That’s an astounding amount, and should you go to the remotest, most harsh parts of the earth you’ll likely see a Land Cruiser going strong at some point on your journey. The U.N has bought thousands of them over the years, and you’ll notice on news items showing footage of the U.N agencies, there’s almost always a Toyota lurking in the background.

For 2014, Toyota bought out an updated model (also known as the Prado in Australia). We were sent the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible 3.0 D-4D to test and find out the good and the bad…

Exterior. Butt-ugly or beauty?

Front three quarter view of the Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible

Seeing the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser in the flesh will leave you in no doubt whatsoever that it is a purebred 4×4. Its boxy, aggressive looks straight shoot to the point, and states unapologetically that it is one of the few proper monsters still left that’ll likely survive about anything thrown at it.

2014 saw the arrival of an upgraded Land Cruiser, and with it its most in-your-face front end yet. Did the white board in the Toyota design room have an image of a T-Rex skull stuck there, because they gave their ’14 Land Cruiser a mighty close resemblance to one, with a massive toothy grille and angry, glaring light clusters for eyes.

I got the distinct impression it was staring hungrily as I walked past – is that water dripping down, or drool? Either way, best to avoid going too close eh. It’s clearly not just myself who thinks this Cruiser looks like a monster either, as it was – by an absolute mile – the most road-hogging vehicle of any I’ve tested – ever. In that, I mean other drivers quickly moved over when I wanted to overtake, and always gave way when it came to narrow sections of road. Might is right, they say, and that’s undoubtedly the case when you’re driving the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser, which is wise considering its size.

Side view of the Toyota Land Cruiser 3.0 Invincible

At almost 6.2 feet (74.2″) wide, the same again high, and 15.7 feet (188″) long, this is a big vehicle, and unreservedly every inch of it looks as tough as pair of hobnail boots. That already-big front has wide oversized wheel arches, and there’s no bodykit-type styling under the front bumper to make to beautify it – nope, this is all about off-road practicality and so it sits high, out of the way of obstacles.

Down the sides the Land Cruiser continues the monster-sizing, with a huge muscular section of body jutting out from mid-rear doors back, again for the wheel arches and allowing more room in the boot. The rear tailgate is as muscular as the rest of the car too, and features a large boot spoiler, and a gargantuan chrome-effect Land Cruiser lettering you can read from about 3 miles away, just in case you weren’t already aware of what it was.

rear three quarter view - Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible review

While it’s a massive beast, Toyota have gone to some lengths to ensure that it isn’t just a big lump of metal, with features like minimal panel gaps to give the Cruiser a surprisingly low drag coefficient of 0.35 for better aerodynamics and therefore better fuel economy at motorway speeds. To lower wind noise and correct air turbulence, there are trick bits like deflectors in the engine bay, spats to manage airflow around the tyres, and a bumper shaped to  smooth airflow to the rear, plus there’s even a washer nozzle cover to cut down wind noise.

Another quick point: a Land Cruiser hitting a small car will likely result in the little ‘un having the beast sat on top, so Toyota designed the Cruiser’s front crumple zone to be set at a height equivalent to that of an average passenger car, thus ensuring both car’s safety systems work to their maximum potential.

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Whereas in times past a 4×4 hitting a person would mean you’d end up as a grille ornament, the Cruiser’s bonnet, cowl and front wings are all designed to absorb as much energy as possible in the event of a collision with a pedestrian, and the bonnet has a deep, energy-absorbing profile. Good stuff.

In all, I love the 2014 Land Cruiser for its unabashed 4×4 design and aggressively-styled front end. The Land Cruiser models always ages superbly well, and I don’t think this one will be any different either. There’s no pretence here, and absolutely no attempt to soften or deviate from what this vehicle is, or what it does, and I’m really glad Toyota have stuck to their guns on that.

Interior. Neat or nothing special?

Front seat and cockpit steering wheel - Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible front seats dashboard

The Land Cruiser 3.0 D-4D comes in two specs: Icon, or the higher version we were sent, the Invincible. Mirroring the exterior, the 2014 Land Cruiser’s interior feels like it’s been built to last the test of time and heavy use. Parts like the grab-handles on the A-pillars are as solid as a rock, and the door handles don’t budge or flex even a millimetre as I pull the big door shut.

If I’m honest though, I was disappointed with the overall look of the Land Cruiser’s cabin. It’s built incredibly well, but considering the asking prices for the two versions is £43,350 – £53,350, I expected a more contemporary design. I think the main thing troubling me is that there’s a distinct lack of soul here, and zero flair. I don’t want – or expect – blingy-ness on a Land Cruiser, but it’s almost dated inside, and quite bland. Personally, to brighten things up I’d go for the cream leather interior over the black.

Centre console in the Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible

The wood on the console, dash, gear knob, window controls and steering wheel isn’t the nicest of finishes, and looks very faux, and the type you’d get on a budget seventies stereo amplifier. It also doesn’t provide much grip on the steering wheel either, and feels cold in winter if you haven’t spec’d the heated version.

The centre console is an almost mishmash of separate sections put together, almost like Toyota’s designers have said ‘right, we need the heating controls there, but we’ve now got a new touchscreen so we’ll just bang that on top.’ ‘What about the CD player and volume buttons?’ ‘Errm, just sit them on top of the touchscreen, and make them a different colour.’ ‘What about the air vents though?’ ‘Just bolt those to the different-shaped CD insert section’.

Steering wheel and cockpit in the Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible

Because of that jumble of varying trim colours and designs, there’s absolutely no uniformity or neatness to it all, so instead of a clean, modern look there’s a fussy, almost random, array of switches and buttons to deal with.

Back to how it all works though, and the ‘Toyota Touch 2 with Go Navigation’ system I really liked for its decently modern graphics, easy to use and clear menus, and the fact it has a feature which allows you to use WiFi or 3G via your phone, enhancing the search function when looking for a particular place. The only issue I noticed was that when inputting my destination on the sat nav, it’d give various route options (fast, economical, long) but then would sometimes just randomly, and without explanation, choose one for me before I had chance to do it myself.

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Controls for the heating, and the ones on the steering wheel too, are all larger than usual to make them easier to use when you’re wearing gloves. Something that tells you the Land Cruiser is a no-nonsense, highly serious 4×4 is that the entire lower section of the centre console is entirely dedicated to controls for off-roading, and again they’re big, chunky and well-marked so you can read them easily. They all feel so well made and put together that they’ll out-live the owner as well, which is reassuring if you literally want a car to last a lifetime.

Photographing the Land Cruiser’s cabin in detail gives me the chance to have play with all the switchgear, and see what features it’s got. For 2014 the Land Cruiser now gets a 4.2″ TFT colour display between the rev counter and speedometer dials, which shows on and off-road functions, amongst other things. There’s a large fridge under the front centre armrest, a JBL 14-speaker system, 3-zone climate control, and a 9-inch drop down Blu-Ray DVD/CD/HDD player for the rear passengers (with headphone sockets, thankfully).

Climate controls for the middle seats in the Toyota land cruiser invincible

Climate controls for the middle seats.

The front seats – which are leather, and multi-stage heated – are deep and comfortable, and you can go a long way in comfort sat in them. The only thing I thought was a bit cheap-skate was the lack of adjustable lumbar support for the passenger, but it’s no real issue as the seat is so comfortable.

The second row of seats gets 2-stage heating at the sides, plus fully-adjustable climate control which works brilliantly well, blasting cool or hot air at head or leg height, or both. Thanks to this, and the huge air vents in the headlining, the rear passengers in both the 2nd and 3rd row seating get to keep perfectly warm or cool, and making long journeys so much more pleasant.

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The second row side seats are superbly comfortable, as the backrest can be reclined so much that you’ll have no problem falling asleep if you want to. The centre section of the second row can be dropped down completely for more elbow room, which is a good feature, but annoyingly, that same central section is overly firm and very uncomfortable, should you have to sit in it for more than half an hour.

The aforementioned DVD player is a great idea to keep passengers entertained, but unfortunately it’s just a little too close for those in the second row, and you find yourself trying to push your head back so it’s not as near. There’s nothing to be done about that though, engineering-wise, as the screen is situated behind sunroof.

Watching Jason Bourne do his thing in a Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible

To lift the individual 3rd row seats into place, Toyota have made them powered, so it’s just a case of pressing a button to make them click into position, and the same again to lower them back, which is incredibly handy, especially for parents. The backrests are also electrically adjustable too, to make things just that bit extra comfortable. They aren’t too bad to sit in for adults actually, but as with a lot of 7-seat SUVs your feet sit higher up than normal so it’s not going to be comfortable for longer than a couple of hours before you need to get out and stretch.

One gripe with the seating front and rear, which is that the headrests are overly firm and sit too far away, as you can’t angle them either, so there’s definitely room for improvement there. With all the seating though, there’s plenty of head and elbow room for the average-sized person, and thanks to large side windows and the excellent ventilation system, it gives a pleasantly light and airy feel to the cabin.

Boot space with the 2nd row of seat folded is, as you’d expect, rather generous with 621 litres with 2nd row seats in place, and 1,151 litres with them folded. A big negative is the fact there’s now side-mounted boot light, and hence you can’t see into it at night with the cover on (see photos). The boot door opens sideways, but if you’re in a tight space and need to be in the glass can be opened separately. Neat.

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As a summary of the 2014 Land Cruiser’s cabin, I think it has an exceptionally high build quality, and it’s clearly been built to last well. It’s tough and rugged enough for jumping in and out of in all your dirty gear should you use it for off-roading a lot (which you should), and for the most part it’s very comfortable, roomy and has a decent level of equipment too, plus the chunky, large switches and other controls are designed to be ergonomic.

However, there are a few areas where the Land Cruiser certainly needs improvement: the cabin design is verging on dated, and it’s absolutely lacklustre compared with other 4x4s like the Land Rover Discovery and Jeep Grand Cherokee, which in certain spec cost much less than the Land Cruiser. The wood trim is unappealing to the eye, as is the centre console, and the 2nd row’s central seat is hard and uncomfortable. While it is rugged and durable, for the price I definitely expected much more from the interior of this iconic Toyota.

Weirdly, looking at the Land Cruiser V8 gallery, its interior actually looks way nicer, and more classy, than the new Cruiser’s does. There’s a nicer wood grain, a cleaner centre console and a better look overall, but it’s about £12,000 more than the 3.0 D-4D Invincible we tested.

Engine & gearbox

In the UK, the Land Cruiser gets a choice of either a turbocharged diesel 3.0 litre D-4D, which is an in-line 4-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine, or a monstrous 4.5 litre V8 diesel which has a twin variable-nozzle turbocharger, 268 horsepower and 479 lb ft (650Nm) of torque.

We were sent the 3.0 D-4D version, which packs 188 bhp at 3,400 rpm and 310 lb ft (420 Nm) of torque at 3,000 rpm, and it comes with a 5-speed sequential automatic gearbox. This has Artificial Intelligence (AI)-SHIFT Control, which automatically changes the gear shift map according to road conditions and individual driving styles, and Road Condition Support Control avoids unnecessary up-shifts when driving uphill, and automatically downshifting to automatically gain the benefit of engine braking when travelling downhill.

The Land cruiser's 3.0 D-4D version engine packs 188 bhp at 3,400 rpm and 310 lb ft (420 Nm) of torque at 3,000 rpm

0 – 62 miles-per-hour in the 3.0 D4D takes 11 seconds, and it’ll do 109 mph at the top end. Official fuel consumption figures are (in UK mpg): urban: 29.1, extra urban: 39.8, combined: 34.9, and 213 g/km CO2.

Over a good mix of driving and varying terrains (urban, motorway, country roads and off-roading) the Cruiser 3.0 D-4D achieved over 27 mpg, and another combination of country road driving (60 & 40 mph limits), as well as a short motorway section saw an average of over 31 miles-per-gallon. This was my usual ‘real-world’ style of driving, as I’d do normally, and I didn’t aim to achieve the best economy possible, but I believe a careful feather-footed drive would see 35 mpg without a problem.

Ready to roll? Let’s drive!

Smashing through standing water in the Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible

Fire the 3.0 D4D engine into life, and the noise from the 4-cylinder diesel is notably quiet and unobtrusive inside the cabin. Good. Pulling the substantial auto gear lever into Drive, the Land Cruiser sets off, and it’s immediately obvious that this beast is going to be a real presence on the roads.

The bonnet sits high, and you’re sat looking over the tops of cars. Although it’s easy to handle, and vision out is good, the Land Cruiser feels every inch the properly big 4×4 it is, and without me meaning to, the aggressive-looking Toyota bullies smaller cars out of the way, thanks to that T-Rex grille and its substantial proportions.

Gear changes are smooth enough, and I barely notice them pottering through city traffic. Although the Land Cruiser is built to dominate off-road, it’s actually a perfectly nice thing to drive through the urban sprawl. Helping with the is 190˚ wide-view front camera, which allows you to see to the sides when you’re sat at blind T-junction, or coming out from an entrance set back behind walls or bushes.

wide view front camera on the Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible review

The 190˚ wide-view front camera allows you to see to the sides when you’re sat at blind T-junction.

More safety stuff includes the optional (£1,360) Pre-Collision System, which either aids braking power or will brake for you should a collision be inevitable, and alongside that is Pre-Collision Seatbelt system, to tighten the belts under emergency braking or if the Land Cruiser becomes unstable. Trailer Stability Control is standard on the Invincible model we had as well, which is always good for peace of mind when you’re towing.

interior driving photo - Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible

Lower town-type speeds are when you’ll always feel how firm a car’s suspension is, as the tyres will drop and jolt into and over every little imperfection, rather than flowing over them quickly. The Land Cruiser’s new-for-2014 electric Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) – which is standard on Invincible spec models – is a brilliant thing though, and soaks up humps and bumps admirably, allowing for a smooth ride even on badly maintained roads.

On that, you can manually select from Comfort, Normal and Sport suspension settings, but basically every city or motorway journey I did it was at Comfort, and for any twisting country road runs it was on Sport. I rarely, if ever, used Normal as the others suited almost all situations perfectly.

AVS increases damping as the speed increases for better stability, whilst anti-dive control reduces the amount the front of the car dives under heavy braking, and anti-squat control does the same for the rear under hard acceleration. The AVS system also includes Auto Levelling, and Switchable Height Control.

driving and suspension controls in the Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible

Something I noticed when driving at around 20 – 30 mph was that at exactly 1,500 rpm, and with my right foot maintaining those rpms, there was a distinct humming vibration noise from the engine. It was weird, and although it happened only at a certain speed and the above-mentioned rpm, it was noticeable.

Floor the accelerator from a standstill, and you’ll hit sixty-two mph in eleven seconds. That’s the same as the Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 DI-DC, but in comparison to the Discovery, Touareg, Grand Cherokee it’s positively slow as they achieve the same in around 7 – 8 seconds. Okay, it’s obviously not all that matters, but they’ll also out-strip it on rolling acceleration at higher speeds too, as they simply have so much more power and torque on tap.

Driving the Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible

Are Toyota taking the tortoise and hare approach with the Land Cruiser though, and possibly pushing the fact that their 4×4 will carry on going when the others stop? Maybe. The 3.0 D-4D gets the job done okay, and it never struggled for want of torque up steep hills or long uphill motorway sections. However, when it came to overtaking, where I needed to pass trucks quickly on country roads, I definitely felt the it needed more power. The rivals I mentioned above punch out 60 – 70+ more bhp, and 110 – 120+ lb ft more torque too, and the Land Cruiser 3.0 D-4D simply can’t compete in terms of performance.

I’m not saying entirely that the Land Cruiser needs to be able to run alongside the competition in neck-and-neck terms, but I do believe that another 40 – 50 bhp and lb ft would make the world of difference for overtaking and getting up to motorway speeds.

On that, the Land Cruiser does that well – cruises, I mean. At 70+ mph it’s a decently quiet and relaxed experience, with wind and road noise well dampened. However, the 5-speed gearbox would benefit from an extra gear (plus overdrive) for an even more relaxed engine at speed, and with the emergence of 7, 8 and even 9 speed automatic transmissions now available, the Toyota’s five-speed auto is showing its age.

5 speed gearbox - Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible

Body roll at speed through the twisting sections of tarmac was way better than I thought it would be, thanks to the AVS suspension system working hard to keep the big Toyota settled, and the permanent 4-wheel-drive providing huge confidence when it’s pouring down and there’s lakes of standing water everywhere.

bad weather driving on a mud track in the Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible

Safety-wise, the Land Cruiser driver knee airbag, plus 2-stage driver and passenger, front side, and full-length curtain airbags. There’s also Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), Active Traction Control (A-TRC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Trailer Stability Control, plus the pre-collision system as an option. While it’s not been tested by Euro NCAP, it rated 5/5 on the ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) test.

When all’s said and done, the Land Cruiser handles itself fine for a massive 4×4 – it’s not a sports car, so why go chucking it around bends like it is? Yes, the 3.0 litre D-4D could absolutely do with more power and torque, and a slicker automatic ‘box with at least another gear, but for all that the Land Cruiser lacks in these areas, the tried-and-tested engine and gearbox just feel so ridiculously dependable, trustworthy and eternally reliable, that it almost – almost – makes those things inconsequential.

AWD and off-road. Stuck or superb?

driving on boggy moorland tracks in the Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible

If there was ever one point to pinpoint what the Land Cruiser does most impressively, it would be its ability to be a dominant force off the road. Let’s be in no doubt here, the Land Cruiser’s combination of world-renowned reliability alongside an efficacious 4-wheel-drive system make a formidable opponent to the very best of the best 4x4s out there. And believe me, the Land Cruiser has an immaculate pedigree when it comes to the rough stuff, thanks to decades of successful production, starting in 1951 as a mobility vehicle for Japan’s National Police Reserve.

By the way, if you’re thinking of buying a Land Cruiser just to tootle about town in, with the occasional splash of water or mud to go through, then you specifically should not buy one – it’s a waste of a spectacular 4×4. Buy a RAV4 instead.

Before I throw myself vigorously into the 4×4 systems of the Toyota, below are the specifications. Please excuse this part if you’re not into 4x4s, but to be blunt, you shouldn’t be driving one off road if you don’t know what this stuff means and why it’s important.

Minimum ground clearance: 215 mm (8.5″) (no mention of maximum), approach angle: 32˚, departure angle: 25˚ (24˚ with air suspension), ramp breakover angle: 22˚, maximum bank and pitch angle: 42°, wading depth: 700 mm (27.5″). There’s Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC), Centre Torsen Limited Slip Differential (LSD), centre and rear differential locks, body and steering angle displays, Off-Road Traction Monitoring System, Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) with Electronically Modulated Rear Air Suspension, and Multi-Terrain Select (MTS).

Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible review

The 2014 Land Cruiser has some impressive systems and tech for when the going gets really tough, starting with the incredibly useful camera system. The front wide view camera – which not only allows you to see ‘around’ corners where your eyes might not be able to, but also keeps an eye on the terrain up front – is perfect for when you’re driving up a steep slope and can only normally see sky, or when cresting a ridge and can’t see what’s below the front of the car. ‘Kerb’ views of the front and rear wheels can guide you past jagged rocks or down narrow passes.

The camera system may like a side point or gimmicky, but actually it’s a brilliant thing to have. Doing a fair amount of off-roading over the years, I find not being able to see around, behind or in front of the car to be a major pain, and it can absolutely mean the difference between damaging bodywork, puncturing a tyre or even rolling the vehicle due to misjudging a blind descent, to not doing any of those.

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Multi-terrain Select (MTS) allows you to pick from different modes and then adjusts the braking, acceleration and traction to give you the most suitable settings for the terrain you’re tackling. The modes are fairly self-explanatory: Mud and Sand, Loose Rock, Mogul and Rock. Mogul apprently means a small hard mound or bump on a ski slope’, and this mode is used for tackling “extremely uneven terrain, such as V-ditches, slopes, and ridges, uphill or down.”

Another great feature is Crawl Control. Should you get bogged down, or want to ascend or descend a steep slope, simply press a button, take your feet off both the brake and accelerator, and the Land Cruiser will control the engine and brakes, giving the best torque and traction to get you out of the situation easily with no stress.

off road 4x4 driving down a muddy track in the Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible

As well as a centre differential lock, there’s also a rear as either an option or as standard, depending on which spec you buy. To view an-depth technical video of how the off-road systems work (slightly older, being from 2011) check out this official Toyota instruction film.

After selecting the appropriate terrain mode, and locking the rear diff, I drove up a section of steep wooded hillside and the entirely confident way in which the Land Cruiser tackled it left me in no doubt it would have just kept going until it reached the apex, and then some. On roads covered in a slippery mix of loose stone, mud and water, the Toyota powered down them in a assured manner. Accelerating hard these roads, I could feel the 4-wheel-drive system work to correct constantly, and but it kept the Land Cruiser almost arrow-straight even when I was deliberately driving idiotically to try and push it off balance.

rear view of the Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible review

Finally, it’s very obvious that if the Toyota Land Cruiser is used in some of the harshest environments on Earth by the people who live in them or travel through regularly (the U.N., for example), then there are reasons for that: ultimate reliability, with go-anywhere potential.

Price

(figures correct March 2015) The 2014 Land Cruiser 3.0 D-4D ranges from £48,350 for the Icon to £53,350 for the Invincible, and £65,715 for the Land Cruiser V8.

If you’re looking for SUVs of a similar ilk (comfortable on-road, properly capable off-road) for around the same price, then rivals include the Land Rover Discovery, and Jeep Grand Cherokee, or the Mitsubishi Shogun if your budget doesn’t stretch as far. If you’re looking at the V8 Land Cruiser, then it’s getting towards the price of a base-spec Range Rover.

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible 3.0 D-4D Auto verdict & score

Toyota Land cruiser 3.0 Invincible

I’m conflicted over this updated 2014 Land Cruiser. On the one hand there’s the interior: it’s very comfortable for the most part, roomy, practical and clearly built to last incredibly well. On the other hand, the overall look is quite bland, the wood trim looks cheap, the upper centre console erratic in design, and the central section of the 2nd row seating overly-firm. Up against rivals of a similar price, the interior lacks hugely in design flair, and it just comes across as being dated in comparison, and I expect more from a £48k+ vehicle. Strangely, the V8 ‘Cruiser’s interior is much nicer in that department.

The gearbox is old-school by today’s standards too, but I forgive it that as it works well enough, and the 3.0 D-4D felt like it needed a fair bit more power and torque. The thing is, the Land Cruiser feels supremely tough and rugged, like it’d never, ever let you down, and while I like the Toyota’s rivals a lot, I just didn’t quite get that vibe from them, although the Shogun does give off that same industrial-strength feel.

Toyota sell a massive amount of Land Cruisers to almost every corner of the earth, so there’s no doubting its capability and reliability – the evidence is just too overwhelming. If you’re not so bothered about the uninteresting cabin, but do want to know your 4×4 will traverse entire continents – nay, the world – without breaking down or getting stuck much, the Toyota Land Cruiser will do that for you.

Do you own a Toyota Land Cruiser, or have questions about it? Share your thoughts and leave a comment below!

Exterior  8
Interior  6
Engine  7
Gearbox  6
Price  7
Handling  6.5
Drive & Ride  7.5
 Off-Road ability  9.5
Overall Score  7.0 / 10

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Specs

Model (as tested)  2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible 3.0 D-4D Auto
Spec includes  Smart entry & start, 7 seats, leather upholstery, front and rear heated seats, 3-zone climate control, Blu-Ray rear view monitor, Toyota Touch 2 with Go touchscreen with sat nav, Bluetooth, USB & AUX-in, JBL 14-speaker premium sound system, HID & adaptive headlights. Airbags: driver knee, 2-stage driver & passenger, front side & full-length curtain. Safety: traction control, VSC, EBD, brake assist, land-change assist, blind-spot monitor & rear cross-traffic alert, Trailer Stability Control,  Pre-Collision System (optional), Active Traction Control (A-TRC), Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) See website for more detail.
Options you should spec  Safety Pack: £1,360
The Competition  Jeep Grand Cherokee, Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Range Rover, Mitsubishi Shogun
Price  (March. ’15) 3.0 D4-D: £48,350 – £53,350 | V8: £65,715
Engine  Turbocharged diesel, 3.0 litre D-4D, in-line 4-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine
Power, Torque  Engine: Power: 188 bhp @ 3,400 rpm | Torque: 310 lb ft (420 Nm) @ 3,000 rpm
Drive, Gears (as tested)  Permanent All-Wheel-Drive with Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) | 5-speed sequential automatic with (AI)-SHIFT Control
Ground clearance, Wading depth,  Towing Capacity, etc Minimum clearance: 215 mm (8.5″) | Wading: 700 mm (27.5″)| Braked towing: 3,000 kgs (6,615 lbs) | Approach angle: 32˚| Departure angle: 25˚ (24˚ with air suspension) | Ramp breakover angle: 22˚| Maximum bank and pitch angle: 42°
Top Speed, 0 – 60 mph, Euro NCAP  Max speed: 109 mph | 0 – 60 mph: 11.0 seconds | ANCAP rating: 5/5 stars
Fuel economy (UK mpg), CO2  Urban: 34.9, Extra urban: 29.1, Combined: 39.8 | CO2: 213 g/km
Weight (Kerb)  2,420 kgs (5,336 lbs)
Websites  Toyota UK, Toyota USA, Toyota Australia, Toyota global

Words: Chris Davies | Photography: Chris Davies, Matthew Davies

One response to “2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible 3.0 D-4D Auto review – Is being Tough, Reliable and Capable all that matters?”

  1. John

    In my humble opinnion Toyota Land Cruiser looses the comparison with Land Rover Discovery 4 tested last year, in every aspect (in case of off-road capabilities) Here are the numbers connected to Disco 4 with air-suspension: ground clearance up to: 310 mm (+ about 25mm when it detects the obstacle underneath) , approach angle: 36,2˚, departure angle: 29,6˚, ramp breakover angle: 27,3˚, wading depth: 700 mm (27.5″). Plus disco has the Terrain Response which really works…
    I assume that Land Cruise should get no more than 9 in off-road mark and Dicovery 4 really deserves 10 as it the best nowadays produced 4×4 in the world!

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