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TheCarConnection.com has compiled excerpts from the Web's best reviews bring you a detailed look at the 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser in the Full Review. TheCarConnection.com's editors also took the wheel of the Land Cruiser both on- and off-road to bring you this Bottom Line assessment.
- Real off-road capability
- Confidence-inspiring road feel
- Abundant power from the V-8
- Cargo and towing capacity
- Hard-earned reputation for longevity
- Less-than-inspiring looks
- Too-firm ride
- Can't stow third row
- High price
The 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser builds on the complete redesign from 2008, essentially carried over for 2010, though with the addition of a few new features. Upgrades this year are primarily technological, with the introduction of the new Safety Connect telematics system and upgraded navigation and audio systems.
You'll know the 2010 Land Cruiser from a distance, with its characteristic and classic styling immediately recognizable. It's not surprising or inspiring like some of its rivals, but as the established benchmark for the class, it doesn't need to be. Interior styling is a bit more forward-looking, though not always in a good way. The technology-heavy presentation occasionally seems at odds with the rough-and-ready nature of the vehicle itself.
Only one engine is available for the 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser, a brawny 5.7-liter V-8 engine rated at 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The same engine is also found in the Tundra pickup. Here it's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and though the hefty 5,700-pound curb weight doesn't do the Land Cruiser any favors in acceleration, the engine still feels strong in freeway merges and hauling or towing duty. The six-speed auto makes easy work of the necessary gear changes, operating quickly and smoothly. Despite the beefy power output, the 2010 Land Cruiser returns 13 mpg city and 18 mpg.
Off-road performance is predictably very good, with an approach angle of 30 degrees, standard four-wheel drive with low and high range, and a locking Torsen center differential. The all-wheel-drive system can send anywhere between 50 to 70 percent of the engine's power to the rear wheels depending on conditions, and a range of electronic stability and dynamics controls help to maintain grip on- and off-road. Hill Descent Control makes it easy to cruise slowly down tricky inclines, and Hill Start Assist helps keep you from rolling backward on uphill starts. The Land Cruiser's construction also aids its off-road ability, with its body-on-frame construction making it more rugged and tough than most. The rear suspension offers a full 9.5 inches of travel to help articulate the wheels over the most demanding terrain.