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2008 Toyota Land Cruiser Styling

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A restrained, confident exterior clashes with a busy, tech-laden interior in the 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser.

With a history going back decades, the Land Cruiser has evolved significantly since its days as a utilitarian, two-door Japanese Jeep. Nonetheless, a desire for function over style and a physical presence that evokes competence are still solidly in the Land Cruiser’s aesthetic repertoire. “There are no heroic Nissan Murano-like experiments with the styling here,” says Car and Driver, just a clean modernization of the concept. Motor Trend assures us that “outside, it’s unmistakably ‘Land Cruiser.’” Compared to its straked and bulging-fendered competitors, Kelley Blue Book remarks of the Land Cruiser, “when you’re confident of your ability, you don’t have to pretend.”

The 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser appears sleek and subdued from the curb but perhaps a bit cluttered from the cabin.

Inside, however, a clutter of 21st-century technology makes itself known perhaps too well. While Edmunds reports that “Toyota has updated the cabin with a fresh design and enhanced features,” Kelley Blue Book laments that “the instrument panel, dash and console are awash with switches, gauges and displays; it will take owners some time to figure out what they all do.”

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