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.”
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.”