Experts at TheCarConnection.com love riding in the 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser with five passengers—but adding the third row to bring the passenger tally to seven may not be a wise move.
Up front, the 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser offers "large, comfortable seats with lots of adjustments" that "combine with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and ample headroom and legroom for first-class accommodations," according to ConsumerGuide. "The glass area feels big, the view panoramic. The seats are thrones," commends Car and Driver. Entry into those comfortable chairs, though, can be a bit challenging due to the Land Cruiser's height and lack of available running boards.
The second row offers luxurious accommodations, as well. ConsumerGuide explains that "foot space is tight unless the front seats are raised," but overall the space is "impressive," with "plenty of headroom and legroom on comfortable seats that can fit three across in a pinch." Passengers get their own audio and climate controls, and seats slide back and forth roughly three inches.
The only comfort/convenience demerits in the interior belong to the third row of the 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser. Those "iconoclastic side-folding third-row seats," says Motor Trend, "either leave you feeling like you're sitting in a barrel due to the elevated floor or are smack in the way of stowing wide cargo when folded away." "Entry is a jungle-gym climb," warns Car and Driver, "and once you arrive—typical of SUVs with rigid rear axles—the cushion is barely off the floor." Seemingly not able to decide between decent cargo storage or third-row seats, Toyota does a mediocre job with both.
Refinement is excellent. There is not one complaint of a harsh ride or untoward chassis motions, no small feat in a large, live-axle SUV. ConsumerGuide remarks that "materials are generally luxury grade" and "workmanship is likewise impressive." "Wind, road, and engine noise are well controlled, even at highway speeds, making the Land Cruiser as quiet as some luxury cars," enthuses ConsumerGuide.