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STYLING | 7 out of 10
when you're confident of your ability, you don't have to pretend
Kelley Blue Book
a clean modernization of the concept
Car and Driver
it's unmistakably 'Land Cruiser
inside...fresh design and enhanced features
Reviewers generally think that the 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser offers a good-looking exterior, but some complain about a cluttered instrument panel design.
In the 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser, a desire for function over style and a physical presence that evokes competence are still solidly in the aesthetic repertoire. Motor Trend assures us that "outside, it's unmistakably 'Land Cruiser.'" "There are no heroic Nissan Murano-like experiments with the styling here," says Car and Driver, just a clean modernization of the concept. Compared to its 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 the 2009 Land Cruiser, however, a clutter of 21st-century technology makes itself known perhaps too well. 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." Edmunds reports that "Toyota has updated the cabin with a fresh design and enhanced features."
The 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser isn't too spectacular inside, but it looks good from the curb.