Shopping for a new Toyota Land Cruiser?
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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
materials are generally luxury grade
awkward third-row seats
the seats are thrones
Car and Driver
There's a lot of comfort to be found in the 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser. Its interior layout offers plenty of room front and rear, though the optional third-row seating is still a bit of an afterthought. The third-row seats also don't stow into the floor like many modern SUVs, instead swiveling off to the side where they impinge somewhat on available cargo space. As far as quality and fit and finish go, the 2010 Land Cruiser is nice but not particularly stylish or luxurious, as befits the Toyota brand and the Land Cruiser name, if not the $70,000-plus price of a well-optioned model. Despite its big and boxy dimensions, there's not a lot of wind or road noise to deal with.
Front seats in the 2010 Land Cruiser are "large, comfortable ... with lots of adjustments" and passengers will find "ample headroom and legroom," says ConsumerGuide. There's a good sense of space in the cabin, too, as Car and Driver notes "the glass area feels big, the view panoramic." They also praise the seats, calling them "thrones." Getting in and out of the cabin can be tough at times, though, due to the 2010 Land Cruiser's height and absence of running boards.
Second-row seating is similarly accommodating. ConsumerGuide notes that though "foot space is tight unless the front seats are raised," overall available space is "impressive," with enough room to "fit three across in a pinch." Separate audio and climate controls for rear passengers are convenient, and the ability to side back and forth about three inches improve legroom.
If there's one area for concern, it's the third-row seating. Motor Trend refers to the "iconoclastic side-folding third-row seats," noting they're none too comfortable to sit on and tend to get in the way of cargo when folded up. That's only a problem once you get back there, of course. "Entry is a jungle-gym climb," cautions Car and Driver, "and once you arrive-typical of SUVs with rigid rear axles-the cushion is barely off the floor." The end result is an awkward compromise between both comfort and cargo space, though there's still enough room for Autoblog to call it a "prairie-sized cabin."
Overall refinement is good, with most reviewers praising ride quality and cabin noise. "Wind, road, and engine noise are well controlled, even at highway speeds, making the Land Cruiser as quiet as some luxury cars," gushes ConsumerGuide. They go on to note that "materials are generally luxury grade" and "workmanship is likewise impressive."
The 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser offers great seating for five-but not for seven.