2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Big but not entirely space-efficient, the eight-passenger Land Cruiser has terrific front seats. They're shaped well, and give an excellent view of the road ahead, with the caveat that they sit very high from the ground--it's a climb to get in and out of the big ute, regardless of which seat you're occupying.

In the second row, Toyota fits a sliding mechanism that enables several inches of fore-and-aft motion for the bench seat, to add flexibility to go with plentiful head and leg room. It makes up for the relative lack of utility in the third row: like most of these way-back seats, the Land Cruiser's rearmost bench is an afterthought. It's worse than usual, since the seats can't stow in the floor (that's where the off-roading hardware resides). Instead they swing off to the sides, where they narrow the Cruiser's cargo area.

An eight-seater by the spec sheet, the Land Cruiser's most comfortable for four adults and four children.
Interior appointments aren't likely to wow you. Materials, fits, and finishes on this $70k+ vehicle aren't much of a step beyond those in a $30k Highlander, and the Land Cruiser won't earn points for feeling lavish. But it's quiet, tight, and vaultlike, with nearly no wind or road noise to speak of—though you do hear the engine a bit too much, despite the addition of foam filling in the A-pillars and new cladding under the front bumper and engine.

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