Mildly restyled for its return in the 2013 model year, the Toyota Land Cruiser presents a classic SUV profile and a more integrated Toyota theme across its very large front end this year.
You'd know it at a distance based on size alone, but now the rugged Land Cruiser locks in on your brain a little easier, with its safari-chic shape highlighted by new LED daytime running lights and a bigger, brighter grille. It's not an inspiring look, per se, like the divinely detailed Range Rover--and it has a near-clone in the form of the Lexus LX 570. Objectively, though, the Land Cruiser keeps with tradition, in looking confident and off-road-ready.
Inside, the Land Cruiser has the same, very upright, chunky styling that all the newer Toyota trucks have received. It's a pretty technology-heavy presentation, with a navigation screen top and center, plus climate, audio, and off-road controls below that, and it emphasizes a certain truth about the Land Cruiser's appeal—that it's rooted more in gated communities than in remote outposts. New this year are a perforated leather trim, more glossy woodgrain on the dash, and brighter metallic trim surrounding some of the dash panels.