2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

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  • Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota
  • Diesel
  • 4,500 cc

The Toyota Land Cruiser is a multi-generational SUV that has been in production for decades and has had the largest impact on the popularity of 4x4s as we know them today. In Kenya, the Land Cruiser is wildly popular and is seen as the penultimate SUV that is favored more for prestige than its mud-plugging capabilities. Its closest competitor is the Nissan Patrol that’s respectable in its own right and followed closely by the Land Rover Discovery. 

  • Body Type: SUV
  • Extras: Sunroof
  • Safety Features: ABS, Curtain Airbags, EBD, KDSS, Knee Airbags, Lane Assist, SRS Airbags
  • Exterior Features: Alloy Rims, Roof Rails, Side Steps
  • Interior Features: Bluetooth Connectivity, Cooler Box, Touchscreen Radio/CD Player, USB Charging Ports

Detailed Review

The current generation of the Toyota Land Cruiser, the J200 series has been in production from 2008 to present. It competes with the Nissan Patrol, the Range Rover Vogue, and the Land Rover Discovery. The 200 series has encountered some criticism due to what many consider as a bland design.

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser V8

Under the bonnet, the Land Cruiser comes with 2 engine options: a 4.7 Litre V8 petrol engine and a 4.5 Litre Twin Turbo Diesel engine. The Petrol engine develops 234kW at 4800 rpm while the Diesel engine develops 200kW at 3400 rpm. This is nowhere near the Range Rover marque that throws out 375kW at the top of the lineup but nonetheless, the Land Cruiser is still a very potent 4×4.

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Grades
Japanese Grades
Toyota Land Cruiser GX, Toyota Land Cruiser AX, Toyota Land Cruiser AXG, Toyota Land Cruiser ZX, Toyota Land Cruiser ZX Bruno Cross

Kenya, Australia, and Asia Grades
Toyota Land Cruiser GX, Toyota Land Cruiser GXL, Toyota Land Cruiser VX, and Toyota Land Cruiser VXL/Sahara
For more details on these grades, Read here

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Interior
Legroom & Space
The Toyota Land Cruiser is a spacious car with capacity to comfortably carry 8 people in a 3 row configuration. The seats are made of good quality leather that is soft and comfortable to seat on. At the first row, the seats are electrically adjustable and the legroom is exceptional. Similarly, on the second row, the seating space is great. On the third row, the legroom is modest, not as good as the Land Rover Discovery, but close. The fact that it can seat 8 people is a huge advantage only matched by the Nissan Patrol Y62.

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser First Row

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Second Row

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser third row

Cabin Storage
Everything in the Toyota Land Cruiser V8 is meticulous and well laid out. From the first row to the third row, there are plenty of storage compartments. These are useful for storing items such as smartphones, beverages, handbags etc. For the 1st row, there 4 cup/bottle holders, door panel storage, dashboard-storage, a glovebox and a cooler box. For the second row, the storage is on the front seat jacket pockets and door side pockets. For the third row, there are storage compartments on either side.

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser VX Cupholders

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser VX Door Pockets

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Boot Space
In the 5 seater configuration, the boot is big and can carry luggage for a large family with space to spare. The third row seats easily fold up at the pull of a lever. In the 8 seater configuration, with the 3rd row seats down the Land Cruiser still manages some decent boot space. In the 2 seater configuration with the 2nd and 3rd row seats folded, the boot space is humongous rivaling that of a full sized van.

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Boot

Extras: DVD player, Navigation, Keyless Entry, Dual Zone Climate Control, Cooler Box

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser VX Dashboard

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Exterior
The Toyota Land Cruiser V8 is an imposing vehicle. It comes standard with 18 inch or 20 Inch alloy rims depending on the grade. The preferred colors for the Japanese models are white and black, you’ll be hard pressed to find any other alternative.

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Exterior

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 Fuel Consumption
2014 Toyota Land Cruiser 4.7L V8 Petrol Fuel Consumption: 7.1 km/L (On Average)
2014 Toyota Land Cruiser 4.5L V8 Diesel Fuel Consumption: 9.7 km/L (On Average)

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 Acceleration
2014 Toyota Land Cruiser 4.7L V8 Petrol accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.7 sec.
2014 Toyota Land Cruiser 4.5L V8 Diesel accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 8.9 sec.

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 Fuel Tank Capacity: 138Litres (93L main tank and 45L sub tank)

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 Stability and Handling
The Toyota Land Cruiser V8 is a behemoth weighing in at 2.6 tonnes. Even with all that heft, its surprisingly nimble and manoeuvrable. The Petrol V8 sprints from 0-100 km/h in a mere 7.7 sec whilst the diesel does it in 8.9sec. That’s quick by 4×4 standards. The diesel V8 is much more exciting to drive with its unmistakable grunt and loads of low-end torque

On the road, thanks to the KDSS suspension, the Land Cruiser V8 is stable and takes corners at speeds where the Prado TX will wobble. The steering is well judged and maintains perfect balance across the speed spectrum. The transmission is in sync with the engine and delivers power on time. Off the tarmac, the Land Cruiser will chew up anything you throw at it. It’s capable of going to extremes where few of the so called 4x4s will dare venture.

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Service Intervals
Minor Service: Done at 10,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service: Done at 15,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel/Diesel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
Spare parts for the Toyota Land Cruiser V8 are much more affordable compared to the Range Rover and the Nissan Patrol. In the long term it’s the cheaper car to own. On the average, body parts and sensors are expensive and some are not readily available in the market. Service parts are well priced and available in all major towns across the country.
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2014 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 Reliability
When it comes to reliability, nothing beats Toyota. It’s the industry standard definition and is exemplified in the Toyota Land Cruiser. As we mentioned earlier, it has been in production for 7 decades and this is all due to its reliability. The same however cannot be said of the Range Rover and the Nissan Patrol.

Based on interviews with local Toyota specialists, there are a few things to look out for. The most common problems reported are KDSS failure, water pump failure and high oil consumption. The KDSS failure is by far the most expensive to fix. All these failures point to poor maintenance.

It’s highly recommended that you read the owner’s manual before operating the Toyota Land Cruiser V8. To download the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 Owner’s Manual, Click here.

Resale Value: Very Good

Toyota Land Cruiser V8 Competitors: Nissan Patrol, Range Rover Vogue, Land Rover Discovery

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: From Ksh.7,500,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 300,000/ per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 140,000/- for 4 Tyres
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What we like about the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser V8
1. Big and Spacious 8 seater ideal for large families
2. Capable off-road
3. Reliable

What we don’t
1. Difficult to maneuver in tight spaces

Conclusion
There are few cars that can match the credentials of the Toyota Land Cruiser V8. It is a perfect family vehicle that is targeted at people who value safety, comfort and reliability. Its not a particularly cheap car to own and maintain but the long term utility is immeasurable.

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