Ride, quietness, powertrain, acceleration, fit and finish, front- and second-row seat comfort, towing, off-road ability.
Fuel economy, agility, tight third-row seat.
Toyota's flagship SUV has the same powerful 5.7-liter V8 that the Tundra pickup uses. It is quick, quiet, comfortable, and refined, but is neither agile nor sparing with fuel at 14 mpg overall. It rides very comfortably and the interior is roomy and well finished. The Land Cruiser showed terrific off-road performance in our tests, partly because of its crawl mode to help ascend and descend steep slopes. A 50/50-split third-row seat folds up against the side of the cargo area rather than into the floor, which takes up cargo room. The permanently engaged four-wheel-drive system is standard.