The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the most iconic and longest-running nameplates in the automotive world. Since its debut in 1951, the Land Cruiser has symbolized durability, reliability, and capability in various terrains and climates. However, in recent years, the Land Cruiser has also become a luxury SUV with a hefty price tag and a thirsty V8 engine, which limited its appeal and sales in the U.S. market. That's why Toyota discontinued the Land Cruiser after the 2021 model year, leaving many fans disappointed and nostalgic.
But the legend is not dead. In fact, it's making a triumphant comeback for the 2024 model year with a new design, platform, and powertrain that aim to return the Toyota Land Cruiser to its rugged roots. The 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser is smaller, more affordable, more efficient, and more heritage-inspired than the previous generation while still retaining its off-road prowess and modern features. Here's everything you need to know about the new Land Cruiser and why it might be the off-roader you've been waiting for.
A New Platform and a New Powertrain
The 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser is based on the TNGA-F global truck platform, which also underpins the new Toyota Tundra, Sequoia, and 2024 Toyota Tacoma, as well as the Lexus GX and Lexus TX models. The new platform is lighter, stronger, and more rigid than the previous one, which improves handling, stability, and safety. The new Land Cruiser also has a shorter wheelbase and overall length than the outgoing model, which makes it more agile and maneuverable on tight trails.
The biggest change under the hood is the introduction of a hybrid powertrain for the first time in the Land Cruiser's history. The 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser is powered by a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and a battery pack, producing a combined output of 326 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. This is significantly less than the 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque that the previous V8 engine delivered. Still, Toyota claims that the hybrid system offers better low-end torque, smoother acceleration, and improved fuel economy. The hybrid powertrain is also lighter and more compact than the V8 engine, which reduces weight and improves weight distribution.
The hybrid system is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case and a locking center differential. A rear locking differential is also standard on all models, while an electronic front anti-roll bar disconnect is available on higher trims. The new Toyota Land Cruiser also features various off-road technologies such as hill descent control, crawl control, multi-terrain select, multi-terrain monitor, and adaptive variable suspension. The new Land Cruiser can tow up to 6,000 pounds when properly equipped.