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Toyota Land Cruiser

5/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Toyota Land Cruiser

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Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

Short of something armoured, nothing will get you as far into, and more importantly out of, a hostile place than a Toyota 4x4

The Land Cruiser is still a warrior, the four-wheeled embodiment of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. But a Nokia 3310 never broke, and that didn’t stop the world upgrading to smartphones, did it? No matter the little updates that Toyota keeps sprinkling over the Land Cruiser, it’s starting to be left behind and feel antiquated. Even the ancient G-Wagen - now G-Class - has recently been catapulted into the present day, showing it can be done.

Let’s get straight to the point - if you live somewhere in the world where tarmac roads are hard to come by and you measure annual rainfall in metres, then the Toyota Land Cruiser is the car for you. Here in the UK, of course, tarmac isn’t in short supply, and so the Toyota Land Cruiser isn’t terribly well suited to our particular market. The Discovery is a much better bet. It seems unfair giving the Land Cruiser a kicking. It’s so perfectly executed for its raison d’être that it should be the best thing we’ve driven all year. But the problem is the Disco exists. And things have moved on.

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