2009 Toyota Land Cruiser User Reviews
- Dark Gray Interior, True Offroad, Power and Prestige
- High initial cost, needs HID's headlights
Purchased As Used
We are a family of 5. We have 3 young boys.. ages 7, 4 and infant. We needed a true family hauler with power to take power toys and also all terrain.
X5 was too tight, cute but also to harsh. I wanted the x35D but it was too expensive and not enough room.
GL45: Too bland and we already own 2 other AMG (C32 and E55). I have enough headaches with MB. Turbo Diesel was weak in stock form.
Infiniti QX56: Old design and we used to own a 2004 Nissan Armada, we know the poor interior quality.
Audi A6: Too heavy and poor engine choices, even with TDI
LR4: Please! next!
Caddy Escalade: Please! next!
Lincoln MKT: Brakes! and exterior is uggly
In the end we fell in love with the LC and searched for it about 4 months. We look across the country and found one about 1 hour away from our So Cal home.
We paid a bit more than going out of state, but it was the color we wanted (silver) and interior we wanted (dark gray) and low miles and certified pre owed.
Power is great.. no problems there. Its very quiet for my taste, but good for my wife. My previous Armada had more pull of the line, but fell flat on the higher speeds. This things pulls to redline.
Handling is great.. it has an initial lean due to "gravity" but once it plants.. its sticks the corner. The harder you drive it, the move confidence you will get from the suspension. Basically if you get used to the initial roll, you will know that the truck will keep up with your command.
Brakes are perfect. Spot on! Great bite but not harsh enough to disrupt the kids movie.
Quality: Its made in Japan. No recall here. Also there is something to be said for the materials and fit and finish. Leather is think and dashboard is the best for Toyota's SUV's. I rather pay 10K more for a LC than a Sequoia Platinum with poor dash board design.
Resale value: I can sleep a bit better at night, unlike my MB cars or previous Infiniti, Nissan, cars. Acura and Honda have done well in resale value.
What I like most.... exclusive club of LC drivers. I have yet to see another one like ours around here... and I live in So Cal (Inland Empire) and work in Orange County....read morehide
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- Great engine, lots of technology, comfort and go-anywhere capability
- Poor gas mileage, 3rd row seats do not fold flat
Purchased As New
The 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser is an exceptional vehicle for people who want luxury that can go virtually anywhere. Trusted around the world by organizations like the UN to get people over rough terrain and through bad weather, I now know why there is such a cult following for this vehicle. There are many more consumer-friendly SUVs on the market but this truck has one of the best combinations of luxury and rugged capability that you can find at any price. An innovative keyless entry and keyless start system keeps you from ever having to reach into your pocket for the key. A slightly complicated but robust Navigation system, bluetooth phone integration, park distance indicators, backup camera, rearseat entertainment and a refrigerated center console for beverages put the Land Cruiser on the cutting edge of technology and comfort. Couple all that with the ability to climb rocks in Crawl Control mode while on the way to a camping site and you have a vehicle that truly suits almost any need. Gas mileage is poor but that is to be expected when trying to move such a vehicle with a 381 HP engine. The other thing I wish could be improved is that the 3rd row seats do not fold flat although that would be difficult to design in a vehicle that sports the kind of suspension the Land Cruiser has. The fold-up 3rd row seats are better than in the previous Land Cruiser but are still a necessary sacrifice in order to get a vehicle that is so well-mannered around town and so capable offroad. For $65K you can certainly find more "bling" or a more prestigious badge on the hood of competitors. But, educated consumers don't need to see a ton of chrome rolling at them to recognize the Toyota Land Cruiser as an elite vehicle with a storied history....read morehide
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- No trim specified for this review
- Good Ride, Fuel economy, VXR trim options,
- pretty expensive, appearance could be better, seats could be more comfortable, no lumbar support
Bought my new Land cruiser VXR full option model but without leather seats. Car is generally very good with very reasonable maintenence and service costs are pretty cheap. Didnt like the brake light so put lexus brake lights from the accesories shop. one thing about this car is the accesories you can put. it really makes the car a head turner.
But its almost as expensive as a bmw X5, lexus models, merc models. so sometimes you just have to make up your mind. But if you want a all rounder car then this is generally the best choice. I tested almost all cars in this price range including GMC Yukon, Chevy Tahoe, Merc ML, BMW X5, Cadillac Escallade EXT, Nissan Patrol safari. I previously owned a Porsche Cayyenne Turbo 'S' & i must say that i dont miss any featured in my new 'VXR'. Excellent features but ofcourse the performance could be better.... But overall a perfect choice... I highly recomend it to anyone whos looking a car for keeps and no headaches....read morehide
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