In the United States, the first Toyota Land Cruiser debuted in 1958 and was the company’s best-selling vehicle there from 1961 to 1965. The Land Cruiser went on to inspire many generations of off-road vehicles and became an off-road classic. Toyota’s decision to discontinue the American version after the 2021 model year was therefore a sad one. A new version of the storied nameplate is coming back to our shores, flipping all the ensuing frowns upside down three years later.

The 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser is built on the same TNGA-F body-on-frame platform as the newly unveiled Toyota Tacoma and the mechanically comparable Lexus GX. The new Land Cruiser differs significantly from the U.S. version that came before it thanks to a standard hybrid powertrain and a retro-inspired styling.

How dissimilar are they? We compared the new one’s specifications and features to those of its predecessor to find out.

When the 200-series Land Cruiser was last offered for sale in the United States, it had origins that could be traced back to 2008. Even after a redesign for the 2016 model year, the big SUV didn’t truly stick out because to its distinctly uninteresting form. With the 2024 Land Cruiser, which fills the gap between the older 200 and the more recent 300-series and is only offered in foreign markets, this situation is set to change.

However, the newest Cruiser is the most aesthetically appealing of the group due to its blocky design and retro styling. The new LC is 1.2 inches shorter than its predecessor, measuring 193.7 inches, although they both have the same 111.2-inch wheelbase. The new one is slightly under an inch shorter at 73.2 inches tall, but both versions are 78 inches broad.

The new Land Cruiser boasts a 30 degree approach angle, a 25 degree break-over angle, and 22 degree departure angle when it comes to off-road specifications. The break-over and departure angles of this model are both 1 degree less than those of its predecessor, which had a better approach angle of 32 degrees. Up to 8.7 inches of ground clearance are offered by the new model, which is a few tenths less than the previous model.

The 2021 Land Cruiser had a 5.7-liter V-8 engine that produced 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, but its replacement has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that is hybrid turbocharged. The total output of the engine is 326 hp and 465 pound-feet. Both Toyota SUVs come standard with four-wheel drive and a centre locking differential, as well as an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The 2021 Land Cruiser’s combined EPA estimate was a pitiful 14 mpg. Although the hybrid Land Cruiser’s fuel economy is still unknown, there will almost probably be a significant improvement. Towing capacity is one item that will change for the worse with the new LC. The new model’s maximum pulling capacity is 6000 pounds as opposed to the old model’s 8100 pounds.

Although the new Land Cruiser has 18-inch wheels, different trim levels have different tyre sizes. While other Land Cruisers have larger 265/70R-18 tyres that are about 33 inches tall, the 1958 base model has 245/70R-18 rubber on all four sides. Although optional, 20-inch wheels are not available for the 1958. The 2021 model was only seen with 18-inch rollers with 285/60 tyres, which are more comparable to 31 than 33 inches in height.

Both the new and old Land Cruisers have a double-wishbone front suspension, however Toyota claims that because of the new platform, the arrangement has been changed for the 2024 model. Coil springs are used to cushion a solid rear axle in the rear suspension, which nonetheless has a four-link design. The new LC has an electronic disconnecting front anti-roll bar, which wasn’t previously available, with the exception of the 1958 trim level.

The standard fabric seats with manual adjustments in the 1958 trim show how less opulent the inside of the new Land Cruiser is than that of its predecessor. Previously, semi-aniline leather upholstery and 10-way power front seats were standard on all 2021 models. On the upper Land Cruiser level, leather-trimmed seats with power adjustments are an option as part of the Premium package, which also comes with a head-up display, a digital rearview mirror with a camera view, and a sunroof.

The inside of the new Land Cruiser is more contemporary, albeit using fewer high-end materials. Even if the base 1958 model’s touchscreen is smaller than the 9.0-inch unit that was previously available, it still gets access to the most recent Toyota software, which supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, the remaining 2024 Land Cruiser models level up the infotainment experience by adding a sizable 12.3-inch touchscreen and a 14-speaker JBL radio.

It doesn’t appear that the new one will offer an optional rear-seat entertainment system with dual 11.6-inch displays, unlike the 2021 model. Additionally, there isn’t an eight-passenger version; the 2024 Land Cruiser can only accommodate five people. Even so, all trims save the base one come equipped with heated and ventilated front seats.

The price may be the largest distinction between the new Land Cruiser and the model that was most recently sold in America. Toyota says the base pricing for the 2024 model will be in the mid-$50,000 level, making it far less expensive than its predecessor. The company won’t reveal all the features for some time, though.

The Land Cruiser’s base price in 2021 was just over $87K, so the replacement will be approximately $30K less expensive. The upper trim levels of the new Cruiser will probably cost more than $60K, but they will still be far less expensive than those of the previous model. We believe it’s a good thing since it means that more people will have the opportunity to experience the Land Cruiser way of life.

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