Toyota Land Cruiser Utility Commercial (2018–)

Last updated 12 November 2018

The box-like shape of the two-seater Land Cruiser makes it well suited for large adults, with lots of head and legroom. The high seating position also provides a superb view of the road. 

The dashboard has an old-school 1990s feel about it, with lots of chunky plastic buttons and shiny rotary dials. Yet, despite the low-rent appearance, everything feels easy to clean and hard wearing. All models get cruise control, automatic headlights and push-button start, but navigation and DAB audio is not included.

All versions of the Land Cruiser can tow a braked trailer weighing up to three tonnes, when a tow bar is fitted, but drivers might need to fit a tachograph to take full advantage of the car's load lugging ability for business use. Long wheelbase models get a trailer sway control system that use the Land Cruiser’s brakes and engine power to automatically reduce excessive movement.

The rear seats are replaced with a flat load area that measures 1170mm in the short wheelbase Land Cruiser and 1630mm in the long wheelbase version. Payloads range from 593kg - 756kg and both versions get a 1060mm load width between the rear wheel arches.

Three-door short wheelbase versions get a split tailgate that makes it easy to access the rear load area, while the five-door longer version uses a side-hinged tailgate that requires quite a lot of space to swing open. The division between the front cabin and rear cargo area is a full height metal bulkhead with a mesh top section fitted with a hatch.

The flat load floor has a non-slip covering and the tough plastic coating on the wheel arches that should absorb light damage from shifting loads. However, there are no tie down hooks to secure loads and five-door models do not get any additional protection for the interior of the doors. The rear glass windows - which are blanked out with opaque film - also make the Land Cruiser vulnerable to prying eyes, given that you can peer inside via the clear rear tailgate window. 

 

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