Toyota's 2007 FJ Cruiser may stir memories of the original Japanese Jeep (see page 48), but those with deeper pockets and a taste for something more authentic will want to check out the Icon. It's basically an $88,000 scale model of the original FJ40 Land Cruiser imported in the '60s and '70s. The body, the engine, the driveline, the wiring, the seats, the suspension, and the steering are new, but the look is pure vintage. Built by TLC, a Land Cruiser restoration and customizing shop in Van Nuys, California, a firm that was started in 1996 by former child actor Jonathan Ward ( Steel Magnolias, plus a pile of TV movies and sitcoms), the Icon uses only the frame from an original Cruiser (bring your own and save $4000). It's powder-coated and reinforced to accept your choice of a 2.8-liter Iveco turbo-diesel making 195 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque or a fuel-injected 350-hp, 5.7-liter small-block Chevy crate motor with a torque number of 400. The Icon's all-aluminum body gives … [Read more...] about Land Cruiser Reborn, Again
It’s been a while since TTAC crackled and buzzed with the latest Toyota news all the time — but this morning, we’re changing that!Toyota is producing the 1990s-era Series 70 Land Cruiser in two body styles as a year-long, Japanese-market love letter to its most ardent fans. The pricing is bargain basement — about thirty-four grand for either style — and the drivetrain pairs a 228-horse four-liter V6 with a five-speed manual transmission and part-time 4WD. Locking diffs are optional, as is a winch.What a lovely, desirable, heirloom-quality vehicle. Can’t get it here, though — “here” being “anywhere but Japan”, to misquote Mona Simpson. And the original Series 70 Cruisers can still be found in the United States, although condition may vary (you can buy them as commercial vehicles in Australia as well). This rebuilding thing is brilliant, though. Now if only they’d do the final Cressida, the first LS400, the ’94 … [Read more...] about Toyota Re-Pops The Series 70 Land Cruiser!
know is going to look like the carcass of a Thanksgiving turkey by about December 4th, after all the bits of meat have been harvested for sandwich-making. The Toyota Land Cruiser is such a vehicle. When we saw this truck on May 10, it had been been stripped of some parts but was largely complete. When I returned to this yard a couple of weeks later… well, see for yourself. … [Read more...] about Picked Clean: Toyota Land Cruiser Junkyard Shoppers Must Move Quickly!
Do you remember how it felt the very first time you engaged cruise control? That momentary sense of no longer being in control, that the car had assumed command? That's how Toyota's new crawl mode in the 2008 Land Cruiser feels at first. You select the function, take your foot off the brake, and the car proceeds under its own management. Of course, in crawl mode (which functions only in low range) the new Cruiser moves forward very slowly-there are three speed choices on a rotary switch in the dash, and none of them is faster than a walking pace. The cool trick is that the vehicle will maintain that pace through thick and thin, adding power to get the truck over big moguls and using the traction control and downhill assist to negotiate holes and grades. All you need to do is steer. See, there is still a job for the driver in this vehicle. The job is mainly to enjoy the huge ability this truck reveals in everything it does. The '08 Land Cruiser somehow manages to combine … [Read more...] about 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser
How do you improve ultimate? The Toyota Land Cruiser has long been the brand’s ultimate-capability, ultimate-luxury SUV, and for 2016 Toyota is ratcheting up the meaning of that term. New exterior and interior design features are the obvious changes made to the 2016 Land Cruiser, while new safety technology, a major drivetrain upgrade and enhanced multimedia features make this makeover far more than metal-skin deep. Toyota has continually sold Land Cruiser models in the United States since 1957. Over the decades, the Land Cruiser has evolved from a utilitarian go-anywhere vehicle to one of the most luxurious full-capability SUVs on the market. Land Cruiser customers are among the most loyal in the auto industry; they seek ultimate capability and luxury, though packaged with renowned Toyota value and understated character. The Land Cruiser body is new from the A-pillar forward. It’s a whole new look for this iconic vehicle, with the bumper, grille, projector-beam LED low and … [Read more...] about 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser
FJ60 Land Cruiser in a cheap self-service yard, especially here in 4WD-centric Colorado, there are some Toyota trucks you just don’t see in such junkyards. One is the 4Runner (I’ve found exactly one so far) and another is the FJ40 Land Cruiser. But wait— look what I just found!something worth pulling if you’re restoring a much-sought-after FJ40.Holds seven in foam-seat comfort! … [Read more...] about Junkyard Find: 1971 Toyota Land Cruiser
The Toyota Land Cruiser has been around since the Sengoku Period (OK, since 1951), and all varieties of this truck tend to have plenty of obsessively devoted single-interest fanatics here in Colorado. You’ll see the occasional FJ60 Land Cruiser in junkyards here, and I’ve even seen a well-stripped FJ40 in a Denver yard. Today’s well-thrashed Junkyard Find is the first example of an FJ55 Land Cruiser I’ve found.Is there rust? Yes, there is rust. Is there body filler over rust? Definitely.Look, air conditioning! This would have been fairly luxurious by 1974 truck standards.Front drum brakes could still be found on a few Detroit cars, and the Land Cruiser, in 1974.Toyota did a lot of license-building of GM technology in the postwar era; the GM-developed PowerGlide was the basis of the Toyoglide automatic transmission, and the F engine used in this truck was a cousin of the good old Chevrolet straight-six OHV engine.It was rough … [Read more...] about Junkyard Find: 1974 Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota announced its updated Land Cruiser in Japan today, with a starting price of $38,000 (!?) for the off-roading legend.The seven-seater over there serves as the base for our Lexus LX over here, which was unveiled over the weekend in California alongside the turbo’d Lexus GS, and our version has all the grille.Based on initial reception of the LX, when will we get the new Land Cruiser?According to a Toyota spokesman, the automaker has “something” to tell us about the Land Cruiser tomorrow.According to Toyota in Japan, the Land Cruiser 200 received a mild upgrade over the last generation. Although their prices are much lower than our $80,000 truck, the Land Cruiser in Japan is fitted with a smaller 4.6-liter V-8, instead of the 5.7-liter V8 found here in the States, which partially accounts for the price difference.Both SUVs are extremely small volume cars for Toyota so changes are usually made globally.So those of you (all 200 a month) who want to spend … [Read more...] about Japan Gets a New Toyota Land Cruiser, Ours May Come Soon
Toyota’s facelifted Land Cruiser will reach American shores, the automaker confirmed Tuesday. Toyota lifted the cover off the SUV yesterday in Japan and we reported that Toyota would tell us the same today. (Oi. We should have stretched before patting ourselves on the back like that.)The updated Land Cruiser will still sport a 5.7-liter V-8 that produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The engine will now be married to Toyota’s eight-speed automatic (the first Toyota-branded vehicle on our shores to use the gearbox) but oddly, mileage doesn’t improve beyond 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway/15 mpg combined, which were the numbers for this year’s six-speed box.Toyota’s announcement also includes one of the best lines in press release history: “Once again, the Toyota Land Cruiser comes in one version: fully equipped and with seating for eight. There are no factory options, and really, none are needed.”In addition to the facelift … [Read more...] about Toyota Confirms New Land Cruiser for US
FJ60 Land Cruiser is still a common sight on the streets of Denver, where I live. These things are not anywhere near as comfortable or fuel-efficient as modern SUVs, but they are just about impossible to kill… and that counts for a lot with your FJ-driving demographic around these parts. Being so prized, however, means that you don’t see many of these trucks in high-turnover self-service wrecking yards, and when you do see one it tends to get picked clean in a hurry. I went to a local yard on a typically freezing-ass Half Price Day sale last week and spotted this remarkably un-stripped ’82.pushrod F six-cylinder engine evolved from the licensed-by-Toyota-way-the-hell-back-when Chevy Stovebolt, which means it’s related to the engines used to power Toyota military trucks during the ill-fated attempt to set up the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. … [Read more...] about Junkyard Find: 1982 Toyota Land Cruiser