The previous iteration of the Land Cruiser in the 200-series, which was last available in the U.S., had its origins dating back to 2008 when that particular generation was introduced. Sporting a rather unremarkable design, minimal changes occurred until a facelift was introduced for the 2016 model year. Despite the update, the large SUV failed to truly distinguish itself. However, a notable shift takes place with the emergence of the 2024 Land Cruiser, now positioned as a 250-series model bridging the gap between the older 200-series and the newer 300-series exclusively offered in international markets.
Yet, the most recent Cruiser captivates attention with its boxy silhouette and evocative nostalgic styling, setting it apart as the most visually intriguing of the trio. In comparison to its predecessor, the new LC exhibits a slight reduction in length, measuring 193.7 inches, which is 1.2 inches shorter. However, both versions share an identical 111.2-inch wheelbase. Their width remains consistent at 78 inches, yet the new model stands just under an inch shorter in height at 73.2 inches.
When focusing on off-road capabilities, the 2024 Land Cruiser boasts an approach angle of 30 degrees, complemented by break-over and departure angles of 25 and 22 degrees, respectively. While its precursor featured a slightly superior approach angle of 32 degrees, the new version’s break-over and departure angles are each reduced by 1 degree. Ground clearance for the latest iteration measures up to 8.7 inches, a marginal decrease of a few tenths compared to the previous model.
While the 2021 Land Cruiser relied on a robust 5.7-liter V-8 engine generating 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, its successor introduces a novel hybrid setup featuring a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This innovative powertrain delivers a combined output of 326 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Both Toyota SUVs are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive, complete with a center locking differential.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the 2021 Land Cruiser presented a modest combined EPA estimate of 14 mpg. Although the exact fuel efficiency of the hybrid 2024 Land Cruiser is yet to be disclosed, a substantial enhancement in this aspect is undoubtedly expected. However, one area where the new LC differs is its towing capacity. While the preceding version could effortlessly tow up to 8100 pounds, the new iteration is constrained to a maximum of 6000 pounds.
The new Land Cruiser glides atop 18-inch wheels, although tire dimensions differ among various trim levels. The base model, known as “1958,” embraces 245/70R-18 rubber on all four corners. In contrast, other Land Cruiser variants sport larger 265/70R-18 tires, nearly 33 inches in height. While a set of 20-inch wheels is offered as an option, this choice is not available for the 1958 trim. In comparison, the 2021 model exclusively featured 18-inch rollers paired with 285/60 tires, which stand closer to 31 inches in height than 33.
Both the new and previous Land Cruisers share a double-wishbone front suspension. However, Toyota reports that the setup has undergone revisions for the 2024 model, prompted by the introduction of the new platform. The rear suspension retains its four-link configuration, utilizing coil springs to cushion a solid rear axle. With the exception of the 1958 trim level, the new LC incorporates an electronic disconnecting front anti-roll bar, a feature that was previously unavailable.