2022 Toyota Land Cruiser First Drive Review: A New Era

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When I first crossed the hoa cương ridge of Mustatunturi a dozen years ago và found myself on the Sredny Peninsula, which is closer lớn the Norwegian border in a straight line than to Murmansk, Russia, it was a mysterious and wild place.

Already almost abandoned by the military & still little explored by tourists, you were truly on your own. Food is only what you brought in the trunk, your overnight accommodations were a tent (good), a oto (better), or in a rare & random cabin (the worst), và showers happened in the cold waters of the Barents Sea.

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Since then, the Russian government named its Arctic outpost in the west a nature park. Even with that designation, though, visitors still need to lớn notify the authorities (a good idea when exploring any wilderness), coordinate foreign guests with the FSB, and pass through a frontier outpost. But the living conditions have sầu grown a touch more civilized. For example, on the shore of Malaya Volokovaya Bay, neat half-sphere tents provide fashionable glamping.

And in vain, fans of brutal off-roading wrinkled their nose at these luxuries. For me, to discover the wonders of nature at will is more logical without the effort, expense, and time it takes khổng lồ arrange a camp. With a solid base, a nice clean bed, a real shower and nhà vệ sinh, and perhaps a restaurant with a panoramic view of the cất cánh, you can go further and see more.

Each dollar, yen, or ruble Toyota invested in this engine pays off when it comes to motivating a 2.5-ton SUV.

Even with pleasant accommodations, it’s not lượt thích you won’t be doing some extreme stuff. The center of the park is still light on cell service – you’re more likely to catch Norwegian roaming than Russian cell networks – & if anything happens, you need khổng lồ rely on your own strength & ability. There is no asphalternative text here, and the adventures begin literally 100 meters from your front door. The new 2022 Toyota L& Cruiser is just the sort of vehicle for the conditions.


Toyota now speaks more cautiously about off-road pleasures. The company’s Russian office celebrated the rekiến thiết of the 2015 Lvà Cruiser 200 with an epic trip khổng lồ the mysterious Dyatlov Pass, through the untouched snow of the Ural Mountains, but it’s taken a softer tact with the larger variant. The company’s reps say the main task of this generation is to lớn deliver the owner wherever they please and then return them trang chính safely, comfortable, & without any sad consequences.

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Downsizing or Powersizing?

An important element of the Land Cruiser"s rekiến thiết is the radical change of powerplant – no more V8s here. Before diesel models show up, the L& Cruiser will arrive in Mother Russia with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 packing direct injection. But the advanced engine is still a thirsty thing, gobbling up premium fuel with gluttonous abandon. Where the L& Cruiser 200 sucked down 15 to trăng tròn liters of gas every 100 kilometers, the Lvà Cruiser 300 is no better. Even the addition of a ten-speed automatic can’t save the new Model.

Of course, the V6’s two turbochargers aren’t about efficiency, really. And each dollar, yen, or ruble Toyota invested in this engine pays off when it comes lớn motivating a 2.5-ton SUV. With 479 pound-feet of torque at just 2,000 rpm, the L& Cruiser can jump forward briskly, humiliating smaller “sportier” crossovers with a 6.8-second sprint lớn 62 miles per hour.


Regardless of the speed limit, the Land Cruiser will happily charge toward it at breakneông chồng pace. There’s some serious performance for a full-size SUV, và we wouldn’t recommover bragging to lớn traffic cops about it. And in the unlikely sự kiện that the performance isn’t enough, the new LC comes packing two Thể Thao modes – the bottom line is you won’t expect such sudden và brutal acceleration from an SUV that looks so much like a suitcase.

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What You Buy, You Drive

Experienced L& Cruiser drivers will no doubt wonder what the point of all this grunt is in an SUV, especially when previous examples had less-than-stellar brakes và poor handling dynamics caused by the high center of gravity. After all, the new L& Cruiser’s chassis is really the same as before: longitudinal frame, independent suspension with transverse arms at the front, and a continuous axle with longitudinal bars behind. Even the brake discs are the same kích thước. But despite this similarity, Toyota still rethought every chassis component’s structure và managed lớn shave a substantial amount of weight off in the process.


The result is far easier to drive sầu at speed. One can even speak about a certain amount of pleasure that comes when pushing such a big autođiện thoại down the road – the track was widened, the engine sits further behind the axle and lower in the bay, & the seat are further rearward. This better weight distribution và lower center of gravity are key to lớn the new Land Cruiser’s poise at higher speeds.


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Digging In

If the on-road difference between the 70th Anniversary và Comfort + are shades of gray, off-road they’re black & White. The Middle Peninsula is a treacherous location for stoông chồng cars, the rugged terrain covered with a network of rocky trails, which in many places, are flooded depending on the vagaries of the weather.


Off the trial, the slopes, fords, and rocks don’t look particularly scary, but I’d seen a GAZ-66 (think of a Soviet take on the famous Daimler Unimog) with water up to lớn its windows in those places. So the owner of a stochồng 70th Anniversary has a scant chance to get baông xã from these roads with a whole car. Blame the flashy body toàn thân kit, which reduces the approach angle from 32 degrees khổng lồ just 24. No matter how experienced the driver, how carefully they attack an obstacle, the Anniversary cars were damaged without exception.

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If the on-road difference between the 70th Anniversary and Comfort + are shades of gray, off-road they’re black and White.

Heavy rains soaked the ground, turning dirt inkhổng lồ mud and compounding the 70th Anniversary truck’s delicate 20-inch tires. Regular Dunlop Grandtrek AT30 Touring rubber are all-terrain in name only, và it was little surprise when I caught a side cut in a completely ordinary situation while driving evenly over a rocky rut.

Was it bad luck? Probably, but the Comfort + trlặng overcame the tough terrain with far more confidence, its relatively fat Yokohama Geolander AT G31 tires và their thicker sidewalls better able khổng lồ handle the abuse. The geometry of the toàn thân is just right, there’s nothing lớn tear off (except for the license plate while fording) & the E-KDSS system provides a fantastic range of motion – even the legendary Land Cruiser 80 loses out, offering just 27 inches of articulation lớn the LC300’s 28.4.

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With E-KDSS, it’s a challenge to lớn get one of the Lvà Cruiser’s wheels in the air in real-world situations, so we had little reason lớn employ the locking differentials. By the way, there are three on the Comfort +, putting the Land Cruiser in a rather rarefied class of high-performance off-roaders.

Off-Road Toughness

What both versions of the L& Cruiser have in comtháng is that svào engine và a stout electronically controlled transfer case. Drop inlớn neutral & flick a toggle switch to lớn move into lớn low-range. Switching bachồng happens just as quickly & easily, so there’s no rocking or waiting or fidgeting of any kind. It’s very convenient when difficult obstacles that require careful crawling interrupt higher-speed sections of trail.


For those tricky bits, the twin-turbocharged V6 is the right tool, offering a smooth and predictable throttle response và enough low-end torque that even on rocky up-hill sections, the L& Cruiser climbs with a whisper of pedal và unperturbable smoothness. But if you want some help, Toyota left on features from the LC 200, including Crawl Control. There’s also a Deep Snow mode, which arrived as a result of Toyota’s wintry excursion in Dyatlov’s Pass.

With E-KDSS, it’s a challenge lớn get one of the Lvà Cruiser’s wheels in the air in real-world situations.

But all was not well with the force-induced V6. Constant fording và rochồng climbing caused the engine khổng lồ throw a message on the dashboard about a loss of traction control, warning us lớn visit a dealer. There was no check-engine light, but the performance diminished noticeably as if both turbos were on strike. And even if this was but one issue, it happened on multiple chạy thử units.

Fortunately, all it took was a restart to bring things baông xã khổng lồ normal. Nevertheless, when we got away from civilization và started doing real work, I checked the air filters – what if they got wet? But the filter box is well protected, & the filters themselves were perfectly dry. We’re suspecting the issues in our kiểm tra unit, then, were down khổng lồ the electronics. I reached out khổng lồ Toyota’s Russian reps for the cause of the problem, but I’m still waiting on an answer.

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Old School

In a long traffic jam near Murmansk, a guy jumped out of his Toyota RAV4 & introduced himself as the owner of a Lvà Cruiser 200. He was eager lớn study the LC 300 and knew where to look, complaining about cheap faux wood, poor glove compartment lid, & flimsy door panels. He then finally noted that he had no faith in the twin-turbocharged V6, although as a whole, he argued the new Land Cruiser “is not spoiled.”

In general, Toyota closely watches the mood of L& Cruiser fans và owners. People are very loyal, and the br& has no right khổng lồ go against them. But a revolution in the interior was not expected. People choose this oto for pragmatic reasons and Toyota reworked the interior with that in mind, maximizing practicality with massive switches and knobs grouped together in functional zones.

Cheông xã Out The Slow Debut Of The Land Cruiser:


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New Toyota L& Cruiser Shows Design Details In Two Teaser Videos
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2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Previews Continues With Brief Teaser Video

I personally like this healthy conservatism as well, though Toyota did overbởi it in some places. You can’t just take the display và stretch it out lớn 12.3-inches diagonally and leave an almost unchanged, archaic interface. Compare it with the screen of a child’s tablet and it becomes embarrassing for Toyota. Or take the monumental bloông xã of a center console – inside, under an armrest that opens both khổng lồ the left & khổng lồ the right is a cooler box. The L& Cruiser is not a vehicle that needs to make some annoying interior kiến thiết statement, & yet here we are.

By the way, even with a slightly reduced toàn thân height, the LC 300 is as wide as the last-gene oto và retains the same wheelbase. Even the rear seating is similar – I jumped from old oto to lớn new several times and couldn’t find any notable differences. There’s plenty of không lấy phí space, but the second row remains a little bit cramped for long-legged passengers – one expects a more relaxing seating position in such a huge vehicle. While under way, relaxation comes from the soft suspension (worse with the 20-inch wheels, of course), ample sound insulation, and pleasant bonuses lượt thích separate second-row climate controls and available seat ventilation.

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That rear bench folds in one quiông xã movement, flipping forward khổng lồ stand against the rear seats & forming a huge cargo compartment with a flat floor. It’s easier lớn get stuff out now, too, because the Land Cruiser lost the split tailgate. Lovers of trips out of town probably won’t be happy that there’s no longer a “bench” in the lower section of the rear hatch, though.

In a lot of ways, the new Lvà Cruiser is glamping on wheels – equally at trang chính on a picnic as it is navigating the wilderness north of the Arctic Circle or then getting you from business meetings to muddy surroundings. And it’s downright pleasant on long stretches of highway. The LC 300 is an all-roader in the best understanding of the word.

But high-status versatility costs a lot of money. A weekend of glamping on the Sredny Peninsula costs at least 80,000 rubles per person. And the price for a new gas-powered Lvà Cruiser 300 starts at 5.6 million. But there is dem& & a rush on inventory, along with greedy dealers marking up products. This doesn’t frighten LC worshipers, though, & new examples are rolling off dealer lots for 10 million rubles. This vehicle’s reputation works wonders.