Sixty years and still going strong.
Any car that tells me the date when I step into it every morning automatically gets itself in my good books. I’m talking about the 60th Anniversary edition of the legendary Land Cruiser that I received for review from Toyota a few weeks back. The Land Cruiser is known for its reliability and handling but in this article, we measure this 4×4 on how well it is technology-wise.
From the outside, the Land Cruiser 60th Anniversary Edition looks very much like the usual Land Cruiser except for a few additions such as a 60th Anniversary emblem on the floor-mats and key case. Toyota also adds a blue mica metallic exterior with colored roof rails and heat reducing power shades. These are all subtle touches that won’t necessarily create any extra-ordinary feelings- if you like how the Land Cruiser looks, it’ll add to that. And if you don’t, then that won’t change.
We received the VXR-I model offers that has a 5.7 litre V8 petrol engine with dual VVT-i technology delivering 362 horsepower at 5,600 rpm. A beast, it is. Coupled with the aggressive looks, I doubt you’ll find many cars that would like to be seen ahead of the Land Cruiser- or in other words, see the mammoth box approaching in their rear-view mirror.
Stepping in the Land Cruiser is a bit like stepping in the old and new at the same time- it doesn’t have the modern, integrated designs that we’ve seen in cars like BMW GT or even the Ford Edge, yet you do have some decent technology. On the center console, you have a big sized touch sensitive screen that displays maps and information. The big size of this screen along with the simple input system makes the Land Cruiser fun driving around. While this screen looks good, just above it is another small LED screen that displays time and temperatures which looks like something out of the 80s.
On the center console, you also have climate controls that are easy to operate along with the CD changer with controls that might not look very cool but are extremely easy to get to and operate. In fact, this “function over form” theme is present throughout Land Cruiser- it tends to skip good looks for convenience.