2011 Toyota Land Cruiser 60th Anniversary Ed. Review

By on May 10, 2011
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Sixty years and still going strong.

Good: Built like a rock, smooth ride, nice big GPS screen and awesome sound system
Bad: Not too big on tech missing stuff like lane assist and Adaptive Cruise Control
Price: AED 296,000 as reviewed. Starts at AED 205,000
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

For the driver, the Land Cruiser is set up in a way that makes the most used options very accessible. You have the Start/Stop button on the right of the steering wheel while the left has mirror adjustments as well as a parking sensor button. On the steering wheel itself, you have audio controls on the left and telephone and voice command controls on the right.

The dashboard on the Land Cruiser looks like someone from the Tron team helped design. The blue lights on the tachometer and speedometer certainly look cool, however the monochrome display that sits between them looks like something from the past. It conveys information such as your fuel range and your total mileage but a little color and a higher res LCD could have made the info a lot more presentable.

Connecting my iPhone through Bluetooth was a fairly easy process on the Land Cruiser and in no time, I was talking hands free. Sadly the A2DP profile is not supported meaning you won’t be able to wirelessly transmit your songs from your phone to the audio system on the Land Cruiser. We’ve only seen this option on a couple of cars that we have tested but its always good to have.

Speaking of the sound system, the Land Cruiser scores high in this area. The JBL powered audio system has fourteen speakers and can certainly make some noise. Everything from Norah Jones to Kings of Leon sound really good on the Land Cruiser. The six CD changer allows you to store plenty of your media, however, a USB port is also present for quick access.

The passengers on the back seat also get to enjoy the ride with their independent entertainment systems with USB inputs and wired audio headsets which work well although we would have liked to see a wireless solution. Controlling the media is through buttons located below the screen- again, a wireless remote would have been a nicer option. Separate climate controls on the back seat are a definite plus though.

Priced at AED 296,000 the Land Cruiser is certainly quite a bit on the expensive side. But then again, you are getting a “Limited Edition” 60th Anniversary model so the inflated pricing is expected. Technology wise, the Land Cruiser is a bit lacking- especially when you compare it to the Infiniti QX56. Where the Land Cruiser makes up is the robust handling and the build quality which won’t let you down.

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