Toyota Land Cruiser 200 series 2007
This time, Toyota’s famous Cruiser line has shunned business machines and started a four-wheel-drive wagon with V8 petrol engine GXL.
That makes the entry level a bit higher in price, a bit more with equipment and technology.
It has also placed a solid 200 Series in the premium SUV portfolio, both in price and in features.
So while in the bush or on the beach, it’s hard to overcome the capabilities of LandCruiser. There are several European brands that offer some dirt tracking capabilities with an exterior premium badge and luxury accessories inside.
And if Lotto is won, a family has traveled across Australia without regard to the travel budget, the LandCruiser 200 Series will be the vehicle option.
Toyota is a large wagon that is not outside of fancy ditches as well as bush farms, a comfortable rig for long highway trips or exploring the country’s most rugged lands.
Having the added benefit of understanding should have a Toyota dealer or service point in nearly every town from Brisbane to Bullamakanka.
(And the kind people at Toyota have provided this new LandCruiser with a fixed schedule at $ 180 each for six standard services in the first three years or 60,000km.
That doesn’t completely eliminate the purchase price, especially the $ 10,000 premium for V8 diesel engines, but it’s a nice gesture to keep Toyota buyers back at Toyota service centers.)
So climb the brand new cruiser and have a familiar atmosphere.
There’s a whole new body but it doesn’t go too far from Toyota’s current style DNA; It looks like a LandCruiser with an overgrown RAV4 or Kluger hint.
It is a large vehicle, 60mm longer and 30 mm wider than before.
And that size is noticeable around town and in the parking lot, especially after the recently stabilized diet of new SUV services from people like BMW.
The Cruiser’s body, though more aerodynamically efficient than its predecessor, fills the four corners of the car, where Europeans have a bit of curves and curves.
The 17-inch alloys of the Cruiser look a little changed, which may further increase the perception of the Cruiser being a massive body.
And so the large number of 200 Series Cruisers is noticeable in traffic. It’s quite easy to handle in tight spots but needs a bit more room than some.
With the GXL now, the entry level model has loads of cabin fathers for comfort and convenience and safety.
There’s engine start and start key, cruise computer, two rear side seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone air conditioning and a quality stereo system. (Now it might be a bit sissy, but with all the buttons and dials why there’s no audio control on the steering wheel?)
There are plenty of equipment here, decent gear and a tall and powerful driving position, powered by electric adjustments for the two front seats. There is plenty of interior space (cabin length is 130mm more than before) and, as usual, fit and finish is a decent standard. VX and Sahara models record an airbag volume; front, side, knees, blinds and second seats.
The 200 series is quite refined for a large wagon that can handle the worst conditions.
Here, the V8 petrol engine is well muted, a quick five-speed automatic transmission (and quite adaptable to the driving style).
A long highway, with light loads, saws consumption at 14.3 liters / 100km. Around town, it is nearly 16 liters / 100km.
The VX petrol cruiser weighs 2.6 tons. As good as the new suspension, this weight cannot always be disguised.
The ride is soft, sometimes it feels too soft at suburban speeds with the slightest hint of wallowing. Similarly on tighter turns; at street or highway speeds; There is a touch of body roll and the steering response will appear a bit slow.
So a little adjustment is needed, but soon the Cruiser fits like a glove (big) and there’s always a lot of traction from the all-wheel drive system, which is supported in VX and Sahara models with vehicle stability control. and traction control.
Turn off the VSC to attack sand tracks and petrol wheel drives through deep, soft dry grooves, and the V8 engine works, passing through its shifts.
Turn on the crawl control button to attack uncomfortable ramps and ramps at low ranges. This feature adjusts the reaction of the engine and the brakes to keep the vehicle speed steady (there are three speed settings). This is appreciated because it allows the driver to focus on the attack line, step on the gas pedal and brake.
It is a very comfortable machine, comfortable in really hard things, a large and comfortable wagon to visit the asphalt or dirt roads with the family in safety.
The 200 Series is a better, more advanced machine than the previous 100 Series wagon. It is packed with technology and a variety of comfortable features. It’s still one of the world’s best four-wheel drive for serious off-road work, it’s still a strong towing vehicle.
But at this new price, there is competition for LandCruiser as a town taxi from some European machines and from cheaper, less cumbersome four-wheel drives (like Toyota’s 70 Series wagon) for Off-road work.