5 Things To Know About The All-New 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser

2024 Toyota Land Cruiser
2024 Toyota Land Cruiser

The Toyota Land Cruiser wasn’t technically gone. It was just on vacation. Now, after a summer’s worth of teasers, Toyota’s flagship off-roading icon is back in North America for the 2024 model year to thrive once again on dirt trails and rocky roads.

As the longest-running nameplate in Toyota’s inventory, the Land Cruiser has seen quite the evolution in its 60+ years. When it first debuted in the U.S. market in 1958, it resembled something closer to an old-school Jeep with its two doors, white roof, fold-down windshield, and rear jump seats.

Fast-forward to today, and this SUV still stays true to its off-roading roots. However, it does have a lot more modernized upgrades to help it deliver the ultimate off-roading adventure to new and returning customers. Not to mention an estimated MSRP in the mid-$50k range. So here are five things that you should know about the 2024 Land Cruiser, and why everyone is excited for its return.

The 2024 Land Cruiser Has Boosted Its Off-Roading Capabilities

Even though the Land Cruiser is rooted as an off-roading SUV built to handle even the harshest environments, for a time it was being utilized more often by suburban moms to pick up groceries and drop the kids off at soccer practice. But its brief time away from the factory allowed Toyota the opportunity to rebrand the SUV to live up to its nameplate as a vehicle designed for adventure, and future customers will be able to take full advantage of all the new riding features that come with it.

The 2024 Land Cruiser will come with Multi-Terrain Select, which allows drivers to select different ride modes depending on the specific terrain they are traveling through which include Mud, Dirt, and Sand. Each mode comes with adjustable settings that allow users to maintain control of the vehicle, as well as the wheel spin on each kind of natural surface. It is also functional in both 4WD-high and 4WD-low.

The CRAWL Control ability also comes standard on the new Land Cruiser, which acts as a low-speed off-roading cruise control function that allows the driver to focus primarily on steering while the SUV maintains staying at one of five selectable speeds.

Downhill Assist Control is another very useful off-roading feature that allows drivers to carefully navigate terrains at a downward angle by limiting the max speed of the vehicle. It also allows drivers the opportunity to view incoming obstacles on the trail via the Multi-Terrain Monitor that is on full display on the 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The 2024 Land Cruiser will have an approach angle up to 31 degrees, a max departure angle of 22 degrees, and a breakover angle up to 25 degrees. It offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and future customers can customize their rides by adding rock rails and high-strength steel skid plates for additional off-road protection. It also comes with front tow/recovery hooks as standard for those moments of off-road recovery.

“This icon belongs in our lineup,” says Toyota group vice president and general manager Dave Christ. “For 2024, Land Cruiser returns to its origin with a heritage-inspired design paired with the legendary capability and durability Land Cruiser is known for, and it will take even more customers on adventures across the globe as it has done for generations.”

It Comes Standard as a Hybrid

The 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser will come equipped with the new i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain on all of its grades by pairing a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a 48-hp electric motor that is integrated into an eight-speed transmission that is fed by a 1.87-kWh NiMH battery pack. Overall, this new powertrain is capable of producing 326 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque.

The new Land Cruiser will also feature a full-time four-wheel drive system with a center locking differential and electronically-controlled two-speed transfer case with high/low range. Another feature is its vehicle stability control (VSC) and automatic limited-slip differential (Auto LSD). This electronic locking rear differential allows the Land Cruiser to evenly divide power 50/50 to the rear wheels for those moments when extra traction control is needed to navigate rough terrain.

A New Look For A New Generation

The Land Cruiser has been cruising the North American landscape since 1958, so it has become somewhat of a tradition for the SUV to pass the torch onto the next generation of off-roading adventurers. This much is the case with the Land Cruiser’s new design for the 2024 model year. Inspired by its predecessors, the 2024 model carries on the SUV’s recurring themes of a boxy body shape, and certain colors will offer its signature two-tone layout with an all-white roof.

Select grades will also come with rounded LED headlights, which pay tribute to the Land Cruisers of the past. The Global First Edition will come equipped with 3/4 roof racks, Rigid color-selectable LED fog lights, 18-inch wheels, and rock rails as standard to promote and encourage more outdoor activities like camping, hiking, fishing, and overlapping.

New Interior Features

While the 2024 Land Cruiser certainly shines in its performance as an off-roading SUV, it also comes with a generous amount of special features on the inside too. A 2400W inverter comes standard on all new Land Cruiser models that allow customers to use electronic appliances for short-term use for whenever you find yourself living off the grid. There are also four USB ports available to charge and use small devices, and the center console also features a Qi-compatible wireless charging station for smartphones.

Heated seats and a heated steering wheel are some additional nice creature comforts for those chilly days when a little extra warmth can maximize the amount of comfort this SUV can provide.

Modern Technology for a Modern Classic

Because the 2024 Land Cruiser takes pride in being a modern throwback, this SUV completes this theme with the installation of a new multimedia system that is accessed through an 8.0-inch touchscreen display with support for wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Autophiles will also be able to take advantage of its 14-speaker JBL premium sound system to blast their favorite music and podcasts.

In addition, this multimedia system allows users to access greater connectivity and convenience features, including Over-the-Air (OTA) updates, 4G connectivity up to five devices, and doubling as an AT&T hotspot.

The new Land Cruiser also comes with a Smart Key System with a push-button start on all grades. A Digital Key is available with an active Remote Connect subscription to allow a driver to access the SUV through their smartphone by controlling its lock/unlock feature, tailgate access, and starting the engine.

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