“In this episode of the Luxury Car Report the perfect mixture of luxury and utility. Enjoy the winter special of the '97 Toyota Land Cruiser!"

Our tester for this episode is a raw beast, equipped with 4.2 liter inline six turbo diesel engine. While 170 hp and 280 lb ft of torque for pulling 5000 pounds of car doesn’t make it a spectacularly fast car, it is hard to beat its off-road performance. And additionally to its own weight, you can hook up a whopping 7.700 pound trailer to this thing! That’s another Land Cruiser and a half.

The Land Cruiser is Toyota’s longest running series and it dates all the way back to 1941. This particular vehicle series, the Land Cruiser J80, was built from 1990 to 1998 and came initially in 2 trim levels: an entry level model and the loaded VX. We’re testing the VX Amazon!

So what would best define the Land Cruiser? Is it an off-road utility vehicle, or a luxury car? It really is both, or maybe neither. It has most of the luxuries on board one could dream of in 1997, so it is far from pure utilitarian. At the same time, it isn’t really refined either and those luxuries aren’t in the way of its off-road performance.

"So the way this thing drives is… well first of all, it’s a huge diesel, so it feels sort of like a van or, more like a bus actually. And the steering is quite vague. It’s very mushy. If I steer like this, nothing really happens."

*And* the Toyota Land Cruiser is huuuge, which makes it hard to maneuver in tight spots.

"And now I have to turn this beast around, which is quite a challenge on itself. You hear this alarm? This is really a bus!"

On the other hand, with a tank like this Land Cruiser, you can also just opt to go straight ahead wherever you go.

“So how is more than 4 liters of diesel? Well I wouldn’t say its fast, but it doesn’t lack any power either.”

The 4.2 diesel pulls the Land Cruiser from 0 – 60 in 12.7 seconds which isn’t spectacular, but we’d say is adequate for this kind of car.

"Actually, the diesel engine is more powerful than I thought, because I forgot to release the hand brake."

Apart from posing a bit of a challenge at the mall parking lot, the big size of the Land Cruiser translates to lots of utility. You can use the enormous space to move almost anything! And not just cargo…

"Our 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser is a five plus two seater, expandable with two removable seats… that lock into place in the trunk."

With all seats moved out of the way, the Land Cruiser provides a massive 90.9 cubic feet of cargo space, equaling 2574 liters. And look at the fancy hooks they’ve created to secure all the folded seats!

The passenger area is less spacious than you’d expect from such a large car. Actually, being 6 foot 8, it was even a bit cramped for me.

We had no complaints about the plush leather seats however. These feel right in place with a luxury SUV! The driver’s seat is equipped with more luxury that you’d expect from a workhorse like this. It has adjustable seats including an adjustable lumbar support. The steering wheel is also adjustable to match each individual, small or tall. In the rear you don’t have to fight over the armrest anymore, because there are 2!

We were also impressed by the accuracy of the faux wood; the different pattern around the ash tray made it look sophisticated. Until you open it, that is.

"This car is really a man’s dream, because: so many buttons!"

The dashboard of the 1997 Land Cruiser is full of fancy gadgets like a 14-button automatic climate control, auto antenna, radio with cassette and CD player, a digital clock, the button for the diff lock, and this one also has an aftermarket DB radio built in. And look at these fancy sliding windows in the back! Our Land Cruiser also features an automatic moonroof.

The rear door can be opened in two sections, which makes it easy to load long, flat cargo, or to relax a little.

Another thing that can be opened in two sections is the front arm rest. This provides a lot of storage while keeping your stuff easy to reach.

So... What is our conclusion?

If you want a compact and economical car to get some groceries... Wait. Why would you want that? This car is the real deal, you’re going to get groceries with this car if you're throwing a party, a big party. This car is meant to be rough, in a comfortable fashion.

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Comments

    • Veglia Borletti
      Veglia Borletti

      80s are better

      about 2 months ago
    • Boqorka Togdheer
      Boqorka Togdheer

      Very very car 👏👏👏👏👏

      about 2 months ago
    • Джаффяр Шаяхметов
      Джаффяр Шаяхметов

      Доброго времени суток, я конечно не понимаю по вашему но уважаю ваш язык . Машинка супер и я хотел бы именно такого же красавца и как его можно купить за ранее спасибо.

      about 3 months ago
    • Logical Volcel
      Logical Volcel

      One of these can pullstart a 11000 pound bulldozer in low 3rd from a standstill while the dozer is in gear

      about 9 months ago
    • Logical Volcel
      Logical Volcel In reply to Logical Volcel

      Maybe, it was a 1959 cat d4 with a broken pony motor, was an na 4.2 diesel too, not the turbo, powerfull old girls

      about 9 months ago
    • Luxury Car Report
      Luxury Car Report In reply to Logical Volcel

      Haha, do I hear some experience here? 😉

      about 9 months ago
    • Nigel Evs
      Nigel Evs

      That would fetch $40k over here in Australia!!!!

      about 10 months ago
    • IkeVMAX4
      IkeVMAX4 In reply to Nigel Evs

      Very well sought after in the nordic countries also. Left hand drive though.

      about 6 months ago
    • Luxury Car Report
      Luxury Car Report In reply to Nigel Evs

      We definitely need to get this thing over there!

      about 9 months ago
    • Nigel Evs
      Nigel Evs In reply to Nigel Evs

      Luxury Car Report, any immaculate 80 series, with HD-FT 24v engine fetches huge money. They normally have on average 450,000 k’s and in average condition, then still fetch $25k.
      Massive following over here and regarded as the best model ever made.

      about 10 months ago
    • Luxury Car Report
      Luxury Car Report In reply to Nigel Evs

      Wow! How so?

      about 10 months ago
    • romeo mushipe
      romeo mushipe

      land cruiser @ heart ............ l love it

      about 11 months ago
    • romeo mushipe
      romeo mushipe In reply to romeo mushipe

      yes.........they are the best

      about 11 months ago
    • Luxury Car Report
      Luxury Car Report In reply to romeo mushipe

      Glad you enjoyed! Landcruisers are awesome solid machines!

      about 11 months ago
    • Tommy Rahmawan
      Tommy Rahmawan

      Do the 200 series or the 70 series

      about 1 year ago
    • sankara
      sankara

      6ft8.. you should be in the nba my friend not reviewing cars on youtube

      about 1 year ago
    • Fahad A
      Fahad A

      👍👍👍

      about 1 year ago
    • Colin Aglae
      Colin Aglae

      HDJ 81..........the Beast !!

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Car Report
      Luxury Car Report In reply to Colin Aglae

      It certainly is a beast!

      about 1 year ago
    • summer jung chhetri
      summer jung chhetri

      good and detail review please make video of 2002 landcruiser vx

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Car Report
      Luxury Car Report In reply to summer jung chhetri

      +summer jung chhetri Thank you! Will do when we come across one!

      about 1 year ago
    • Masterof Magic
      Masterof Magic

      Cool!!!!!!

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Car Report
      Luxury Car Report In reply to Masterof Magic

      😁

      about 1 year ago
    • Green Planet
      Green Planet

      That causing global warming.haha

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Car Report
      Luxury Car Report In reply to Green Planet

      Maybe global, but locally it was freezing cold!

      about 1 year ago
    • Mark Lim
      Mark Lim

      Is this one RHD? Diesel? How much?

      about 2 years ago
    • Luxury Car Report
      Luxury Car Report In reply to Mark Lim

      It's located in Holland, but the owner currently has no plans to sell it.

      about 2 years ago
    • Mark Lim
      Mark Lim In reply to Mark Lim

      Is this one for sell? Where this car locates? thanks

      about 2 years ago
    • Luxury Car Report
      Luxury Car Report In reply to Mark Lim

      Yes, it's RHD indeed and it's a diesel. How much in terms of price/value?
      Gorgeous Mustang in your avatar by the way!

      about 2 years ago
    • POWER DZ
      POWER DZ

      super video merci toyota hdj 80 king of the road and offroad

      about 2 years ago
    • Luxury Car Report
      Luxury Car Report In reply to POWER DZ

      +moutik scania Thank you for watching!

      about 2 years ago
    • Larry Queen
      Larry Queen

      My favorite car of all time, the FZJ80 ticks all the boxes.

      about 2 years ago
    • Brian Aggson
      Brian Aggson In reply to Larry Queen

      the FZJ is american only i believe. I'm pretty sure the Z is based off the motor code for the 1fz that we get in America

      about 11 months ago
    • Bikerman 690
      Bikerman 690 In reply to Larry Queen

      Luxury Car Report your car cannot be in top nick with a millage like that..... 20mpg is like 14l pr 100km...... my LC HDJ 80 does around 9/10l pr 100km, it has been tuned with 3 inch turbo back exhaust, Safari intercooler, more boost, adjusted pump, new injectors..

      about 1 year ago
    • sexynamesmiff
      sexynamesmiff In reply to Larry Queen

      larry the diesels are not called FZJ80 they are called HDJ80 in

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Car Report
      Luxury Car Report In reply to Larry Queen

      We did not even get 20 mpg with the diesel, but 12 mpg on average really sends your money down the drain. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the Ford Expedition, which did >24 mpg on average (on regular gas).

      about 2 years ago
    • Larry Queen
      Larry Queen In reply to Larry Queen

      Coming from the America, I can only dream of diesel FZJ80! We only received the petrol version, which gets an abysmal 11-13 mpg!!

      about 2 years ago
    • sebas0608459
      sebas0608459

      en toen was de sneeuw te hoog :P

      about 2 years ago