At its best negotiating rugged ravines rather than smooth, quiet cruising in town
Designers could have done better here; too many switches are fiddly and poorly sited
As well as the security of four-wheel drive, there are seven airbags, stability control and active headrests to protect you
Sturdy build and a five-year warranty bode well, as does Toyota's superb reliability record
Vast for five and luggage, or opt for extra seats to seat seven
Basic models have climate control and Bluetooth; stepping up to more luxurious spec costs a bomb
Large rival 4x4s offer a smoother, quieter experience on the road, but when it comes to driving your way over the Andes, this is the car to choose. The cheapest model has a 185bhp engine with a six-speed manual gearbox while the rest have a 187bhp engine and a five-speed automatic. Either way, there's no shortage of low-down pull, but they need plenty of revs to keep up the pace and swift manoeuvres at speed are a challenge.
It's an enormous car, so there's plenty of room inside for passengers. Basic LC3 models have five seats with the option of an extra two that fold out of the boot floor. In LC4 models the rear two seats are electric and will just about carry adults comfortably. The boot is huge, although space is reduced with the extra seats in place, and the high floor and side-hinged door won't suit everyone. The driver enjoys a fine view out, thanks to the raised seat and big, square windows. Annoyingly some of the controls are hidden behind the steering wheel.
Toyota has an enviable reputation for reliability and if that's not enough, there's a five-year warranty to put your mind at ease. You can be reassured on the safety front, too, with seven airbags, stability control and active headrests to prevent whiplash all fitted as standard.
In its cheapest form the Land Cruiser fits its no-frills off-roader brief perfectly and this is the model to pick if you can do without the auto gearbox and luxury extras. Don't expect running costs or resale values to offer such good value, however. Look elsewhere for frills and a better drive on-road.