Toyota Landcruiser 200 Review
In the current economy it is important to find a safe reliable vehicle that fits a budget. The Toyota Landcruiser 200 series offers a variety of features but perhaps does not live up to the standards of other vehicles in its class. This 4-wheel drive Toyota boasts many features that keep it in control off and on the road but only at a hefty price.
When choosing a Toyota Landcruiser 200 series as a vehicle a person is making the same decision as members of NATO for safety and reliability. Building off of Toyota’s Tundra design it packs itself full of 10 airbags and maximum rollover protection in order to maintain safety standards that other vehicles in its class lack. The bulky body of the vehicle adds to the safety that is felt while driving it as it is rather large in comparison with other vehicles in its class. With the Landcruiser Toyota perhaps is making a move to maintain company image with its push more towards safety instead of looks despite its similarity to the 4-door Lexus LX5750 SUV. It might be considered a luxury vehicle but the sheer size of it makes it an eyesore to all.
The Landcruiser comes in 5-speed manual and 5 or 6-speed automatic (though you have to run the 6-speed on diesel). Unless a driver really enjoys having a manual car or is intending to take this car out in the outback there really is no practical reason to purchase the manual option of this vehicle. The problem with the Landcruiser is it is unlikely anyone will actually drive this in the outback or off-roading as Toyota has gone out of its way to make a luxury vehicle with the capabilities to go off road but to do so would be absurd because of this. Investment in a Subaru or Landrover would be much wiser off road choices for the wallet.
Perhaps the Landcruiser’s biggest negative is its price. If the starting price tag of $69,990 doesn’t turn customers away the shear cost of gas prices will. The Landcruiser 200 series runs on a V8 engine and has to hall nearly 2.7 tons making it a leach on any owners wallet with current gas prices and as this version of the Landcruiser is meant to transport those with money in style it is unlikely its engine will ever be used for its practical purpose of sailing off road.
All in all the Toyota Landcruiser 200 series is a safe vehicle for transportation and will make its driver feel safe sitting up high behind its wheel and massive body. The decision to buy one must be based upon whether this safe luxury vehicle is worth the large sum charged for it and not based upon any ideas of off-roading and because of this most middle-class or first time car owners should steer clear of this vehicle. There is a reason why this SUV is driven by NATO members and its luxury and price tag is the answer.
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