Drive Notes: 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 1958

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

I've spent the past week behind the wheel of a 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 1958. This base model exudes retro charm -- it's clear Toyota is trying to play off of the classic Land Cruiser's reputation for no-frills utility.


Toyota did a good job of accomplishing that mission. More below.

Pros

  • It might sound weird for the Land Cruiser to go hybrid -- your only LC powertrain option is a hybrid setup that mates a 2.4-liter turbo four to two electric motors. It works pretty well -- it's smooth and makes some old-school sounds. It also provides plenty of motivation for around-town driving.
  • Interior controls are simple and straightforward to use. The shifter isn't weird or wonky. There's easy-to-use storage. Simplicity can be a good thing, and it very much is here.
  • The steering feels well dialed in for a off-road-oriented SUV. It's nicely weighted and accurate -- a relative joy to manage.
  • Despite the Land Cruiser's off-trail intentions, the on-road ride isn't too compromised. It is trucky at times, but I found it livable during my time with it. One caveat -- didn't really get much in the way of freeway time.
  • Despite it being a base model, the 1958 came well equipped.

Cons

  • The engine isn't exactly loud, but it's not quiet, either.
  • Based on the computer's estimate of range, city fuel mileage doesn't seem great.
  • The seats, especially in the rear, were a bit stiff.
  • This was a pre-production vehicle, so Toyota's Entune infotainment system wasn't fully setup. That's not a con -- I could use Apple CarPlay. But the wireless CarPlay setup failed at least once.
  • This rig is, uh, big.
  • Pricing won't be cheap -- this base model starts at over $55K and with only a handful of options it pushed $60K. To be fair, the most expensive option was a $1,440 roof rack. That's one of those things that's easily skipped by buyers who don't need it.

Overall, I enjoyed the Land Cruiser more than I expected to, and I didn't even get a chance to take it off-road. I do blanche at the pricing, but I also understand these are popular vehicles and that obviously plays a factor.

Toyota has what I predict will be a hit on its hands.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Marg zalizo Marg zalizo on Jun 13, 2024
    I recently read about the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 1958 and was really impressed by its design and capabilities. It's a fantastic blend of modern technology and classic ruggedness. I was so convinced by its features that I decided to purchase one from https://carfast-express.com/auction/brand-toyota . The buying experience was smooth and the service was excellent. If you're considering a new vehicle, I highly recommend checking them out for a great selection and quality service.
  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb 5 days ago
    I paid 53k for my Bronco last year, a comparable '24 is almost 60k. After 15 months with the Bronco, my opinion is its a great vehicle that is about 12k too expensive. Particularly when compared with this Land Cruiser. If I were doing it again today, the LC 1958 would be my choice, assuming a dealer would sell one at MSRP.
  • Aja8888 Folks, this car is big enough to live in. Dual deal: house and car for $7 large.
  • Astigmatism I don't think tax credits will put me in this league, but if I could swing it, I would 1000% go for a restomod EV Grand Wagoneer: https://www.thedrive.com/news/you-can-buy-an-electric-80s-jeep-grand-wagoneer-for-295000
  • FreedMike I like the looks of the Z, but I'd take the Mustang. V8s are a disappearing breed.
  • Picard234 I can just smell the clove cigarettes and the "oregano" from the interior. Absolutely no dice at any price.
  • Dartdude The Europeans don't understand the American market. That is why they are small players here. Chrysler Group is going to die pretty soon under their control. Europeans have a sense of superiority over Americans that is why the Mercedes merger didn't work out and almost killed Chrysler. Bringing European managers aren't going to help. Just like F1 they want our money. We need Elon Musk to buy out Chrysler, Dodge and Ram from Stellantis.
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