Review: 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition
Toyota's overlanding pro since before TRD Pro was even a thing.
I just had the keys to the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition. I am going to talk about what you get when you purchase this luxury overlander, what the Heritage Edition even gets you, and what I thought about the overall package.
What you get
The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition comes powered by a nice big 5.7 liter V8 engine which puts out 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. That V8 is matted to a an 8-speed automatic through which you access the power down to the full-time 4-wheel-drive.
The Land Cruiser features a Torsen locking limited slip differential and off road welcome Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS). While you are off roading, you get the multi-terran select and crawl control to help you get where you are going. You also get a mult-terrain monitor to figure out exactly what you got yourself into.
The vehicle might be prepared to take you to the elements, but in true Land Cruiser form the interior cocoons you in luxury. You get a 14 speaker JBL sound system and a nice 9 inch multi-media display which is touch screen.
For a full detailed look at everything the interior of the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition features, check out my interior walkthrough below:
What makes it a the Heritage Edition?
For the most part, the Heritage Edition is an appearance package.
You get some sweet bronze 18 inch BBS alloy wheels, throwback styled "TOYOTA Land Cruiser" badging near the rear of the vehicle, perforated leather seats, a special Heritage Edition front grille, and about the only off road overland functional thing the special trim gets - the Yakima roof rack.
A few weeks ago, I tested the Lexus LX 570 which is built on the same chassis as the Toyota Land Cruiser, just built for Toyota's luxury brand. I'll start you with my first positive note - I would much rather own the Land Cruiser.
The Land Cruiser will always hold its value more, be more ready opt to take on overlanding situations with less body parts over hanging to be ripped off than a LX 570, and be a more "overlander inspired" package.
The current generation Land Cruiser has been around since 2007 and sadly 2021 looks to be the end of the line. Being around that long sure there are some dated bits on the inside, but you say dated I say timeless. It works, why mess with it.
You have to remember where the Land Cruiser excels, pavement prowling sure, but on the light off road duty and camping situations it will find itself over complicated infotainment systems get the boot.
I personally love that it comes with a big V8 engine under the hood. It sounds good in stock form, but I can only imagine once you sign the dotted line and get the keys you'll more than likely modify that to make it sing a bit more.
Regarding the appearance, I like the bronze wheels, they are cool, but I think a matte black wheel much like much of the Toyota TRD Pro line would have done so much more for the look of the vehicle. They got it to 9/10 I wanted them to get 10/10.
Another minor gripe is I would have loved to see was the old school "TOYOTA" badge on the front much like the TRD Pro models get.
I know the Land Cruiser will more than likely spend majority of its life on the roads, so any off road enhancements have just made cruising over pot holes oh so much better. You feel nothing, no pot holes, just a bouncy cloud going stop light to stop light.
All in all it is a great swansong to the Land Cruiser!