The Land Cruiser Makes a Triumphant Return

October 27th, 2023 by

A gray 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser 1958 is shown driving off-road after visiting a Toyota dealer near Atlanta.

Fans of the rugged and iconic Toyota Land Cruiser were worried that they might be saying goodbye forever when the off-road capable SUV didn’t return for the 2022 or 2023 model years. But fans of the great outdoors can rejoice now that this beloved nameplate is back in a fully redesigned 2024 model that blends cutting-edge modern technology with styling cues that pay homage to the Land Cruiser’s legendary heritage. From city streets to OHV trails to wide-open spaces, you can go just about anywhere in this new take on a classic Toyota.

As your dedicated Toyota dealer near Atlanta, we here at Marietta Toyota have all the latest info on this new and improved model. Whether you’re looking to conquer off-road trails across Appalachia or just want the power you need to handle unpaved country backroads with ease—even when the weather gets tough—there’s a trim that’s right for you. Let’s take a look at the 2024 Land Cruiser and see what it has to offer Atlantans…

Toyota’s Trim Guide

The Land Cruiser is available in three different trims, each of which is rugged and ready to tear up the trails from Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests down to the Okefenokee. All have the same capable powertrain, drivetrain, and dimensions, with an 8.7-inch ground clearance that lets you glide right over obstacles in your path, but there are some distinctions when it comes to style and standard features.

The Land Cruiser 1958 is named for the first year that the Land Cruiser was available to buy in the US. It features off-road specific gear like a rear locking differential for traction on uneven ground and a Crawl Control system that’s like cruise control for OHV trails; this keeps you going at a set speed so you can focus solely on steering when the trail gets twisty and difficult to navigate. Other useful standard features include LED headlamps and fog lamps for bright illumination in rural areas that are miles away from city lights, a heated steering wheel and seats for staying warm on cold winter nights, and a multimedia monitor that helps you keep track of your media, connections, and settings. Up front, a heritage grille celebrates Toyota’s history with a bold and rugged style that’s sure to turn heads.

Since the 1958 trim is just a spartan version of this one, the standard Land Cruiser trim is actually nameless. It boasts a front stabilizer bar with disconnect for versatility on unpredictable terrain, ventilated front seats for staying cool during hot Georgia summers, and a premium sound system with extra speakers that let you let loose by blasting your tunes. A standard multi-terrain select system that lets you change your settings quickly to get optimal performance on mud, dirt, and sand. The multi-terrain monitor puts potential obstacles front and center so you can stay hyper-vigilant at all times.

The limited-run First Edition trim has a standard roof rack for storing gear. Rock rails and a front skid plate let you take on rocky terrain without taking damage. A tailgate light makes it easier to load and unload cargo on your campsite after the sun has set. Inside, you’ll get leather seating that will make you feel right at home.

A blue and white 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 1958 is shown driving off-road on water.

Reputably High Capability

No matter which trim you opt for, you’ll find the same capable powertrain under the hood. The turbocharged 2.4L i-FORCE MAX engine uses both gas-powered internal combustion and electric power to produce a combined 326 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. This hybrid powertrain will help you save money on both fuel and time with fewer trips to the gas station—but don’t think it sacrifices power for fuel economy!

An electric motor is better at providing high amounts of torque at low speeds, which is crucial for rolling over boulders near Stone Mountain or picking your way through trails that wind their way up steep inclines. It also provides more torque overall. While the previous version of the Land Cruiser sported a V8 engine, it only produced up to 401 lb-ft of torque—about 16% less than the new generation can provide.

All trims come standard with an integrated trailer hitch, so you can bring a trailer along for the ride if you have more equipment than you can fit inside. With a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 lbs, the Land Cruiser is ready to handle anything from bringing your boat to the Chattahoochee River to transporting your steed to the Georgia International Horse Park. A standard full-time four-wheel drive system gives you the traction you need to tackle wet roads, gravel drives, and uneven surfaces with confidence.

Driver Assistance Features

Toyota’s Safety Sense 3.0 suite of driver assistance technology comes standard across the lineup. While you may want a Land Cruiser so you can explore the great outdoors, you probably have to spend some time driving on I-75 or I-20 before you get to your destination. These automatic systems and warnings can help you get there safely, even if you’re distracted by a group of rowdy friends in the back, roughhousing kids, or inclement weather.

The pre-collision system with automatic emergency braking can detect other vehicles as well as pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists and prevent you from imminent collisions. Lane departure alert with steering assist stops you from accidentally drifting out of your lane but can detect purposeful lane changes to avoid annoyance. Automatic high beams turn your brights on and off depending on lighting conditions and surrounding traffic. Road sign assist shows you the speed limit on your dashboard, so you won’t forget it in areas where signs are few and far between.

Full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control makes driving on rural southern highways as easy as peach pie. Instead of staying at a set speed no matter what—forcing you to hit the brakes and resume manual driving if traffic suddenly slows down or stops—this system can ensure that you stay a set distance away from the vehicle in front of you. Once you get too close, the Land Cruiser will slow down or even come to a stop automatically. When the coast is clear, it will automatically accelerate to return to your set speed.

The black interior and dash of a 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 1958 is shown.

Get Your Land Cruiser Here at Marietta Toyota

We’re very excited about the return of the Land Cruiser and all of the great upgrades this iconic model has received for the new generation. While everything sounds plenty good on paper, we think you have to see it in person to truly appreciate this SUV. Head up to our dealership, and you’ll be able to compare the different trims, get behind the wheel for a test drive, and get your questions answered by friendly folks who know their stuff.

It’s worth taking the drive to visit us because we’re always ready to go above and beyond for our customers. We’ve been serving our community for over forty years and are always finding new ways to improve your experience. We offer a nationwide lifetime powertrain warranty on all of our new Toyotas, have transparent pricing on all models, and provide you with courtesies like a complimentary premium coffee bar so you can get the most out of your visit.