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1994 Toyota Land Cruiser Sport Utility

4dr Wagon

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  • $36,708 original MSRP

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1994 Toyota Land Cruiser Sport Utility

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1994 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Overview

Many a giraffe has had its day on the Serengeti interrupted by the sight of a Toyota Land Cruiser bounding across Africa's plains. For more than 40 years, the Land Cruiser has been one of the world's definitive, tough-terrain, wild-and-woolly vehicles-a classic sport utility wagon designed for landscape that's usually off-limits to all but the hooves-and-hides set.

Its colorful character helps explain why the Land Cruiser is so revered. Only about 10,000 vehicles each year make it to the United States, and they're swallowed up as if they were rare coins, which you might want to have a few of if you're planning on buying this brute-its base MSRP is a whopping $34,268.

A logical question emerges: Why would there be such devotion to a vehicle so costly, especially considering the typical U.S. driver is hardly faced with jungle-like conditions?

The answer is that few vehicles in the world have built such a reputation for outright muscle and maneuverability. And you don't have to be on safari to appreciate the value there.

A Midwest driver will find the Land Cruiser worthwhile on a winter weekend at the lake. The driver in Tennessee or Colorado will say thanks on a slippery mountain slope when this vehicle's front and rear locking differentials take the shivers out of a steep, snowy situation. Even the suburban commuter can enjoy the Land Cruiser's blend of brashness and charm. Although at 12 mpg in the city and with an option package that can take the Land Cruiser past the $40,000 mark, this clearly is a sport utility wagon for the well-heeled.

It's also for those who like lots of horses under the hood. A 4.5-liter, inline six-cylinder engine, with dual overhead cams, 24 valves and electronic fuel injection, packs 212 hp at 4,600 rpms. Add to that the locking differentials (for tough, slow-road situations), the optional anti-lock brakes (ABS) with rear disc brakes instead of drums and the standard four-speed electronically controlled transmission with overdrive, and this is a world-class road wrestler that also brings design, spaciousness and interior pluses to the overall picture.

Walkaround

A vehicle as tough as the Land Cruiser implies a certain tank-like appearance, but in this case what you get is definitely beauty and the beast. Our vehicle showed the kind of rounded, streamlined design that makes it so appealing even to picky suburban drivers.

In essence, the Land Cruiser's heft shouldn't scare anyone. Lots of other sport utility vehicles are bigger and bulkier than our test workhorse, which dolled itself up just enough with optional silver aluminum-alloy wheels, tailored headlights and taillights, and liberal use of glass-right down to the optional moonroof.

Gentle touches were in nice supply on our test vehicle: hydraulic lifts that made opening the hood a breeze, a beneath-the-hood leveling bulb that enabled us to accurately aim high- and low-beam headlights, husky running boards, a handy roof rack, parking-lot protection and more.

Interior Features

Remembering that this is a vehicle designed for the bush, not for the boulevard, the Land Cruiser gets the job done. Its interior is sturdy and practical, and there's enough comfort to remind you that in 1994, engineering is such that a ride in a covered wagon could be made tolerable.

Bucket seats in the front and back were fine, a center-floor gearshift lever was perfectly positioned at our driver's right hand, analog instrumentation was clear, and everything from stereo to dashboard selections met our discriminating driver's needs.

One lingering question: Why no driver's armrest, when most people aren't going to be two-handing this vehicle as they drive for the most part, on conventional roadways? Also, while it perhaps is an example of technology having spoiled us, power seats would have been nice.

One feature we definitely liked was the mounted climb-in handles that helped us swing from the running board directly into the front and back seats. Speaking of seats, the rear seat was the optional split-folding unit that packed to the sides neatly. It could also be removed in the event we wanted space for cargo rather than passengers.

Should passengers be your option, they'll appreciate the sound of the Land Cruiser's premium electronically tuned audio system with Dolby noise reduction. Nine speakers ensure that everyone will enjoy the music, even if you're trekking across tough country with brush banging against the vehicle's sides.

Driving Impressions

Combine the Land Cruiser's body, suspension and design with the force of a 212-hp, in-line six-cylinder engine, and you've got a vehicle that feels as if it could climb Mount Everest. just remember once again what this bull on wheels was designed to do, and its verrrrry firm ride makes a bit more sense.

Four-wheel drive is not a choice on the Land Cruiser-it's a permanent fixture. And, should you decide to engage the front and rear locking differentials, there's added muscle for handling serious, slow-speed mud, muck or snow, the kind of terrain that the Land Cruiser devours with amazing ease.

It helped that our vehicle was blessed by a two-speed transfer case and four-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive transmission. We got a power boost when we needed it, and a welcome lower-rpm ride when we hit a stretch of open road. The flexibility and efficiency of this system is one of the Toyota Land Cruiser's big, big pluses.

Behind the wheel, there was also a certain feeling of what it might be like riding atop an enclosed, glassed-in stagecoach. We felt our share of bumps with a suspension this stiff, but the ride was quiet and offered excellent visibility.

Acceleration was acceptable-0 to 60 mph in about eight seconds-and even while towing a load the Land Cruiser will scoot when it must. But don't think of this as a long-distance, enjoy-the-scenery vehicle. Its mpg is 15 on the highway; if it's comfort you're seeking, you might as well consider a plush conversion van.

We certainly had no quarrel with the Land Cruiser's steering and handling, which was precise even in tight-parking or sharp-turn situations. Same for the braking: We had to slam on the brakes at 35 mph on a miserably bad stretch of washboard road that was little more than a ribbon of mud and slush. The Land Cruiser came to a reassuring stop and, because of the ABS, never wavered or slid from a straight-ahead path.

Summary

Although this vehicle's heritage suggests that it belongs on untamed terrain, it's easy to understand why 10,000 American buyers-many of whom won't drive a Land Cruiser on anything but urban pavement-gobble up these animals.

Yes, the Land Cruiser is one tough hombre, enabling a driver to maneuver off the beaten path with absolute confidence. But its makeup, design and comfort level all combine to bring style and security to any on- or off-road scenario-just about anywhere that people and wheels mingle.

In other words, on safari or in suburbia, it's a vehicle that does the job with panache.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt

Passenger Restraint

Child Safety Locks Opt

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Alarm Opt
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1994 Toyota Land Cruiser Sport Utility

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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty*
7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**
1-year of Roadside Assistance***
160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection
CARFAX® Vehicle History Report"****

Certified customers are eligible for standard new car financing rates*****

*Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Toyota Certified Used Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Toyota Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.

***From date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. Covers most services, including flat tires, lockout service, jump starts, fuel delivery up to 3 gallons and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery to the nearest Toyota dealership. Services provided exclude any parts required. Coverage not available in Mexico. See Certified Warranty Supplement for warranty details.

****Beginning December 1, 2005 CARFAX® Vehicle History Reports" are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.

*****Rates mentioned are for standard new car rates, and do not include new car specials or subvented rates. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing available through Toyota Financial Services for qualified buyers only.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 7 years / 85,000
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection All TCUV vehicles must pass a comprehensive checklist that includes a 160-point inspection. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Toyota is in perfect condition. To see full inspection list visit http://www.toyotacertified.com/inspection.html
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 1-year of Roadside Assistance from date of TCUV purchase.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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