How We'd Spec It: 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser in Its Cheaper Forms

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The new 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser is almost here, and that means it's time for us to fiddle with the newly released online configurator tool. Pricing was just announced for the three-model lineup, and there are a fair amount of options and trims to choose from. The range starts with the 1958 base model and goes all the way up to the loaded Launch Edition. Our editors gravitated towards the lower-priced versions, embracing the new model's more accessible nature when compared with the $85,000-plus previous generation, which ended production after the 2021 model year.

Joe Lorio's $58,745 Land Cruiser 1958

I went with the base 1958 trim because I wanted the round headlights but didn't want to pay $75K for a First Edition model. I added a roof rack ($1400!), which is not shown on the configurator tool as of now. There are no real options on the 1958 version, just accessories. The color choices for this version are grim: white, black, and silver. So, not much choice there. The blue and gold hues—the only non-grayscale colors offered in the whole lineup, in fact—are reserved for the top two trims. That's a pretty miserly selection, Toyota. –Joe Lorio

Joey Capparella's $66,094 Land Cruiser

I like the idea of a base-model Land Cruiser, but I prefer the look of the middle trim's rectangular headlights to the retro round headlights on the other two trims. The $350 two-tone Heritage Blue and Greyscape color combo is enough of a nod to the past for me, and I like how it contrasts with the brown interior. I chose the $1240 20-inch wheels for aesthetics alone, and the $850 sunroof for enjoying the outdoors. $309 for carpeted floor mats and a cargo mat rounded out my add-ons, bringing the total to just over $66,000. Not bad considering that the old model was more than $20,000 more dear, but I'm curious to drive the new model to see if it truly feels like a real Land Cruiser. –Joey Capparella

Dan Edmunds' $63,395 Land Cruiser

I’m going for a straight-up Land Cruiser. Why? I want to keep the price somewhat in check, but I’m steering clear of the 1958 because it lacks several important features I want—its 265/70R18 tires (33-inches, in old money) being the most obvious. I take my rigs off-road regularly, so I also covet the Stabilizer Bar Disconnect Mechanism (SDM) that proved to be very effective on my recent test of the Tacoma TRD Off-Road and the Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) system of driver-configurable traction control. On a more practical note, the LC’s standard driver seat memory is a plus because my wife and I prefer very different seating, mirror, and steering-wheel positions. I’d also put the bigger 12.3-inch infotainment screen to good use because my favorite off-road nav apps can be displayed there via Apple CarPlay.

The First Edition has all that stuff of course, but I also expressly do not want many of its features, particularly the moonroof, but also certain elements of the Premium package. I’m not one that reflexively gravitates toward leather seats, either. This stuff is all optional on the Land Cruiser, so I can choose to do without. In fact, my Land Cruiser would have no options except for the $350 I’d spend on the Trail Dust two-tone paint treatment. I’m already on record as preferring actual colors to grayscale, but I also like the benefit implied by the name itself. Trail dust (and desert stripe, presumably) won’t show up as readily on this natural tone. My biggest regret: The Land Cruiser is the only trim that lacks the heritage-look round headlights. I do like those.

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