Toyota Land Cruiser 70

Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Review: “It teaches us not only what we need to know, but also the fun in cars” by Yoichi Moroboshi

The limited resale of the Land Cruiser 70 Series will be until the end of June 2015. It has a basic circumference, and its styling is the same as before. Its engines comply to the current regulation.

At the moment you touch its door handle as you get in the car, you can instantly feel how classic the Land Cruiser 70 is. The door handle of the Land Cruiser 70 is like that of a hinge. It is only used by some of the present Toyota cars, such as the HiAce and the Century. Many cars are using bar handle nowadays, but the Land Cruiser is using a door handle that has square edges, and it makes one believe that it is not a modern generation car.

It is quite difficult to sit on its relatively higher driver’s seat. Its instrument panel is different from the former type, but it still exudes the classic vibe. It is equipped with a V6 DOHC 4L engine. Its engine vibration is minimal; it might be sufficient for people who prefer the old Land Cruiser models.

How many years did it take to manufacture the shift lever? Needless to say, it has a long shift stroke and does not look modern. The jolting of the car when you start it, the shock that occurs when shifting up, and the rolling that occurs when cornering, as you connect the clutch, are not typical in this generation. However, it certainly has the fun that the current cars do not have.

You cannot enjoy a car only by pleasantly driving it, like what you do with today’s cars. When you drive on a rough road, you can drive the vehicle on a setting which you cannot apply to the latest 4WD vehicles with a monocoque body structure. The thing about cars is that one cannot simply say “I’m okay with this”, or “I need this”. As an acknowledgment, I would like to give my most respectful bow to the Toyota spirit for having revived this car.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★
Power Source: ★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★

Yoichi Moroboshi | Motor Journalist

He became a freelance journalist at 23 years old after working as an
editor for an automotive magazine. He has competed in races like the
Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does
motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is
cooking.

Photography by Yoichi Moroboshi

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)