2018 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2017 Land Cruiser

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The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, the Toyota lineup’s latest top-of-the-line SUV, delivers luxury everywhere you go in Thomasville, Georgia, and beyond. The capabilities mean you never have to worry about the conditions at the Birdsong Nature Center, while the luxury interior puts you in the mood for a high-end meal at Liam’s Restaurant Lounge. Before buying your new Land Cruiser, discover what sets the 2018 version apart from the previous model year.

Exterior Updates

Most of the differences between the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser and the 2017 model are cosmetic, and the vast majority sit in the front of the auto. Put the two SUVs side by side and you will spot new headlights, a new bumper, and a new grille. In addition to being new, the grille and headlights have been repositioned, now maximizing wading depth as well as protection. The headlights sit more inboard so they are less likely to get hit by a rogue tree branch.

The 2018 Land Cruiser’s hood has a center scallop to improve forward viewing. The twin bulges remain, keeping the front design nice and bold. You will also notice that the front fenders are now higher, letting you see how wide the Land Cruiser is to improve maneuverability. Looking at the exterior color options will show you two new choices: Avant-Garde Bronze Metallic and Midnight Emerald Blue.

Interior Changes

More adjustments are inside, with many reviews pointing out that the dashboard seems cleaner and more organized. Moving the HVAC vents to the top of the center stack may have helped with this improvement. The infotainment screen is now eight inches and includes Toyota Touch 2 with Go software. The new gauge cluster has four analogue gauges along with a 4.2-inch information display in full color. The LED mood lighting has also been updated, ensuring no bright lights will blind you on your way to The Scoop Deli and Ice Cream for some dessert.

Identical Engines

No matter which of the two Land Cruiser model years you choose to drive to the Thomasville Rose Garden, you will get the same engine. The 5.7-liter V8 has a double overhead cam style and generates 381 horsepower along with 401 pound-feet. Thanks to the Acoustic Control Induction System and Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence system, both the 2017 and 2018 models get maximized usable power throughout their rpm ranges for capability you cannot beat. Both models also come with useful technology to help you go off-road, including a Multi-Terrain Monitor and Multi-Terrain Select. In addition, you get the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, Crawl Control featuring Off-road Turn Assist, and Torsen limited-slip differential.

The best way to see the differences between the 2018 and 2017 Land Cruiser is to compare them in person. Visit Thomasville Toyota to do just that and take the 2018 version on a test drive around Thomasville, Georgia.