If You Want To Buy a 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser You’ll Have To Move Out of the U.S.
Jan 19, 2022 · 3 min read
The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser won’t be available (not due to production shortages, though) in the U.S. or Canada, but that shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who’s been watching. Over the past decade, Japanese automotive manufacturer Toyota has struggled to keep the number of annual units sold above 3,000 for the Land Cruiser.
According to reporting by Forbes, shoppers are opting for used Land Cruisers, the cheaper Sequoia, the more rugged 4Runner, or vying for Lexus options with cheaper starting prices.
Toyota seems to have no choice but to send the 2022 Land Cruiser overseas. But if you were hoping to find a 2022 Land Cruiser, what are your options? Explore the different (and possibly more versatile) options offered by Toyota and Lexus.
3 other Toyota options to compare
The Land Cruiser has never been cheap, especially in comparison to other Toyota models. And if you had eyes on the 2022 Land Cruiser, chances are you’re not moving to Europe to nab one. Instead, here are 3 other feasible options:
- Get a used Land Cruiser for up to $15,000 less than the 2022 Land Cruiser
- Buy a new or used Toyota 4Runner, which routinely outsells the Land Cruiser 33:1
- Buy a new or used Toyota Sequoia, which is more affordable, and just as off-road ready
2022 Land Cruiser vs. Lexus GX
For car shoppers who are looking for more luxury along with their off-road capabilities, the Lexus GX could be an appealing choice.
The GX starts at $55,000, with the top-trim option pricing out at about $65,000—$20,000 less than the 2022 Land Cruiser. According to Consumer Reports, the only less-than-stellar marks the GX receives are in fuel economy, with an overall mileage rating of 17 mpg.
What are we missing out on with the 2022 Land Cruiser?
The 2022 Land Cruiser will receive the following upgrades:
- 440 lbs in body weight dropped, thanks to new designing
- An upgraded Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System to boost the already formidable off-road capability the Land Cruiser is known for
- Two 3.5-liter V-6 options: A gas-powered engine cranking out 409 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, or a diesel capable of 304 hp, and 516 lb-ft of torque.
Despite these appealing upgrades, the 2022 Land Cruiser’s aggressive pricing at nearly $100k for the top trim option didn’t strike a chord with Toyota fans, or other potential buyers in the market.
Perhaps it’s best that this overpriced SUV tests its luck across the pond.
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