The Toyota Landcruiser is definitely one the most well-known large four wheel drives in Australia and this SUV is particularly popular amongst those who are looking for an off-road vehicle to match an off-road adventure. This vehicle is an all-rounder and doesn’t compromise when it comes to ensuring an enjoyable and safe drive. Read this short Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to the Toyota Landcruiser for a run-down on the power, performance and tech of this vehicle, as well as its competitive safety features.
Toyota introduced the LandCruiser in 1960 as a new tool to help with off-road duties, this changed when LandCruiser was then split into two lines in 1967. The one was made to be more comfortable and luxurious with extra amenities for the family, this was the birth of the 200 series. The other side of this split was the 70 series LandCruiser which focused more on off-road, working ability rather than creature comforts and unnecessary costs. These series of LandCruiser still follow this train of thought today and can help narrow your search down when looking for a new vehicle.
Today the 70 series is available with the choice of a single or dual-cab chassis as well as wagon or troop carrier wagon options to carry larger loads. The 200 series in comparison is available only in wagon-style SUV models,the range has many models which differ in the amenities and technologies they offer to the passengers. These models range from basic off-roaders like the LandCruiser LC200 GX four-wheel drive for $80,996 to the more luxurious LC200 Sahara Horizon SE four-wheel drive which will set you back $131,896.
The 200 series of LandCruiser defines strength and reliability and will get you from the town to the countryside in full comfort while the safety sense, available in the top of the range Sahara, ensures you and your passengers arrive safely to your destination. Below the Sahara are the VX, the GXL and the GX models each with less features and lower price tags. The GX has the least frills but no less performance off-road while still maintaining the premium comfort the 200 series is known for, the GXL and VX add more comfort options to help suit individual needs with the GXL gaining an exterior styling upgrade over the GX.
All models come with a front-to-rear torque distribution structure of 41:59 which helps ensure you have maximum stability while accelerating, the crawl control will help you maintain control on slippery or uneven surfaces by controlling the engine and braking power of each wheel independently allowing you to focus on the road while turn assist is also there to help you through the tightest corners at low-speeds. As a standard on the VX and Saraha models and an optional extra on the GXL, you will have the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension system at your disposal which uses hydraulics to control and adjust the anti-roll bar to allow for more wheel articulation when needed. The VX and Sahara model also stand out with the Multi-Terrain Select system which has five options that allow the driver to choose a specific grip assistance to match different terrains they may encounter.
The Landcruiser 200 series comes with a fuel tank capacity of 138 litres, made possible by its dual tanks. With all models delivering a combined fuel economy of 9.5L / 100km it has the range to get you further than ever before.
There’s no doubt that the Toyota Landcruiser boasts power, performance and incredible design, but how does the interior of the vehicle fare? Compared to other SUVs in this top tier, the interior steps up to the challenge and has one specific feature that many others do not; the Rear Seat Entertainment system. The Rear Seat Entertainment System, which is only available on the Sahara, includes two 11.6 inch screens that are fitted on the back of the driver and passenger headrests to keep the kids busy on family road trips and cross-country drives. The Sahara, along with the GXL and VX are equipped with a Multi Information Display (MID) and steering wheel controls to change the audio functions or to make calls.
Comfort is key with air conditioning, which comes standard on the GX, while the GXL and all models up boast dual-zone climate control for front seat passengers, as well as climate controls in the rear seats. The Sahara and the VX even have a pollen filtered air conditioning system equipped with 4-zone climate control. The VX and the Sahara also have an Electro Multi-Vision (EMV) system which operates the satellite navigation and the 9-speaker audio system.
The tech features equipped on the Toyota Landcruiser are all focused on improving the drivers experience and are similar to those on the Ford Ranger and the Nissan Navara. The Sahara, GXL and VX models all allow for an easy smart entry and start system, meaning you can start the Landcruiser while the keys are still in your bag or pocket. These models are also fitted with an integrated reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors which makes getting into a tricky parking spot, or a parallel parking, a breeze for the Landcruiser.
At Wrong Fuel Rescue we know that while the average Australian driver may not need all of the bells and whistles, if you’re planning on taking your vehicle off-road, then there are a few absolute must-have features. These include the Multi-Terrain Monitor (MTM) which is available on the Sahara and VX models, and uses four separate cameras around the vehicle to give the driver a full view of the terrain around each point. If the Landcruiser is on a steep incline or decline, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and the Multi-Terrain Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) will kick in and ensure a smooth and stable drive.
HAC and ABS come installed on all models, along with the Active Traction Control system which automatically distributes power to the tyres that have the best grip, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) which will automatically increase the brake force to the tyres that require it. Crawl control is fitted on all models, but the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) is only available on the VX and Sahara, and optional on the GXL.
At Wrong Fuel Rescue we know that safety is always going to be a top priority no matter what vehicle you are driving, but because the Landcruiser is often used for families, the safety features need to be top of the range. Thankfully, the Landcruiser is completely kitted out with safety features and the body itself offers an additional layer of protection with the safety frame. The impact absorbing structure works together with the upper body reinforcement to ensure that if the vehicle is in a collision, the impact will be absorbed and redistributed.
In terms of airbags the Landcruiser is unmatched, and all models are fitted with dual-stage SRS airbags and knee and front side airbags which ensure that both the driver and the front passenger will be safe. The first and second row of the vehicle features curtain shield airbags, but in the Sahara, VX and GXl models, the third row is equipped with full-length curtain shield airbags. Toyota really went the extra mile with the Landcruiser’s safety and even added side airbags to the second row in the VX and the Sahara models.
Aside from the physical safety aspects, the Landcruiser also boasts a competitive tech safety system complete with a variety of features. On the Sahara model, the vehicle features Toyota Safety Sense which is Toyota’s version of safety technology and provides advanced driver assistance features and functions. The first being the Pre-Collision Safety System which is a revolutionary tech feature that can actually detect when there is about to be a collision, and will automatically apply the brakes and tighten the seatbelts.
The overall driving experience of the Landcruiser is a great and safe one and is also incredibly user-friendly. The vehicle is fitted with Lane Departure Alert which will audibly alert the driver with a warning if the vehicle starts to drift out of the lane, and Active Cruise Control which ensures that the vehicle maintains a safe following distance from the one in front of you. On the Sahara and the VX models, there is a Blind Spot Monitor as well as Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and both assess the surroundings of the Landcruiser and help avoid any accidental bumps and scrapes.
Adding the wrong fuel to a vehicle can happen to anyone at any time, and Wrong Fuel Rescue is here to help. To avoid adding the wrong fuel to your Toyota Landcruiser, our best advice at Wrong Fuel Rescue is to always double check the pump before filling up. Below are some indicators from Wrong Fuel Rescue that you should be wary of as they can increase the risk of adding the wrong fuel to your Landcruiser:
1.Filling up at a different fuel servo to your usual one – don’t assume hose colours are the same as your local servo and always double check
2.Switching between brands, different hose/nozzle colours
3.Swapping between cars (using different fuel) at home or work – it’s easy to ‘forget’ which car you’re filling and which fuel it needs
4.It’s a new car using different fuel to your old car
5.You are distracted by your passengers while filling up
6.You are in a rush
If you are a proud Toyota Landcruiser driver, you should be prepared for a wrong fuel scenario by understanding the Wrong Fuel Rescue warning signs to look out for.
1.A loud knocking sound whilst driving or whilst the engine is idling
2.An excessive amount of smoke coming from your exhaust
3.Slower than usual acceleration and reduced performance
4.Your engine warning light may illuminate
5.Your engine may stop altogether
6.Your car struggles or fails to start
1.Your engine misfires causing your Landcruiser to feel like it is jerking down the road
2.Excess smoke from your exhaust caused from unburnt fuel (diesel)
3.Your engine cuts out
4.Your engine won’t start no matter how many times you try to turn it over
Wrong Fuel Rescue has rescued hundreds of Toyota Landcruisers over the years and is proud to be Australia’s most trusted, quickest and cost effective solution to getting your Landcruiser’s fuel tank drained and back on the road.
With our Australian based call center and skilled roadside assistance mechanics located across the country, we are the quickest and most cost-effective solution for all Toyota Landcruiser models. If you have put petrol in your diesel Landcruiser or diesel in your petrol Landcruiser, simply remain calm and wait for Wrong Fuel Rescue and our timely service to get you back to work, your off-road adventure, or your family.