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The Toyota Landcruiser 300

Written by

Shaun McGowan

The Toyota Landcruiser 300 is king - at least, king of this segment, and also king of outback adventuring. There’s no getting around it: Landcruiser is expensive up front, but this pain is mitigated by the vehicle’s stellar resale value at trade-in time - Landcruisers are hotly sought-after in the used market.

Landcruiser is also a very long-lived model, and the 300 Series version just released is likely to be with us now for well over a decade before a replacement is offered. (Landcruiser 200 Series was first produced in 2007, and ran until the end of 2021.)

Cheat sheet

Power & Torque

227kW and 700Nm

Towing

Braked towing capacity of 3500kg

Multi Terrain Select

New Automatic Mode tuned for Australian

10 speed transmission and LSD

Automatic transmission

Twin-turbo V6 diesel

The most notable feature of the new 300 Series is the replacement of the V8 twin-turbo diesel in the previous model with a twin-turbo V6 diesel. This was done principally for emissions-compliance and weight-saving reasons. Interestingly, the new V6 has a so-called ‘hot vee’ in which the exhaust is up the top, in the centre of the engine, while the inlets are on the outside of the vee. (Most V6s are the other way around.)

Engine Capacity

Engine capacity has come down from 4.5 litres in the superseded V8 to 3.3 litres in the V6 - but, counterintuitively, peak outputs have risen substantially. The V6 makes 227 peak kilowatts, and 700 Newton metres - up from 200 kilowatts and 650 Newton-metres in the V8. Fuel economy is around six per cent better, based on official tests. So, although the number of cylinders and the capacity is substantially less, according to every performance metric, the new vehicle is substantially better.

Landcruiser offers full-time 4WD and dual-range performance in the rough stuff, as well as a 3500kg tow capacity - so it remains a heavy hitter in every respect. Towing 3500 kilos is not for the fainthearted, but this target is more achievable in real-world conditions than it is with, say, Hilux (which also notionally offers 3500kg maximum tow capacity.)

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Toyota Landcruiser 300 specs

Sahara

  • 7 seats
  • Dual rear entertainment
  • 3.3L twin-turbo diesel engine
  • Cool box
  • 1,164L of cargo space

Sahara ZX

  • 5 seats
  • 3.3L twin-turbo diesel engine
  • Limited slip differential
  • 5 mode driving select
  • Adaptive variable suspension

GR Sport

  • 5 seats
  • 3.3L twin-turbo diesel engine
  • Lockable front + rear differentials
  • E-KDSS
  • 5 mode driving select

Your Landcruiser 300 options

GX

Go anywhere then back home again, the GX makes light work of off-road adventures.

GXL

Get the job done in GXL, it comes with enhanced technology, safety and styling.

VX

The VX goes further, with premium interior and exterior touches. It adds extra comfort and convenience to your journey.

Sahara

The Sahara makes driving a pleasure, wherever you take it. Drivers and passengers are treated to comfortable luxury.

Sahara ZX

The first ever Sahara ZX gains extra performance, specialty ornamentation and extra touches of luxury and convenience.

GR Sport

The GR Sport borrows from the world of extreme off-road racing yet maintains winning levels of comfort and luxury.

What you'd get when you salary package a Landcruiser 300

  • Fleet discount
  • Registration and CTP
  • Fuel Card
  • Tyres
  • Repairs and Maintenance
  • Roadside Assist
  • Comprehensive Insurance

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In summary

Landcruiser 300 is civilised and refined to drive, but remains quite capable in the rough. It’s debatable how many first owners push their $130k Landcruiser 300 Sahara to the limit of its off-road performance, however…

If you are also considering a Prado, it’s worth acknowledging that, In terms of outright highway performance, for overtaking, etc., Landcruiser 300 has 46 percent higher power-to-weight than Prado, as well as 500 kilos more outright towing capacity, plus four more ratios in its auto transmission (six-speed for the Prado; 10 for the Landcruiser).

In terms of fuel economy, Prado returns 7.9 litres per 100km, in official tests, versus Landcruiser on 8.9.

About the Author

Shaun McGowan from money.com.au

Shaun

McGowan

Shaun McGowan

Shaun is the founder of Money.com.au and is determined to help people pay as little as possible for financial products. Through education and building world class technology. Previously Shaun co-founded CarLoans.com.au and Lend.

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