2014 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Review

2014 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Review
2014 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Review.

Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the Toyota LandCruiser Sahara.

2014 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Review
2014 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Review.

You would never find a bigger Toyota LandCruiser fan than me. In fact, if I was in the position where I had to buy a vehicle the LandCruiser is actually what I would choose.

But, that statement comes with a condition; I would only purchase the turbo-diesel V8 version.

My 2012 review of the diesel-powered LandCruiser GXL can be found here and once again let me declare just how remarkable that power-plant is – with 195kW and 650Nm and combined fuel consumption at just 10.3L/100kms it’s hard not to be blown away!

That’s also one of the reasons why I gave the GXL grade LandCruiser a rating of nine out of ten.

2014 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Review
2014 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Review.

The 4.6 litre V8 petrol engine gives you 227kW and 439Nm and a claimed combined fuel consumption rate of 13.6L/100kms. Claimed urban use is 18.4L/100kms, however I averaged 19.7L/100kms in a week of gentle city and suburban driving!

If that extra fuel consumption doesn’t sway you in favour of the diesel then the extra 200Nm of torque should!

Most people use their LandCruiser to tow and this is where that extra grunt will be most noticeable (and I hate to think what fuel consumption from the petrol would be like with a sizeable caravan, boat or horse float attached).

For the record, the diesel version will cost you an initial price premium of $5,000.

2014 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Review
2014 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Review.

The Sahara grade of the LandCruiser, naturally, comes with just about everything you could possibly want, including;

Chiller box

Front, side and reversing cameras

Satellite-navigation

Digital radio

Leather seats

Heated and ventilated front seats

Heated mid-row seats

DVD player and rear entertainment unit

Four-zone air-conditioning

Sunroof

Auto tail-gate (top section)

2014 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Review
2014 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Review.

As is always the case with the Landcruiser – the ride is excellent, the high seating position can’t be beaten, the huge wing mirrors tend to block forward/side visibility and the overall feel is big and comfortable.

Where the back-seat legroom disappears to in such a big vehicle remains a mystery though! The third-row of seats is probably only for children, but, in saying that the back seats do fold up and down easily and access via the back doors is pretty good.

As you would expect the LandCruiser Sahara doesn’t handle like a sports car, but it does have a solid and safe feel about it on the road. Even with 227kW the V8 petrol engine in the big girl doesn’t make it a ‘ball of fire’ off the line (2640kg Kerb Weight tends to take some getting going!).

The LandCruiser comes with a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.

2014 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Review
2014 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Review.

Summing it up: while I wouldn’t choose the Sahara (GXL grade would serve me just fine) and I wouldn’t go with the V8 petrol version either, another week in the LandCruiser just reaffirmed my affection for this monster of a vehicle.

It really is the whole package – great off-road (although the 285/60/18 tyres on the Sahara might not handle the Canning Stock Route!), generally very roomy cabin, great road presence, quiet and comfortable environment – there’s no better way to head off on an adventure.

Just do yourself a favour and opt for the diesel!

NUTS and BOLTS

Engine: 4.6 litre V8 petrol producing 227kW and 439Nm

Transmission: Six-speed automatic

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000kms

Origin: Japan

Price: Sahara from $114,165




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