New Land Cruiser Hammers Competition On Ownership Costs

Toyota New Land Cruiser

 

Best-in-class insurance groups and repair pricing for the new Toyota Land Cruiser show that it has the opposition soundly beaten on cost of ownership.

The new Land Cruiser achieves the distinction of being the first car in its segment to achieve an ‘E’ classification from Thatcham ABI for exceeding the required level of security provision. This has been achieved through a comprehensive anti-theft package fitted as standard across the range. This includes engine immobiliser with coded transponder chip embedded in the ignition key, alarm system with ultrasonic sensors and shielded door locks with double locking facility.

The new Land Cruiser enjoys improved insurance ratings all round, up to two groups lower than for the Land Cruiser Colorado which it replaces. A 12E rating for the entry-level LC2 diesel version is equal lowest in its class with the Land Rover Discovery TD5.

What makes the Land Cruiser a clear winner over the Discovery is the fact it packs more punch – 161bhp from the 3.0 litre D-4D unit as opposed to 136bhp from the 2.5-litre TD5. The Land Cruiser’s value is further emphasised by the fact the next nearest competitors in insurance rating terms, the Isuzu Trooper and Nissan Patrol, are classified a full two groups higher.

Similar insurance benefits apply to the 4.0-litre V6 petrol Land Cruiser models, which will go on sale in the UK next March. Both the LC3 and LC4 versions enjoy a 14E rating, two groups lower than the Mitsubishi Shogun and Jeep Cherokee. Even though the all-new V6 engine is more powerful than the petrol unit used in the outgoing Colorado, the insurance rating has dropped by one level.

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Published 12 December 2002 Melanie Carter

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