2017 Toyota LandCruiser ‘troop’ Road Test and Review…
The rugged and no-nonsense workhorse from Toyota, the LandCruiser Troopcarrier, is certainly is no glamour puss.
But, it is a very credible work vehicle that is ideal for harsh terrain.
A sales star in the outback, in the mining industry and in similar testing environments, the Toyota could also be a handy workmate in the city, though don’t expect HiLux-like road manners.
The 2017 Toyota LandCruiser Troopcarrier in GLX form is priced from $67,990.
For that amount of money, you get many of the amenities you would find in a ‘normal’ car, including:
- Well-designed seats
- Power windows
- A reasonable sound system with push button electric antenna
- Central locking
- Climate control
- Tilt and reach steering adjustment
- Remote keyless entry
Seating five adults, there’s plenty of leg room front and back, as well as a cavernous cargo area in the rear.
The rear wing/barn doors offer good rear seat access, but a little flexibility is needed for getting in and out.
On the roads, the LandCruiser Troopy feels large, tough and rugged and is certainly more suited to the dirt and mud than speedbumps and potholes with only reasonable comfort for driver and passengers.
As you would also expect from a vehicle of its type, the steering tends to be a little heavy, and tight bends and corners need to be negotiated with respect.
There’s no question that it is a big vehicle, and parking in tight spots in the local supermarket is not really a particularly easy option.
This is accentuated by lack of a reverse camera, while something that is also absent from the standard set-up is air-conditioning.
One of the few vehicles that doesn’t carry it as standard, Toyota will ask you for an additional $2,761 for A/C.
Oh, and you can also get away from the standard white paint with the choice of Midnight Blue – a no cost option.
Under the bonnet is Toyota’s silky-smooth 4.5 litre turbo-diesel engine that delivers good acceleration, and hills and inclines just don’t faze it.
Expect to use about 13.0L/100km in city conditions in the Troopy.
Coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox, a full ladder chassis underneath and with low-range 4×4 and diff locks standard, there’s no questioning the Toyota’s off-road credentials.
Good news – the LandCruiser recently welcomed an upgrade to a five-star ANCAP safety rating (details here).
It may not be the ideal vehicle for purely urban motoring and is certainly no family-orientated SUV.
The LandCruiser Trropcarrier is a vehicle that is designed for a different purpose – to work, and in whatever conditions you need to get the job done.
Reasonable comfort, plenty of space, capable off-road and a good mix of standard features makes the Troopy the go to vehicle for the tough stuff across a wide range of applications.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Toyota LandCruiser GXL Troopcarrier
Engine: 4.5 litre turbo-diesel V8 producing 151kW/430Nm
Transmission: Five-speed manual (only)
Safety: Five stars
Price: from $67,990