Toyota of Orlando explains the history of the Toyota Land Cruiser!

The Orlando Toyota Land Cruiser is probably most well-known for how luxurious and spacious it is. However, drivers might be surprised to learn this this Toyota SUV was originally designed to be more of a utility vehicle versus a luxury option. In fact, on closer examination it’s clear that to see that while this vehicle definitely has some luxury components, it’s also more than equipped to handle going off-road, too. Our Orlando Toyota dealership took a closer look at this new Toyota’s history to learn more about what helped it develop into such an outstanding transportation choice today. 


Orlando Toyota Land Cruiser more practical than functional

The Toyota Land Cruiser in Orlando first made an appearance not long after World War II ended. It was first introduced in 1950 and was originally designed to function as a military vehicle. Therefore, it was designed to offer a rugged performance and built to be durable. In fact, Toyota first called this SUV the BJ, named for its b-type engine that was placed in a jeep-like model. From there, it quickly developed to meet other transportation needs. 



  • In the early 1950s, this new Toyota in Orlando was ready to be produced for the public, but only 298 were initially released. 
  • By 1954, this SUV received the name Toyota Land Cruiser, and the following year a whole new model call the Model 20-30 Series was made. 
  • In 1960, the Model 40 Series was introduced and this particular line almost lasted for a quarter of a century - that's 25 years! At this point, the model started to broadcast features that drivers today know and appreciate in the Toyota Land Cruiser in Orlando. It began to put more of an emphasis on the passenger’s experience instead of just durability. 

Over the years this Toyota continued to receive modifications to better meet drivers’ preferences. By the time the 1990s arrived, the Model 80 Series made an appearance and it featured a design and components that are most similar to the model that’s available to enjoy today!



What does the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser have to offer?

The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser in Orlando has some features that stay true to this vehicle’s original design and intent. It’s able to handle rugged terrains and can also go off-roading, so drivers don’t have to stress about encountering a road that this vehicle isn’t able to handle. 



  • Luxury details are easily found throughout the entire interior. With ventilated and heated seats, getting comfortable poses no problem for drivers and passengers. 
  • No matter how chilly the weather may turn, the driver won’t have to stress about trying to keep their hands warm and on the wheel at the same time. The heated steering wheel makes this a non-issue!
  • Cargo space also poses no problem in this vehicle. Not only can it seat up to eight people, but there’s also lots of room to store larger items. When both the second and third row of seats are folded down, then there’s around 81.7 cubic feet of room available to use! 

This Toyota SUV has definitely come far in terms of sophistication and luxury. Swing by our location at 3575 Vineland Rd to take a look at it in person!




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