The Legendary Land Cruiser 70 Series

G’day folks. One of the things I get very excited about is a rugged 4WD ute (that’s a truck for the rest of the world).

So I thought I would put together a little write-up on one of the iconic 4WDs from down under, the Land Cruiser 70 series. And since it’s such an instutute of 4WD here in Oz, I’ll be putting an Aussie spin on it. Enjoy!

If there’s one thing the Aussies (and Kiwis) love more than a cold one on a scorchin’ arvo, it’s a good ol’ reliable ute that can tackle anything the Outback throws its way. And when it comes to toughness and reliability, there ain’t nothin’ quite like the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series.

Now, before we crack on, let’s set the scene here. Picture yourself in the heart of the Aussie bush, dust kickin’ up behind ya as you navigate through rugged terrain. That’s where the Land Cruiser 70 truly shines.


First off, let’s talk about the look of this beaut. It’s got that classic, no-nonsense Aussie vibe – none of that flashy stuff, just pure ruggedness. You can spot it from a mile away with its iconic boxy shape and bull bar up front, ready to take on roos and dingoes alike. But seriously though, animal strikes are a real problem, so you gotta keep your wits about you in the outback and I have heard similar reasoning for bull bars in South Africa.

Now, under the bonnet, you’ve got a choice of engines, but let’s be real – it’s all about that legendary 4.5-litre turbo diesel V8. This thing’s got more grunt than a roo in a boxing match, mate! It’ll haul just about anything you throw at it without breakin’ a sweat. We should mention the newly released 2.8-litre four-cylinder TD version as it has caused quite a stir in the 4WD community. Is it better than the V8? ‘Yeah, nah’ is what i’m hearing from diehard fans. What are your thoughts?

The classic 4.5L V8 turbo diesel

When it comes to off-road capabilities, she’s a bloody beauty. With its solid axle front and rear, high ground clearance, and proper low-range gearing, the Land Cruiser 70 will crawl over rocks and plow through mud like a true blue Aussie legend. Body on frame is another term you’ll hear when talking about serious 4WD rigs. This means that there is a rigid steel frame that the axles and transmission attach to, and then the body is attached to that. This means there is less flex in the body when going offroad.

But it’s not all about off-road prowess – this ute’s got some serious chops when it comes to towing and hauling too. Whether you’re luggin’ around a ton of gear or haulin’ a trailer full of gear, the Land Cruiser 70 will get the job done with ease.

Now, I reckon some of you might be thinkin’, “But what about comfort, mate?” Fair dinkum question, cobber. First off, you get aircon, cool air in your face with the press of a button 😎. Then there’s the windows – more buttons that open and close them 😮! To adjust your seat position, there is a luxury lever that you just pull and then the seat slides forward or backwards 🤯!

Look, she might not have all the bells and whistles of some fancy city slicker SUV, but what she lacks in plush interiors, she makes up for in reliability and toughness. And let’s be honest, when you’re out in the bush, comfort takes a back seat to reliability any day of the week.

So, there you have it, folks – the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series. A true blue Aussie icon that’s tougher than a two-dollar steak and more reliable than your best mate’s shout at the pub. If you’re after a ute that’ll take you anywhere and back again without skip a beat, then look no further, mate. This is the one for you (not available in the US 😔).

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