As 2011’s top car for retaining residual value, the Toyota Land Cruiser proves itself to be a sensible investment as well as a tough and exciting drive.
Glass’s Guide has compared residual values of cars throughout the UK, and the Toyota Land Cruiser is holding value better than any other make and model.
Lucky owners of a 2008 (57 plate) 3.0 litre D-4D Invincible automatic have learnt that their SUV is still worth 72.2% of its original purchase price.
If Glass’s Guide did not restrict their top 10 to only the top-ranked vehicle from each range, other Land Cruiser models would be included on the list.
What is it that makes the Toyota Land Cruiser hold its value so well?
Glass’s Guide picked out several factors that ensured the Land Cruiser range got its top spot.
First and foremost is Toyota’s marketing, which has never seen the Land Cruiser become tainted with so-called “distress marketing”, when brands become heavily discounted in an attempt to shift more models.
This means that used Toyota Land Cruiser’s are in very short supply, keeping their values buoyant.
When this is added to the SUV’s enduring reputation for being durable and reliable, Toyota has a powerful formula that shows the true value of the vehicles being reflected in the market.
The result of 60 years engineering development
The Toyota Land Cruiser is popular worldwide, and has been used on every continent, including Antarctica.
This is thanks to the legendary toughness, off-road performance and quality of the range, which Toyota has been focusing on developing since the 1950s.
Originally designed as a military truck-derived vehicle in the mid-fifties, it was then engineered as the civilian four-wheel drive that took the world by storm in the following decades.
The culmination of this is the fourth-generation Toyota Land Cruiser range, launched in 2002.
Current Land Cruiser owners are able to enjoy formidable off-road performance, a result of the car’s robust and rigid body-on-frame construction, revised suspension with an independent double wishbone at the front and a four-link rigid system at the rear and variable flow control power steering, which can be adapted to different road conditions.
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