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After 70 years in production, the final Heritage Edition of the legendary vehicle is at Toyota dealers now.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - After seven decades, the 2021 Land Cruiser will be the final version. Toyota is seeing it off with a special Heritage Edition on sale now.2021 is the final year for Toyota's deservedly legendary Land Cruiser. After more than 70 years of production, the final Land Cruisers are at dealerships now. It's the end of an era, and the Land Cruiser departs as one of the best premium SUVs on the market.

Originally developed as a Jeep-like vehicle for military and off-road use, the Land Cruiser went through several generations on its way to becoming Toyota's premium SUV. However, the Land Cruise never lost its tough off-road chops, and still comes with real low-range four-wheel-drive gears, if you need them. The Land Cruiser also rides a shorter wheelbase than its typical full-size, three-row competitors. This makes it a little more nimble on the road, while still offering plenty of passenger and cargo space up to 82.8 cubic feet.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 that produces 381 horsepower, and it features 8.9 inches of ground clearance a nd full-time four-wheel-drive with optional low-range gears for serious off-roading.

The Land Cruiser uses the same 5.7-liter V8 engine found in the 2021 Tundra full-size pickup. The engine is good for 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to an advanced eight-speed automatic transmission with full-time four-wheel-drive, and optional low-range gears for serious off-roading. This gives the Land Cruiser great power, consistent traction, and more ability to get where you're going than many of its competitors. Towing capacity is 8,100 pounds.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2021 Land Cruiser features practically ever advanced automotice technology,  including a state-of-the-art nine-inch infotainment touchscreen display,

The Land Cruiser also offers 8.9 inches of ground clearance. If you're short, you might want to invest in running boards to help you up into the driver's seat. But once you're up there, the view from the Land Cruiser is commanding. There's plenty of window glass and not a lot of decorative body styling. One thing the Land Cruiser has always possessed is a rough-and-ready look that befits a capable adventure vehicle.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser also has a luxury side that inlcudes seat heat and ventilation, and a heated steering wheel.

However, the Land Cruiser also has a luxury side. This is the nicest vehicle you can buy with a Toyota badge on it. Lexus has a version of the Land Cruiser, too, but you don't really need to plus up this interior. All the modern conveniences and comforts are there, including a state-of-the-art nine-inch infotainment touchscreen display, seat heat and ventilation, and a heated steering wheel. A special shout-out goes to the wireless device charging, which is convenient on the center console and also allows you to cover your phone while it's charging, so you're never tempted to look down at it.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Three adults can ride in comfort in the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser.

On the road, the Land Cruiser is solid and comfortable. The steering is steady and responsive for the size of vehicle, and the brakes are so good you'll have to learn to be gentle. The suspension has enough give to let you know this is a serious off-road vehicle, but combines smoothness and stability to deliver a confident ride.

The last of the Land Cruisers are Toyota's "Heritage Edition." You may have to look around a bit to find one, but if you've ever wanted a Land Cruiser, now is the time to act.

PMG PHOTO: JEF ZURSCHMEIDE - Although the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser is shorter than most full-size SUVs, it still offers up to 82.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser

Base price: $85,515

Price as tested: $87.845

Type: Full-size SUV

Engine: 5.7-liter V8 (381 hp, 401 lbs-ft)

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

EPA estimated mileage: 13/17

Overall length: 194.9 inches

Curb weight: 5,815 pounds

Final assembly: Aichi, Japan

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Additional cargo can be secured on the stout roof-mounted rack on the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser.

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