The Toyota Land Cruiser is often said to be a living legend in much of the automotive world — appreciated by off-roaders, workers in rough rural areas and a favored vehicle of United Nations and NATO forces.
But it seems to barely sell in the United States.
Toyota sells little more than 3,000 Land Cruiser’s a year in the U.S., compared with more than 40,000 in Australia, its biggest market.
That is remarkable for what has been Toyota’s longest-running product in the United States. The Land Cruiser was the sole vehicle Toyota sold for awhile in the U.S. in the early 1960s, while the company worked out issues on its new export sedan.
But now, at a time when sport utility vehicles are at their most popular in history, the Land Cruiser is an overlooked product.
Part of the trouble is competition, which has grown fierce in the high-end luxury SUV segment, where the Land Cruiser sits with its starting price of more than $85,000. Buyers can choose from high-end SUVs made by Land Rover,…