Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series Sahara ZX 2022 Review

We drive the Sahara ZX on a road test review

LandCruiser Sahara ZX – Sahara has always been the name given to the top model in the LandCruiser range, but now there is one better the Sahara ZX.

LandCruiser 300 Series Sahara ZX.  Aimed more at luxury transport with prodigious 4WD ability rather than more focused like the GR Sport.

I spent two weeks in the ZX Sahara and travelled some distance and I have to say it was simply easy to drive and I arrived feeling quite relaxed. I did two stints, Sydney to Albury and back and Sydney to Grafton and back.

Big powerful V6 Diesel engine and 10 speed transmission makes for lazy highway cruising. Simply press the cruise control, settle in and away you go. The adaptive variable suspension soaked up pretty much everything the road threw at us.

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On the way back from Albury it deluged rain all the way and the Sahara handled it with ease.

Heated seats and steering wheel on, permanent 4WD and excellent headlights all made the trip comfortable.

The Sahara ZX has the additional bling, such as illuminated side steps, front door scuff plates and 20 inch alloy wheels with massive 265/55R20 Bridgestone tyres.

Priced from a little under $139,000 plus the usual costs its expensive but I know quite a few people that have already ordered these sight unseen.

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Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series Sahara ZX.

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What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Comfortable Ride and Handling
  • V6 Diesel is good
  • Long distance cruising
  • Rear entertainment screens intrusive
  • Expensive
  • Lane keep assist is downright dangerous

Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series Sahara ZX.

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Model   

2022 LandCruiser Sahara ZX

Model Price $138,790 MLP*
Engine 3.3L V6 Cyl Twin Turbo diesel
Drivetrain Dual Range 4×4 10 speed Sports Auto
Power 227kW @ 4,000rpm
Torque 700Nm @ 1,600-2,600rpm
Safety 5 Star ANCAP (August 2020)
CO2 Emissions 235 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity 8.9L/100km /10.0L/100km on test / 110L
0-100kmh/Top Speed N/A / 210kmh
Servicing 6 MThs/ 10,000km  Capped price
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

2021 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series Sahara ZX.

Overall Rating    

90/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 10
Towing / 4WD Ability 10 – Towing 5/5 – 4WD 5/5
Technology / Connectivity 9
Value for Money 8

*Towing and AWD Capability is compared to other similar vehicles in the same class.

Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series Sahara ZX.

Dimensions

 
Overall Length 5015mm
Wheelbase 2850mm
Width / Height 1980mm / 1950mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 245mm / TBCmm
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 110 Litres / 11.8mts KTK
Approach / rampover / departure degrees 24 / TBC / 25
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload 2610kg / 3280kg / 6780kg / 670kg
Max Roof Load: TBC
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 3500kg / 350kg

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LandCruiser 300 Series SAHARA ZX – additional features over SAHARA

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Mechanical

  • Rear Torsen limited-slip differential
  • Adaptive variable suspension
  • 5-mode drive mode select

Exterior

  • Unique 20-inch alloy wheels with 265/55R20 Bridgestonetyres
  • Specific front & rear lower bumper design & wheelarch mouldings
  • Different side step design
  • Illuminated side step
  • Unique rear mudguards
  • Front door scuff plate ornamentation

Interior

  • Unique ‘Advanced Carbon’ steering wheel, centre console & door trim
  • Five seats

Safety

  • Adaptive high beam system

Comfort and convenience

  • Power rear hatch with kick sensor
  • 1 Front USB-A port (for USB audio connection) & 3 USB-C ports (1x front row, 2x 2ndrow)

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Exterior

The Sahara ZX has a big, bold appearance with large front grill and bonnet bulges. Its all chrome highlights along external mirrors, and window lines.

Large wheel arch bulges cover the 20-inch alloy wheels with 265/55R20 Bridgestone tyres. Roof rails and rear wind deflector complete the picture.

2021 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series Sahara ZX.

Interior

In a word comfortable

Front seats are like lounge chairs with multiple electronic adjustments. Both heated and cooled they are great for long distance driving.

The whole driver ergonomics are reasonable good. A thick rimmed leather steering wheel frames the instrument binnacle and is comfortable in the hands. Plenty of the expected controls on the central spokes and the control stalks are visible over them which is good.

There are a multitude of controls on the lower dash area in front of the driver. The problem is that they aren’t visible easily for the driver without taking eyes off the road.

Large central storage bin with multiple openings, twin cup holders and a charging tray all speak to a practical layout.

Along with the rear seat screens there is an optical drive in the central stack. Old school but in truth probably not necessary.

The central stack/screen area is where the most noticeable difference is in the new 300 series. Well laid out and reasonably intuitive it’s a major improvement over the 200 series. However I just can’t help the feeling that it will date quickly

Rear seats are spacious and well catered for with heating/AC for outer seats, USB ports, HDMI and 12V inputs as well as volume controls for the entertainment screens.

Speaking of them I would imagine that a slide out holder for an iPad etc. would be more appropriate these days as almost all kids, certainly from a family that can afford this vehicle, would have individual tablets and want to watch their individual entertainment.

Boot lid opens wide (in some ways I miss the split tailgate) and having only five seats means a cavernous boot area.

2021 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series Sahara ZX.

Engine and Drivetrain

Much has been spoken about the demise of the V8 diesel engine. However the new V6 diesel is more powerful, more responsive and more economical. Only time will tell if it is more reliable and robust.

3.3L V6 Cyl Twin Turbo diesel produces power of 227kW @ 4,000rpm and torque of 700Nm @ 1,600-2,600rpm running through a permanent 4WD system with dual range and a ten speed automatic transmission.

It all works particularly well together. There are no complaints from me. The engine does feel a little peaky surprisingly, especially when driven side by side with the Land Rover D300 SE.

Driver aids include a Lockable centre differential and a three-mode drive mode select function. All the controls for the 4WD system are within easy reach of the driver and intuitive to use.

300 series Sahara ZX

Driving experience

As mentioned I drove a lot of kilometres in the week I had the Sahara ZX and it afforded me the opportunity to really feel what it’s like to drive in many different circumstances.

As a highway cruiser it’s relaxed and comfortable. Apart from a little wind noise from the external mirrors it’s very quiet and smooth on the freeway. Cruise control works a treat.

Around town in comfort it wallows a little, especially on windy roads. Sport mode fixes that.

On the beach or dirt roads it’s a breeze. I took it on the sand but given the fact that it was howling wind and rain I dint get photos.

Dynamically the 300 series is much improved over the 200 series. The Sahara isn’t as good as the GR Sport, but it’s bought for a different purpose. Both are behind the Land Rover Defender though.

Towing is effortless.

Final Thoughts

I believe that most buyers of this vehicle buy it for the size and comfort and luxury.

They will drive around the suburbs every day, take weekends away with the kids and snow trips and occasionally tow or head onto the beach. Long family driving holidays will be easy.

For these buyers there isn’t much better to buy.

  • 9.0/10
    Overall Rating - 9.0/10
9.0/10

Summary

Sahara ZX is aimed more at luxury transport with prodigious 4WD ability rather than more focused like the GR Sport.

Priced from a little under $139,000 plus the usual costs its expensive but I know quite a few people that have already ordered these sight unseen.

About Rob Fraser 1979 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.