In 1989, in the class of large SUVs by Toyota was time for a change. A new model of the 5-door wagon body type (Station Wagon) J80 series was presented for the next model year. The main change was the use of suspension coil springs at all four wheels in place of the leaf springs used in the J60 model. The rear axle was taken over from the previous model and the front redesigned. The suspension was to provide maximum comfort while maintaining the characteristics of a wholesome sport utility vehicle.
In 1995, minor changes were carried out, including change on the look of the dashboard. Its production in Japan was ceased in March 1998 with the advent of the J100 series, but still the J80 series was produced in Toyota’s plants in Venezuela until 2007. There it bore the name Land Cruiser 4500 and was equipped only with 1FZ-FE engine.