2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Review
The Toyota Land Cruiser is the most luxurious model in the Toyota lineup. It is also the longest-running model in the automaker's current line, a testament to the model’s rugged endurance and popularity. The Land Cruiser can be traced back to the Toyota Jeep BJ from 1951, adopting the title of “Land Cruiser” when the second generation was released in 1955. Today, the Land Cruiser is a luxurious five-door SUV that comes standard with nearly every feature you could imagine. The range of standard features was expanded significantly in 2013 and the current generation received a facelift in 2015 making this a perfect time to investigate the Land Cruiser.
The 5.7-liter DOHC V8 engine is more than powerful enough to handle the Land Cruiser’s weight with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The power is maximized with Acoustic Control Induction System and Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing while the eight-speed automatic transmission is electronically controlled and can adjust the shift logic based on the vehicle’s speed, throttle input, and incline. At the same time, this is not the most powerful or efficient SUV on the market, but the latest model more than delivers on comfort and durability.
Driving Off Road
Tested in the grueling heat and dust of the Australian Outback, the Toyota Land Cruiser was designed to excel off-road. The Multi-Terrain Monitor gives you camera views on the front, side, and rear, letting you look in every direction before making a move on tough terrain. The Multi-Terrain Select lets you indicate the current terrain from one of five options, adjusting the brake lockup and wheel spin to boost performance. The Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, Torsen limited-slip differential, reinforced skid plates, and Crawl Control just seal the deal.
Seating and Interior Cargo
The Land Cruiser is spacious and easily adapted for anything and everything you need to haul. The second and third rows easily fold down to give you 81.7 cubic feet of storage. The rear seat even splits 40/20/40 to give you more interior configurations. In addition to folding flat, these third-row seats also fold away, so they are against the interior walls of your SUV, giving you a flat-load floor. And when you’re not loaded up for camping, the comfortable perforated leather seating is heated for a truly relaxing drive.
You will never find yourself looking for more features when behind the wheel of the Toyota Land Cruiser. Every model has integrated navigation, a customizable multi-information display between the gauges, and fourteen premium JBL speakers, along with Entune featuring the App Suite.
In addition to features like the LATCH system and active front headrests, the SUV comes standard with a host of advanced safety technologies as part of the Toyota Safety Sense P system. This system gives you Pre-Collision Warning along with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beams. All of the new models also have a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, ten airbags, the Toyota Star Safety System, and Safety Connect telematics. The last of these gives you emergency roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, and stolen vehicle locator via the 24/7 call center.
The Land Cruiser carries a hefty price, but the laundry list of standard features, reliability, off-road capability, and technology are still worth serious consideration.