Land Cruiser for 2016 blends rugged adventure with city refinement

Land Cruiser is rugged off-roader that does city with style

The Toyota Land Cruiser is likely the only vehicle in the Large Luxury SUV segment that can definitively trace its roots to a rugged off-road capable origin. Though it has added luxury refinement and amenities through the years – Land Cruiser has remained true to those roots – always making sure it is – first and foremost – tough, rugged and capable.

Land Cruiser had been available in the U.S. since 1957 – and, since its arrival, the Toyota Land Cruiser has been all-but-guaranteed to get you there. Around, over and through any and all rugged conditions – every time and at every place. Later as Toyota began adding premium amenities and features to the Land Cruiser it became a premier large luxury SUV that remains rugged and capable first.

It is that first focus on capable and rugged reliability that, combined with high level luxury refinement, makes Land Cruiser the SUV of choice for a select and very loyal following. Customers who expect genuine rugged adventure from their large SUV, but also want it with plenty of convenience, luxury and features to get them there with both adventure and style.

2016 Land Cruiser

Toyota recently loaned us a 2016 Land Cruiser in the (new) Brandy Wine Mica exterior with Black interior. As we have come to expect, the body on frame construction of the Land Cruiser delivers an impressively solid drive experience that is just right for the vehicle. Simply, the Land Cruiser drives large enough when you need it and small enough when you want.

Particularly, we found that the Toyota engineers have created a cabin that is literally whisper quiet around town and on the highway. They also spent time tweaking the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) in Land Cruiser such that it delivers an exceptionally smooth ride on the road while preserving its rugged off-road capability.

Without sacrificing its iconic rugged look, Toyota updated the exterior of Land Cruiser from the A-pillar forward with a fresh look for the bumper and grille and adding projector-beam LED low and high beam headlights, headlight cleaners and a new integrated Land Cruiser logo. The Land Cruiser shows a new signature at the rear featuring new taillights with light-tube design and LED brake lights, a new full-width chrome molding and a new bumper. Additionally a chrome body side molding embossed with the Land Cruiser logo and new-design 18-inch alloy wheels enhance the Land Cruiser’s rugged profile.

Adding to its rugged capability and road performance, the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is now equipped with an all-new 8-speed Electronically Controlled (ECT) automatic transmission with sequential shift control – replacing the previous 6-speed automatic.

Some of the other upgraded features on the 2016 Land Cruiser include a redesigned center console with easier to use controls, a new luxury steering wheel with upgraded controls integrated plus an upgraded Entune infotainment package adding Siri Eyes Free mode and a new Qi wireless phone charging capability.

Safety in Land Cruiser is further enhanced by the new Toyota Safety Sense-P system that includes Frontal Collision Avoidance (including pedestrian protection); Frontal Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Alert; Auto High Beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser, seating up to eight, comes in a single luxury version only – fully equipped with a 5.7L V8 power train, Full Time Four-Wheel Drive with Active Traction Control (A-Trac) and Torsen limited-slip differential with locking feature, Multi-Terrain Select Drive Mode, Hill Start and Hill Descent Control and CRAWL Control with Off-Road Turn Assist.

There are no optional packages or equipment, just some choices like exterior colors (there are three new ones) and two choices for the new semi-aniline perforated leather three-row seating in the Black or new Terra (brown) color interior accented by Deep Wood trim.

Ready to go anywhere we wanted – our test 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser MSRP price was $83,925. With destination fees of $995, the delivered price was $84,820.

Land Cruiser Rugged Capability

The 2016 Land Cruiser is powered by a 381 horsepower 5.7-liter DOHC V8 engine that produces 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm. It is mated to the new 8-speed automatic transmission that, when needed, the driver can select manual control for more power train control. Fuel economy is rated at 13/18 mpg city/highway with a combined average of 15 mpg.

Land Cruiser is no slouch when it comes to towing. In fact, when properly equipped, it tows up to 8,100 pounds easily and safely with its engine oil cooler, connector for trailer-brake controller and Trailer Sway Control integrated with the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).

The smooth-riding, body-on-frame construction features extensive use high strength steel and uses a front independent double-wishbone suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar matched to a rear 4-link suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar. The Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) system is tuned to hydraulically adjust the vehicle suspension system for both on and off-road driving – automatically.

The full-time 4WD system uses a TORSEN limited-slip locking center differential to distribute torque 40:60 front-to-rear allowing torque to be distributed to the wheels with most grip when needed. The Active Traction control (A-TRAC) uses both brake and throttle to control wheel spin.

A 2-speed transfer case with low-range works with the Multi-terrain Select system to allow the driver to match wheel slip control to the surface and driving conditions via the selector. Challenging road or off-road conditions can be managed by the enhanced Multi-Terrain Monitor with selectable front, side or rear views with near 360-degree visibility and five-second front undercarriage projected path video playback.

The Land Cruiser’s CRAWL Control regulates engine speed, output and braking force, to drive the vehicle forward or reverse in one of five low-speed settings without use of the throttle or brake pedals. Downhill Assist Control (DAC) helps to hold the vehicle at a target speed with minimal driver intervention.

Making short work of road or off-road conditions are the P285/60 R18 mud-and-snow tires on 18 x 8.0-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The Land Cruiser also comes with a full-size spare.

Land Cruiser has a ground clearance of 9.1-inches, skid plates to protect front suspension, radiator, fuel tank and transfer case.

Wrapping up the rugged features are Rain-Sensing Wipers and Wiper Deicer, Roof Rack, Aluminum Running Boards and front and rear Tow Hooks and Mud Guards.

Land Cruiser Luxury

The 2016 Land Cruiser comes very complete featuring perforated leather trim, heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping with memory. Also included are Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start; anti-theft security system with engine immobilizer; power moon roof; auto-dimming rearview and side mirrors,

A four-zone automatic climate control system with micro dust and pollen filter manages the environment for all three rows. Its 7-level blower control circulates heated or cooled air via 28 air vents located throughout the cabin.

The bright Optitron instrument gauges show gear selection, odometer, tripmeter, fuel consumption, individual tire pressures and cruising range , while a Multi-Information Display (MID) monitors driver vehicle control systems like parking assist, Multi-Terrain Select including Crawl Control, TSS P pre-collision warning alarm adjustment, and Lane Departure Alert. For convenience, there twelve cup and bottler holders in the cabin and the new center console integrates a cooler box, USB port two 12V power outlets.

The second row 40/20/20 split seats have a recline feature and one-touch tumble mechanism for easy access to the third row. As needed they also slide forward or aft 4.1 inches for more room. The third row are 50/50 split fold-down. With the middle and third rows folded, the Land Cruiser provides 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

JBL Premium Audio with Entune

A nine-inch touch split- screen controls the Entune Premium JBL Audio with 14 speakers and subwoofer and its integrated Navigation system. The system features the Toyota Entune App Suite plus includes an AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability; SiriusXM All Access Satellite Radio capability, HD Radio with iTunes Tagging; USB port with iPod connectivity and control, plus Bluetooth streaming and hands-free phone capability with phone book access. Completing the package is Land Cruiser’s rear-seat DVD entertainment system with two 11.6-inch individual displays.

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