The 2016 Land Cruiser continues the legend

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

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By David Goodspeed
autoworlddavid@yahoo.com

The Toyota Land Cruiser is a living legend, and for 2016 that
legend continues. Land Cruiser has been sold in the U.S. market for
nearly 60 years now and this year it sees some significant upgrades
including new interior and exterior design features as well as getting
some of Toyota’s newest safety technology.
Land Cruiser is a name synonymous with adventure and there are
still places in this country where the big, luxurious Toyota can take
you on a great adventure, and it will do it in grand style.
Land Cruiser only comes one way from the dealership and that is
fully loaded. It seats up to eight thanks to fold-down third row seats
but for the five that will occupy the front and second rows the trip
is such a pleasure.
The 2016 Land Cruiser is all-new from the A-pillar forward and
gets new front and rear fascia designs. There is also new chrome body
side molding and new-design 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside Land Cruiser gets a tech upgrade with the new Entune
infotainment center and app suite along with Siri Eyes Free mode and
Qi wireless phone charging.
New driver assist technologies include Toyota Safety Sense-P
system that brings frontal collision avoidance, frontal collision
mitigation, lane departure alert (for the times you are driving on
pavement), auto high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control. There is
also blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert and backup camera
is standard.
Drivers may no longer find themselves plowing their Land Cruiser
through waste-deep muck and mud but the new model is still very
capable and can even tow quite a hefty load (up to 8,100 lbs.). All
new Land Cruisers are powered by a beefy 381hp 5.7-liter V-8 engine
that is now backed by a new eight-speed automatic gearbox and all
feature fulltime 4WD with TORSEN limited-slip locking center
differential as well as A-TRAC active traction control for optimum
grip when the going gets tough.

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Other off-road goodies in the Land Cruiser include two-speed
electronic transfer case as well as the Multi-terrain Select system to
dial in system controls to match the surface and driving conditions.
Drivers also get the CRAWL Control for operating the vehicle in
low range when the going gets even tougher and Off-Road Turn Assist
can help with the really tight maneuvering by applying slight brake
pressure to the inside rear wheel when turning thereby creating a
pivot effect.
Creature comforts include all leather interior, four-zone
automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front bucket seats,
heated steering wheel, smart key keyless entry with push-button start,
power moonroof, and a very useful center console cooler box.
The second row seats slide fore and aft 4.1 inches and when
folded forwarded there is 81.7 cu. ft. of cargo space behind the first
row of seats.
Audio system duties are handled quite well by the JBL Synthesis
premium audio gear and rear seat passengers can be entertained via the
11.6-inch display monitor that is mounted on the rear of each of the
front seats.
Land Cruiser is the most expensive vehicle in the Toyota stable.
Base MSRP is $83,825 and as I said earlier it arrives only one way –
fully loaded.
Fuel economy is 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway but when you are
purchasing a vehicle such as this EPA ratings don’t really matter that
much.
So what do you get for all that dinero? The 2016 Toyota Land
Cruiser is a very stable, comfortable, and quiet ride. It commands a
presence on and off the road and brings drivers a very confident
experience behind the wheel no matter what the road or trail ahead
brings at you.
The Land Cruiser heritage may be living the lifestyle of the
rich and famous in 2016 but it delivers fully on comfort and
capability.

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