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TOYOTA LAND CRUISER IS THE LUXURIOUS DESCENDANT OF A PROUD 50-YEAR OFF-ROAD HERITAGE

06 DEC 2016

A constant in Toyota's U.S. model lineup for more than 50 years, the Land Cruiser has evolved from a simple off-road utility vehicle into a premium-luxury, full-capability SUV with seating for up to eight and advanced chassis systems. A rare combination of power, room, towing capacity and Toyota reliability explain why the Land Cruiser has an extremely loyal following. VehicleTEST's Land Cruiser video road test shows just how well the vehicle performs.

The Land Cruiser received exterior and interior design enhancements for 2013 and made all previously optional features standard. The customer has only to select exterior and interior colors.

A 5.7-liter V8 DOHC engine produces 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm. With 90-percent of peak torque available at just 2,200 rpm, the engine makes the Land Cruiser an outstanding tow vehicle. Towing capacity is 8,500 pounds. The Land Cruiser uses regular-grade (87 AKI) gasoline and is ULEV-II certified.

An advanced dual independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) system controls valve timing and overlap on both the intake and exhaust valves. An Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) switches the length of the intake tract in two stages, based on RPM and throttle angle, to optimize torque across the engine speed range. A water-cooled oil cooler helps control oil temperature while towing.

The six-speed automatic transmission is designed to handle high torque while performing with luxurious smoothness.

Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /