You don’t hear much about the Toyota Land Cruiser in the automotive media these days, but that’s not because it’s unworthy of praise or attention. In fact, the Land Cruiser easily qualifies as one of the best big SUVs left in the world, with two feet firmly planted – one in the realm of ruggedness and the other awash in luxury. But the big Japanese SUV wasn’t always that way – it’s traveled a long, storied journey to get where it is today. Though it might not sell in big numbers anymore, it’s as good as it’s ever been thanks to the infusion of true creature comforts coupled with true off-road capability. 

Toyota Land Cruiser

For the 2016 model year, the big luxo-SUV gets even more, and the list is colossal. The exterior gets refreshed nicely but conservatively, incorporating the now popular styling element that has headlights making contact with a large front grille for a more unified look. The rear gets more rectangular taillights and a chrome bar that extends the full width. It’s a more luxurious appearance that’s consistent with the amped up amenities.

  • New 8-speed automatic transmission
  • New Safety Sense package with Frontal Collision Avoidance, Frontal Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Alert, Auto High Beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control,  new blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, 9-inch infotainment touchscreen and a new center console
  • Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, 13.9-inch vented front rotors and 13.6-inch rear disc brakes
  • Automatic on/off auto-leveling HID headlights with washers, rain-sensing wiper
  • 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear skid plates,
  • Four-zone automatic climate control, multi-terrain monitor camera, 9-inch displays for rear seat entertainment system,
  • Full leather seats for eight passengers, power heated and vented front seats with driver memory, leather trimmed heated power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Power tailgate, navigation, 14-speaker audio system, 8-inch touchscreen
  •  Full-time four-wheel drive, locking center Torsen differential, Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System with adjustable and disconnectable sway bars, Crawl Control, Multi-Terrain Select for various off-road conditions, and front and rear parking assist

Toyota Land Cruiser Interior

The off-road chops are as impressive as the posh comfort level and the robust technology and safety. Though it's doubtful that any Land Cruiser owner will take to the hills with his country club pals or his teenage daughter's entourage, he can take comfort knowing that it can handle just about anything from mud to rocks to deep snow with aplomb. It's the perfect combination of rugged and cosseting wrapped up in one seriously impressive vehicle. 

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