2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Overview
Like the name suggests, the 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser full-size SUV is built with the off-road adventurer in mind. That being said, the Land Cruiser also incorporates seating for eight, new standard features, and a plethora of interior amenities that you wouldn’t expect to find in an SUV so capable off the beaten path.
Built for the outdoors, the 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser features a multilink rear suspension and a solid rear axle that easily handles rugged terrain. When encountering obstacles, the Land Cruiser uses an adaptive suspension with Crawl Control, which manages the throttle over uneven paths. Needless to say, four-wheel drive is a full-time feature and the maximum towing capacity peaks at 8,500 pounds. That is mainly due to the 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 that outputs 401 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Designed to improve cornering, an available Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System helps the front and rear antiroll bars to stiffen automatically as road conditions change.
With room for eight, the 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser is larger than the Toyota Highlander and 4Runner, but smaller than the Sequoia. The Land Cruiser receives 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway and competes with other luxury full-size SUVs such as, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Mercedes-Benz M-Class and GL-Class and the Porsche Cayenne S.
The 2011 Land Cruiser is perched atop 18-inch wheels and offers standard fog lamps and front and rear frame-mounted tow hooks. With three rows of seats, the Land Cruiser is wider than the Highlander, offering 16 more inches of hip room and seven more inches of shoulder room. A plethora of standard interior equipment includes leather seats, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power moonroof, push-button start, power seats, Bluetooth connectivity, MP3 jack, USB port and a 14-speaker sound system. For added convenience, you can opt for a navigation system with DVD player and a backup camera.
A host of standard safety technologies include seat-mounted side-impact airbags for first and second rows, side-curtain airbags for all three rows, an electronic stability system, and active front head restraints. A brake override system stops the Land Cruiser from accelerating when both pedals are pressed at the same time and an active front seat-belt pretensioning system that retracts the seat belts when the brakes are applied suddenly are now standard for 2011.
With the power and strength for the great outdoors, coupled with the luxurious amenities needed for everyday driving, the 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser full-size SUV has the best of both worlds.