- 381-hp, V-8 engine
- Comes fully optioned, all available equipment is standard
- Most expensive model in Toyota’s lineup
At the very top of Toyota’s lineup is an SUV that might seem more at home with what Lexus has to offer, the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser.
We should start by saying that if you want to buy a Land Cruiser, Toyota says you only need to pick out two things: interior color and exterior color. The rest as they say is “on the house,” meaning that the options sheet is empty – everything comes standard, which makes the big MSRP a little bit easier to swallow.
Under the hood lies a 381-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 that is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission with uphill/downhill shift logic. The drivetrain features a full-time four-wheel drive system with active traction control and a limited-slip lockable center differential. A towing receiver hitch and wiring harness are included and the Land Cruiser has a towing capacity of 8,200 pounds. The Land Cruiser offers fuel economy ratings of 13/18 mpg city/highway.
Inside, the Land Cruiser seats up to eight passengers across three-rows. The climate control system features four zones and dust and pollen filtration, along with separate controls for the driver, front passenger, and rear-seat passengers. Seating surfaces are covered in perforated leather-trim, and the driver’s seat has a ten-way power adjustable control with three-position memory function, while the front passenger seat has an eight-way power adjustable control. The second row seats are heated and fold in a 40/20/40 configuration, while the third row seats fold in a 50/50 configuration and include folding headrests.
Onboard technology includes a premium audio system with HDD navigation, Entune internet integration with complementary three-year subscription, and eight-inch high-resolution touch screen. Bluetooth hands-free calling, and integrated voice recognition control are also included. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system includes a nine-inch display, RCA jacks, remote control and two wireless headsets.
Exterior features include projector-beam high intensity discharge headlights with auto on/off, integrated fog lights, and LED accent lighting. The power tilt/slide moonroof includes a sunshade and one-touch open/close. The rear spoiler is color-keyed to the exterior, and a roof rack, running boards, and mudguards are all included.
The Land Cruiser is also loaded with safety features, including ten airbags, electronic stability and traction control, hill start assist and antilock brakes with brake assist and smart stop technology. A pre-collision system, front and rear parking assist sonar, and emergency roadside response complement the robust list of safety features. The Toyota Care maintenance plan is included, with two years of maintenance and roadside assistance.