2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Overview
Toyota's big, expensive Land Cruiser SUV will arrive for 2016 with a small boatload of new features, inside and out. Perhaps most notable is Toyota's first eight-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the Land Cruiser's six-speed transmission. Other additions include new advanced safety features and updated multimedia technology.
The Land Cruiser gets a subtle exterior styling refresh but still retains its signature utility-meets-luxury look. Toyota says the body is new from the A-pillar forward, with design updates to the bumper, grille, LED headlights and hood. Around back are new light-tube-design taillights and LED brake lights, full-width chrome molding and a new rear bumper, along with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
All buyers of the three-row, eight-passenger SUV will get standard interior appointments including perforated leather trim; heated and ventilated front seats; a heated tilt, telescoping steering wheel; keyless entry; push-button start; a power moonroof; and four-zone automatic climate control. In addition to Toyota's Entune 2.5 multimedia system with Siri Eyes Free mode and a 9-inch display in the revised center stack, second-row passengers get a standard rear-seat entertainment system with dual 10-inch screens; that's in addition to wireless phone charging.
Under the Hood
The off-road-capable SUV's returning 5.7-liter V-8 is good for 381 horsepower and 401 pounds-feet of torque, and is now mated to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. The eight-speed is a first for Toyota and replaces the Land Cruiser's six-speed transmission. The automaker said the new transmission improves both acceleration and fuel economy, but Toyota estimates the 2016 version's fuel economy at 13/18/15 mpg city/highway/combined, which is identical to the 2015 version's official EPA figures.
Toyota is enhancing the Land Cruiser's existing safety arsenal with new standard driver assist technologies. The SUV will be equipped with its first collision-mitigation system. The new Toyota Safety Sense-P system includes front crash mitigation at speeds of less than 24 mph, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights and adaptive cruise control. That's in addition to blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a backup camera.
Overview courtesy of Cars.com