Interior view of 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser.


Toyota has been making Land Cruisers since 1957, when it was originally introduced as a utilitarian go-anywhere vehicle. Over the decades, it has evolved into a luxury, full-capacity SUV. For 2016, it receives a total makeover, from the tires to the roof, writes our automotive editor Sally Miller Wyatt. – #Siliconeer @Siliconeer #2016ToyotaLandCruiser #Lifestyle


Auto manufacturers can make things confusing for buyers when it comes time to assemble packages of “must-have” or “convenience” features. You start out with a base price, and by the time you add on the things you really want – such as push-button start or power windows, or enhanced safety features – things can start to add up.

Toyota pushes all of that confusion out of the way with its “ultimate-luxury SUV,” the 2016 Land Cruiser. There is only one version of Toyota Land Cruiser available, the fully equipped one, and it has seating for eight. It also has a breath-taking final sticker price of $84,820, but that is what you get for not having to worry about a single thing being left off this vehicle.

Exterior view of 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser.

Exterior view of 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser.

Well, you do get what you pay for, especially if you crave upscale, ultimate luxury in an eight-passenger vehicle. You and the tribe will be treated to an incredible list of features and conveniences, perhaps not an unwelcome thought for parents who typically spend most of their waking hours shuttling children to sports practice, swim lessons, play dates and orthodontist appointments. Later, it’s trips to explore future college campuses and moves to dorms. Might as well drive off in total comfort, right?

For 2016, the Toyota Land Cruiser receives a total makeover, from the tires to the roof.

Under the hood you’ll find a new 5.7-liter 381-horsepower V8 engine, paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine is so powerful, you can tow up to 8,100 pounds, and the tow package – complete with Trailer Sway Control – is included.

Exterior view of 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser.

Exterior view of 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser.

The Land Cruiser’s exterior has a new look that starts at the front grille, and ends with a new look for the rear bumper, complete with LED brake lights. Full-width chrome molding details the exterior.

The Land Cruiser is loaded with a host of collision mitigation technology, including Frontal Collision Avoidance, at speeds below 24 mph (including pedestrian protection); Frontal Collision Mitigation (for speeds below 24 mph); Lane Departure Alert; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Auto High Beams.

Now, I might be hesitant to take such an opulent vehicle off road or to a trailhead, but this vehicle was not designed to be left in the garage when you go on your mountainous adventures. It has such things as full-time 4WD with CRAWL Control that regulates engine speed, output and braking force to help the driver focus on really tough road conditions. Off-road Turn Assist tightens the turning radius by applying slight braking pressure to the inside rear wheel, helping you negotiate tight trails. A full-size spare is on board. It also has a Multi-Terrain Monitor that has selectable front, side and rear views with near 360-degree visibility, and five-second front undercarriage projected path video playback. Whoa, that will help avoid rocky disasters.

Exterior view of 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser.

Exterior view of 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser.

The Land Cruiser’s interior includes a four-zone climate control system, so all are comfortable no matter where they are sitting. The middle row seats are trimmed in perforated leather and have a heating feature. They fold in a 40/20/20 split and can recline, as well. The third row folds in a 50/50 split. All seats are generously sized, both for hip and head-room.

The back of the driver’s and front passenger’s seat is equipped a DVD entertainment system with two 11.6-inch display monitors, RCA jacks and separate HDMI input.

When both the middle and third row of seats are laid flat, there is a very generous 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space available.

On the road, we found the Land Cruiser offered a smooth ride, almost as if you were floating. Acceleration is swift and graceful, and visibility for the driver to front and sides is good. However, the second and third row headrests are large, and obstruct your view to the rear significantly.

For those who must have the ultimate luxury driving experience in their adventurous family’s all-around vehicle, the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser has it all. Literally.