Toyota Land Cruiser a Yacht on Wheels
Driving Toyota’s 2016 Land Cruiser is like steering a yacht that rolls on wheels instead of steaming along on ocean currents. In other words, it’s a massive vehicle that makes the driver feel like the Captain of a luxury yacht as you glance with disdain at those lesser vehicles trying to use the same road.
The Land Cruiser is lovely to behold. The test model glistened in its Blue Oynx Pearl coat with beige interior (upgraded to Terra or brown) accented by deep wood. It rolls along majestically on its 18″ alloy wheels. While it looks intimidating, the Land Cruiser is easily operated with a powerful 5.7 liter DOHC V8 engine, and has been upgraded for this year to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Land Cruiser also has VVT-I (variable valve timing with intelligence) and produces 381 HP and 401 lb.ft. of torque.
Land Cruiser has full-time 4-wheel drive and A-TRAC plus Torsen locking limited-slip center differential to keep it steady. With the March winds that have been blowing locally, it’s good to have KDSS (kinetic dynamic suspension system) working against the wind.
Toyota’s Land Cruiser comes standard with deluxe features that would be considered special options to achieve premium luxury. The list of standard amenities includes a heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping with memory. Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start; power moonroof; and HomeLink® universal garage-door are also standard.
Other nice tech additions are the multi-terrain select, hill start assist, and crawl control with off-road turn assist features. The Land Cruiser also has Toyota’s patented Entune 2.5 multimedia with Siri Eyes free mode and 9″ display plus Qi wireless phone charging. Other safety features include the pre-collision prevention system, pedestrian alert, and lane departure warnings. Other features are also included, such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alerts.
Even back seat passengers ride in great style and comfort in the 2016 Land Cruiser. There is plenty of leg room, and the second row passengers receive the same heated and vented seats as the driver and front seat passenger. Plus, they have dual 10″ screens to watch their personal choice of back-seat entertainment, whether it’s a DVD or a video game.
The MSRP for the Land Cruiser is $83, 625, but the manufacturer added lovely Terra Semi-Aniline perforated leather seats for the comfort of the driver and 7 passengers. This brought the total price for the test model (with destination charges) to $84,820.
Of course you don’t buy this beauty for its fuel economy since it only averages 15 mpg (13 mpg in town and 18 on the highway).