2015 Land Cruiser New Car Test Drive
The Toyota Land Cruiser has evolved from the basic four-wheel-drive utility vehicle designed 60 years ago to a luxurious SUV that can seat up to eight people and transport large amounts of cargo. As always, the Land Cruiser can handle any kind of road or primitive trail in any kind of weather. It can tow up to 8,500 pounds.
On the 2014 Land Cruiser, every conceivable luxury comes as standard equipment, as does every feature current technology can provide to enhance off-road capability. In other words, the Land Cruiser comes only as one fully loaded model. The luxuries include HDD navigation with Entune multi-media system, JBL audio, a rear-seat entertainment system, rear spoiler, rain-sensing wipers, center-console cooler, headlight washers. leather-trimmed steering wheel, multi-information display, voice controls, and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity.
Toyota updated Land Cruiser's styling for 2013, with revisions to the grille, headlamps, taillamps, exterior moldings and mirrors. The changes were relatively subtle, calculated to maintain the Land Cruiser's iconic look, which is the reason Land Cruisers never look dated or go out of style. There have been no further changes for 2014.
The Land Cruiser features all-terrain capability, with a brilliantly designed suspension that enhances performance on irregular terrain yet does not compromise cornering or braking on paved roads. Land Cruiser owners enjoy an exceptionally secure, comfortable SUV that can make extreme use seem routine. Land Cruiser's body-on-frame construction provides rugged durability for hard use off-highway.
Land Cruisers are high-quality vehicles built in small volumes in Japan alongside Lexus vehicles at Toyota's flagship manufacturing facilities. Used Land Cruisers are scarce and command high prices.
The 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser ($78,755) comes standard with four-zone automatic climate-control, including rear climate-control system with air filter and dust and pollen filtration mode; perforated leather seats with 10-way driver and eight-way front passenger power-adjustment, plus heat and ventilation; tumbling, foldable and reclining 40/20/40 three-section split second-row seat with fore/aft slide; folding 50/50 third-row seat with headrests; eight-inch touchscreen control of Premium HDD Navigation, Entune, and 14-speaker JBL 605-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA system with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, USB port with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability and audio streaming; rearview camera; four-spoke leather-wrapped power tilt and telescoping steering wheel with memory and audio, telephone, and voice-recognition controls; power door locks and windows, including power rear quarter windows; Smart Key keyless entry; HomeLink; variable intermittent front and rear wipers and washers; cruise control; 12 cup holders; combination meter with Optitron electroluminescent instrumentation; tilt/slide power glass moonroof with sunshade and one-touch open/close operation with jam protection; auto-dimming rear view mirror with compass; multi-information display; Multi-terrain Monitor with selectable front, side or rear views; rear-seat DVD entertainment system with 9-inch display, RCA jacks, remote, and two wireless headphones; rear window defogger; digital outside temperature display; Intuitive Park Assist (back-up sonar).
Safety features that come standard include multi-terrain ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; VSC electronic stability control with cutoff switch; Active Traction Control (A-TRAC); dual-stage advanced airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags and front knee airbags for driver and front passenger; second-row seat-mounted side airbags; three-row roll-sensing side-curtain airbags with roll-sensing cutoff switch; and a tire-pressure monitoring system. The standard Pre-Collision System is designed to detect other vehicles and obstacles in the Land Cruiser's path, and to optimize the restraining performance of the front passenger seatbelts if a collision is imminent.