2017 Land Cruiser New Car Test Drive
Even with the 2016 restyle, the bulbous Land Cruiser sticks to its massive chrome front grille from the nineties. If you want to put a positive spin on it, you can say it's true to the past.
The rear is less distinctive, which is to say not distinctive at all. If you want to put a positive spin on it, you can say it's rare, because you're not likely to see another new Land Cruiser on the road this day.
There are not options, but the supple and fragrant semi-aniline leather upholstery comes in two colors, saddle or black. The level of luxury drops with hard plastic trim here and there on the doors and dash, along with fake wood. It doesn't look fake, but for 85 grand you' think Toyota could spring for real wood trim. But the plastic is a reminder that most Land Cruisers aren't intended for luxury buyers, but rather hard duty in wars and stuff.
The cabin has an exceptionally high degree of comfort and utility, but lacks flair. The center console is chilled, so you can keep your water cool during desert battles. During the breaks in fighting you can watch movies in the back seat, on two 11.2-inch high-resolution screens.
The dashboard is vertical and not deep, like the truck that it is. The controls are grouped well, with a complement of buttons and knobs to for the modes of four-wheel drive.
The Entune infotainment includes HD and satellite radio, as well as Pandora integration, with the sound coming through the JBL Synthesis sound system. Entune functions are on a nine-inch touchscreen standing on the dash. They include OpenTable reservations using voice command; a smartphone search through Bing brings info to the screen. The concierge apps seem dubious to us.
The front seats are tall like thrones, heated and air-conditioned The rear seat is a 40/20/40-split bench that slides forward or back. The outside rear seats are also comfortable, and the middle passenger has decent elbow and hip room.
The third-row jump seats fold up against the cargo area, but sacrifice padding to do so. When the third-row passengers complain, remind them they have their own climate control vents and cupholders.
The tailgate drops down like a Land Rover Range Rover, to access the cargo area.