Land Cruiser legend continues with solid blend of ruggedness and refinement
The Toyota Land Cruiser for 2019 continues to deliver iconic off-road capability blended near-perfectly with the latest in premium luxury and convenience – able to haul up to eight and their gear anywhere they want to go.
A legend for well over 60 years, Land Cruiser arrives in 2019 with what it has always done best – offering a near perfect blend of rugged off-road capability, premium amenities and comfort for discriminating buyers.
Drive Train for every condition
Land Cruiser is powered by Toyota’s venerable 5.7L DOHC V8 engine producing 381 horsepower with 401 lb.-ft. of torque. The 8-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission with Intelligence ((ECT-i) and manual control navigating challenging terrain.
The full-time 4WD system features a Torsen limited-slip locking differential that distributes torque 40:60 front to rear. Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) adjusts throttle and braking to control wheel spin delivering torque to the wheels with best grip.
The 2-speed (HI/LO) transfer case has CRAWL Control to manage engine speed output and braking in both forward and reverse when in LO. The driver controlled Multi-Terrain Select system offers five terrain-specific drive settings. Included is a unique MOGUL setting for crawling over extremely uneven terrain. Land Cruiser also has Hill-Start Assist and Downhill Assist Control.
Adaptable steering includes NORMAL – a power-assisted, vehicle speed-sensing, variable gear ratio rack and pinion steering for every day. An Off-Road Turn Assist feature tightens the turning radius by applying brake pressure to the inside rear wheel – pivoting the vehicle in the turn direction on rugged terrain.
Driver visibility to the trail is enhanced by a Multi-Terrain Monitor with selectable front and rear views along with near 360-degree visibility and 5-second front undercarriage projected path video playback.
Gripping the road are 18-inch Aluminum Alloy wheels mounted with P285 /60R18 mud and snow tires. A full-size spare is included. Notably the Tire Pressure Monitoring system monitors all five tires at all times so that an adventuring family is not stranded finding their spare tire is unexpectedly flat when needed.
The rugged capability of the Land Cruiser rests on its high-strength steel body-on-frame construction, independent double wishbone suspension with coil springs and stabilizer at the front and 4-link suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar at the rear.
Off-road chassis flexibility is aided by the Toyota Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) that adjusts the resistance of the stabilizer bars as needed in response to the terrain conditions. Braking is a Multi-Terrain 4-wheel anti-lock brake system with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist featuring large ventilated disc brakes.
For the more adventurous, it is good to know that Land Cruiser will ford water up to near 28-inches. Ground clearance is 8.9-inches with steel skid plates protecting front suspension, radiator, fuel tank and transfer case, with tow hooks front and rear – just in case.
Land Cruiser tows too. The 5.7L V8 gets 90 percent of maximum torque at just 2,200 rpm. Equipped with an engine oil cooler, proper tow package, Trailer-Brake Controller harness and Trailer Sway Control, it tows up to 8,100 pounds.
Premium Luxury and Convenience
Land Cruiser comes one way – loaded.
Exterior features include Projector Beam LED Headlights with auto level and auto on/off feature, LED Fog Lights, LED Daytime Running Lights and Stop Lights, Power Heated and Folding Exterior Mirrors with Cameras, Power Tilt/slide Moonroof with Sunshade, Intermittent Variable Windshield Wipers with Deicer, Roof Rack, Aluminum Running Boards and more.
The tailgate for Land Cruiser is distinctively Toyota. It features a power upper hatch that lifts up. The lower section is a traditional manual-lower gate. It enables easy access for cargo and is a favorite of ours.
Inside, there is plenty of room for 8 passengers and lots of gear. Semi-aniline perforated leather front seats are heated and ventilated with 10-way driver and 8-way power passenger power adjust. The center console is bi-level center with a cooler box, USB port and cupholders.
The Leather trimmed second row seating is 40/20/40 with heated outboard positions and feature recline with fold and tumble. They also slide fore and aft 4.1-inches for additional legroom and to provide easier access to the third row.
Third row is 50/50 split with its distinctive Toyota fold-to-side feature – which is also a favorite of ours.
Other elements include, Bright Optitron Instrumentation, Multi-Information display, Smart Key system that includes remote access and Push Button Start, Qi Smartphone Charging, two 12-volt power outlets in the cabin, cargo area 120V AC power outlet, 12 cup and bottle holders and Four Zone Automatic Climate Control with 28 vents and filtration.
Infotainment on Land Cruiser is provided by an Entune Premium JBL Audio with Navigation and Entune App Suite with 14-speakers and subwoofer – all managed though a 9-inch touchscreen with split screen capability. It includes SiriusXM All Access satellite radio, HD Radio, iTunes Tagging, USB port with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone and Bluetooth streaming, Siri Eyes Free and more.
Standard on all Land Cruisers is the comprehensive Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) and Star Safety Systems. TSS-P includes Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Auto High Beams and Dynamic Cruise Control.
2019 Toyota Land Cruiser – as tested
Our test Landcruiser was in Blizzard Pearl with a Terra interior accented with Deep Wood trim with an MSRP of $84,795.
It included the only option package offered – a Rear-Seat Entertainment System ($2,220) complete with two individual 11.6-inch display screens, RCA jacks, HDMI input, remote control and two wireless headphones.
Including delivery, our 2019 Toyota Landcruiser 4WD – ready for both a night on the town or a week in the outback – priced at $88,675.
You can learn more about the venerable Landcruiser by going to https://www.toyota.com/landcruiser/.
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