The Toyota Land Cruiser for 2018 continues delivery of its legendary off-road capability blended near-perfectly with the latest in premium luxury and convenience.
Since 1957 and the arrival of the first Toyota basic utility vehicle in the U.S., the Toyota Land Cruiser has endured and evolved into a top-rated off-road-capable premium luxury SUV while maintaining its focus on performance and capability first.
An iconic off-road legend for over 60 years – the 2018 version is more capable than ever for getting adventuring families where they want to go and back in comfort – with plenty of convenience features to boot.
Rugged Power and Drive Train
Though we focus first on the off-road rugged capability of the power plant and drive train, it is important to note that all of that capability also makes every day driving, when road or weather conditions challenge, easier and safer.
Land Cruiser is powered by a 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) has a manual control feature for additional control navigating steep inclines.
The full-time 4WD system uses a Torsen limited-slip locking differential to distribute torque 40:60 front to rear. It adjusts torque delivery to wheels with the best grip automatically as needed using Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) to adjust throttle and braking to control wheel spin.
The 2-speed transfer case (HI/LO), in LO setting, uses CRAWL Control to manage engine speed output and braking in both forward and reverse. It is assisted by a driver controlled Multi-Terrain Select system that offers five drive setting choices for the driver to use depending on terrain conditions. Settings include a unique MOGUL setting for crawling over extremely uneven terrain.
Land Cruiser also has Hill-Start Assist and Downhill Assist Control and features adaptable steering in two forms. Normal is power-assisted, vehicle speed-sensing, variable gear ratio rack and pinion steering. An Off-Road Turn Assist (available off-road) that tightens the turning radius by applying brake pressure to the inside rear wheel – pivoting the vehicle in the turn direction.
Additional driver assistance is provided by the Multi-Terrain Monitor with selectable front and rear views along with near 360-degree visibility and 5-second front undercarriage projected path video playback.
Aluminum Alloy wheels are 18-inch 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.
Off-Road Adventure Capable
The rugged capability of the Land Cruiser starts with 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. Flexibility of the chassis when off-road is aided by the 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 – 13.9-inch/13.6-inch front/rear.
For those more challenging backcountry adventure terrain conditions, Land Cruiser will ford water up to near 28-inches. Ground clearance is 8.9-inches and is ‘armored’ underneath with steel skid plates protecting front suspension, radiator, fuel tank and transfer case. And, just in case, for hauling someone else out of trouble, it has a tow hooks front and rear.
If you want to bring along some toys or other gear on your adventures, Land Cruiser tows too. The 5.7L V8 delivers 90 percent of maximum torque at just 2,200 rpm. Equipped with an engine oil cooler plus all connections and a harness for a Trailer-Brake Controller, it can tow up to 8,100 pounds safely with Trailer Sway Control supported by Vehicle Stability Control.
Premium Luxury and Convenience
Land Cruiser comes only one way, loaded with all of the premium level convenience features you need.
Features outside 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, Power Tailgate, Intermittent Variable Windshield Wipers with Deicer, Roof Rack, Aluminum Running Boards and more.
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 and second row vents. Leather trimmed second row seating is 40/20/40 with heated outboard positions and have a recline, fold and tumble feature. 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 fold away feature.
Other features 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 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.
2018 Toyota Land Cruiser – as tested
The Toyota Land Cruiser comes in a single price point only – MSRP $84,315. Our test Landcruiser was in a rich Brandywine Mica with a Terra interior accented with Deep Wood trim.
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 2018 Toyota Landcruiser 4WD ‘modern icon’ – ready for both a night on the town or a week in the outback – priced at $87,180.
You can learn more about the venerable Landcruiser by going to https://www.toyota.com/landcruiser/.