[PHOTOS] Refreshed 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser
It’s that time of year when automakers are releasing 2016 models left, right, and center. The latest model to come out with specifications for the new model year is the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser. The full-size SUV has been continuously sold in the US since 1957, making it one of Toyota’s most recognizable models, and it looks like the 2016 version will be better than ever.
The Land Cruiser has been given a mid-generation refresh for 2016, with updated style from the A-pillar forward, as well as a new rear design and a redesigned interior. Outside, the Land Cruiser has a new grille, bumper, projector-beam LED headlights, LED taillights, chrome molding, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The result isn’t too dissimilar from the Land Rover, suggesting that Toyota is going after the luxury SUV market with this year’s model.
Inside, the 2016 Land Cruiser is fully loaded, with four-zone automatic temperature control, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated perforated leather front seats, push-button start, a power moonroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and spacious seating across three rows. The second row gets heated seats, too. In total, the 2016 Land Cruiser offers an incredible 81.7 cubic feet of space when the second- and third-row seats are folded.
The Land Cruiser also promises the best in entertainment to driver and passengers, with a standard JBL stereo system that includes 14 speakers, Bluetooth, SiriusXM, HD Radio, and voice recognition. There’s also a rear-seat DVD player with two 11.6-inch monitors and separate HDMI input.
Under the hood, the Land Cruiser houses a 381-hp 5.7-liter V8 that generates 401 lb-ft of torque. Unsurprisingly, the engine guzzles gas, with an EPA-estimated 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined. The Land Cruiser also has full-time four-wheel drive, making it drive as well off-road as it does on-road.
Look for the 2016 Land Cruiser to hit dealerships in the third or fourth quarter of 2015.