The Toyota Land Cruiser seems to continue on without any sign of going away, despite the limited demand for this type of SUV. My only guess is that there are just enough buyers to offset the cost of building it, so Toyota sees no reason to give it the old axe just yet. For the 2016 model year, the large, off-road-ready `Yota continues on with a handful of changes, including a revised appearance.
The most obvious changes to the 2016 Land Cruiser are to its front end, is the model is all-new forward of the A-pillar. The hood now features rugged-looking ridges and valleys that add a new sense of toughness to the full-size SUV. The grille is also more striking than ever, as it has thicker bars and a bold surround. As for the headlights, the grille partially strikes through them and they are more squared off than last year’s headlights. The headlights also feature new projector high and low beams, and washers hidden in the Land Cruiser logo.
The rear end underwent some revisions as well. The taillights feature LED lighting and a light-tube design, there is a new full-length chrome applique, and the rear bumper is updated.
The new bits do not stop just with the updated looks, as there are some new tech features as well. Like most 2016 Toyotas, the Land Cruiser gains a new Toyota Safety Sense-P system that adds in front collision assistance, frontal collision mitigation, lane-departure alert, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control. Toyota also tosses in standard blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a rearview camera.
Powering the Land Cruiser is the typical 5.7-liter V-8 that cranks out 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. While the engine is a carryover part, the transmission is a new eight-speed automatic unit that helps in deliver better acceleration. Oddly enough, Toyota also claims that this transmission also improves fuel economy, but the EPA rates it at the 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined that is rated the 2015 model.
Inside the cabin, the changes are very limited. In fact, there is only one change and it is the addition of a new 9-inch touchscreen. Otherwise, the luxurious cabin carries on unchanged.
The 2016 Land Cruiser is available now at a starting price of $83,825.