The Land Cruiser's V-8 engine gets a 40-hp increase in power while achieving Low-Emission Vehicle II (LEV II) standards. New optional Adjustable Height Control and Adaptive Variable Suspension improve both on-road manners and off-road prowess, while a tire pressure-monitoring system improves safety. Styling tweaks include a new grille, headlights, and LED taillights.
From its roots as a jungle-conquering, go-anywhere 4x4, the Land Cruiser has evolved into a benchmark for luxury SUVs. Today's Land Cruiser is a blend of first-class accommodations and serious off-road hardware. Two new suspension options increase the Land Cruiser's abilities both on- and off-pavement. Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) adjusts shock absorber damping rates automatically based on four user-selectable modes, ranging from a soft setting for bumpy roads to a firm setting for heavy loads or high-speed driving. Adjustable Height Control (AHC) allows the driver to increase the height of the vehicle off the ground for greater off-road ground clearance or lower the vehicle for easier loading and unloading.
Inside the cabin, the Land Cruiser boasts standard amenities such as leather interior trim, power-adjustable seats and steering column, a moonroof, heated front seats and side mirrors, and independent front and rear climate control. A 300-watt JBL sound system with in-dash CD changer and controls on the steering wheel is standard. An optional navigation system includes the ability to play DVD movies on the system's 7-inch LCD screen (but only when the transmission is in park). A separate rear DVD system is also on the options list.
The Land Cruiser's engine-a 4.7L V-8 with VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) -gets an increase to 475 hp (up from 435) and 332 lb.-ft. of torque (up from 320). A 5-speed automatic transmission, full-time four-wheel drive with low range, and an electronically locking center differential come standard. Safety equipment centers around Toyota's Star Safety System, which includes electronic vehicle stability control, traction control, and electronic brake-assist systems along with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Side-curtain air bags and a backup camera for viewing objects behind the vehicle are optional.
The Toyota Land Cruiser competes with 10 other models in the Large Premium Utility segment, where luxury appointments, three rows of seating, sophisticated entertainment systems, and towing and off-road ability are more than desirable attributes-they are the price of entry.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM Domestic-badged models occupy the top three positions on the segment sales chart, led by the Cadillac Escalade with 29,876 units sold in calendar year 2005. Next was the Lincoln Navigator (25,844 units sold), followed by the Hummer H2 (16,054). Toyota sold 4,870 Land Cruisers in 2005. Also competing are the Infiniti QX56, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, Lexus LX Series, Hummer H2 SUT, and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.