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2007 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV - Overview

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Overview

What's New
A new testing method results in the Land Cruiser's V-8 engine power ratings dropping slightly to 265 hp and 310 lb.-ft., though actual engine output is unchanged. The Land Cruiser received a host of improvements for 2006, including styling tweaks and increased engine power, and is unchanged for 2007.

Overview
The Land Cruiser is the oldest nameplate in the Toyota family, having been part of the Japanese automaker's lineup since it started selling cars in the United States in 1957. The current version of the Land Cruiser dates from 1998. Though the Land Cruiser is now Toyota's top-of-the-range sport utility vehicle, it hasn't forgotten its roots as a capable off-road vehicle. Body-on-frame construction, a two-speed transfer case, full-time four-wheel-drive, skid plates, and an optional height-adjustable suspension make it an extraordinarily capable vehicle for off-highway use. The Land Cruiser even features an active steering system that changes the steering ratio (how far the front wheels turn in response to the steering wheel) based on vehicle speed, selecting a lower ratio for easier, slow-speed maneuvering and a higher ratio for more relaxed steering at highway speeds. Should the standard electronic stability control system be triggered, as could happen in a sudden swerve, the system automatically selects a higher steering ratio to help compensate for driver over-reaction.

Though the Land Cruiser remains popular and is used for many purposes around the world, here in the United States it is a luxury vehicle and is equipped accordingly: leather-lined seating for 7 (the front seats are heated and power adjustable), automatic headlights, a JBL stereo with a 6-disc CD changer, a power glass sunroof, and automatic headlights are all standard, as are anti-lock brakes with emergency braking assist, traction control, and electronic stability control. Options include two-row side curtain air bags, a GPS navigation system, a backup camera, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. The Land Cruiser's warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for 3 years or 36,000 miles and powertrain coverage for 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Competition
The Toyota Land Cruiser competes in the Large Premium Utility segment, which consists of 13 models. Buyers in this segment look for exterior styling, performance, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM

The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Cadillac Escalade (39,017 units sold), Lincoln Navigator (23,947), and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (18,776) in its first year on the market. The Toyota Land Cruiser sold 3,376 units in 2006, a decrease of 30.7 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Premium Utility segment include the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Cadillac Escalade ESV, HUMMER H2, Land Rover Range Rover, and Infiniti QX-Series. Joining the segment in 2007 are the Lincoln Navigator L and two Mercedes-Benz models-the G-Class and GL-Class.

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