The Land Cruiser has come a long way from its utilitarian roots over the last fifty years. Even more impressively, it’s done so without sacrificing its rugged genetics. Long-time Toyota fans will appreciate the design that pays homage to the generations of Land Cruisers from the past, as well as the legendary unstoppability that comes with its powertrain. And everyone will appreciate the modern technology that comes standard with new Toyota models.
Powertrain and Performance
When you choose the Land Cruiser, you’re choosing performance, plain and simple. The 2020 Land Cruiser is offered with a single engine option: the veteran 5.7-liter V8 that’s served it so well in the past. And with 381 horsepower and 401 pounds-feet of torque, we’re not complaining.
With the standard Trailer Towing Package, the Land Cruiser can pull a trailer up to 8,100 pounds. This kit includes an engine oil cooler as well as a connector and sub-wiring harness to enable a trailer-brake controller. The cutting-edge Trailer Sway Control makes hauling a breeze, using Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) to help counteract the trailer’s sway.
The 2020 Land Cruiser also facilitates off-road adventures with its Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS). Off-road enthusiasts accustomed to disconnecting the suspension stabilizer bars to increase wheel articulation (a complex and often dangerous proposition) will breathe a sigh of relief as the system makes such dirty work unnecessary. The KDSS hydraulically adjusts lean resistance for off-road driving to minimize wheel lift and can help reduce body lean on the pavement by up to 50 percent.
Features and Trims
There’s no risk of the paradox of choice when it comes to the Land Cruiser’s single exceptionally well-equipped trim. Instead of restricting premium features to packages or options, the Land Cruiser comes fully equipped with a wide variety of features, including:
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start
- Auto-dimming rearview and side mirrors
- Four-zone automatic climate system
- Refrigerated cooler box
One feature we particularly enjoy is the infotainment system: a lush 9-inch display that provides access to the comprehensive Toyota Entune App Suite and Entune Premium JBL® Audio with an Integrated Navigation system, not to mention Bluetooth® wireless connectivity with Siri® Eyes Free Mode. When the call of the wild gets to be too much for you, enjoy your favorite tunes through an amazing 14-speaker sound system (including subwoofer).
The Land Cruiser features a stylish bumper, grille, and integrated Land Cruiser logo. The design also includes both projector-beam LED low and high beam headlights as well as headlight cleaners.
Inside, the Land Cruiser boasts semi-aniline perforated leather (your choice of black or Terra). The center console also contributes to an aesthetically pleasing modern cockpit. It’s easy to feel confident and in control behind the heated steering wheel—especially with integrated switches for the multi-information display, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and the comprehensive Toyota Safety Sense™ P system (see below). Plus, the multiple configurations of the rear cargo and seating areas (pictured below) mean this interior can pack whatever cargo you need for those off-the-grid excursions.
With the Toyota Safety Sense P system, it’s not just the driver that the Land Cruiser helps protect—in certain situations, the vehicle can also reduce injuries to pedestrians in a collision.
Some of the high-tech safety features that come with Toyota's innovative driver assistance system include:
- Frontal Collision Avoidance, at speeds below 24 mph (including pedestrian protection)
- Frontal Collision Mitigation (also for speeds below 24 mph)
- Lane Departure Alert
- Auto High Beams
- Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
As with every Toyota vehicle, the new Land Cruiser also includes the comprehensive STAR Safety System™, a safety system that includes features like Anti-Lock Brakes, and Vehicle Stability Control to maintain the best possible handling and brake performance. Three-point seatbelts for every seating position and 10 airbags come standard.
Whether you’re looking to spice up your daily commute or take the road less traveled, the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser delivers. Stop in or contact us to test-drive it today at Mills Toyota.
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