2013 Land Cruiser gets updated design, bunch of standard equipment

In similar fashion to the Range Rover, the Toyota Land Cruiser is a fairly celebrated people carrier for tricky roads, and seeing as 2013 is the car’s 60th anniversary, here comes the expected freshening. Many features which were previously options are now fitted as standard: rear seat DVD system, Bluetooth connectivity, luxurious trim pieces, Toyota’s Etune multimedia system and hard drive (sort of an iPad built into the dash). The Land Cruiser now comes with multiple cameras referred to as the “Multi Terrain Monitor system”, also known as the system that prevents you from running over the dog when parking.

Power still comes from a 381 bhp V8 with 401 ft-lbs of torque, 90% of which happens at 2200 rpm. The best part about the powertrain is that despite costing half of 100 grand, it still runs on regular fuel.

On the off road side of things, the ABS adapts itself to the conditions chosen by the driver, this is also true for the adjustable suspension and traction control. Naturally there is roll control as well. The Land Cruiser still comes with a low range ‘box coupled to a full time four wheel drive system and a Torsen center differential, which defaults to a 60/40 split rear to front, power wise. The new and unique off road feature though is the five speed CRAWL system, which is essentially a hill descent system which helps navigate tricky corners by manipulating the brakes individually.

Toyota’s new Premium HDD Navigation system with Entune and JBL is standard. The system includes an 8-inch touch/spilt-screen with an integrated backup camera display, AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, 14 JBL speakers including subwoofer, SiriusXM Satellite Radio capability (includes three-month trial subscription to XM Select Package); HD Radio with iTunes Tagging, USB port with iPod connectivity and control, vehicle information, hands-free phone capability, phone book access, advanced voice recognition, and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technologyThe freshened Land Cruiser also comes with Toyota’s version of OnStar, a system that can offer roadside assistance or navigation aids.

Thanks to this and copious other options, the Land Cruiser is becoming a much stronger competitor to the Rangey.

– By: Sawyer Sutton