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Overall: The eight-passenger Land Cruiser is even more removed from its ancestors after Toyota’s 2016 major makeover inside and out; dripping with luxury and a $4,000 increase.

Drivetrain: Toyota’s 5.7-liter V8 kicks out 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque; four-wheel-drive helps get you anywhere you want to go and an 8,500-pound towing capacity means you can take your toys with you.

While Jaguar and Bentley are the latest additions to the ridiculously busy luxury sport-utility-vehicle market, Toyota has been in the game for much longer. After more than 50 years as the company’s top-gun off-roader, the Land Cruiser is its most expensive tall wagon, which uses body-on-frame construction that’s shared with its up-market Lexus LX 570 relation. For 2016, Toyota is giving the Land Cruiser a much-deserved upgrade inside and out. You certainly will instantly spot the new grille and the bright full LED headlights, light-emitting-diode (LED) running lights, a reshaped hood and bigger fenders. Thrust comes via a carryover 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8, although a new eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the six-speed. Despite the extra two cogs, fuel-economy rating remains just 13/18 mpg (city/highway), but if you’re in need of large off-road hauler, fuel consumption might be a secondary issue, anyway. Full-time four-wheel-drive with a boulder-crawling low range is standard as is a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System that basically varies the stiffness of the anti-roll bars depending on whether you’re lumbering through rush-hour traffic or need things loosened up a lot for severe off-roading. Other rough-and-tumble technologies include a crawl-control mode that sets the throttle in one of five positions (used when the transfer case of the standard 4×4 system is switched to low range). This allows the driver to focus on the terrain and the activity of driving without having to pay much attention to the throttle. To slow down, just tap the brake pedal, and to speed back up, release it. Other technology includes trailer sway control, a rapid-start electric heating system (standard equipment) with 28 vents as well as four-zone climate control. The Land Cruiser is obviously equipped to coddle with information displays, radar-based cruise control, heated and cooled front-row seats (leather all around), power sunroof, 14-speaker premium audio system and a new center console that incorporates a cooler, cupholders and USB plugs for your personal devices. Rear-seat passengers will enjoy a standard entertainment system with dual 10-inch screens, while up front there’s a new nine-inch multimedia system. There are 10 airbags including second-row side-impact protection and knee-blocker airbags for the driver and front passenger.ker airbags for the driver and front passenger.

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