Toyota Confirms New Land Cruiser for US

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
toyota confirms new land cruiser for us

Toyota’s facelifted Land Cruiser will reach American shores, the automaker confirmed Tuesday. Toyota lifted the cover off the SUV yesterday in Japan and we reported that Toyota would tell us the same today.

(Oi. We should have stretched before patting ourselves on the back like that.)

The updated Land Cruiser will still sport a 5.7-liter V-8 that produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The engine will now be married to Toyota’s eight-speed automatic (the first Toyota-branded vehicle on our shores to use the gearbox) but oddly, mileage doesn’t improve beyond 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway/15 mpg combined, which were the numbers for this year’s six-speed box.

Toyota’s announcement also includes one of the best lines in press release history:

“Once again, the Toyota Land Cruiser comes in one version: fully equipped and with seating for eight. There are no factory options, and really, none are needed.”

In addition to the facelift and new transmission, the Land Cruiser will sport Toyota’s suite of safety systems including blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian safety systems, front collision mitigation and cross-path alert.

Toyota didn’t specify when the 2016 Land Cruiser would go on sale.

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  • PeriSoft PeriSoft on Aug 18, 2015

    This doesn't look bad, but when it comes to the land, I still think I'd rather rove than cruise.

  • Quentin Quentin on Aug 18, 2015

    I've been eyeing the first of the 200 series LCs. That brutal V8, KDSS. They are around $30k w/ just under 100k miles. It is definitely on my bucket list.

    • Dan Dan on Aug 18, 2015

      I almost bought an 08 with 40 or 50K on it in 2012, for 43K. 46 after taxes. Couldn't talk myself into writing a check that big. Reading that reminds me that somebody drove IMO the best car that you can buy at any price, for 3 years and 50 or 60,000 miles, while it was still new enough to probably need nothing but fluids and tires, and it depreciated all of 15 grand. In other words, about as much as leasing a rental upgrade grade Kia. Yeah insurance, yeah 14 mpg, yeah I'm still kicking myself for walking away from it. Some day.

  • Cartunez Cartunez on Aug 19, 2015

    They are great beast to have. I just traded my 2013 Landcruiser for a 2015 Thundra Platinum. It was like driving it for free for the most part. Only oil changes and 17.5 mpg no matter how hard I drove it. I would probably go back once the next major redesign hits.

  • Dsemaj Dsemaj on Aug 19, 2015

    I'll never frigging understand why people love the Landcruiser for use in the city. It feels MASSIVE to drive around, like you're lumbering around in a small apartment complex. They're mostly driven by vapid housewives, and I have no idea how. I've driven some big cars, but driving a 100 Series Landcruiser in heavy traffic was like threading an elephant through the head of a needle. I'm not denying it's supremacy off road, I just don't understand why you'd want to drive something this big, this thirsty or this numb around town.