BY H. THROTTLE
Enjoyed the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser during the snowstorm last week. During bad inclement weather, these all-wheel-drive larger SUVs really are safe and secure. This Land Cruiser is the ultimate in safety and all-weather features that make it worth the suggested retail price of $84,960.
Over 6,000 lbs, this vehicle boasts a 381 horsepower V8 engine that merges with a sequential eight-speed transmission. This is a vehicle for work, recreation and family outings with a load of camping equipment or pulling a boat or trailer.
Last week when the temperature showed 22 degrees, the defroster quickly melted off the windshield ice and snow.
The outdoor mirrors melted quickly, and the steering wheel heat felt good on cold hands. The heated seats quickly warmed lower body parts.
The very best features of this luxury SUV is the ride on what is described as a Kinetic dynamic suspension system, and it is truly dynamic in comfort while riding on the spacious leather seats. This is no doubt the most comfortable ride in the industry.
Along with the smooth ride, the advanced radar system controls the vehicle speed but slows and increases speeds automatically in traffic. No more having to hit the brake pedal to stop the cruise control speeds.
The trunk space is large and has more fold down seating with a partial latch separating the trunk lid with automatic open and close controls.
Running boards allow shorter folks and children easy access to front and rear seats.
The premium sounds system is unique with 18 speakers and superior music with SiriusXM.
The nine-inch screen is easy to control from the series of control buttons and large easy dial knobs for sound controls.
The full-picture on the Land Cruiser is that it really is a land cruiser with comfortable air float ride, radar control cruise control, the full Toyota Safety Sense program with pedestrian and rear cross traffic monitor cameras.
With the size, weight and V8 engine fuel economy averages around 15mpg. That is lower than some of the smaller SUVs on the market but there is something to be said about the luxury and safety of this full-size Toyota Land Cruiser.
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