The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser will debut at the Chicago Auto Show this month, and it won’t come with any options. That means that every feature, like the rear-seat DVD entertainment system, rain-sensing windshield wipers and heated second-row seats, will be standard.
In its press release, Toyota suggests that the 2013 Land Cruiser will come fully loaded because the optional features are popular, but some automotive writers think Toyota is giving the Land Cruiser so many standard features because its large, off-road SUV isn’t a big seller. “It's an eight-seat, heavy, fuel-gulping SUV during a time when most are out of style, but Toyota just reworked the venerable four-wheel-drive to try to juice its anemic sales,” says USA Today.
In addition to standard equipment that also includes a navigation system, headlamp cleaners, Bluetooth and perforated leather-trimmed, ventilated front seats, the 2013 Land Cruiser also has a refreshed exterior. Toyota has updated the Land Cruiser exterior with a new front grille, headlamps, LED daytime running lights, chrome side molding, side mirrors and tail lamps.
The 2013 Land Cruiser is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. Car reviewers haven’t driven the Land Cruiser yet, but this is the same engine the current Land Cruiser has, so their opinions that the Toyota Land Cruiser is powerful and more refined on city streets than other large luxury SUVs are unlikely to change.
Because the Land Cruiser comes with so many standard features, its price has increased significantly over the 2011 model, which starts at $68,920. The 2013 Land Cruiser will cost $77,955 before destination fees, and goes on sale in February.
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