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2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser sits near the top of our luxury large SUV rankings. Its well-built cabin offers quality materials and lots of standard features. The Land Cruiser also has exceptional off-road capabilities. If there’s a flaw, it's cargo space – most class rivals offer more.

Pros & Cons

  • Incredible off-road ability
  • Potent V8 engine
  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Less cargo space than rivals

New for 2016

  • Eight-speed automatic transmission replaces six-speed
  • Updated infotainment system
  • New standard safety and tech features




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Overview

Is the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser a Good Used SUV?

The 3-row 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is a good SUV. It has a comfortable ride over paved roads and outstanding off-road capabilities when the trail begins. The Land Cruiser also comes with a full range of high-tech driver assistance and convenience features.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 49 professional evaluations for this 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser?

You can expect to pay between $57,000 and $69,900 for a used 2016 Land Cruiser based on the 27 listings on our site for this vehicle. The average list price is $64,000. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Cost to Own?

Estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Land Cruiser are $31,633. This is less than you can expect to pay for many other 2016 luxury large SUVs. The 2016 Lexus LX, for example, has estimated upkeep costs of $33,472 over five years; the 2016 Infiniti QX80 will cost $33,713; and the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL will cost $39,282.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Land Cruiser?

There are no major changes between the 2016 and 2018 Land Cruiser models. The new Land Cruiser, however, has a starting price of $84,215. That’s about $20,000 more than you’ll pay for the average 2016 Land Cruiser. Save your money and stick with the 2016.

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If you want a new SUV for the price of a used Land Cruiser, consider a new 2018 Toyota Sequoia Limited trim. It’s not a luxury vehicle, but it has much more legroom in the second and third rows. It also has about 50 percent more overall cargo space. Best of all, it starts at $15,000 less than the average 2016 Land Cruiser. For luxury alternatives, consider dropping down a class. There, you’ll find the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar (starting at $49,900). It has decent off-road capabilities and an upscale interior. If you don’t need to go off road, consider the 2018 Acura MDX or the 2018 Audi Q7. Both have starting prices that are at least $14,000 less than the Land Cruiser’s.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser?

The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser has a reliability rating of four out of five, which is above average for the industry.

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2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Recalls

As of this writing, the 2016 Land Cruiser has two recalls. The first deals with the incorrect installation of air bags, while the second involves an incorrect load capacity label that could lead you to overload the Land Cruiser. Before buying, make sure these issues have been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Land Cruiser Is Best?

The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is part of a generation that started with the 2008 model. You can save a significant amount of money and get most of the 2016’s features by purchasing a 2013, 2014, or 2015 Land Cruiser. In fact, the 2013 model can save you almost $20,000. The 2016 Land Cruiser may be worth the extra money, though; it received an updated infotainment system, several standard safety features, and significant exterior styling changes. It also replaced the six-speed automatic transmission with an eight-speed automatic. The 2017 model offers no new additions.

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Which Used Toyota Land Cruiser Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is available in just one well-equipped trim.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Land Cruiser?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration don’t often crash test large luxury SUVs. This held true for the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser.

The Land Cruiser comes standard with a healthy amount of active safety features, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser or 2016 Land Rover Range Rover?

If you want an off-road-capable SUV but don’t need a third row of seats, consider the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover. It has a posh cabin, strong engines, agile handling, and a comfortable ride. When it comes to features, however, the Land Cruiser is the superior luxury large SUV. It includes many more active safety features, has a better infotainment system, and earns a higher reliability score. Both are solid SUVs. Your needs will determine which is best for you.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser or 2016 Lexus LX?

The 2016 Lexus LX is essentially the Lexus-branded version of the Toyota Land Cruiser. It has outstanding off-road abilities and a similar powertrain (a V8 engine with just a couple more horsepower). Still, the Land Cruiser bests the LX in features. While both SUVs come with a long list of standard safety and tech features, the Land Cruiser has more, including a dual-screen, rear-seat entertainment system that’s only found in some LX models. Go with the Land Cruiser.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser or 2016 Infiniti QX80?

With up to 95.1 cubic feet, the 2016 Infiniti QX80’s cargo area is one of the largest in the luxury large SUV class. The QX80 also has a powerful engine and agile handling for a vehicle of its size, and it can tow a few hundred more pounds than the Land Cruiser. Still, the Land Cruiser comes with many more standard features than the QX80. This one is a toss-up.

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2016 Land Cruiser Performance

How Does the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Drive?

Equipped with a 381-horsepower V8 engine, the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser moves quickly up a hill or down a highway. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. The Land Cruiser has a poised, smooth ride over most surfaces, and its well-weighted steering makes the large SUV fairly easy to maneuver. The Land Cruiser is exceptionally capable off road.

Does the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Get Good Gas Mileage?

Due to its powerful V8 engine, the Land Cruiser does not get good gas mileage. In fact, the Land Cruiser gets some of the lowest fuel economy estimates in the class: an EPA-estimated 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Towing Capacity

The Land Cruiser’s 8,100-pound towing capacity is one of the highest in the luxury large SUV segment.

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2016 Land Cruiser Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Land Cruiser Seat?

There are eight seats in the 2016 Land Cruiser. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, and heated second-row seats are standard. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, while the second row's sliding feature offers adaptable legroom. However, the third-row seats provide only enough legroom for children.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser?

The Land Cruiser has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats. There's an additional upper tether on the second-row middle seat. There is no LATCH hardware for the third row.

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Features

All interior features in the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser come standard, including quad-zone automatic climate control, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, wireless smartphone charging, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, navigation, a 9-inch touch-screen infotainment system, and the Entune App Suite, which allows access to internet apps like Pandora and Yelp.

Using the Land Cruiser's tech features is straightforward, thanks to the intuitively arranged physical controls. The gauges are big and easily visible.

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2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Dimensions

Toyota Land Cruiser Cargo Space

The 2016 Land Cruiser has 16.1 cubic feet of cargo room behind its third-row seats, 43 cubic feet with these seats folded, and 81.7 cubic feet with both rear rows folded. This is less cargo room than many competitors offer. The Toyota’s third-row seats fold to each side rather than into the floor, greatly reducing the cargo area's usefulness.

2016 Land Cruiser Length and Weight

The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser has a gross vehicle weight rating of 7,385 pounds. Its curb weight is 5,815 pounds. The Land Cruiser is 16.2 feet long.

Where Was the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Built?

The 2016 Land Cruiser was built in Japan.

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