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2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser was new.


Performance: 8.4

Many reviewers say the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser's V8 engine is powerful and refined, though it isn't very fuel efficient. The Land Cruiser has a composed, comfortable ride, most auto writers report, though some others say its ride is rough over broken roads. A few critics report the steering is nicely weighted, making the Land Cruiser surprisingly maneuverable for its size. The Land Cruiser has a higher towing capacity than many SUVs in the class, and test drivers agree it is exceptionally capable off road.

  • "It's empowering to know your vehicle could handle virtually any terrain in the world, and the Land Cruiser has the added appeal of being quiet, comfortable and surprisingly swift on the pavement." -- AutoTrader
  • "Ultimately, the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser excels at going where most other SUVs would rightly fear to tread, and it could make for a capable vehicle for towing as well." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Land Cruiser is equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The Land Cruiser, with a maximum towing capacity of 8,100 pounds, can tow larger loads than many luxury large SUVs. According to the EPA, the Land Cruiser earns 13/18 mpg city/highway, which is subpar for the class.

The V8 engine delivers ample power and authoritative acceleration, according to reviewers. A few reviewers note the V8's poor fuel efficiency. The new eight-speed automatic transmission is refined and makes good use of the engine, some critics report.

  • "On the pavement, the Land Cruiser is an endearing brute. The throaty V8 certainly helps; it's pretty amazing how much get-up-and-go this SUV has." -- AutoTrader
  • While it does nothing to improve the V8's dismal fuel economy, the new 8-speed automatic improves drivability and smoothness." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Even the 5.7-liter V8 seems subdued, at least until you step hard on the gas pedal, whereupon you'll be greeted by a pleasing rumble. This year's new eight-speed automatic should incrementally help improve acceleration, but 15 mpg combined continues to be disappointing." -- Edmunds
  • "It's a tremendous power plant that sends the mammoth Land Cruiser off the line faster than an SUV of this type ought to go." -- Cars.com (2013)

Handling and Braking

Most critics report the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser has a smooth, composed ride on pavement, even over broken surfaces. Still, a few others say rough roads make the Land Cruiser's ride unpleasant. The power steering system is well-weighted and accurate, according to some automotive journalists, and they add that despite the Land Cruiser's large size, it is easy to maneuver.

  • "Toyota's 2016 Land Cruiser's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System delivers maximum off-road capability while simultaneously ensuring travel over paved surfaces returns a comfortable and controlled ride." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The variable-ratio steering has good feel and "quickens" the farther you get off-center, and that, combined with a fairly tight turning radius, results in good maneuverability for such a large vehicle." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "To be fair, the Land Cruiser's smooth, easy ride makes it pretty agreeable for urban adventures. If your dream is to power through potholes with barely a ripple from below, the Cruiser's long-travel suspension has got you covered." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Over smooth stretches, the Land Cruiser seems to glide along nicely, like a Lexus LX 570. Road noise is muted and everything is tranquil. Hit rougher patches, though, and the suspension will begin to pitch the SUV back and forth rather severely." -- Cars.com (2013)


The 2016 Land Cruiser comes standard with full-time four-wheel drive, a locking center differential, an adjustable suspension and reinforced skid plates. Multi-terrain Select, which adjusts driving dynamics for varying types of trails, as well as Crawl Control, which automatically manages throttle and brakes to let drivers focus on steering, are also standard.

The Land Cruiser is well-equipped to tackle tough off-road terrain, according to auto writers.

  • "Off the pavement the Land Cruiser is hard to beat, with its ample ground clearance and long-travel suspension that's capable of conquering everything from muddy trails to skull-sized rocks." -- Edmunds
  • "Although many SUVs have moved to lightweight unit bodies, the Land Cruiser clings to its body-on-frame construction. This design permits impressive articulation from the fully independent suspension, not to mention the rigidity required for the type of undulation produced by hard-core off-roading." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Off-road performance is excellent thanks to good ground clearance, low-range gearing, a locking center differential and a number of driving aids." -- AutoTrader
  • "Its rugged body-on frame design means the Land Cruise[r] is something of an anachronism - the vast majority of SUVs have switched to lighter and more fuel-efficient unibody construction - but also makes it one of the most capable off-roading vehicles of all time." -- Left Lane News (2015)

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