A Sneak Peek of the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser

The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser offers comfort, safety and full-time four-wheel drive for a quality package. This vehicle has found a reliable market in over 180 countries worldwide. This vehicle comes standard with numerous amenities that guarantee comfort and style satisfaction for the most particular owner.

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Exterior

The Land Cruiser is available in several attractive colors, including Classic Silver Metallic, Sonora Gold Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Amazon Green Metallic, Salsa Red Pearl, Blizzard Pearl and Black. Interior colors are available in black and sandstone.

Standard exterior features include High Intensity Discharge headlights featuring automatic level control, automatic on/off, headlight cleaners and an integrated Land Cruiser logo to give them style. It also has fog lights, LED tail and stoplights with an integrated logo, heated automatic dimming exterior mirrors with memory features, 18-in. five-spoke alloy wheels, rain-sensing aerodynamic windshield wipers and an intermittent rear wiper. Other features include a windshield wiper de-icer, tinted glass on the back end, quarter and liftgate windows. A roof rack, back spoiler, front and back frame-mounted tow hooks and skid plates are installed. The vehicle’s transfer case add more storage capability, style and protection to an already quality package.

Interior standard features also scream luxury. These include a 4-zone auto front and back climate control that has an air filter with allergen filtration mode. Also, the driver, front passenger and rear-seat passengers can choose separate temperatures to ride in their own personal ideal comfort. A premium HD Navigation system that includes Toyota’s Entune system, an 8-in. touch-screen, 14 speakers (including a subwoofer) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio capability are just the start of the interior luxury features.

The Entune system provides access to Bing and iheartradio for the ability to purchase tickets for a movie or make dinner reservations. This entertainment system also gives occupants the chance to listen to Pandora, while the XM Data services included in the Land Cruiser package provides access to traffic, weather, stocks and fuel cost information. With a 24.6 gallon fuel tank and a projected 13 miles per gallon for city driving and 18 mpg for highway travel, some forethought to fuel purchases can be a worthwhile endeavor.

Other features that make the Land Cruiser a truly admirable cruising machine are the multi-terrain monitor, with the choice of front, side or rear views. The perforated leather trim on all eight vehicle seating positions, multi-stage heated and ventilated front seats, a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, 8-way adjustable passenger seat and the two-level center console with a cooler box make this a comfortable ride. There are also 12 cup and container holders throughout the vehicle, front and backsub door storage pockets and maplights in both the front and second rows. Three 12V cigarette power outlets, two in the front and one in the back cargo area, keep all necessary electronics able to access power when required.

The multi-information display in the Land Cruiser includes the ability to select multiple terrains, view the shifter’s position, present and mean fuel economy information, average speed, steering wheel orientation and information from the parking assist sonar.

The standard entertainment system in the Land Cruiser boasts 14-speakers featuring a subwoofer, along with SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a 3-month complementary subscription, High Definition Radio with iTunes, and a USB port featuring iPod compatibility. This vehicle also features a cutting edge voice recognition system and the ability to stream music through built-in Bluetooth technology. The eight-inch touch-screen with split screen capacity and integrated backup camera display increases the standards for visuals in the Toyota models. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system keeps back seat passengers happy with a nine-inch display, while a remote and two wireless headphones keep other passengers out of the loop as necessary.

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Interior

The 5.7-litre DOHC V-8 engine has two independent variable valve trimmings with intelligence, and the six-speed electronically maintained auto transmission also has intelligence. These features help optimize fuel use and vehicle performance without additional effort from the driver.

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Engine

The full-time four-wheel drive with Active Traction Control and Torsen limited-slip differential with a locking feature begin the impressive list of performance and safety features included in the Land Cruiser repertoire. Other safety features include the Star Safety System, drive and front passenger active headrests and an active seatbelt pretensioning system. 3-point seatbelts at all seating positions and an automatic/emergency locking retractor on ever occupants’ belts are standard on every model. The driver’s seat has an emergency locking retractor as well. There are movable front and middle-row outboard seatbelt anchors, child protector rear doorlocks and a power window lockout. The vehicle includes the driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, operator and front passenger seat-installed side airbags, knee airbags and all-row Roll-Sensing side curtain airbags.

A tire pressure monitor system, front and back parking assist sonar, a collision warning system, an off-road turning assist system, a trailer-centering system, and a Hill Start Assist Control up the ante slightly to provide comfort for drivers and passengers of the Land Cruiser. Ventilated disc brakes and a multi-terrain four-wheel drive ABS with Electronic Braking Distribution and brake assist also make for safer driving in all conceivable conditions. The mud-and-snow-rated, steel-belted radial Blackwall tires don’t hurt either when it comes to inclement weather or tortuous winter conditions in some notable countries.

Its advanced suspension system, with independent double-wishbone front suspension and four-link rear suspension, both with coil springs and a stabilizer bar, create a great base for off-road experience. That, coupled with the Crawl Control and aforementioned Off-Road Turn Assist, guarantee the adventures where the path is left behind are manageable and memorable at the same time.

Cargo volume in the Land Cruiser is also a notable factor when considering a purchase. Behind the third row alone, there is 16.1 cu. ft. of space. With the third row folded, that area increases to 43 cu. ft., while folding the second row and removing the third row altogether allows for an impressive 81.7 cu. ft. This means a great area for the camping gear or luggage for simple trips and a great amount of space for any major excursions that require a significant amount of paraphernalia.

Base price for the Land Cruiser is $78,255.  For the best savings, search for used cars.