2013 Toyota Land Cruiser (European model pictured)
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Other new interior features include a multi-terrain monitor with front, side or rear selectable views, a new multi-information display, an eco driving indicator light and zone display, a heated steering wheel, and more power outlets for both DC 12V and AC 120V products.
Power still comes from Toyota’s venerable 5.7-liter V-8 found in other models like the Tundra workhorse. In the Land Cruiser it produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, with 90 percent of that torque making itself available from just 2,200 rpm. Drive is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift mode allowing the driver to select gears manually.
A lightweight, compact transfer case provides full-time four-wheel drive with a low-range 2.618:1 ratio for traversing challenging driving surfaces, such as steep inclines. The system uses a Torsen limited-slip locking center differential to distribute power 40:60 front-to-rear, directing more power to the wheels with the best grip should slippage occur.
The wheels measure 18-inches all ‘round and house a brake system that employs 13.4-inch ventilated discs with four-piston calipers up front and 13.6-inch ventilated discs at the rear.
Safety features include 10 airbags as standard, a multitude of electronic nannies minding the braking, stability and traction systems, as well as a tire pressure monitor system, sonar parking sensors, and Toyota’s new Pre-Collision System designed to detect other vehicles and obstacles and help optimize the restraining performance of the front passenger seatbelts if a collision is imminent.
The starting price on the 2013 Land Cruiser is $77,955, plus $810 in destination charges.