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“KDSS is Toyota’s way of softening roll stiffness”
Car and Driver
“fitted with a proper transfer case”
“four-zone climate system with twenty-eight air vents”
“frame is considerably stiffer than before”
The 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser is packed with features that make it supremely capable and comfortable.
A number of go-anywhere features set the Land Cruiser apart from its luxurious SUV competition. “Unlike many SUVs on the market today,” says Motor Trend, “the Land Cruiser is fitted with a proper transfer case.” In conjunction with a Torsen limited-slip locking center differential, a live axle in the rear, a “stout new frame with fully boxed sections and no fewer than eight crossmembers,” KDSS (adjust roll stiffness on the fly), and CRAWL (foot-free crawling over rough terrain), the Land Cruiser’s off-road capabilities are prodigious.
“Gizmos and abbreviations abound,” says Car and Driver, speaking of the Land Cruiser’s standard HAC, VSC, EBD, A-TRAC, and DAC. In order as mentioned, that would be Hill Assist Control, Vehicle Stability Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Active-TRAC, and Downhill Assist Control. Some of these systems help keep the Land Cruiser on the road (VSC, EBD), while the others help it perform flawlessly off.
Edmunds points out “there is only one trim level.” In addition to an over-equipped chassis, Automobile notes that “the rest of the Land Cruiser is equally overdone,” and Car and Driver states “every convenience item known to the driving public has been integrated.” Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, power and heated front seats, leather upholstery, four-zone automatic climate control, a 14-speaker JBL audio system with a six-CD changer and auxiliary audio jack, a sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless ignition, and parking sensors. The Upgrade Package includes items like a rear-seat entertainment system with 9-inch screen, a nav system with Bluetooth and backup camera, heated second-row seats, and a center console refrigerated compartment.
Everything but the proverbial kitchen sink (not enough cargo room for it) is included in, on, and under the 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser.