The Toyota Land Cruiser has been refreshed for the 2016 model year with an updated front fascia, new rear taillights, and some minor tweaks to the cabin and dashboard. There's also a new eight-speed automatic transmission that improves acceleration. A true SUV with serious off-road capabilities and plush amenities, the Land Cruiser is delivers an upscale experience in a mainstream package.

Pricing and Equipment

The eight-passenger Toyota Land Cruiser comes in just one one trim level with a starting price of $83,825. There aren't any factory-installed options -- instead, buyers get a lengthy list of standard features like: semi-aniline perforated leather upholstery; heated and ventilated front seats; a dual-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system; and an array of skid plates. The only thing you'll need to choose are exterior and interior colors.

Performance Pros

Toyota Land Cruiser Side

The sole engine is a 5.7-liter V8 with 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to a full-time four-wheel-drive system with active traction control and a limited-slip differential.

  • Ability to tow up to 8,100 pounds.
  • Quick acceleration reaching 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
  • Full-time four-wheel-drive system with crawl control, hill-start assist, and off-road turn assist helps the driver quickly adapt to different terrains and road surfaces for sure-footed traction.

Performance Cons

  • Handling on-road tends to wallow with excessive body dive and roll on braking and turns.
  • Poor fuel economy of just 13 mpg city and 18 mpg city.

Interior Pros

  • High-quality cabin and dashboard materials with excellent fit and finish.
  • Excellent front seat comfort and support.
  • User-friendly controls and infotainment system.

Interior Cons

  • Third-row seats are very short on legroom -- only 28.3 inches -- and have a low bottom cushion. They also take up precious cargo space since they don't collapse into the floor, instead folding to either side of the rear bay.
  • Maximum cargo capacity remains modest at 81.7 cubic feet even when second- and third-row seats are folded.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Toyota Land Cruiser interior

Despite its sheer heft, the Land Cruiser delivers exceptional off-road capability, keeping its composure and offering a five-speed crawl control system that aids traction over loose or slippery terrain and in steep inclines/declines.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The dismal efficiency of the Land Cruiser -- 18 mpg on the highway is disconcerting in 2016 -- will quickly deplete even its massive fuel tank.