It was very strange that Toyota did not provide Land Cruiser as a 2012 version and they took place to the 2013 year. For 2014 Toyota Ranch Cruiser we expect to see simply slight modifications just like with the previous years. Those adjusts will be most likely related to the options and basic functions it will provide.
The 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser comes specification with every little thing this year. Previous options like rear-seat entertainment, navigation, warmed and cooled seats– you call it, it’s obtained it. Of course, this $78,000, eight-passenger SUV with go-anywhere four-wheel-drive capacity might not seem to be the sort of straightforward, user-friendly Toyota to which you’re useded, but in fact it’s the sort of automobile that every Toyota aspires to be. It goes all over, does every little thing, yet never flaunts. The Ranch Cruiser is like an Omega Seamaster wrist watch in a discount-store Timex instance.
Since the intro of the FJ40 in 1960, the Ranch Cruiser has actually assumed the sort of cult condition that parallels various other 4×4 tales from Jeep and Land Rover. Like those symbols, the Ranch Cruiser has consistently gone locations normal vehicles can’t tackle and, not surprisingly, the Toyota is additionally proclaimed as the most reliable in this exclusive group.
Certainly, the Ranch Cruiser’s high-end features are reasonably brand-new. Large game seekers travelling with Botswana in 1978 most likely just weren’t viewing The Spy Who Liked Me from a reclining rear seat. But equally Land Rover has relocated upmarket over the years, so as well, has the Land Cruiser. The 2014 Ranch Cruiser showcases items that immediately established the truck up for certain sort of surface, change the rigidity of the stabilizer bars (more body control for sidewalk, much less for off-road) and take control of the accelerator and brakes throughout sluggish, hair-raising off-road maneuvers.
To logical automobile customers, the 2014 Toyota Ranch Cruiser supplies limited allure. Several less expensive crossovers function much better for everyday use, such as the Buick Territory or Infiniti JX35. If you need towing energy, there’s Toyota’s very own Sequoia, or the Ranch Cruiser’s double, the Lexus LX 570, which isn’t that a lot more costly now. And if it’s an apples-to-apples rival you desire, the Ranch Rover LR4 offers outstanding off-roading ability and a much more lavish, spacious cabin. It’s additionally more affordable (though far less dependable).
But you don’t need to be reasonable to cherish the Ranch Cruiser’s significant ability. Whether on a Toyota dealership lot or out while driving, the Land Cruiser is a legend. And that alone is enough to ensure its beauty.
Physical body Styles, Trim Levels, and Alternatives
The 2014 Toyota Ranch Cruiser is an eight-passenger SUV offered in a solitary, totally packed trim level.
Criterion features consist of 18-inch tires, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, automatic xenon headlamps, foglamps, automatic wipers, personal privacy glass, a roofing rack, a sunroof and keyless ignition/entry. Interior attributes include four-zone automated environment control, heated and aerated energy front seats (10-way motorist, eight-way guest), a hot 40/20/40-split 2nd row (sliding, reclining, folding), leather upholstery, a wood-trimmed power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a center console colder box.
Standard digital functions include adaptive trip control, a rearview electronic camera, Lexus Safety Connect emergency communications, a navigation device, a touchscreen user interface, voice control, Bluetooth phone and audio connection, a rear-seat entertainment device and Toyota’s Entune suite of mobile phone app-based solutions. The 14-speaker JBL sound system includes a CD player, satellite radio, HD radio and an iPod/USB sound interface./2014-Toyota-Land-Cruiser-Side.jpg” width=”500″ height=”312″ />
Powertrains and Performance
The 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser comes with a 5.7-liter V8 good for 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic and a full-time four-wheel-drive system are standard. The maximum towing capacity is 8,500 pounds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined.
Besides four-wheel drive, the Land Cruiser comes standard with a locking center differential, the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (adjusts the stabilizer bars for improved on-road handling and off-road capability), Multi-Terrain Select (adjusts the stability and traction control based on different road surfaces), a five-speed crawl control (essentially a low-speed off-road cruise control), hill-start assist (prevents rolling back on hills) and Off-Road Turn Assist (applies brakes to the wheels on the inside in a corner to improve turning response).
In performance testing, the similar Lexus LX 570 went from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, which is quick for an SUV of its size and weight.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front- and second-row side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. Also standard is the Lexus Safety Connect system, which includes automatic collision notification, on-demand roadside assistance, an emergency assistance button and a stolen vehicle locator.
Interior Design and Special Features
The 201 Land Cruiser’s interior is as refined as a Toyota gets, with high-quality materials and excellent fit and finish. It doesn’t quite match its Lexus twin, but certainly comes close. For 2014, the dash eliminates several audio system buttons for a slightly cleaner look, but some may find it complicates functionality.
The cabin can accommodate eight passengers, though the third row really only suits kids because of the flat seat bottom and high floor. Access to the third row is eased via a one-touch tumble-forward second-row seat. Middle-row occupants fare better with more space, a rear-seat entertainment system and a heated seat that slides and reclines.
With the rear seats in place, cargo space is 16 cubic feet. That’s about the same capacity as a midsize car’s trunk, but ultimately less useful since the Land Cruiser’s space is vertical rather than horizontal. The third-row seats do not fold down, nor are they removable. Instead, they fold up against the sides of the cargo bay and still consume space. Consequently, the Cruiser’s maximum cargo capacity is modest at 82 cubic feet, a relatively small figure for a large SUV.
As with previous Toyota Land Cruisers, the 2014 model has excellent off-road capability and still delivers a thoroughly comfortable ride on urban streets. It is also a technological tour de force. When exploring the untamed wilds, high-tech features like Multi-Terrain Select and crawl control take much of the worry out of the hands (or feet) of the driver. Just select what type of terrain you’re driving on, then dial in the desired speed (as low as 1 mph), keep your feet off the gas and brake pedals and steer in the desired direction.
In the more maddening wilds of the urban jungle, the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser behaves like the civilized luxury SUV it’s intended to be, soaking up bumps with composure and insulating driver and passengers from the outside world. On a mountain road en route to the ski slopes, the Land Cruiser remains relatively flat through corners, the KDSS active antiroll bars helping the heavy SUV feel surprisingly confident. Performance is also strong, with the 5.7-liter V8 furnishing plenty of thrust for passing, towing or effortless freeway cruising — at the expense of fuel economy, of course.
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