2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Driving Impressions

The V8 engine is brawny and has a mean growl, with its 401 pound-feet of torque available way down low for towing. The Land Cruiser can accelerate from zero to sixty in 6.7 seconds, awesome for a vehicle weighing nearly three tons. The eight-speed automatic transmission is Toyota’s own and mates smoothly with the engine.

The body-on-frame construction is rugged. The front suspension is independent, but the rear uses a solid axle, unlike most competitors including the Cadillac Escalade.

The Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System uses very thick anti-roll bars that hydraulically disconnect to allow wheel articulation off-road. In the curves, the Land Cruiser doesn’t show the body roll that might be expected, and although the steering isn’t very communicative, it’s confident in corners. The fat brakes stop this beast well. That wasn’t always true with Land Cruisers.

The Land Cruiser is even better off-road than on the highway. It has 9.5 inches of suspension travel, a 30-degree approach angle, a low range in the transfer case, and a locking center differential that can send up to 70 percent of the power to the rear wheels. The stability control is electronically joined with the offroad program, while hill descent control and hill start assist are standard.

But there’s more. CRAWL control has five modes for throttle and braking for different surfaces such as mud, rocks, sand, or snow. Off-Road Turn Assist dabs the rear brakes to turn the rig more sharply in tight situations.

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