2018 Land Cruiser Review

 

The legendary luxury Toyota Land Cruiser SUV with serious off-road capability is back for 2018. Strong points include a robust towing capacity, smooth ride, a seating configuration for up to eight people, and one fully-equipped trim. Its release date should be expected before this fall.

For 2018, the Land Cruiser gets a new 8-speed auto transmission system, an updated Entune infotainment system, a new dual-screen rear seat entertainment system, Siri Eyes Free, pedestrian detection system, and blind-spot monitoring system.

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With a legion of loyal fans around the world and the unparalleled ability to trace its roots back to 1957, the new and invigorated 2018 Land Cruiser is undoubtedly one of the most sought after SUVs on the road.

While it comes boasting of a powerful V8 engine power, it returns an unwavering 15mpg/combined. Interior wise, however, the vehicle disappoints with its cramped 3rd row seat. Additionally, the price tag is enough to keep many at bay. However, is justified considering what you get.

Other vehicles that would match the equipment and feature list of the Cruiser include the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class for 2018. It combines a diverse powertrain option, a lower MSRP, a luxurious image, a more spacious third row seat, albeit without Toyota’s all-terrain chops. Next formidable choice would be the 2018 Cadillac Escalade, which comes with an upscale appeal. Lastly, you can consider the Land Rover LR4 for 2018, which has the ability to keep going even when the pavement stops, and delivers the same off-road maneuverability and luxury trappings as the Land Cruiser.

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Ultimately, you will realize that the Land Cruiser 2018 is excellent at going where its rivals would find unappealing, and would be your perfect choice for your towing needs.

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2018 Land Cruiser Exterior Pictures & Interior Photo

For 2018, the vehicle comes in a single fully-loaded trim available with a seating configuration for eight people.

Standard equipment to expect include power-folding heated mirrors, 18” wheels, a roof rack, keyless ignition and entry, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, LED headlights, foglights, LED running lights, deep tinted rear privacy glass, LED taillights, automatic wipers, running boards, and a sunroof.

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Interior wise, features available include a perforated leather upholstery, driver memory settings, 50/50-split third row seats, ventilated and heated power front seats, third row vents, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, wood and leather trim, heated 40/20/40-split second row seats, and separate second row controls.

The standard technology features available include a “multi-terrain monitor,” adaptive cruise control, a dual-screen rear seat DVD entertainment system, a navigation system, a 14-speaker JBL sound system, rear and front parking sensors, 9” touchscreen interface, a CD player, USB/iPod interface, and Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity.

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Some of the exterior colors to expect include Classic Silver Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Brandywine Mica, Blue Onyx Pearl, and Midnight Black. As for the interior ones, expect Black and Terra.

2018 Land Cruiser Engine Specs

A 5.7LV8 diesel powers the needs of the 2018 Land Cruiser. The output stands at 381 horsepower and 401 pounds of torque. Standard systems include the new 8-speed auto transmission and a full-time AWD.

As per the EPA stats available, expect the 2018 Land Cruiser to come with fuel economy ratings which stand at 13/18/15 mpg in the city/highway/combined. The ratings are unchanged the previous year in case you didn’t notice.

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The engine specifications include a Multi-Terrain Select system which tailors the traction and stability control settings to match specific terrains: The Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System – electronically adjusts the stabilizer bars to enable maximum off-road capability or improved on-road handling. Others include hill-start assist, a five-speed crawl control, and off-road Turn Assist.

The 2018 Land Cruiser maximum towing capacity stands at a beefy 8,100 pounds.

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The safety department hasn’t been left to the dogs as its features include rear cross path warning system, hill-start assist, pedestrian detection, emergency braking, rear and front parking sensors, trailer sway control, full-length side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, active head restraints, and front knee airbag.

Price & Release Date – 2018 Land Cruiser

Expect the 2018 Land Cruiser to go for sale sometime later this year for the U.S.A market and afterwards for other markets, at least according to the release date details available.

As for the price, the changes made to the 2018 model shouldn’t cost a significant price increment over the previous model. The 2018 Land Cruiser costs an MSRP of $84,820.

The 2018 Toyota Prado is reviewed separately, as is the 2018 LandCruiser 200 Series.

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