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2006 Fullsize SUV : TOYOTA Land Cruiser

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Toyota’s costliest full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) has smaller dimensions than the company’s newer Sequoia. The Land Cruiser has a heritage that dates back to the 1950s — Toyota’s early days in the U.S. market. In recent years, the Land Cruiser SUV has been the slowest-selling member of the company’s SUV lineup. For 2005, 18-inch wheels replaced the prior 17-inchers; this year they get a high-gloss finish. Land Cruisers have a fresh grille and new headlights and tail lamps for 2006, and a rear spoiler is newly optional.

Equipped with Toyota SUVs variable valve timing with intelligence system, the Land Cruiser’s V-8 now develops 275 horsepower, which is 40 hp more than in 2005. A tire-pressure-monitoring system is installed. An adaptive variable suspension and adjustable height control are optional. The Land Cruiser SUV and the costlier Toyota Lexus LX 470 SUV share the same basic design and major components, but the Lexus model has more standard features and additional luxurious furnishings. A third-row seat, automatic rear climate control and a Home-Link transmitter are standard in the Land Cruiser.

Toyota has standard seating for eight people. Among the few options are a DVD-based touch-screen navigation system and a backseat entertainment system. A backup video camera is included with the navigation system. Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes and Toyota’s Vehicle Stability Control electronic stability system. Standard equipment includes leather-trimmed upholstery, a JBL 300-watt sound system with an in-dash six-CD changer, a powered glass moon-roof, remote keyless entry and automatic climate control. Toyota Land Cruisers also have a power tilt/telescoping steering column, power front seats, heated power mirrors and power rear quarter windows. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and two-row side curtain-type airbags with rollover sensors are optional.

Company

TOYOTA

Model Toyota Land Cruiser
Engine 4.7L V-8 275 HP
Standard Transmission 5-spd auto w/OD
Fuel Economy City: 13   Highway: 17
Warranty (months / miles) 36/36,000
Seating 8
SUV Type Full Size SUV
New or Notable • More powerful 275-hp V-8 for 2006
• Full-time 4WD
• Eight-passenger capacity
• New headlights and tail lamps for 2006
What Are The Positives • Interior space
• Reliability
• Resale value
• Available backup camera
What Are The Negatives • Excessive size
• Difficult entry and exit
• Fuel economy
• Side airbags not standard-Price
Price $33,300 – $34,000



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