The largest and most expensive of Toyota's three sport utes adds safety and convenience features for 2000, including four-wheel traction control, skid control, Brake Assist and a six-disc, in-dash CD changer. In addition, leather seats and a power moonroof, previously optional, are now standard. Land Cruiser is the basis for the Lexus LX470, a more luxurious, more expensive rendition of the same vehicle. The two use the same 4.7-liter V-8 and full-time 4WD system.
The Land Cruiser is a foot shorter than a Lincoln Navigator yet holds as many people eight with two front buckets and three-place middle and rear benches. Leather seats and wood interior trim are standard. The rear seat is split 50/50, and both halves fold outward and they can be secured to the sides of the interior. The middle seat folds forward. The Land Cruiser's maximum cargo volume is 90 cubic feet vs. the Navigator's 116 cubic feet.
A different grille, headlamps and standard side running boards are the Land Cruiser's main appearance differences from the Lexus LX470. A moonroof has been added to the standard equipment list this year.
Under the Hood
A 230-horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8, shared with the LX470, teams with an automatic transmission and a permanently engaged 4WD system. A locking center differential, limited-slip rear differential and traction control also are standard.
New standard features include a skid-control system that applies brakes to wheels individually as needed, and Brake Assist, a new feature that detects when the driver is making a panic stop and applies maximum braking force. The Land Cruiser also comes with anti-lock brakes.