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2006 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

A luxurious SUV that does most everything desired.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2006 Toyota Land Cruiser has so much to offer drivers that some say that it has just the right amount packed into the SUV. With comfort, power, and size levels that will please consumers, the Land Cruiser can haul cargo and people comfortably. With nothing skimped, it is no wonder that it has an upper-end price tag. The first Land Cruisers arrived in 1958 and have been selling well since. The fifth generation is the current model and began in 1997. The luxury options are multiple, and the standard features seem to complete the entire package.

The Toyota Land Cruiser can offer drivers the best performance on-road than other trucks in the segment. The long wheelbase contributes to the supple ride and dampening around corners. The steering is well weighted and balanced for a heavy vehicle. The ability for the harder terrains does not give the Land Cruiser any trouble, while it has an excellent ease of operation and level of control on two-lane roads or freeway driving. While there is stiff competition in the luxury SUV category, the 2006 Land Cruiser holds up well and even surpasses some of the other vehicles in dependability and quality. Selling for about a half century, everything that a driver would expect from a Toyota SUV is packed inside the Toyota Land Cruiser.

The Range

Body Styles: Full-size SUV
Engines: 4.7 liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Land Cruiser base

What's New

The 2006 Toyota Land Cruiser has minor revisions to the exterior that include new taillights, new headlights, and new grille. Other changes for 2006 are a valve-timing technology resulting in an increase of 40 horsepower. The tire-pressure system also goes standard.

Exterior

The 2006 Toyota Land Cruiser carries eight passengers in the full-size SUV. There are several standard features including skid plates, privacy glass, and alloy 18-inch wheels. Optional items are a rearview backup camera, moonroof, running boards, roof rack, new suspension system, and a tow hitch. The eight exterior color choices enhance the interior and show the particular style of the driver.

Interior

2006 Toyota Land Cruiser interior features that come standard are leather seating, cruise control, JBL audio system, and automatic climate control for both rear and front passengers. Additional features added are storage in the front console, cup holders in the front and rear rows. Front seatback storage is available and door pockets are provided on the rear and front door. Optionally, a navigation system that is DVD-based, and satellite radio can be added to enhance the interior.

With the many features, along with the comfortable seating within the first rows, the 2006 Toyota Land Cruiser is an enjoyable SUV. The cabin is quite a good size for holding many passengers, and the storage options are exceptional. The capacity for the Cruiser is eight passengers with 97.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Stone or Ivory will be the color choices of leather interior.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Toyota Land Cruiser has a 4.7-liter V-8 that produces 275 horsepower with 332 lb-ft of torque. It might not be the very top in power for this segment, but the Land Cruiser has such smooth acceleration that it will satisfy most drivers. The automatic five-speed transmission is standard with low-range gearing for four-wheel drive and off-road abilities. Towing isn’t a problem with the Land Cruiser; when properly equipped, it can tow about 6500 pounds.

The locking center differential sets the luxury SUV apart from the rest. The 2006 Toyota Land Cruiser has an innovative feature that allows the antenna to be lowered with a push of a button for low-hanging branches. The Land Cruiser is excellent for off-roading and was enhanced with the adjustable suspension system that is optional for the vehicle.

Safety

The 2006 Toyota Land Cruiser is equipped with a Star Safety System that includes stability control, anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, traction control, brake assist, and electronic brakeforce. There are airbag packages as an option and rollover sensors for head and chest protection.

An engine immobilizer, tire pressure monitoring, and child seat anchors are some of the other safety features that will be installed in the SUV. While there are no crash test ratings available, the Land Cruiser has multiple safety features to keep all passengers safe.

EPA Fuel Economy

Land Cruiser: 12/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good ride quality
  • Smooth and strong V-8
  • Luxurious interior
  • Capable of going anywhere

You Won't Like

  • Price tag

Sum Up

A luxurious SUV that does most everything desired.

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