Big, bold, and a very cool off-road machine, the 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Base is designed for those whose tastes run to deserved luxury while navigating extreme terrain. This full-size, eight-passenger four-wheel-drive (4WD) SUV sports a standard power glass sunroof, roof rack, trailer hitch and wiring, and step running boards on the outside, and leather upholstery, as well as leather and simulated alloy trim and accents on the inside. Standard gizmos include heated power-adjustable front seats with power lumbar supports, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, cruise control, power accessories, including heated outside mirrors and push-button start, four-zone automatic climate control, a universal remote garage door opener, and memory for up to three drivers' settings. For entertainment, there’s the standard JBL premium audio system featuring 605 watts of power, an MP3-compatible 6-CD changer, and 14 speakers, including a subwoofer. Additionally, this posh ute boasts XM satellite radio and a USB connection to complete its passenger-pampering entertainment lineup, while Bluetooth wireless technology and phone pre-wiring ensure constant communications through the journey. Finally, standard Crawl Control and Toyota’s touted Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) allow for tension-easing ascents and descents through automatic throttle and braking control and added wheel articulation, respectively, in serious off-road conditions.
Options include the Upgrade Package with DVD navigation and integrated rear-view camera, a center-console cooling bin, heated second-row seats, rear-seat DVD entertainment, integrated rear spoiler, and a couple of added safety items. The voice-activated touch-screen navigation system and integrated rear spoiler are also available in standalone form.
As if sheer size wasn’t enough, the 2011 Land Cruiser Base tosses in four-wheel ABS, as well as traction and stability control, to keep itself out of harm's way. Should the unthinkable occur, front side-mounted airbags, three-row head airbags, and front head restraint whiplash protection help shield occupants. Additional standard safety items include rear parking sensors, daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, a remote antitheft alarm, and a post-collision safety system, while Smart Stop technology automatically controls throttle reduction and braking force in panic stops. Finally, there’s Toyota’s standard Safety Connect System with emergency road service communication, airbag deployment notification, and stolen vehicle tracking technology. Advanced, auto-tightening seatbelts, headlight washers, and rain-sensing wipers, meanwhile, are all available with the Upgrade Package.
The nitty-gritty of the 2011 Land Cruiser is its 381-hp, 5.7-liter variable-valve-timed (VVT) V8 engine. These ponies are managed by a 6-speed auto-manual transmission boasting a brake hill holder and descent control that’s capable of putting out 401 lb-ft of torque. Expect some 8,200 pounds of towing capacity from this big V8, but anticipate only 13/18 mpg. Full-time 4WD is managed by a mechanical center-mounted limited-slip differential with locking feature, complemented by auto-locking hubs and manual hi-lo gear selection.