Review: Armored Toyota Landcruiser
The Toyota brand and Landcruiser model is one of the most popular cars in the world – armored or not. Over the years Toyota has been able to add many optional features that were previously only reserved for their luxury LX-570 such as voice activated touch-screen, DVD navigation, subwoof speakers, and music streaming via bluetooth.
The Toyota Land Cruiser is a large SUV on a traditional body-on-frame design, though it’s admirably difficult to discern this from the luxurious cabin. Motivation is provided by a 5.7-liter V8 that churns out 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic sends power to all four wheels via the Land Cruiser’s full-time 4WD system with selectable low-range gearing.
Off-road capabilities are bolstered by a long list of specific equipment. “Crawl Control” enhances the drivetrain’s capability by maintaining a fixed ultra-slow velocity for hard-core trail-busting. A Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) enables the front and rear antiroll bars to stiffen or relax automatically as conditions change; the theoretical payoff is both flatter cornering and superior wheel articulation for off-road applications. You’d never guess the Land Cruiser had such superb off-road capabilities from within the stately cabin. Feature highlights for the all-inclusive no-options Land Cruiser include leather upholstery, wood trim, a four-zone climate control system, a navigation system, a 14-speaker audio system, three rows of seating for up to eight people and parking sensors all around. Even a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, center-console cooler box and Toyota’s Entune smartphone integration system are included.