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2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Walk Around

With its upright bodywork and wide, flat hood, the 2014 Land Cruiser is linked to the historic Land Cruiser line. The exterior design has the traditional distinct flare on the front fenders, horizontal four-slotted grille and rear liftgate. The horizontally shaped opening on the front bumper looks oddly unrefined.

As we mentioned earlier, the exterior styling of the Land Cruiser was freshened a bit for the 2013 model year, with an updated front grille and headlights that incorporated high-intensity-discharge low-beams. Other new features for 2013 included LED Daytime Running Lights, chrome side molding, redesigned outer side mirrors and new tail lamps. All of these changes have been carried over on the 2014 model.

The effect is to stay with the Land Cruiser lineage. There is no bling factor in the Land Cruiser design. Instead, it looks solid, stable and grounded in every sense of the word. It is designed to be impressive more for what it is, than how it looks. Overall, it has a modern appearance, yet it is unmistakably a Land Cruiser.

Underbody panels behind the front bumper and extending under the engine and behind the rear wheels are designed to protect the engine and transmission when traversing rocky terrain and to smooth the airflow on the highway.

Interior

One of the few choices available on the 2014 Land Cruiser is the interior color: Sandstone or Black. Either way, it comes with perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, high-gloss wood grain trim, bright silver instrument panel ornamentation, chrome-plated air registers, and meter-cluster lighting. Conveniences include a Multi-terrain Monitor with front, side or rear selectable views; a Multi-information Display; an Eco Driving Indicator light; a heated steering wheel; and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. There are 12-volt power outlets in the dash and at the rear of the center console; and a 120-volt AC outlet in the rear deck.

Land Cruiser seats up to eight people, with three-across seating in the second and third rows.

There is a modern, technical feel to the cabin, but the overall sense is of conservative design tastes, with all features smoothly integrated, prioritizing value and quality over style. Every aspect of the interior reinforces a sense of security. Much of this feeling exists on an unconscious level, generated by an unusually quiet cabin, a distinct lack of clutter, and the characteristic scent of leather. While the interior is not opulent in design, there is nothing cheap or garish about it. Attention to detail can be seen in the stitching on the leather and the tight seams between the components of the dash and console.

Front-row seats are medium-firm, supportive and highly adjustable. The driver's seat has 10-way adjustability with power lumbar support, and the steering wheel itself has power tilt and telescopic adjustments with generous range. The front cabin is spacious enough, with ample legroom and headroom for all but the tallest drivers. Between the seats is a roomy center console, which has two levels inside.

Chrome-accented Optitron style gauges with white illumination are mounted in a deeply shaded instrument pod. Beneath is a multi-information display with odometer, fuel-consumption data, shift-position indicator. The center console features a gate-type shifter with sequential-shift mode, parking brake, cooler box, USB port and cup holders.

Second-row seating is comfortable and well appointed. The passenger-side second-row seat features a one-touch tumble mechanism for third-row ingress and egress. The second-row seats slide forward and aft four inches for more passenger comfort and cargo storage versatility. The second row also provides the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) child-seat attachment system.

Third-row legroom and headroom is at a premium, however, so the third-row seats are best occupied by smaller people. And we found access to the third row, via the tumble-forward passenger-side second-row seat, not easy for adults.

Most of the time, it's likely that the third-row seats will be folded sideways and stowed on their mounts to allow for cargo. It's an arrangement that looks makeshift, but works well in practice. The mounting setup holds the seats tightly, braced with straps so they don't vibrate, and with the seats stowed quite a bit of room becomes available. If you really need all the room back there, you can remove the rear row altogether. While the Land Cruiser is not as spacious as a Suburban, it is versatile enough to accommodate 81 cubic feet of cargo.

The air conditioning system supplies four climate-control zones with 28 vents located throughout the cabin. First- and second-row passengers have individual controls, so they can stay comfortable if one side of the vehicle is exposed to the sun. The fan has seven speeds.

The JBL audio system does not produce perfect surround sound but, with 14 speakers, it fills the cabin well. The head unit is a Pioneer item, and the system is MP3 and WMA compatible. The audio system is controlled via the eight-inch navigation touch screen. We found the navigation and climate controls on the touch-screen intuitive. Almost every menu is accessible with one or two touches and there are no joy-stick controls that require push-and-turn sequences. Toyota does not permit changing a route or any other input while the vehicle is being driven, so you have to pull over, bring it to a stop and put the gear selector in Park to work the navi. The nine-inch LCD rear-seat entertainment system plays DVDs and has audio/video jacks for video games.

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