The Fast Lane Truck (TFLtruck) blog recently featured the new 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser in one of their episodes.
The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser has a refreshed and updated interior and exterior with a new appearance of headlights, tail lights, and front and rear facia. Inside, the center console and dash have also been updated. The SUV still has a 5.7L V8, which is the same as the previous model, but now has an 8-speed automatic transmission instead of the previous 6-speed.
The TFLtruck episode focused on testing the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser in real-world conditions. The office base is located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains which allows for an area of off-road trails. One particular off-road trail is the Gold Mine Hill. This is a steep section of trail with a sharp 90-degree turn at the top.
Gold Mine Hill is used to evaluate All-Wheel-Drive vehicles and test 4×4 trucks. The difficulty is increased when winter brings snow and ice to the trail. The Land Cruiser did make it up the hill, but needed momentum to get around sharp curves with no traction.
Mileage is also tested in real-world conditions with a 100-mile highway loop. There is a standard procedure followed when testing all vehicles to limit the amount of variables. After the test, the observed mileage for the 2016 Land Cruiser was 19.2 mpg, which is above the advertised estimated mileage of 13/18/15 city/highway/combined miles mpg.