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Brown, Todd and Langdon Lead Toyota in Dallas NHRA

Brown opened his day up with victory over Richie Crampton in an all-Toyota first-round matchup. Brown took the lead at the tree and never trailed on the way to running a 3.743 for the win.
In the second round against Brittany Force, Brown had a decided starting line advantage (.055 to .088), but started to haze the tires around 330 feet after stretching out his lead to .035 seconds, with Force finally taking over the top spot around half track on the way to the victory.
Doug Kalitta was defeated in his first-round matchup against Austin Prock, 3.688-3.812. Despite the early loss, Kalitta remains in second place just 33 points out of the Top Fuel point lead with two races remaining.
In Funny Car, after qualifying third, J.R. Todd registered two superb passes on the day. In round one, he knocked off Cruz Pedregon with a 3.911-second run at 327.19 mph. That set up a second-round battle with Matt Hagan. Todd left first by .029 seconds and would lead all the way through the 600’ mark before Hagan would eventually run him down with the quickest pass of the round with a 3.908, beating Todd by just .005 seconds or approximately three feet.
October 20, 2019, Langdon also turned in two solid passes on Sunday, but it was his reaction time that would be key in earning a round one win over Tim Wilkerson.
Langdon also turned in two solid passes on Sunday, but it was his reaction time that would be key in earning a round one win over Tim Wilkerson. Langdon had a .026-second advantage on the tree and then held off a hard-charging Wilkerson to win on a holeshot with a margin of victory of .009 seconds.

Facing Robert Hight in the second round, Langdon had a narrow lead at the tree and then laid down a 3.964-second pass, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Hight.
After taking next weekend off, the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heads to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the penultimate round of the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, Nov. 1-3
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Denny Hamlin claims milestone win for Joe Gibbs Racing

“Yeah, I just had to hold the bottom and get a good push. It was all about the push that I got from the 9 (Chase Elliott) and really the 18 (Kyle Busch) those last couple of restarts,” said Hamlin.”That was the most important thing for us – to get a good restart. Once we got out front, we could hold it wide open. Our car was built for downforce, so it worked out that it was just fast enough to win.”

Denny Hamlin
Hamlin and his crew chief, Chris Gabehart, made a bold pit call of two tires on the last pit stop. That call retained the lead for Hamlin, and although many drivers tried no one could drive past the FedEx driver. 
October 20, 2019, Hamlin and his crew chief, Chris Gabehart, made a bold pit call of two tires on the last pit stop.

“I knew track position was the biggest factor for us,” said Hamlin. “As long as we could keep our car out front, it was the most important thing beyond tires. We made the right call and took two lefts there and that turned out to be the best call there.”

Denny Hamlin
It was a stellar day for Joe Gibbs Racing as all four teams finished inside the top-eight finishers – Kyle Busch finished third, Martin Truex Jr. was scored in sixth and Erik Jones crossed the line in seventh. With their finishes, Hamlin, Busch and Truex Jr. advanced to the next round of the Playoffs – the Round of 8 – that begins next weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
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Brandon Jones gets first Xfinity Series win

“This is incredible. I knew this was going to happen – that we were going to come here and have an amazing run like we did today,” said Jones. “It’s only because of those guys here. They have fought with me for a long time, and this feels way better because it has been tough to get to this point. Everyone that has been a part of my career to this point – Flow was on today, a new sponsor with us, we have had Menards in the past, iK9, Toyota, for all they do. I don’t think I could have done this without the manufacturer. I wish my parents were here. They have been through a bunch of wins with me. All-in-all, I cannot wait to celebrate with these guys.”

Brandon Jones
Jones led the last 10 laps to score his win. It was his career-high fifth top-five finish of the season. His teammate and Playoff contender, Christopher Bell, won the pole and the first stage and was battling for the lead when he was involved in an accident. Bell bounced back to finish 12th. 
October 19, 2019, Jones led the last 10 laps to score his win.

“It was a lot of fun out there. Me, 00 (Cole Custer) , the 2 (Tyler Reddick), the 98 (Chase Briscoe) were all racing really hard and for Brandon (Jones) to get a win is very cool. It’s great for Joe Gibbs Racing, and great for Brandon too. He has deserved that one. We were close, and ultimately it was a lot of fun racing.”

Christopher Bell
The Xfinity Series takes next weekend off before heading to Texas Motor Speedway. 
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GR Supra 101- Supra Handling On & Off the Racetrack with Scott Pruett | Toyota Gazoo Racing

Racing legend Scott Pruett tests the Supra handling on a track in sport mode. Pruett takes the wheel for a Toyota Supra test drive and spoiler alert. He loved it. Watch more Toyota Gazoo Racing videos: Learn More about the GR Supra: Subscribe for more Toyota videos: Connect with Toyota USA online: Visit the Toyota WEBSITE: Like Toyota on FACEBOOK: Follow Toyota on TWITTER: Follow Toyota on INSTAGRAM: In this video Scott Pruett tests out the Supra GR to see how it handles on the track!
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2020 Sequoia Family Trips get More Adventurous with New TRD Pro

PLANO, Texas (October 17, 2019) – Named for California’s massive, majestic redwood trees, the Toyota Sequoia has always been about family adventure. Now, for 2020, those adventures can be enjoyed farther off the beaten path with the first-ever Sequoia TRD […]

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PLANO, Texas (October 17, 2019) – Named for California’s massive, majestic redwood trees, the Toyota Sequoia has always been about family adventure. Now, for 2020, those adventures can be enjoyed farther off the beaten path with the first-ever Sequoia TRD Pro.

With its robust body-on-frame construction, four-wheel independent suspension, generous ground clearance and 381-horsepower 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 engine, the Sequoia was already one of the most capable full-size SUVs on the market. The TRD Pro takes that capability to an extreme with a chassis fortified by Fox aluminum-bodied internal bypass shocks, standard Multi-Mode 4WD, and proven off-road equipment specially designed or selected by Toyota Racing Development engineers.

Help with getting to family adventures, and enjoying some music along the way, falls to upgraded multimedia systems for 2020. All Sequoia audio systems for 2020 gain a new multimedia system that includes, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The Sequoia is the latest in a line of TRD Pro vehicles that also includes Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner, providing Toyota with the unique position of offering a complete lineup of next-level off-road trucks and SUVs. Introduced in 2014, the TRD Pro line emerged from Toyota’s rich off-road racing heritage. The TRD Pro badge signifies a vehicle that’s capable of going where ordinary pickups and SUVs fear to tread, while still retaining comfort for daily driving.

With seating for up to eight (seven in TRD Sport, TRD Pro and Platinum), the Toyota Sequoia makes a solid candidate for the ultimate family vehicle. It’s all there: roominess, luxury, off-road dexterity, high towing capacity, packaged in rugged yet elegant Toyota SUV design. In addition to the new TRD Pro, the 2020 Sequoia line includes the SR5, TRD Sport, Limited, and Platinum grades in two-wheel drive or Multi-Mode 4WD.

Long on Room, Big on Safety

Sequoia offers ample comfort and room in all three seating rows. Independent rear suspension endows Sequoia with a smooth ride, plus the agility one might expect from a smaller vehicle. The suspension design plays a large part in allowing for the third row’s roominess, which offers adult-size legroom (35.1 in.). Second-row legroom is full-size sedan-like at 40.9 inches. Even with its capaciousness, the Sequoia immediately gives the impression of driving “smaller than it is” thanks to its supple ride and 38.1-ft. turning diameter.

Got lots of gear to haul? The Sequoia has the room. With both third-row seat backs folded flat, there’s 66.6 cu. ft. of carrying space, enough to haul camping gear for four. With the second-row seatbacks also folded, the space increases to a cavernous 120.1 cu. ft., enough for a very long camping trip for two. The Sequoia can even carry objects up to 11 feet long, provided the maximum weight is not exceeded. The liftgate has a versatile separate power window, with auto up/down and jam protection.

Toyota safety comes to the fore in the Sequoia with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) standard on every grade. This advanced active safety suite bundles the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, plus Automatic High Beams.

In addition, all Sequoia grades come equipped with standard Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The interior features a dual-stage, advanced front air bag system, seat-mounted side airbags for the driver and front passenger, roll-sensing side curtain airbags for all three seating rows, plus driver and front passenger knee airbags.

TRD Pro: A New Legend in the Making

The 2020 Sequoia TRD Pro is available exclusively as a 7-seat model, featuring middle-row captain’s chairs and a three-across third-row seat with 60/40 split backs that also recline. One could never lose the 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro in the parking lot of an outdoor gear store. The TRD Pro “TOYOTA” grille leads the charge, flanked by LED headlights and, below, Rigid Industries LED fog lights. The 18 x 8-in. black BBS forged aluminum wheels wear P275/65 R18 tires.

In addition to TRD Pro-exclusive Army Green, other exterior color choices include Super White, Midnight Black Metallic and Magnetic Gray Metallic. All feature black TRD Pro front door badges. A TRD front skid plate helps protect the front suspension and oil pan during trail driving, while cast aluminum running boards and a roof rack enhance function, convenience, and the adventurous attitude.

Out-Foxing the Trail

TRD Pro is of course much more than a tough look. TRD engineers went through the Sequoia chassis and made it even more adaptive to the great outdoors. A key to the vehicle’s new level of trail capability comes courtesy of Fox, a preeminent maker of off-road suspension components.

Aluminum-bodied internal bypass shocks employed on the 2020 Sequoia TRD Pro (and all TRD Pro models) are tuned by TRD engineers specifically for each model. Compared to external-bypass shocks used on off-road race vehicles, the Fox internal bypass shock compactly integrates bypass zones inside the shock body, which allows the shock’s fluid to bypass the piston through regulated ports as it moves through its travel. Providing a cushioned ride during typical driving, the Fox shock damping gets progressively firmer through the shock piston’s stroke to resist bottoming over rough trail surfaces.

The 2.5-inch Fox front shocks on Sequoia TRD Pro include 7 compression zones and 2 rebound zones, and the front shocks also provide an increase in rebound travel of 18mm. TRD engineers reduced the front spring rate on Sequoia TRD Pro to improve its off-road compliance.

For the rear suspension, Sequoia TRD Pro employs 2-inch-diameter Fox piggyback monotube shocks that feature bottom-out-control technology, which is designed to increase damping force for improved bottoming resistance in unforgiving terrain. Compared to the standard rear Sequoia shocks, the 2-inch Fox units feature larger 47mm pistons (15mm larger than original equipment) and beefier shock rods that are 3.2 mm larger in diameter.

The Fox shock bodies are constructed of fully anodized aluminum to help reduce weight while also efficiently dissipating heat to reduce shock fade during off-road driving. A combination of high-temperature damper fluid and pressurized nitrogen gas inside each Fox shock improves bump compliance and help maximize seal life.

The Powerful Sounds of TRD

Sequoia TRD Pro is also available with a TRD cat-back exhaust, featuring a single outlet with a black chrome tip and TRD debossed logo. The system produces a bolder exhaust note that TRD engineers designed with a frequency-tuned sound cancellation device to improve in-cabin sound quality.

The TRD Pro cabin treatment mixes ready-to-get-dirty function with luxury, because there’s nothing wrong with a little comfort out on the trail. Black TRD Pro leather-trimmed seats with red contrast stitching and “TRD Pro” stitched into the front headrests are comfortable and durable, while TRD Pro all-weather floor mats add bring-it-on cabin protection.

Inside sound is provided by the Sequoia top Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL® with Clari-Fi® technology and 14 speakers, including subwoofer and amplifier.

Upgraded Multimedia and Connectivity

For 2020, the standard 8-speaker Audio Plus system (Sequoia SR5 and TRD Sport) includes a 7-in. touchscreen display, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay compatibility, AM/FM/HD Radio, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (with 3-month All Access trial), USB media port, two USB charge ports, plus advanced voice recognition and Bluetooth hands-free phone capability and music streaming. Safety Connect and Remote Connect are standard, each with a 1-year trial, while Service Connect comes with a 10-year trial. Wi-Fi Connect comes with up to 2GB/3-month trial, whichever comes first. Both the SR5 and TRD Sport can be optioned with Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and 8 speakers.

The Limited comes standard with 12-speaker Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation system, which includes Dynamic Navigation with up to 3-year trial, Dynamic POI Search and Dynamic Voice Recognition.

The Platinum and new TRD Pro step up to Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL with Clari-FI technology and 14 speakers, including subwoofer and amplifier. This comprehensive system includes Dynamic Navigation with up to 3-year trial, Dynamic POI Search, and Dynamic Voice Recognition. The Limited also can be optioned to the JBL system as well. 

High-Tech, High-Power V8

All Sequoia models are powered by the dual-overhead cam (DOHC) 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8, which produces 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm. Dual independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and an Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) ensure ample torque across the engine’s entire speed range. This powerhouse uses only regular-grade (87 AKI) gasoline and is paired with a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.

Notably, the big V8 produces 90 percent of its peak torque at a low 2,200 rpm, a boon to towing. Compliant with the SAE J2807 towing standard, the Sequoia TRD Pro can tow up to 7,100 lbs. and features an integrated tow hitch, driver-selectable Tow/Haul transmission mode and Trailer Sway Control. The latter uses the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) to help counteract handling forces that can lead to trailer sway.

The available Multi-Mode 4WD system (standard on TRD Pro) uses a lockable TORSEN limited-slip center differential to apportion torque to the front and rear wheels, and a two-speed transfer case provides a low range ratio for tackling steep off-road trails. Low range is accessible on the fly via a rotary knob, and the driver can lock the center differential with the push of a button.

Rooted in Strength

The Sequoia’s body-on-frame construction provides a stable, comfortable foundation for towing, off-pavement driving, and everyday commuting. Four-wheel independent suspension yields outstanding bump absorption on-road and excellent wheel articulation off-road.

The Sequoia Platinum grade steps into luxury territory with its load-leveling rear air suspension and Adaptive Variable Suspension, an electronic damper control system that offers driver-selectable settings for Comfort, Normal, and Sport. The rear air spring suspension helps maintain appropriate ride height and chassis attitude when carrying heavy loads or towing.

Sequoia’s stopping power is as impressive as its go-power. The 13.9-inch ventilated front disc brakes utilize four-piston brake calipers, while 13.6-inch ventilated disc brakes are used in the rear. The Sequoia SR5 rolls on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 275/65 R18 tires; TRD Sport, Limited and Platinum grades have 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 275/55 R20 tires. The Platinum’s wheels feature a distinctive diamond-cut finish.

The off-road capable Sequoia TRD Pro joins the Sequoia TRD Sport in the 2020 model lineup. The latter features TRD chassis upgrades that enhance on-road handling performance. Sport-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers are employed front and rear, and TRD front and rear anti-sway bars also enhance road handling.

The TRD Sport stands out with unique styling cues that include a metallic black grille surround and mirror caps, 20-inch black sport wheels, Black Satin finish TRD Sport badging, and available 7-passenger black leather-trimmed seats with contrast stitching. A TRD shift knob, floor mats and sill protectors complete the makeover.

Toyota Value, Unexpected Luxury

The Sequoia SR5 sets the stage as one of the best-equipped vehicles in its class. The long roster of standard amenities includes LED headlights, DRLs and fog lights; front and rear sonar parking assist; tilt/telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio and Bluetooth hands-free phone controls; engine immobilizer with alarm; tri-zone automatic climate control with separate rear-seat controls; power tilt/slide moonroof; towing package; 8-way power driver’s seat; fog lamps; roof rack; running boards, and more.

The Sequoia Limited adds functionality and convenience with a power rear liftgate with sliding window, power folding and reclining 60/40 split third-row seat and 20-inch alloy wheels. The Limited also ups comfort by way of heated front leather-trimmed seats, with a 10-way adjustable power driver’s seat and 6-way power front passenger seat, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and second- and third-row retractable sunshades.

Topping the range, the Sequoia Platinum incorporates the luxuriousness of perforated leather seating surfaces throughout, with front seats that are heated and ventilated. A 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat is also featured, as well as rear load-leveling air suspension, a power seat memory package and second-row heated seats. Additional technology on this top-line model includes a Blu-ray rear seat entertainment (RSE) system with a 9-inch LCD screen, separate rear seat audio system and dual wireless headphones. (The RSE is available for the Limited grade as an option.)

Versatility Throughout

The Sequoia provides a quiet, comfortable space for the family to spend time on the road. The overall design and exterior features have been shaped to minimize wind noise, which helps keep the cabin serene. Optitron gauges add an elegant high-tech luxury touch in every grade.

Side-view mirrors on the Limited grade are power-retractable and auto-dimming and have built-in turn-signal lamps. The Platinum grade’s mirrors up the ante with puddle lamps, position memory and reverse-linked tilt functions.

The versatile 40/20/40 split second-row bench-type seat allows a variety of combinations, augmented by a seat-slide adjustment range of 5.9 inches. The middle row folds flat and there’s a one-touch easy-slide feature to make it easy for passengers to enter the third row. In place of the standard center bench-style seat, luxurious second-row captain seats are available for a 7-seat cabin.

The third-row seat, which is fully hospitable for adults, is split 60/40 and can recline. The third row also easily folds flat, a task made more convenient by the available power tilting and folding feature. The rear liftgate features a power rear window that features auto up/down, jam protection and defogger, and the huge cargo area is equipped with handy hooks for grocery bags. Extra-large cup/bottle holders outnumber passengers two to one, and the Platinum grade adds two more for good measure.

Sequoia: Also Big on Safety Features

Sequoia is an SUV large enough to fit the whole family (and then some), and it’s also big on safety. Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) comes standard on every grade of Sequoia, and this active safety system includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Sway Warning System (SWS), Automatic High Beams (AHB) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). It also includes Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

The standard rearview camera on Sequoia helps when parking or positioning a trailer. The backup camera is displayed on the 7-in. high-resolution touchscreen display.

The 2020 Sequoia is also equipped with Toyota’s STAR Safety System, which includes: Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRAC), and Smart Stop Technology (SST) brake override. On 4WD models, TRAC is replaced by A-TRAC (Active-Traction Control). All models have a direct tire pressure monitoring system.

Limited Warranty and ToyotaCare
Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. The Tacoma also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 24-hour roadside assistance for two year, unlimited mileage.

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Land Cruiser Marks Six Decades in Toyota Dealerships … and in Owners’ Hearts

PLANO, Texas (October 17, 2019) – For over 60 years, one model name has been a constant in Toyota’s American dealerships: Land Cruiser. The full-capability, premium-luxury 2020 Land Cruiser may seem worlds away from its bare-bones, mountain-climbing ancestor, but the […]

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PLANO, Texas (October 17, 2019) – For over 60 years, one model name has been a constant in Toyota’s American dealerships: Land Cruiser. The full-capability, premium-luxury 2020 Land Cruiser may seem worlds away from its bare-bones, mountain-climbing ancestor, but the two are linked by the common thread of all-road adventure that’s millions of miles long.

For 2020, Toyota salutes the Land Cruiser’s significance to the brand with the limited-availability Heritage Edition. Melding exclusive design with added function, this special edition luxury SUV comes dressed elegantly yet prepared, as all Land Cruisers have always been, to drive through the rough stuff to reach a destination.

The Land Cruiser retains the off-road DNA for which it is known the world over thanks to its full-time 4WD system and features like CRAWL Control and Multi-Terrain Select. Yet, its on-road manners are amazingly smooth thanks to its Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS). A posh, feature-laden cabin makes Land Cruiser an ideal vehicle for luxuriously traversing the continent, or just taking the family out to a movie.

Land Cruiser offers safety not only in its strength, but also in its advanced technology. Standard Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) uses millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera sensor to help detect a preceding pedestrian or vehicle. The Pre-Collision System is designed to automatically apply braking if necessary to help mitigate or avoid collisions in certain conditions. TSS-P also includes Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beams. In addition to TSS-P, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also standard.

Heritage Never Looked So Modern
Think of the Land Cruiser Heritage Edition as a “factory custom.” Offered only as a 2-row, 5-seat model to maximize cargo capacity (versus 3-row, 8-seat configuration for the standard model), the 2020 Land Cruiser Heritage Edition comes in a choice between Midnight Black Metallic or Blizzard Pearl exterior color. Bronze-colored BBS® 18 x 8.0-inch forged aluminum wheels provide a striking contrast and feature a classic “TOYOTA” center cap. A black-accented grille and a vintage-style Land Cruiser exterior badge evoke the vehicle’s long, accomplished history in an understated way.

To complement the Land Cruiser Heritage Edition’s purpose-built overlanding focus, the running boards and chrome lower body side moldings of the standard model are deleted. Darkened headlight housings, fog lights with darkened chrome surrounds and side mirrors with darkened chrome details underscore the vehicle’s sophisticated presence. Heritage Edition also comes equipped with a Yakima Megawarrior roof rack to haul additional cargo outside of the cabin.

Highlighting the Land Cruiser’s renown for blending luxury with capability, the Heritage Edition is exclusively outfitted with black leather-trimmed upholstery. The bronze wheel color carries inside for the contrast stitching used throughout the cabin, including the steering wheel, door trim, center stack, console and seats. Finally, the Land Cruiser Heritage Edition features all-weather floor mats and cargo liner, so it’s ready to get out, get dirty and have fun.

V8, 4WD Powerhouse
The Toyota Land Cruiser remains a benchmark for combining no-compromise capability with coddling luxury. Its brawny yet refined 381-horsepower 5.7-liter DOHC V8 engine produces 401 lb.-ft. of torque. Ninety percent of peak torque is available at a low 2,200 rpm, helping to make Land Cruiser an outstanding towing vehicle.

The standard Trailer Towing Package equips Land Cruiser to pull a trailer up to 8,100 pounds. All the hardware needed for towing is standard, including an engine oil cooler, connector and sub-wiring harness for a trailer-brake controller, and even the tow hitch mount itself. Trailer Sway Control uses Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) to help counteract trailer sway for a more relaxed towing experience.

The 8-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) teams with a versatile full-time 4WD system, which uses a TORSEN limited-slip locking center differential and a 2-speed transfer case with selectable low-range. The transmission allows manual control, such as when needed for descending steep inclines.

The TORSEN center differential distributes torque 40:60 front-to-rear. Should wheel slippage occur, the differential can direct more torque to the wheels with the best grip. Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) employs both brake and throttle intervention to help control wheel spin. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) helps maintain directional control during cornering.

The 2-speed transfer case with low-range doesn’t work alone to handle steep inclines and difficult trails. The Land Cruiser’s Multi-Terrain Select system allows the driver to match wheel slip control to the surface and driving conditions. In loose terrain, such as mud and sand, Multi-terrain Select allows more-than-normal wheel slip to help the Land Cruiser keep moving without digging itself in. A Mogul setting is effective for traversing extremely uneven terrain, such as V-ditches, slopes, and ridges; wheel slip is minimized, with the system acting more like a limited slip differential.

Advanced Off-Road Tech
With the transfer case shifted into low range, the Land Cruiser’s CRAWL Control regulates engine speed and output, along with braking force, to propel the vehicle forward or reverse at one of five driver-selectable low-speed settings. CRAWL Control, when engaged in low range, allows the driver to focus on steering without also having to modulate the throttle or brake pedals.

Two more systems provide additional assistance on trails. Downhill Assist Control (DAC) can augment the low-range ratio’s low-speed descending ability by helping to hold the vehicle to a target speed with minimal driver intervention. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) helps prevent nerve-wracking roll-back when stopping and then starting again on steep inclines.

On narrow trails, the Land Cruiser can even make itself “smaller” with Off-Road Turn Assist, which tightens the turning radius by applying slight brake pressure to the inside rear wheel, creating a pivot effect.

Solid Foundation
Land Cruiser’s off-road capability is rooted in high-strength body-on-frame construction and sophisticated double-wishbone front and four-link coil-spring rear suspension. A key to the Land Cruiser’s off-pavement competence is suspension articulation, facilitated by long wheel travel. It’s aided by the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which hydraulically adjusts the lean resistance provided by the stabilizer bars. Sway resistance is reduced for off-road driving to help minimize any tendency for wheel lift.

On pavement, where stabilizer bar function is beneficial for agility and safe control, KDSS enables the bars’ ability to work conventionally to help reduce body lean by as much as 50 percent.

Skid plates help to protect the Land Cruiser’s front suspension, radiator, fuel tank, and transfer case. The driver can even see potential hazards with the Multi-Terrain Monitor with selectable front side or rear views. The system provides near 360-degree visibility and 5-second front undercarriage projected path video playback.

Big P285/60R18 mud and snow tires on 18 x 8.0-inch aluminum alloy wheels help give the Land Cruiser a solid footing in a wide variety of road conditions. A full-size spare tire comes standard, and it, too, is monitored by the direct individual tire pressure monitor system.

Roughing It in Comfort
If true luxury is about having it all, then the Land Cruiser passes the test. The standard model and the Heritage Edition come as “mono-spec” models; although there is just one option on the standard Land Cruiser with the rear seat entertainment system (RSE).

Land Cruiser’s full complement of amenities includes ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping and memory, power moonroof, and Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start. For additional storage options, the Heritage Edition removes the standard model’s cool box in the front center console.

Semi-aniline perforated leather trim is available in the choice of Black or Terra (brown) on standard models, while Heritage Edition features black perforated leather-trimmed seating. Both interior colors are accented by Deep Wood trim. Four-zone automatic climate control system uses a seven-level blower control to circulate heated or cooled air via 28 air vents located throughout the cabin, all sent through a micro-dust and pollen filter. In cold weather, the Land Cruiser’s auxiliary Positive Temperature Coefficient heater warms the cabin quickly using an electrically heated ceramic element.

The middle row seats feature multi-stage heating and abrasion-resistant seatback material. For comfort and convenience, the 40/20/40 split seat reclines, and a one-touch tumble mechanism makes it easy for passengers to enter and exit the third row. To maximize room for either passengers or cargo, the middle row seats also slide forward and aft 4.1 inches. Even the 50/50 split fold-down third row seats are leather trimmed with folding headrests and abrasion-resistant seatback materials. With the middle and third rows folded, the Land Cruiser provides 82.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

Bright Optitron instrument gauges give a high-tech luxury feel to the driver’s area, while a Multi-Information Display shows gear selection, odometer, trip meter, fuel consumption, individual tire pressures and cruising range. The Multi-Information Display also monitors Parking Assist, steering wheel angle, Multi-Terrain Select including Crawl Control, Dynamic Cruise Control adjustment information, TSS-P pre-collision warning alarm adjustment and Lane Departure Alert and Sway Warning. The center console integrates a cooler box (deleted on Heritage Edition), USB port, and two cup holders.

Family Entertainer
The Land Cruiser comes equipped to keep all aboard entertained. A 9-inch touchscreen Toyota Audio system features standard JBL® with Integrated Navigation, 14 JBL speakers, split-screen capability, advanced voice recognition, Siri® Eyes Free mode, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, Bluetooth® connectivity and music streaming, and Qi wireless phone charging with compatible phones. Split screen capability allows navigation and audio screens to be displayed simultaneously. With advanced voice recognition, the driver can speak simple commands to control the unit.

The optional Rear Seat Entertainment system available on the standard Land Cruiser features a DVD player and two individual 11.6-inch display monitors, plus RCA jacks and separate HDMI input for individual playback.

Safety Abounds
Toyota Safety Connect (with three years of trial service) uses onboard cellular technology, independent of the driver’s phone, to provide such services as Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), and GPS-enhanced Roadside Assistance.

Safety, too, comes from an array of technologies that make up the STAR Safety System that’s standard on all Toyotas. The Land Cruiser multi-terrain anti-lock braking system (ABS) automatically selects the optimal ABS profile to provide the most suitable brake force for on- and off-road driving surfaces. Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) balances braking forces between the front and rear brakes, and Brake Assist (BA) provides auxiliary force to assist the driver during emergency braking.

All 8 seating positions (standard Land Cruiser model) have 3-point seatbelts, and Land Cruiser features 10 airbags: driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System; driver and front passenger knee airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, second-row outboard seat-mounted side airbags and three-row roll-sensing side curtain airbags.

Active headrests on the driver and front passenger seats are designed to move up and forward almost instantly in the event of certain rear-end collisions to help reduce the distance between the occupant’s head and the headrest. The advanced seatbelt system is designed to retract the front seatbelts when the brakes are suddenly applied or when the VSC system detects tire slippage.

Land Cruiser Heritage
The Land Cruiser traces its origins to the 1951 BJ, Toyota’s bid to produce a small 4WD military vehicle. It was not chosen but went on to become the first motor vehicle to reach the sixth station on the trail to the top of Mt. Fuji. The BJ became the Land Cruiser in 1954, and an updated model, the 20-Series, was one of the first Toyota exports to the United States in 1958. The next Land Cruiser iteration, the 40-Series (a.k.a. FJ-40), arrived in 1960 and became an all-terrain icon (and now a collector’s item). A larger station wagon model followed in the late-1960s, putting the Land Cruiser on a path toward family adventures.

By 1991, the 80-Series Land Cruiser was well on its way to becoming a premium model. The 100-Series codified that direction in the late-1990s with a V8 engine and full array of advanced chassis systems and luxury amenities. The current Land Cruiser, the 200-Series, is the most advanced and luxurious in the model’s history.

Limited Warranty and ToyotaCare
The 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. Local Toyota dealers have complete details on the limited warranty. The Land Cruiser also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years, unlimited mileage.

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