Toyota Land Cruiser

A chic vehicle that radiates the impression of status and good taste. That's what you'll find in the Toyota Land Cruiser, the Japanese maker's most sophisticated sport utility vehicle in the American lineup. Now in its fifth generation, the current version of the Land Cruiser is derived from the Model JB, and was given the name Land Cruiser in 1954. The Land Cruiser first became available for sale on the American market for the 1958 model year. It has undergone many phases of development in the decades since, which has ultimately evolved into the luxurious vehicle that it is today. The Land Rover is popular with consumers for its fine craftsmanship and unmatched reliability, packaged together with famous Toyota quality. The Land Cruiser has worn many faces during its time, including those of a van, truck, convertible and station wagon. Its outstanding durability has lived up to some of the most difficult landscapes in the world. 1990 marked the sale of the 2 millionth Land Cruiser sold worldwide. The 1990 model year unveiled the first four door version of the vehicle in its current form, in a single four wheel drive version built with a four speed manual overdrive transmission. At this time, standard features included a cassette player and tilt steering. Optional features included a sunroof, air conditioning, and cruise control. The 1993 model year brought optional leather seating, and antilock brakes and driver-passenger air bags became available for added safety in the 1995 model year. In 1998, the fifth generation Land Cruiser was introduced, with a restyled design. The beginning of the new millennium also added numerous standard features, including a power sunroof and leather interior. Additional enhancements were in both the 2003 and 2006 model year, including a chrome grille, redesigned bumpers and optional high tech DVD entertainment system. 2004 added to the available technologically advanced equipment, with a sophisticated, hands-free, Bluetooth phone system and rear back-up camera. To round out the feel of extravagance, today's available and standard equipment includes alloy wheels, daytime running and fog lights, keyless entry, a vehicle antitheft device, a fully equipped sound system complete with compact disc player and six disc CD changer, as well as a subwoofer. The Land Cruiser's generous interior provides comfortable accommodations for up to eight passengers and a third row removable and second row folding seat is perfect for storage needs. Safety features include antilock brakes, tire pressure monitoring, and traction and stability control systems, as well as driver, passenger and side head curtain airbags. The Toyota Land Cruiser is a top notch, best selling SUV in the United States today for good reason, given its striking appearance and impressive features.