2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Updated with New Transmission, Revised Look

Also gets new active safety features.

We didn't have to wait long after the Japanese-market Toyota Land Cruiser's debut to get information on the U.S.-spec version of this big luxury SUV. The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser for America gets a similar visual update along with a new transmission and some additional tech features.

The front end displays a new face, with an updated bumper design, more modern-looking LED headlights, and a more prominent front grille that similar to the look of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup. There's also a new "Land Cruiser" logo and a reshaped hood, along with different 18-inch wheels, new taillights and an updated bumper out back. The interior is also slightly changed, with a new steering wheel, revised controls, and a new 9-inch infotainment screen.

Under the skin, the biggest change is the addition of an 8-speed automatic, mirroring the Land Cruiser's twin, the Lexus LX 570, also refreshed for 2016. The 8-speed replaces the old 6-speed transmission, though the 5.7-liter V-8 engine is otherwise unchanged. Curiously, Toyota quotes the same MPG ratings as the outgoing Land Cruiser, with estimates of 13/18 mpg city/highway. The Land Cruiser keeps its standard four-wheel drive system with a locking center-differential, a 2-speed transfer case with low range, and a Multi-terrain Select system for various surfaces.

New tech features are also in store for the updated 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser, including a new Entune infotainment system with Siri eyes-free capability. There is a new suite of active safety features comprising blind-spot warning, pre-collision braking, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. All of this equipment is standard, as the 2016 Land Cruiser is still offered only in one trim level with no available options.

Expect pricing to stay relatively similar to the 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser's $81,250 starting price when the updated model goes on sale later this year.