The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is well known for being a luxurious and capable off-roader. The big 5.7-liter V8 under the hood carries over from the previous model year, but there is a new 8-speed transmission available in this truck-based SUV. Can the 8-speed perform better, faster, and more efficiently on the Ike Gauntlet extreme towing test?
The 32-valve DOHC V8 makes 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm. The power is delivered via the 8-speed automatic transmission. The load is the horse trailer with a total weight of 5,600 lbs. There are also two reporters in the cab for a total of 6,100 lbs.
How did the Land Cruiser do? Check out the comparison data table below and watch the video here.
Fullsize SUV – Ike Gauntlet
|2015 Lexus LX570||2016 Toyota Land Cruiser|
|As Tested $||$90,720||$84,820|
|Engine||5.7-liter V8||5.7-liter V8|
|Power (hp / lb-ft)||383 / 403||381 / 401|
|Tow Rating||7,000 lbs (3.91 axle)||8,100 lbs (3.31 axle)|
|Payload Rating||1,385 lbs||lbs|
|Test Load (trailer + ppl)||6,100 lbs||6,100 lbs|
|Suspension Sag||2 in||2.5 in|
|Down: Transmission Temp||normal||normal|
|Up: Transmission Temp||normal||normal|
|Final Ike Score||n/a||60|
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been writing and reporting at TFL since 2011.