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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/22/2015 Jason Udy

With its last major update performed for model-year 2007, the Toyota Land Cruiser was due for a refresh. While not a full-on redesign, the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser has been updated inside and out with active safety and connectivity technologies and a new eight-speed automatic transmission. But how does the 2016 Land Cruiser SUV’s new styling compare to the outgoing model?

Up front, the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser gains a bolder front grille with three horizontal chrome bars in the center. The previous model’s chrome grille surround has been replaced with a larger chrome upper bar, while two wide lower side bars bisect the redesigned headlight assembly with new slim LED projector low- and high-beams and LED running lights. The front bumper cover has also been redesigned with smaller fog lights. The most distinctive front end styling cue may be the new hood with dual “power bulges.”

Besides new front fenders, changes to the side profile are minimal and include a new side chrome moldings with the Land Cruiser logo and redesigned 18-inch alloy wheels. Around back, the refreshed SUV features new taillight graphics with a light-tube design and LED brake lights, a new full-width chrome molding frames the bottom of the taillight assembly, and a new rear bumper.

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Inside, the updated 2016 Land Cruiser features a refreshed steering wheel, center stack with the latest Entune infotainment system, and a center console that is said to offer “a more cohesive appearance and more intuitive controls.” Additionally, new semi-aniline perforated leather is available in black or Terra (brown) and is accented by Deep Wood trim.

How does the refreshed 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV’s looks stack up compared to the outgoing model? Share your thoughts below.

Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser

Last week, we evaluated the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. Most commenters found it refreshing: Midosan said, “Refreshing. It looks so expensive, but it's reasonably priced. This would be called a value buy.” Skywarped said, “Refreshing. Not that the old one was bad, but the new one is very attractive.” While Carzila thought it was “Refreshing, such a beauty!”

Not everyone appreciated the new styling: IceDree thought, “Everything is refreshing until you reach the B-Pillar, it goes south from there. I began to seriously doubt Mercedes's ability to design rear ends...” And nate0123 said, “The interior is a nice improvement but the exterior looks like an incomplete and compromised design. Overall the shape is more pleasing, but I hate the piece of plastic above the front grille, and the rear end looks squished. Like a 4/5th scale S-class coupe but the proportions don't work.”

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