2016 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Diesel Review

2016 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Diesel Review

2016 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara Diesel Review

The 2016 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara turbo diesel is one with the lot.

Top of the food chain for large Toyota SUVs - unless you count the equivalent Lexus model - and there’s almost nothing extra you could wish for.

After a few minutes for familiarisation with all the features, and connecting the phone by Bluetooth, my journey begins in a vehicle beautifully detailed and ready for action.

So nicely prepared was it by the Toyota crew, that it almost seemed a pity to take it outside. But hard work - off-road in particular - is what LandCruisers are built for and where they excel!

High riding and comfortable, the car exudes a feeling of reassurance. Pick a destination and the Sahara will get you there with a minimum of fuss.

The Toyota LandCruiser has been doing this for decades. Since the models introduction to the Australian market in the late 1950s, the Toyota 4×4 built a reputation for reliability on the Snowy Hydro scheme.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity of driving a Toyota LandCruiser from Broome to Perth, following the coastline wherever possible. The journey was wonderful, with Western Australia’s majestic scenery, and the reliability of a great vehicle. And that was a model with far fewer options and little of the flair of this Sahara.

The Sahara isn’t cheap.. but it’s highly capable

The vehicle tested costs upwards of $118k before on-roads, so this Sahara isn’t cheap.. but highly capable. The twin turbo diesel gets the LandCruiser along nicely, coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. Quite speedy when needed, surprisingly so!

Toyota claims fuel consumption of 9.5L/100km; maybe it was my driving, but the best I managed was upwards of 12.5K/100km, on mainly stop/start city driving. This is by no means a tiny car, it’s big of course, so be patient in narrow car parks.

In these situations, a multi-camera system comes into its own, providing you with visual cues from around the car as you park.

There is the large, welcoming cabin, with a third row of seats, it really is a roomy eight-seat SUV.

The ride is comfortable too, extremely so, and if you are heading off with adults and luggage in tow, there should be few complaints from those on-board.

The dash looks smart, even classy; there’s a host of safety features, and other touches like heated seats in the front and second rows, and ventilated seats in the front too. The larger touchscreen works well, and you will be pleased with the cool-bin nestled between the driver and passenger.. lots of room there for keeping refreshments cold.

It is accomplished, practical and comes with a reputation years in the making. If your motoring calls for an honest, enjoyable and well designed SUV you really should have this on your test drive list.

NUTS and BOLTS - 2016 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara

Engine: 4.5 litre twin-turbo diesel V8 producing 200kW and 650Nm

Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: Three years

Origin: Japan

Price: from $118,500

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