2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Uses Every Trick To Go Up the Ike Gauntlet [Video]

2016 toyota land cruiser towing extreme
2016 Toyota Land Cruiser

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
Model 4×4 4×4
 As Tested $ $90,720 $84,820
Engine 5.7-liter V8 5.7-liter V8
Transmission 6-speed 8-speed
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: Time  7:43.03 8:28
Up: MPG  3.8 3.8
Up: Transmission Temp normal normal
Final Ike Score n/a 60
Andre Smirnov
Andre Smirnov

Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been writing and reporting at TFL since 2011.