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It’s not uncommon for car buyers to consider a purchase based on how valuable the vehicle will be in the future. Here’s a list of the top 10 cars that will retain the most of their original purchase value after five years, according to Kelly Blue Book.
Toyota’s youth oriented Scion brand makes their only appearance here on the resale list with the tC. With 180 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque, the tC is a peppy compact with a sporty look. Also, thanks to it’s huge list of customization options, there’s always the opportunity to personalize the tC in whatever way you want. This is only one of two cars that make the list so be prepared to see a lot of SUVs and trucks ahead. The Scion tC finds its value still at 60.0 percent after 36 months and 46.5 percent after 60 months.
Well, you can’t blame Fox for at least trying to recoup any of the costs it sunk into producing the failed television show, Terra Nova.
The refreshed iconic SUV gets updated exterior styling with a new front grille and headlights with HID low-beams, LED daytime running lights, chrome side molding, redesigned outer side mirrors and taillights.
The Land Cruiser recently celebrated its 60th anniversary from its original launch and has been seen in Toyota’s US lineup for more than 50 years. Over time, it has evolved from a basic, run-of-the-mill four-wheel-drive utility vehicle to the eight-passenger, luxury SUV now seen today. More importantly the Land Cruiser can be seen at dealerships in 188 countries.
In addition to the updated exterior, Toyota gave the interior additional refinements including perforated leather trim with ventilated front seats, higher-gloss wood grain finish, silver instrument-panel decor, chrome-plated air registers and gave the meter-cluster lighting an update. Lastly for 2013, Toyota made the rear-seat DVD entertainment system, color-matched spoiler, rain-sensing wipers, center-console cooler box, headlight cleaners, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift lever, multi-information display, Bluetooth hands-free, and heated second row seats all standard – popular features that were previously available as options.
The Land Cruiser will be powered by a 5.7L DOHC V8 engine with 381-hp and 401 lb-ft of torque and will be arriving at Toyota dealerships nationwide in February.
GALLERY: 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser (European Spec)
Toyota has officially unveiled its new 2013 Land Cruiser (European model shown), celebrating its 60th anniversary since its original launch in Japan and over 50 years of success in North America.
For the revamp, Toyota has given its decorated Land Cruiser a series of new upgrades, including exterior and interior styling enhancements. Along with that, the Land Cruiser now has a ton of new features as standard equipment that used to be options.
The aesthetic changes to the exterior include a new front grille and headlights with HID low-beams. LED daytime running lights were also added in addition to chrome side molding, new side mirrors and taillights. For the interior, Toyota has outfitted the Land Cruiser with perforated leather with ventilated front seats, higher gloss wood grain finish, brighter silver instrument panel ornamentation, chrome-plated air registers and updated meter-cluster lighting.
With seating up to eight, the Land Cruiser has also received some enhancements to make it easier to access the roomy interior. The passenger-side’s second-row seat now features a one-touch tumble mechanism for easier third-row ingress and egress.
The Land Cruiser will be powered by a 5.7L V8 DOHC engine with 381-hp and 401 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission. It’ll come with 18-inch wheels standard.
Previous features that used to be options that are now standard include: rear-seat DVD entertainment system, color-matched rear spoiler, rain-sensing wipers, center console cooler box, headlight cleaners, leather-trimmed steering wheel, multi-information display, voice and Bluetooth hands-free controls, leather-trimmed shift lever and heated second row seats. Even better news, Toyota’s Premium Hard Disk Drive Navigation with Entune multi-media system and JBL Audio is now also standard.
Unfortunately Toyota did not announce any pricing on the new Land Cruiser.
GALLERY: 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota of Japan has released the first official photos of their 2012 Land Cruiser refresh, the first major update since the SUV first hit the market in 2007.
On the outside, the bulk of the Land Cruiser’s styling remains the same, but it does get outfitted with a sportier front bumper, new headlights with LEDs, new front grille with chrome accents, and the taillights got a slight revamp. Toyota also gave the 2012 Land Cruiser a collection of new tech goods including a multi-terrain monitor that utilizes four small cameras mounted around the vehicle to show road conditions on a screen in the dash.
Drivers will also be able to choose through a multi-terrain select system, modifying the traction control and brake settings on the Land Cruiser. Modes include rock, rock & dirt, mogul, loose rock and mud & sand.
Lastly, at very low speeds, the Land Cruiser can turn on a turn-assist function helping decrease the turning radius of the SUV.
Out in Japan, the 2012 Land Cruiser will be powered by a 4.6L V8 powerplant with 318-hp and 339 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed sequential transmission. Pricing based on today’s conversion rates is around $56,500.
It shouldn’t be long until America gets their peek at their version of the 2012 Land Cruiser, we don’t expect any major changes from the Japanese variant.
GALLERY: 2012 Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota has announced the pricing for its 2012 Highlander and FJ Cruiser models while a price increase has been put into effect for the 2011 Land Cruiser. For 2012, the Highlander and Highlander Hybrid will see no new features and as a result, the MSRP will remain the same as its 2011 counterparts. The base MSRP for the gas Highlander will start at $28,090 while the high-end Limited V6 with a five-speed automatic starts at $37,045. Highland Hybrid prices will start at $38,140 for the Base 4WD and go up to $43,795 for the Limited 4WD.
The FJ Cruiser, which is also virtually unchanged for 2012, will have an MSRP ranging from $25,990 for the 4×2 with five-speed automatic transmission to the 4×4 V6 automatic with an MSRP of $27,580. The FJ Cruiser does feature a 0.7-percent increase of $200. The 2011 Land Cruiser also gets a $200 price increase, with an MSRP of $69,120.
The prices for the 2012 gas Highlander, FJ Cruiser and 2011 Land Cruiser will become effective starting with August’s production models while the 2012 Highlander Hybrid prices began with July 20th’s production.
Forget the Hummer, the Chevrolet Suburban or the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. The Toyota Land Cruiser is bar none the off-roader. Whether it’s serving UN peacekeepers in far-flung conflict zones, traversing the Australian Outback or ferrying American kids to grade school, the Land Cruiser has done it all, and we salute its six decades of outstanding service.
While the newest 200 Series LC is a big, plush luxo-truck, and the FJ40 quickly becoming a pricey collectors icon, lucky residents of certain markets, like Australia can still purchase brand-new versions of older Land Cruisers, specifically the Land Cruiser 70 Series, which comes in a Cab Chassis (think pickup truck), Wagon and the bad-ass “Troop Carrier” version, fitted with a gnarly 4.5L V8 diesel engine and a proper manual gearbox. Of course, such a vehicle costs about $76,000, so only rich eccentrics or well funded anti-government militias need apply.
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