Cruise Through The Bay Area in a Toyota Land Cruiser




Road trips with a large family can be comfortable and luxurious with a Toyota Land Cruiser. When spending several days on the road sightseeing, we all look forward to a relaxing ride full of advanced features. The Land Cruiser gave us all of this and more during a 5 day trip to the San Francisco Bay Area.

We planned to have a variety of distances and locations to travel and we wanted something we could fill with luggage…..or drive empty outside the city. The Land Cruiser took care of all of our needs.

Family Friendly Features



Our first stop was the Golden Gate Bridge. Since The Land Cruiser is so big, the windows and the sunroof in the car were amazing! It was like having a front row seat to the world! And with three kids in tow, space and amenities are a big deal. Comfortable kids=comfortable parents. Some of the interior family features of the Land cruiser are listed below:

  • Navigation and App suite – includes a 9-in. high-resolution multimedia touch-screen with split-screen capability and integrated backup camera display, AM/FM CD player,  JBL® speakers including subwoofer, SiriusXM®Satellite Radio23 with 3-month complimentary SiriusXM All Access trial, HD Radio Technology with iTunes® Tagging, USB port with iPodconnectivity and control, vehicle information, hands-free phone capability, phone book access, advanced voice recognition, music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology, and Siri® Eyes Free. Access to Entune® App Suite is subscription-free.

  • 8 passenger seating with multi-stage heated and ventilated front seats with seatback pockets; 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with three-position memory function and power lumbar support.  The trunk was massive and there was plenty of room for our luggage as well as any trinkets or gifts we bought along the way with a 40/20/40 split or a 5-/50 split.

Lets not forget about the ten airbags either. There is a driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, second-row outboard seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and all-row Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA) with cutoff switch.

Exterior Features

One of my favorite things about the Toyota Land Cruiser was simple- It had running boards which is a total game-changer for me due to the fact that I am vertically challenged. It was amazing to be able to step on one and comfortably get into the car without having to perform an ungraceful acrobatic performance just to get in.
Also, the weather is very unprdictable in San Francisco so we appreciated the front-bumper integrated LED fog lights. If your hands are full, you will appreciate the power open/close rear-door liftgate.
Other great features are:
  • 18-in. 5-spoke alloy wheels with P285/60R18 116V tire
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade and one-touch open/close with jam protection
  • LED projector-beam low- and high-beam headlights, auto on/off feature, headlight cleaners and integrated Land Cruiser logo
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • LED stop lights and light-pipe taillights with vortex generators
  • Color-keyed heated power auto-dimming outside mirrors with cameras, turn signal indicators, vortex generators and automatic power-folding, reverse tilt-down, and memory features.


Tips For Driving a Big Car In The City

Be aware of parked cars as doors can open suddenly.

Pay Special attention to height requirements in parking lots/ramps.

Be Aware of crowded streets – The streets are crowded at almost all times of the day, but traffic is particularly dense during rush hour. Expect delays when crossing the Bay Bridge or the Golden Gate Bridge, and plan your trip accordingly. Watch for cars that might be merging into your lane.

Curb Your Wheels – When parallel parking on these steep streets, it’s important to turn your wheels toward the curb. If you’re parking facing downhill, you’ll want them turned in toward the curb. If you’re parking facing uphill, the tires should be turned toward the street.

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