You know that your golf-loving dad is, without a doubt, the best father by par. So, this Father's Day, treat him to a day on the greens, just the two of you.
Seattle Refined's producer Brandon Burnstead celebrated his dad with a round at Washington National, home to University of Washington's men's and women's golf teams. The entire course is purple- and gold-themed, from the collegiate carts to the giant purple "W" on the 18th hole. This championship golf course has hosted several NCAA regional championships—something any UW dad will love (hopefully you won't hear too many anecdotes about "the good 'ol days").
And, what's even cooler, is that if you ride to Washington National in a stylish 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser, you'll have enough space in the back for both golf bags and however many polos and towels that dad wants to buy.
More power than Tiger's swing.
The Land Cruiser can easily handle any task with its 381-horsepower 5.7-liter DOHC V8 engine, which produces 90 percent of its peak torque at a low 2,200 rpm, making it an outstanding towing machine. The standard Trailer Towing Package equips it to pull a trailer up to 8,100 pounds. All the hardware needed for towing is standard, including an engine oil cooler, as well as a connector and sub-wiring harness for a trailer-brake controller. And Trailer Sway Control uses Vehicle Stability Control to help counteract trailer sway for a more relaxed towing experience.
More refined than any of those members-only courses.
Land Cruiser has a posh, feature-laden cabin with space for eight people. The body-on-frame SUV retains the off-road DNA for which it is known the world over thanks to its full-time 4WD system and features like CRAWL Control and Multi-Terrain Select. Yet its on-road manners are smooth as ever thanks to its Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System.
The Land Cruiser's rugged body-on-frame construction makes extensive use of high-strength steel and provides a solid on-road driving feel. Offering the comfort of a luxury sedan, the Land Cruiser is always ready and able to tackle off-pavement exploring and trail driving in out-of-the-way places.
A key to the Land Cruiser's off-pavement competence is suspension articulation, facilitated by long wheel travel. It's aided by the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which hydraulically adjusts the lean resistance provided by the stabilizer bars, reducing it for off-road driving to help minimize any tendency for wheel lift.
On pavement, where stabilizer bar function is beneficial for agility and safe control, KDSS enables the bars' ability to work conventionally to help reduce body lean by as much as 50 percent. The system operates hydraulically, without the need for complex electronics. Skid plates help to protect the front suspension, radiator, fuel tank, and transfer case.
More control than the nicest iron.
Land Cruiser also comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection that detects preceding pedestrians or preceding vehicles, and can automatically apply braking to help mitigate or avoid collisions. It also includes Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beams.
The Land Cruiser's full-time 4WD system uses a TORSEN limited-slip locking center differential. Should wheel slippage occur, the differential can direct more torque to the wheels with the best grip. Active Traction Control employs both brake and throttle intervention to help control wheel spin. Vehicle Stability Control helps maintain directional control during cornering, and in loose terrain such as mud and sand Multi-terrain Select allows more-than-normal wheel slip to help the Land Cruiser keep moving without digging itself in. The driver can even see potential hazards with the Multi-Terrain Monitor, which provides near 360-degree visibility and 5-second front undercarriage projected path video playback.
Hill-start Assist Control helps prevent nerve-wracking roll-back when stopping and then starting again on steeper inclines, helping to hold the vehicle to a target speed with minimal driver intervention. On narrow trails, the Land Cruiser can even make itself "smaller" with Off-Road Turn Assist, which tightens the turning radius by applying slight brake pressure to the inside rear wheel, creating a pivot effect. And of course, all of the Land Cruiser's impressive 4WD hardware and chassis control technology also help take the slip out of slippery weather in everyday driving.
More amenities than the clubhouse.
Land Cruiser is only offered in one trim level – fully equipped. The sole option is a DVD Rear Seat Entertainment system. The exceedingly long list of standard amenities includes perforated leather trim, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping with memory. The list also includes Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start; anti-theft security system with engine immobilizer; power moonroof; auto-dimming rearview and side mirrors; HomeLink universal garage-door and gate opening system, and much more.
As Toyota's flagship sport-utility, Land Cruiser comes standard with Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation system. Its 14 JBL speakers, amplifier and subwoofer bathe the cabin in clear, powerful sound, playing music from an AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability; SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-month All Access trial; HD Radio with iTunes Tagging; USB port with iPod connectivity and control; and audio streaming via Bluetooth. The latter also provides hands-free phone capability and phone book access.
The Land Cruiser also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.
The starting msrp for the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is $85,165. For more information go to buyatoyota.com.