The Toyota Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) is a technology that uses hydraulics to adjust front and rear stabilizer bars. It solves the classic 4×4 dilemma of stabilizer bars. The dilemma is that for off-road driving, stabilizer bars are not desirable as they impede suspension travel and wheel articulation. For on-road driving, stabilizer bars are highly desirable as they prevent a vehicle from rolling over at high speed.
Most modern 4x4s do not achieve their full off-road potential due to stabilizer bars. Then enters the KDSS. It works by automatically stiffening the stabilizer bars at high speed to limit or negate body roll. At lower speeds, the KDSS softens the stabilizer bars to allow for suspension long travel and greater wheel articulation. A vehicle fitted with KDSS is very stable on the road and highly capable off the road. It simply offers the best of both worlds.
Comparison between Toyota KDSS and Land Rover Air Suspension
The KDSS is comparable to and solves the same problem as the air suspension systems in the Land Rovers Discovery and Range Rover. The KDSS is however much more simpler, robust and reliable. Below are the key differences
1. KDSS is simpler. It uses hydraulic systems whilst the Land Rover air system employs complex sensors and pneumatic compressors
2. KDSS is much more reliable and cheaper to maintain
3. The air suspension is more comfortable than KDSS
4. The air suspension offers better stability
List of Toyotas that use KDSS
1. Toyota Land Cruiser J200 VX/Sahara
2. Toyota Land Cruiser J200 ZX
3. Toyota Land Cruiser J200 AX
4. Toyota Land Cruiser J200 AXG
5. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado J150 VXL
6. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado J150 VX
7. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado J150 TZ
8. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado J150 TZG
9. Toyota Lexus J120 GX
10. Toyota Lexus J150 GX
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