CarsDirect Article: Land Crusier vs. Range Rover

As an aside that would otherwise go unheard, I’m putting out blogs of my work versus my own thoughts, as they are two different things.

Original version:

With as many SUV’s, CUV’s, SAV’s and all those other weird “V’s” out there, there’s few that combine the off-road ability to drive across some of Earths toughest terrain while being trimmed like an executive jet.  Two long known name plates that fit that description are the Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rover Range Rover.

Toyota Land Cruisers weren’t always luxurious, with their origins starting as a Jeep copy in World War II.  Come the 1980’s, the Land Cruiser started becoming the vehicle it is today.  As the most expensive Toyota product one can buy, the base price is $78,000—that’s Lexus LS money.  But you get nearly Lexus-grade materials and luxury, and some world-class capability.  Not so world-class is the now archaic five-speed automatic, and a 381hp 5.7L V8 shared with the Tundra and Sequoia.  While the towing capacity of 8,200lbs is commendable, the 18mpg highway stands as a letdown.

The Range Rover has long been a staple choice for the British Royal Family for country expeditions.  Range Rover’s newest model advanced the lineage with far greater use of aluminum to save weight.  The new ‘Rover also makes maneuvering in tight quarters easy with five cameras to look around the vehicle with the available Surround Camera System.  When reading the base model is a 3.0L V6 compared to the Toyota 5.7L V8, the $83,000 Range Rover may seem too much.  That V6 has a supercharger, however, and 340 Jaguar-shared horsepower because of it.  The 23mpg highway rating more than makes up for the base engine, and there’s still an optional supercharged V8 (510hp, 19mpg) for nearly $100,000 if desired.  Both engines feature an eight-speed automatic, and V6 or V8 models have a 7,700lb tow capacity.

While the Toyota Land Cruiser has the upper hand in standard power, better tow ratings and a lower entry price.  While still capable, all those Toyota pluses come at the cost of oozing of old-fashioned in a not so charming way.  The Land Rover Range Rover, on the other hand, takes this class of vehicle forward through the details and engineering the Land Cruiser is greatly missing out on.  For that, the Range Rover is a breathtaking winner suited even for royalty.

My Take:
This is yet another example of CarsDirect changing what I write, leaving out anything to do with British Royal Family.  Excusable, I suppose, but reinforces putting these differences out there for readers or potential employers to gander my own style nonetheless.  Perfect?  No.  But mine.

Back to my take, though… it’s the same, really.  The Toyota did come from 2008, but the interior is still laughable in how aged it seems.  Add in that the base Lexus LX570 SUV based off the Land Cruiser comes standard with air suspension that is all kinds of adjustable… not like the Ranger Rover, but still.  The air suspension isn’t even an option for the Toyota—and it’s only a $5,000 gap between the Toyota and Lexus!  The towing is less on the Lexus, sure, but honestly that’s not my chief concern when something costs $82,000.

There is no way I can disagree with this articles outcome.  Does the Toyota have a slightly bigger interior and standard seating for eight?  Sure.  Still rather have the Range Rover, or it’s big-brother LR4.  I was astounded at just how behind (and weak) the Land Cruiser is.

So not only is the Land Cruiser a loser to the Land Rover Range Rover, but to its own luxury cousin, ugly face be damned.  And “ugly” is relative, since the Range Rover looks too much like a Ford Explorer at times– the rear in particular.

Lexus LX570, the luxury version of the Land Cruiser.

Ford Explorer compared to Range Rover.


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