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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Land Cruiser are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Audi Q7 doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.
The Land Cruiser has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Q7 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Land Cruiser’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Land Cruiser and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.
The Toyota Land Cruiser weighs 712 to 1086 pounds more than the Audi Q7. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Land Cruiser 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Land Cruiser for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Q7.
There are over 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Land Cruiser’s warranty.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Land Cruiser has a standard 650-amp battery. The Q7’s 380-amp battery isn’t as powerful.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Audi is ranked 7th.
The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 133 more horsepower (381 vs. 248) and 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 273) than the Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 52 more horsepower (381 vs. 329) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 325) than the Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Land Cruiser uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q7 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Land Cruiser has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q7 (24.6 vs. 22.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the Q7 (285/60R18 vs. 255/55R19).
The Land Cruiser has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Q7, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Q7 don’t even offer run-flats.
The Land Cruiser has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Q7 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.
The Land Cruiser’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.1% to 47.9%) than the Q7’s (55% to 45%). This gives the Land Cruiser more stable handling and braking.
For better maneuverability, the Land Cruiser’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Q7’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Land Cruiser has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Q7 (8.9 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Land Cruiser to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Land Cruiser is 4.7 inches shorter than the Q7, making the Land Cruiser easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Land Cruiser is quieter than the Q7 Prestige (41 vs. 43 dB).
The Land Cruiser has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Q7 can only carry 7.
The Land Cruiser has 1.2 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room and 12.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Land Cruiser’s middle and third row seats recline. The Q7’s third row seats don’t recline.
The Land Cruiser’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q7.
Behind Third Seat
16.1 cubic feet
14.8 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
43 cubic feet
37.5 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
81.7 cubic feet
71.6 cubic feet
The Land Cruiser’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Q7’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.
The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q7’s (8100 vs. 4400 pounds).
The Land Cruiser’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Q7 does not have an oil pressure gauge.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Land Cruiser has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q7 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
The Land Cruiser has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Q7.
The Land Cruiser has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Land Cruiser and the Audi Q7, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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