2019 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2019 BMW X7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Land Cruiser and the X7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.


Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Land Cruiser 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Land Cruiser’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. BMW is ranked 8th.


The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 46 more horsepower (381 vs. 335) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 330) than the X7 xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Land Cruiser uses regular unleaded gasoline. The X7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Land Cruiser has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the X7 (24.6 vs. 21.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the X7 (285/60R18 vs. 275/40R22).

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 X7, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Land Cruiser’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the X7’s (38.7 feet vs. 42.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Land Cruiser has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X7 (8.9 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Land Cruiser to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Land Cruiser is 8.4 inches shorter than the X7, making the Land Cruiser easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Land Cruiser has standard seating for 8 passengers; the X7 can only carry 7.

The Land Cruiser has 3.1 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear shoulder room and 14.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the X7.

Payload and Towing

The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the X7’s (8100 vs. 7500 pounds).

The Land Cruiser has a higher standard payload capacity than the X7 (1320 vs. 1202 lbs.).


To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Land Cruiser has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The X7 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

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 X7.

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 X7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.


Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Land Cruiser, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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