2019 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2019 Ford Expedition Max

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Land Cruiser’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Expedition Max doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 Ford Expedition Max 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 Expedition Max doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Land Cruiser. But it costs extra on the Expedition Max.

Both the Land Cruiser and the Expedition Max have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.


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. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Expedition Max.


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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.


The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 6 more horsepower (381 vs. 375) than the Expedition Max’s standard 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Land Cruiser is faster than the Expedition Max Platinum:


Land Cruiser

Expedition Max

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.5 sec

11.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

88.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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


The Land Cruiser has Active-Traction Control, a true four-wheel-drive system, which uses a four wheel traction control system to redirect engine power to the axle and wheel that still has traction to keep the Land Cruiser moving if even only one wheel still has traction. The Expedition Max doesn’t offer a true four-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Land Cruiser’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Expedition Max:


Land Cruiser

Expedition Max

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13.2 inches

The Land Cruiser stops much shorter than the Expedition Max:


Land Cruiser

Expedition Max


70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

192 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the Expedition Max (285/60R18 vs. 275/65R18).

The Land Cruiser’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Expedition Max’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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 Expedition Max doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For better maneuverability, the Land Cruiser’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the Expedition Max’s (38.7 feet vs. 43.3 feet).


The Land Cruiser is 2 feet, 3 inches shorter than the Expedition Max, making the Land Cruiser easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.


The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Expedition Max’s (8100 vs. 6000 pounds).


The Land Cruiser’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Expedition Max.

The Land Cruiser’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Expedition Max’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Land Cruiser has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Expedition Max doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Land Cruiser’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Expedition Max’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Land Cruiser has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Expedition Max doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 Expedition Max 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 Expedition Max.

The Land Cruiser has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Expedition Max.

Economic Advantages

The Land Cruiser will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Land Cruiser will retain 53.28% of its original price after five years, while the Expedition Max only retains 49.61% to 51.66%.


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

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