2019 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Discovery 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 Land Rover Discovery doesn’t offer height-adjustable 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 Discovery doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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

The Toyota Land Cruiser weighs 899 to 1064 pounds more than the Land Rover Discovery. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Land Cruiser 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery 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. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Discovery.

There are over 7 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Land Cruiser’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Land Cruiser’s reliability 60 points higher than the Discovery.

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 64 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 113 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 41 more horsepower (381 vs. 340) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 332) than the Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Land Cruiser has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 22.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Land Cruiser has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 23.5 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Toyota Land Cruiser as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Land Rover Discovery is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

The Land Cruiser stops much shorter than the Discovery:

 

Land Cruiser

Discovery

 

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the Discovery (285/60R18 vs. 235/65R19).

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 Discovery’s standard 65 series tires.

The Land Cruiser has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Discovery Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

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 Discovery doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Land Cruiser handles at .75 G’s, while the Discovery HSE Luxury pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Land Cruiser executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Discovery HSE (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Land Cruiser’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

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

Passenger Space

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

The Land Cruiser has 3.9 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.9 inches more rear hip room, 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room, 14.6 inches more third row hip room and 15.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Land Cruiser’s middle and third row seats recline. The Discovery’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Land Cruiser’s cargo area provides more volume than the Discovery.

 

Land Cruiser

Discovery

Behind Third Seat

16.1 cubic feet

11.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

43 cubic feet

40.2 cubic feet

The Land Cruiser’s cargo area is larger than the Discovery’s in almost every dimension:

 

Land Cruiser

Discovery

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

16.5”/46”/66.5”

11.8”/44.1”/77.3”

Max Width

56”

55.6”

Min Width

40”

39.3”

Height

41.5”

37”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Land Cruiser. The Discovery doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The Land Cruiser’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Discovery’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

While the Discovery Td6 can only tow 7716, any Land Cruiser can tow a minimum of 8100 pounds.

Ergonomics

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 Discovery does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 Discovery doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Land Cruiser has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery doesn’t offer extendable 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 Discovery.

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

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Land Cruiser, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Discovery isn't recommended.

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