2019 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Range Rover Sport 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 Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Land Cruiser and the Range Rover Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, 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 and rearview cameras.

The Toyota Land Cruiser weighs 694 to 1042 pounds more than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. 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 Range Rover Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Sport 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 Range Rover Sport.

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 Range Rover Sport.

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 Range Rover Sport’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 1 more horsepower (381 vs. 380) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 332) than the Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 106 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 295) than the Range Rover Sport P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Land Cruiser has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Sport Diesel’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 22.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Land Cruiser’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Sport:

 

Land Cruiser

Range Rover Sport

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.8 inches

The Land Cruiser stops shorter than the Range Rover Sport:

 

Land Cruiser

Range Rover Sport

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the Range Rover Sport (285/60R18 vs. 235/65R19). The Land Cruiser’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Sport (285/60R18 vs. 275/40R22).

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 Range Rover Sport’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 Range Rover Sport 5-Passenger, and isn’t available otherwise. Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Land Cruiser’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The Land Cruiser’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport SVR’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The design of the Toyota Land Cruiser amounts to more than styling. The Land Cruiser has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the Range Rover Sport (.37). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Land Cruiser get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Land Cruiser is quieter than the Range Rover Sport HSE:

 

Land Cruiser

Range Rover Sport

At idle

41 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

79 dB

Passenger Space

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

The Land Cruiser has .7 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Sport.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Land Cruiser’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Sport.

 

Land Cruiser

Range Rover Sport

Behind Third Seat

16.1 cubic feet

7.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

43 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

24.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

81.7 cubic feet

55.8 cubic feet

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

 

Land Cruiser

Range Rover Sport

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

16.5”/46”/66.5”

n.a./41.3”/73.5”

Max Width

56”

50.6”

Min Width

40”

44”

Height

41.5”

33”

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

Towing

The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Range Rover Sport’s (8100 vs. 7716 pounds).

While the Range Rover Sport SVR can only tow 6613, 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 Range Rover Sport does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 Range Rover Sport 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 Range Rover Sport.

Recommendations

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

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