2019 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2019 Porsche Cayenne

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 Cayenne 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 Porsche Cayenne has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

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 Cayenne doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Land Cruiser and the Cayenne have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 755 to 1438 pounds more than the Porsche Cayenne. 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 Porsche covers the Cayenne. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Cayenne ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Land Cruiser for 1 year and 15000 miles longer than Porsche pays for maintenance for the Cayenne (2/25000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are almost 7 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Porsche 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 46 points higher than the Cayenne.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Porsche vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Porsche is ranked 11th.

Engine

The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 46 more horsepower (381 vs. 335) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 332) than the Cayenne’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Land Cruiser has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cayenne Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Land Cruiser has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Cayenne’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 23.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Land Cruiser

Cayenne

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the Cayenne (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 Cayenne, it requires you to 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 foot tighter than the Cayenne’s (38.7 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Land Cruiser has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Cayenne (8.9 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Land Cruiser to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Land Cruiser’s minimum ground clearance is .5 inch higher than on the Cayenne Air Suspension (8.9 vs. 8.4 inches).

Passenger Space

The Land Cruiser has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Cayenne can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Land Cruiser

Cayenne

Third Seat Folded

43 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

27.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

81.7 cubic feet

60.3 cubic feet

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

 

Land Cruiser

Cayenne

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

16.5”/46”/66.5”

n.a./39.6”/74.9”

Max Width

56”

42”

Min Width

40”

42”

Height

41.5”

30.4”

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

Towing

The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Cayenne’s (8100 vs. 7700 pounds).

Ergonomics

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 Cayenne.

If the windows are left open on the Land Cruiser the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Cayenne can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Cayenne only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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 Cayenne 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 Cayenne.

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

Recommendations

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

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