2020 Chevrolet Suburban vs. 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Suburban and Land Cruiser have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Suburban has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Land Cruiser’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Suburban are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Suburban has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Suburban and the Land Cruiser 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Suburban’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Land Cruiser’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 2 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Suburban’s warranty.

Reliability

The Suburban has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Suburban has a standard 720-amp battery. The Land Cruiser’s 650-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Suburban’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 39 more horsepower (420 vs. 381) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 401) than the Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Suburban gets better fuel mileage than the Land Cruiser:

MPG

Suburban

RWD

5.3 OHV V8

15 city/22 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

14 city/23 hwy

AWD

5.3 OHV V8

14 city/21 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

14 city/20 hwy

Land Cruiser

AWD

5.6 DOHC V8

13 city/18 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Suburban’s fuel efficiency. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Suburban has 6.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Land Cruiser (31 vs. 24.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Suburban EcoTec3 6.2 V8, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Land Cruiser.

Brakes and Stopping

The Suburban stops shorter than the Land Cruiser:

Suburban

Land Cruiser

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

158 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Suburban’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Land Cruiser’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Suburban offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Land Cruiser’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Chevrolet Suburban’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Land Cruiser only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Suburban has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Suburban offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Land Cruiser’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Suburban offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Suburban’s wheelbase is 17.8 inches longer than on the Land Cruiser (130 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Suburban is 3.8 inches wider in the front and 4 inches wider in the rear than on the Land Cruiser.

The Suburban Premier handles at .77 G’s, while the Land Cruiser pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Suburban Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Land Cruiser (27.8 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Suburban may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Toyota Land Cruiser.

The front grille of the Suburban uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Suburban offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Land Cruiser can only carry 8.

The Suburban has 4.5 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, 3.8 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 5.3 inches more rear legroom, 1.7 inches more rear hip room, 4 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.7 inches more third row headroom, 6.2 inches more third row legroom and .3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Land Cruiser.

Cargo Capacity

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

Suburban

Land Cruiser

Behind Third Seat

39.3 cubic feet

16.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

76.7 cubic feet

43 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

121.1 cubic feet

81.7 cubic feet

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

Suburban

Land Cruiser

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

31.6”/63.6”/100.3”

16.5”/46”/66.5”

Min Width

49.3”

40”

Height

34.9”

41.5”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Suburban’s (except LS) optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Suburban’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Land Cruiser’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Suburban’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its tailgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Payload and Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Toyota Land Cruiser is limited to 8100 pounds. The Suburban offers up to an 8300 lbs. towing capacity.

The Suburban has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Land Cruiser (1670 vs. 1320 lbs.).

The Suburban has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Land Cruiser (1690 vs. 1320 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

The Suburban has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Land Cruiser doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

The Suburban has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Suburban Premier offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Suburban and the Land Cruiser have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Suburban is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Land Cruiser prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Suburban’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Land Cruiser’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Suburban’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Land Cruiser’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

Model Availability

The Suburban is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Suburban owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Suburban will cost $3410 to $3640 less than the Land Cruiser over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Suburban will be $12186 to $23664 less than for the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Recommendations

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

The Chevrolet Suburban outsold the Toyota Land Cruiser by almost 19 to one during 2018.

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