2020 Land Rover Defender vs. 2020 Lexus GX460

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Safety

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For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Defender uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The GX460 uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Defender and the GX460 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Defender’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the GX460’s camshafts. If the GX460’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Engine

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The Defender P400’s standard 3.0 turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid produces 94 more horsepower (395 vs. 301) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 329) than the GX460’s 4.6 DOHC V8.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Defender, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the GX460.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Defender’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GX460:

Defender P300

Defender P400

GX460

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.3 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Defender’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GX460 (275/45R22 vs. 265/60R18).

The Defender’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 GX460’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Defender offers optional 22-inch wheels. The GX460’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Land Rover Defender has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Lexus GX460 has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The front and rear suspension of the Defender uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the GX460, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Defender’s wheelbase is 9.2 inches longer than on the GX460 (119 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Defender is 4.8 inches wider in the front and 4.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the GX460.

For better maneuverability, the Defender 90’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the GX460’s (37 feet vs. 41.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Defender has a 3.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GX460 (11.5 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Defender to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Land Rover Defender may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 300 pounds less than the Lexus GX460.

Unibody construction lowers the Defender’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The GX460 uses body-on-frame design instead.

Cargo Capacity

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The Defender 110’s cargo area provides more volume than the GX460.

Defender

GX460

Second Seat Folded

78.8 cubic feet

64.7 cubic feet

Payload and Towing

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The Defender’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the GX460’s (7716 vs. 6500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Lexus GX460 is only 6500 pounds. The Defender offers up to a 8201 lbs. towing capacity.

The Defender has a much higher standard payload capacity than the GX460 (1676 vs. 1295 lbs.).

The Defender has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the GX460 (1984 vs. 1295 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The Defender (except Base/S/SE) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GX460 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Defender’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch. The GX460

The Defender’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 GX460’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Defender to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The GX460 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Defender offers optional heated front, second and third row seats, which keep the driver and passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Lexus doesn’t offer heated seats in the third row of the GX460.

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Defender’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The GX460 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Land Rover Defender has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The GX460 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The Land Rover Defender comes in two door and four door bodystyles; the Lexus GX460 isn’t available as a two door.

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