2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Discovery have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Toyota Land Cruiser doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and Land Cruiser have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery 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.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Discovery 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 Land Cruiser uses a body-on-frame design that has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Discovery and the Land Cruiser have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Discovery comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty that covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Land Cruiser’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

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

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 42 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 401) than the Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the Toyota Land Cruiser:

Discovery

Land Cruiser

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.2 sec

11.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.1 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Land Cruiser (21 city/26 hwy vs. 13 city/17 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Discovery supercharged V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Land Cruiser (16 city/21 hwy vs. 13 city/17 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Discovery’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Discovery P340’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Land Cruiser:

Discovery P340

Land Cruiser

Front Rotors

14.3 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Discovery stops much shorter than the Land Cruiser:

Discovery

Land Cruiser

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

158 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Discovery’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 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 Discovery has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Land Cruiser. The Discovery offers optional 22-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Land Rover Discovery 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 Toyota Land Cruiser has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Land Cruiser (115 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Land Cruiser.

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Air Suspension has a 2.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Land Cruiser (11.1 vs. 8.9 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Land Rover Discovery may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 to 1000 pounds less than the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Unibody construction lowers the Discovery’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 Land Cruiser uses body-on-frame design instead.

The front grille of the Discovery 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

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Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Discovery when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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

Discovery

Land Cruiser

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

41.4 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

82.8 cubic feet

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

Discovery

Land Cruiser

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

82.8 cubic feet

The Discovery has a standard third row seat that folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Discovery’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Discovery’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 Discovery’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.

Towing

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The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Land Cruiser’s (8201 vs. 8100 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The Discovery 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

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Land Cruiser, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers an optional 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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Discovery’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Land Cruiser has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The power windows standard on both the Discovery and the Land Cruiser have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Discovery 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.

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

Consumer Reports rated the Discovery’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Land Cruiser’s headlights that were rated “Good.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Discovery’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door 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.

The Discovery offers optional heated front, second and third row seats that keep the driver and passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Toyota doesn’t offer heated seats in the third row of the Land Cruiser.

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

The Discovery’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Land Rover Discovery will be $5329 to $18208 less than for the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Recommendations

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The Land Rover Discovery outsold the Toyota Land Cruiser by almost three to one during the 2019 model year.

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