2020 Lexus LX 570 vs. 2020 Land Rover Defender

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Safety

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The LX 570’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Defender doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Lexus LX 570 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 Defender doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The LX 570 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 Defender doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the LX 570 and the Defender 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 and around view monitors.

The Lexus LX 570 weighs 635 to 1185 pounds more than the Land Rover Defender. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the LX 570 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Defender. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Defender ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 30 percent more Lexus dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the LX 570’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 LX 570’s reliability 79 points higher than the Defender.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 115 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

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The LX 570’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 87 more horsepower (383 vs. 296) and 108 lbs.-ft. more torque (403 vs. 295) than the Defender P300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lexus LX 570 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Defender requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The LX 570 has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Defender 90’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 23.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Lexus LX 570 as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Land Rover Defender is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the LX 570’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Defender:

LX 570

Defender

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

12.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the LX 570 has larger standard tires than the Defender (275/50R21 vs. 255/70R18). The LX 570’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Defender (285/50R20 vs. 275/45R22).

The LX 570’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Defender’s standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LX 570 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Defender.

Suspension and Handling

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The LX 570 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The LX 570’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Defender doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

Chassis

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The design of the Lexus LX 570 amounts to more than styling. The LX 570 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the Defender (.38). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the LX 570 get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the LX 570 has standard flush composite headlights. The Defender has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

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The LX 570 has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Defender 110 can only carry up to 7.

The LX 570 has 3.8 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 7.8 inches more third row legroom and 14 inches more third row shoulder room than the Defender 110.

Cargo Capacity

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The LX 570’s cargo area is larger than the Defender’s in almost every dimension:

LX 570

Defender 90

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

15.6”/46”/66.8”

n.a./18.1”/51.7”

Max Width

56”

46.8”

Min Width

40”

44.3”

Height

43”

31.2”

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 100% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Ergonomics

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To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the LX 570 has standard extendable sun visors. The Defender doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The LX 570’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Defender’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

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