2020 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2020 Land Rover Defender

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota 4Runner 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 4Runner 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.

The 4Runner’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 Defender doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 4Runner and the Defender have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, available four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the 4Runner 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Defender. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Defender ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 4Runner for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Defender.

There are over 7 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 4Runner’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 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 Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 113 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota 4Runner uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Defender requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels

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The Toyota 4Runner’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover Defender only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the 4Runner’s turning circle is 4.7 feet tighter than the Defender’s (37.4 feet vs. 42.1 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota 4Runner may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Land Rover Defender.

The 4Runner SR5 is 7.4 inches shorter than the Defender, making the 4Runner easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The 4Runner is 7.1 inches shorter in height than the Defender, making the 4Runner much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

The design of the Toyota 4Runner amounts to more than styling. The 4Runner has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .36 Cd. That is lower than the Defender (.38). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the 4Runner get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the 4Runner 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 4Runner has 2.6 inches more front legroom, 8.8 inches more third row legroom and 9.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the Defender.

Cargo Capacity

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The 4Runner’s cargo area provides more volume than the Defender.

4Runner

Defender

Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet

34 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

34.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

78.8 cubic feet

The 4Runner 5-Passenger’s optional sliding cargo floor is capable of supporting 440 pounds, to make loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Defender doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The 4Runner’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Defender’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

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 4Runner has standard extendable sun visors. The Defender doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The 4Runner’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Defender’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Model Availability

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The 4Runner is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Defender doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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The TRD Pro was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2015 4x4 of the Year. The Defender has never been chosen.

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