2020 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2019 Infiniti QX80

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Safety

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Land Cruiser. But it costs extra on the QX80.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Land Cruiser’s standard CRAWL Control allows you to creep down safely. The QX80 doesn’t offer CRAWL Control.

The Land Cruiser’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 QX80 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Land Cruiser and the QX80 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and around view monitors.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Land Cruiser for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX80.

There are almost 6 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Land Cruiser’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 Land Cruiser’s reliability 20 points higher than the QX80.

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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 19th, 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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Infiniti is ranked 6th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Land Cruiser uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX80 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Land Cruiser, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the QX80.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Land Cruiser’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the QX80:

Land Cruiser

QX80

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.8 inches

The Land Cruiser stops much shorter than the QX80:

Land Cruiser

QX80

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the QX80 (285/60R18 vs. 275/60R20).

Suspension and Handling

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The Land Cruiser has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The QX80 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Land Cruiser handles at .75 G’s, while the QX80 AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Land Cruiser executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the QX80 AWD (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Land Cruiser’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the QX80’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

Chassis

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The Land Cruiser is 1 foot, 3.3 inches shorter than the QX80, making the Land Cruiser easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Toyota Land Cruiser amounts to more than styling. The Land Cruiser has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the QX80 (.367). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Land Cruiser get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Land Cruiser easier. The Land Cruiser’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 31.6 inches, while the QX80’s liftover is 35.8 inches. The Land Cruiser Heritage Edition’s liftover is only 28.8 inches.

The Land Cruiser’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The QX80’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics

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To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Land Cruiser has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The QX80 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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The Land Cruiser will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Land Cruiser will retain 50.43% of its original price after five years, while the QX80 only retains 43.69% to 48.1%.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Land Cruiser, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Infiniti QX80 isn't recommended.

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