2020 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2019 Mercedes G-Class

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Land Cruiser 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 Mercedes G-Class has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Land Cruiser 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 G-Class doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Land Cruiser has a standard Multi-Terrain Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The G-Class only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Land Cruiser and the G-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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

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. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the G-Class.

There are over 3 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Land Cruiser’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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, 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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 17th.

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 G-Class requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Land Cruiser stops much shorter than the G-Class:

Land Cruiser

G-Class

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

136 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the G-Class (285/60R18 vs. 275/55R19).

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 G-Class doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Land Cruiser handles at .75 G’s, while the G 550 pulls only .61 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Land Cruiser executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.9 seconds quicker than the G 550 (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 30.7 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Land Cruiser’s turning circle is 5.9 feet tighter than the G-Class’ (38.7 feet vs. 44.6 feet).

Chassis

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For excellent aerodynamics, the Land Cruiser has standard flush composite headlights. The G-Class has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

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The Land Cruiser has standard seating for 8 passengers; the G-Class can only carry 5.

The Land Cruiser has 36.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the G-Class (143.4 vs. 107).

Cargo Capacity

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The Land Cruiser’s cargo area provides more volume than the G-Class.

Land Cruiser

G-Class

Third Seat Folded

41.4 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

38.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

82.8 cubic feet

68.5 cubic feet

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

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Land Cruiser has a standard power tailgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The G-Class doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Towing

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The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the G-Class’ (8100 vs. 7700 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Land Cruiser’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The G-Class does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Land Cruiser has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the G-Class only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Land Cruiser has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the G-Class.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Land Cruiser owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Land Cruiser will cost $4775 less than the G-Class over a five-year period.

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 G-Class only retains 43.42%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Land Cruiser will be $45761 less than for the Mercedes G-Class.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Land Cruiser, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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