2020 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV

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Safety

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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 Escalade ESV doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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

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

Both the Land Cruiser and the Escalade ESV 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, 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. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Escalade ESV.

There are over 36 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Land Cruiser’s warranty.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Land Cruiser has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade ESV.

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 32 points higher than the Escalade ESV.

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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th, 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Cadillac is ranked 28th.

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 Escalade ESV requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Land Cruiser

Escalade ESV

Front Rotors

14 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the Escalade ESV (285/60R18 vs. 275/55R20).

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 Escalade ESV doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For better maneuverability, the Land Cruiser’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Escalade ESV’s (38.7 feet vs. 43 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Land Cruiser has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Escalade ESV (8.9 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Land Cruiser to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Land Cruiser is 2 feet, 5.4 inches shorter than the Escalade ESV, making the Land Cruiser easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Land Cruiser has 21 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escalade ESV (143.4 vs. 122.4).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Land Cruiser’s middle and third row seats recline. The Escalade ESV’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Land Cruiser. The Escalade ESV doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Escalade ESV’s (8100 vs. 7900 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Land Cruiser’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Escalade ESV’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Land Cruiser the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Escalade ESV can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Land Cruiser has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Escalade ESV doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 Escalade ESV only retains 36.55% to 38.43%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Land Cruiser will be $696 to $20314 less than for the Cadillac Escalade ESV.

Recommendations

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

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