2020 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2020 Chevrolet Suburban

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Safety

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

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 Suburban 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 Suburban.

The Land Cruiser has a standard Multi-Terrain Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Suburban 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.

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 Suburban doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Land Cruiser and the Suburban 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 rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The Land Cruiser’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Suburban’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 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. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Suburban.

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 engines in the Suburban.

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 19 points higher than the Suburban.

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 Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fourth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 23rd.

Engine

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The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 26 more horsepower (381 vs. 355) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 383) than the Suburban’s standard 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Land Cruiser is faster than the Chevrolet Suburban 5.3 V8:

Land Cruiser

Suburban

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.5 sec

13 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.6 sec

3.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

88.6 MPH

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 Suburban with the 6.2 V8 engine 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 Suburban:

Land Cruiser

Suburban

Front Rotors

14 inches

13 inches

The Land Cruiser stops shorter than the Suburban:

Land Cruiser

Suburban

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 Suburban (285/60R18 vs. 265/65R18).

Suspension and Handling

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The Land Cruiser has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Land Cruiser flat and controlled during cornering. The Suburban’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Suburban doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Land Cruiser executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Suburban Premier 4WD (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

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

For greater off-road capability the Land Cruiser has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Suburban (8.9 vs. 7.9 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, 5.5 inches shorter than the Suburban, making the Land Cruiser easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Land Cruiser’s middle and third row seats recline. The Suburban’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 easier. The Land Cruiser’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 31.6 inches, while the Suburban’s liftover is 34.1 inches. The Land Cruiser Heritage Edition’s liftover is only 28.8 inches.

Towing

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The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Suburban’s (8100 vs. 6000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Land Cruiser’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Suburban’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or 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 Suburban can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Land Cruiser has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Suburban doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Suburban doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 Suburban.

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. Only the Suburban Premier offers wireless 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 Suburban only retains 46.55% to 47.2%.

Recommendations

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

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