2020 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2020 Dodge Durango

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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 Durango doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 Dodge Durango doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

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

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

The Land Cruiser has a standard Multi-Terrain Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Durango 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 Durango doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Land Cruiser and the Durango have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The Land Cruiser’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Durango runs out after 60,000 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. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Durango.

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 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

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 39 points higher than the Durango.

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 70 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Dodge is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 88 more horsepower (381 vs. 293) and 141 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 86 more horsepower (381 vs. 295) and 141 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 260) than the Durango Dual Exhaust’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6. The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 21 more horsepower (381 vs. 360) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 390) than the Durango’s optional 5.7 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Land Cruiser is faster than the Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 DOHC V6:

Land Cruiser

Durango

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

86.9 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 Durango with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 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 Durango:

Land Cruiser

Durango V6

Durango V8

Front Rotors

14 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The Land Cruiser’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Durango V6 are solid, not vented.

The Land Cruiser stops much shorter than the Durango:

Land Cruiser

Durango

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

158 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the Durango (285/60R18 vs. 265/60R18).

The Land Cruiser has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Durango Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

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 Durango’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 Durango doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Land Cruiser handles at .75 G’s, while the Durango GT 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Land Cruiser executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Durango GT 4x4 (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Land Cruiser’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Durango’s (38.7 feet vs. 41 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Land Cruiser has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Durango (8.9 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Land Cruiser to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Land Cruiser is 6.3 inches shorter than the Durango, making the Land Cruiser easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Land Cruiser is quieter than the Durango GT 4x4 (74 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Land Cruiser has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Durango can only carry up to 7.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Land Cruiser’s middle and third row seats recline. The Durango’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 Durango’s liftover is 32.2 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 Durango’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

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The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Durango’s (8100 vs. 6200 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 Durango’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Land Cruiser’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Durango’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Durango 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 Durango.

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 Durango doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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

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