2020 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2020 Ford Expedition Max

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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 Expedition Max 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 Ford Expedition Max doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle 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 Expedition Max 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 Expedition Max.

Both the Land Cruiser and the Expedition Max have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

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. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Expedition Max.

Reliability

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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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.

Engine

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The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 6 more horsepower (381 vs. 375) than the Expedition Max’s standard 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Land Cruiser is faster than the Expedition Max Platinum:

Land Cruiser

Expedition Max

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.5 sec

11.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

88.2 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 Expedition Max requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Drivetrain

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The Land Cruiser has Active-Traction Control, a true four-wheel-drive system, which uses a four-wheel traction control system to redirect engine power to the axle and wheel that still has traction to keep the Land Cruiser moving if even only one wheel still has traction. The Expedition Max doesn’t offer a true four-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Land Cruiser

Expedition Max

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13.2 inches

The Land Cruiser stops much shorter than the Expedition Max:

Land Cruiser

Expedition Max

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

192 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

130 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the Expedition Max (285/60R18 vs. 275/65R18).

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 Expedition Max doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For better maneuverability, the Land Cruiser’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the Expedition Max’s (38.7 feet vs. 43.3 feet).

Chassis

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The Land Cruiser is 2 feet, 3 inches shorter than the Expedition Max, making the Land Cruiser easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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The Land Cruiser’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Expedition Max.

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 Expedition Max’s standard rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Expedition Max doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Expedition Max’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 Expedition Max doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the Land Cruiser is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Expedition Max’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Expedition Max.

The Land Cruiser has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Expedition Max.

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. Wireless charging costs extra on the Expedition Max.

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 Expedition Max only retains 42.41% to 44.73%.

Recommendations

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

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