2020 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2020 GMC Yukon

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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 Yukon 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 Yukon 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 Yukon.

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

Both the Land Cruiser and the Yukon 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 Yukon’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. GMC only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Yukon.

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 Yukon.

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC 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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 53 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. GMC is ranked 25th.

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 Yukon’s standard 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Land Cruiser is faster than the GMC Yukon 5.3 V8:

Land Cruiser

Yukon

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.5 sec

12.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

90 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 Yukon Graphite Performance Edition/Denali 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 Yukon:

Land Cruiser

Yukon

Front Rotors

14 inches

13 inches

The Land Cruiser stops shorter than the Yukon:

Land Cruiser

Yukon

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 Yukon (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 Yukon’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 Yukon doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For greater off-road capability the Land Cruiser has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Yukon (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 9 inches shorter than the Yukon, making the Land Cruiser easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Land Cruiser has 22.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Yukon (143.4 vs. 120.8).

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Land Cruiser’s cargo area provides more volume than the Yukon.

Land Cruiser

Yukon

Behind Third Seat

16.1 cubic feet

15.3 cubic feet

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 Yukon’s liftover is 35.9 inches. The Land Cruiser Heritage Edition’s liftover is only 28.8 inches.

The Land Cruiser’s cargo area is larger than the Yukon’s in almost every dimension:

Land Cruiser

Land Cruiser Heritage Edition

Yukon

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

16.5”/46”/66.5”

15.6”/46”/66.8”

11.1”/43.2”/79.9”

Max Width

56”

56”

n/a

Min Width

40”

40”

49.3”

Height

41.5”

43”

33.9”

Towing

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The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Yukon’s (8100 vs. 6300 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 Yukon’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 Yukon 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 Yukon 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 Yukon 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 is only available on the Yukon SLT/Denali.

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 Yukon Denali 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 Yukon only retains 48.92% to 49.45%.

Recommendations

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

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