2020 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2020 Jeep Wrangler

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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 Wrangler 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 Jeep Wrangler has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Land Cruiser has standard front and rear seat side-impact airbags and head airbags, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions. The Wrangler doesn't offer rear-seat side-impact airbags, only ones for front seat occupants.

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Land Cruiser has a standard Pre-Collision System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Wrangler offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Land Cruiser’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Land Cruiser has a standard Multi-Terrain Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Wrangler only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or 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 Wrangler doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Land Cruiser and the Wrangler have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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.

The Toyota Land Cruiser weighs 1237 to 1896 pounds more than the Jeep Wrangler. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Wrangler.

Reliability

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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 40 points higher than the Wrangler.

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep 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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Jeep is ranked 22nd.

Engine

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The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 111 more horsepower (381 vs. 270) and 106 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 295) than the Wrangler’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 96 more horsepower (381 vs. 285) and 141 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 260) than the Wrangler’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Land Cruiser is faster than the Jeep Wrangler turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Land Cruiser

Wrangler

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.5 sec

15.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.6 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

82.6 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 Wrangler with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Land Cruiser has 6.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Wrangler 2-door’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Land Cruiser has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Wrangler 4-door’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 21.5 gallons).

Transmission

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The Toyota Land Cruiser comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Wrangler.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Land Cruiser

Wrangler

Front Rotors

14 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.9 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

13.4 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 on the Wrangler are solid, not vented.

The Land Cruiser stops much shorter than the Wrangler:

Land Cruiser

Wrangler

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

158 feet

163 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the Wrangler (285/60R18 vs. 245/75R17).

The Land Cruiser Heritage Edition’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Wrangler Sport’s standard 75 series tires. The Land Cruiser’s tires have a lower 60 series profile than the Wrangler Sahara’s 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Land Cruiser has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Wrangler Sport.

Suspension and Handling

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The Toyota Land Cruiser’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Jeep Wrangler’s solid front axle, which allows the Land Cruiser’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Land Cruiser has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Wrangler.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Land Cruiser is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Wrangler.

The Land Cruiser handles at .75 G’s, while the Wrangler Sahara 4-door pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Land Cruiser executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Wrangler Rubicon 4-door (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29.9 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis

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For excellent aerodynamics, the Land Cruiser has standard flush composite headlights. The Wrangler has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

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The Land Cruiser has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Wrangler 4-door can only carry up to 5.

The Land Cruiser has 39.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Wrangler (143.4 vs. 103.7).

The Land Cruiser has 1.7 inches more front legroom, 5.5 inches more front hip room, 5.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear hip room and 5.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Wrangler 4-door.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Land Cruiser

Wrangler

Third Seat Folded

41.4 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

31.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

82.8 cubic feet

72.4 cubic feet

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

Land Cruiser

Land Cruiser Heritage Edition

Wrangler

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

16.5”/46”/66.5”

15.6”/46”/66.8”

n.a./37”/65.8”

Max Width

56”

56”

42”

Min Width

40”

40”

39.5”

Height

41.5”

43”

30”

The Land Cruiser’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Wrangler 2-door’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Land Cruiser has a standard power tailgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Payload and Towing

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The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Wrangler’s (8100 vs. 2000 pounds).

The Land Cruiser has a higher standard payload capacity than the Wrangler (1320 vs. 1233 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The Land Cruiser uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Wrangler uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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When three different drivers share the Land Cruiser, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Land Cruiser’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Wrangler doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Land Cruiser’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

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 Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its front windows open automatically.

The Land Cruiser’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Wrangler’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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 Wrangler can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Land Cruiser’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

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 Wrangler 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 Wrangler’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 Wrangler doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Land Cruiser has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Wrangler has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Land Cruiser detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Wrangler doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Land Cruiser has standard power remote mirrors. The Wrangler Sport doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Land Cruiser’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep only offers heated mirrors on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

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 Wrangler’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Land Cruiser has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Wrangler offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Land Cruiser has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Wrangler, and are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon. The Land Cruiser also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Wrangler.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Land Cruiser keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Wrangler doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 Wrangler.

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 Wrangler.

Both the Land Cruiser and the Wrangler offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Land Cruiser has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Wrangler doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Wrangler 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 Jeep Wrangler isn't recommended.

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