2020 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2020 Nissan Armada

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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 Armada doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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

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 Armada doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Land Cruiser and the Armada 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 and rearview cameras.

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. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Armada.

There are over 13 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Nissan dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Land Cruiser’s warranty.

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 21 points higher than the Armada.

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 Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Nissan is ranked 14th.

Engine

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The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 394) than the Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Land Cruiser, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Armada.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Land Cruiser

Armada

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.8 inches

The Land Cruiser stops shorter than the Armada:

Land Cruiser

Armada

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the Armada (285/60R18 vs. 265/70R18). The Land Cruiser’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Armada (285/60R18 vs. 275/60R20).

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 Armada SV’s standard 70 series tires.

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 Armada doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Land Cruiser handles at .75 G’s, while the Armada Platinum 4x4 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 quicker than the Armada Platinum 4x4 (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Land Cruiser’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Armada’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

Chassis

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The Land Cruiser is 1 foot, 2 inches shorter than the Armada, making the Land Cruiser easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Toyota Land Cruiser amounts to more than styling. The Land Cruiser has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the Armada (.37). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Land Cruiser get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

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The Land Cruiser’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Armada’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

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 Armada’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 Armada SV’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 Armada doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 Armada doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 Armada Platinum.

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 Armada only retains 42.82% to 44.66%.

Recommendations

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

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