2020 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2020 Volvo XC90

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Safety

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Land Cruiser. But it costs extra on the XC90.

Both the Land Cruiser and the XC90 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

The Toyota Land Cruiser weighs 610 to 1488 pounds more than the Volvo XC90. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Land Cruiser 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC90. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC90 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much 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 60 points higher than the XC90.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th, 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 96 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Volvo is ranked 29th.

Engine

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The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 131 more horsepower (381 vs. 250) and 143 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 258) than the XC90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 65 more horsepower (381 vs. 316) and 106 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 295) than the XC90 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

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 XC90 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Land Cruiser has 6.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Land Cruiser has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 18.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Land Cruiser’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the XC90:

Land Cruiser

XC90

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

The Land Cruiser stops much shorter than the XC90:

Land Cruiser

XC90

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the XC90 (285/60R18 vs. 235/55R19). The Land Cruiser’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XC90 (285/60R18 vs. 275/45R20).

The Land Cruiser has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the XC90, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The Land Cruiser has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XC90’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 XC90 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Land Cruiser uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For greater off-road capability the Land Cruiser has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XC90 (8.9 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Land Cruiser to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Land Cruiser is quieter than the XC90 T6 AWD:

Land Cruiser

XC90

At idle

41 dB

48 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

74 dB

Passenger Space

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The Land Cruiser has standard seating for 8 passengers; the XC90 can only carry 7.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Land Cruiser’s middle and third row seats recline. The XC90’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Land Cruiser’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC90.

Land Cruiser

XC90

Behind Third Seat

16.1 cubic feet

12.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

41.4 cubic feet

35.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

82.8 cubic feet

65.5 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Land Cruiser Heritage Edition easier. The Land Cruiser Heritage Edition’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the XC90’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

Payload and Towing

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The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XC90’s (8100 vs. 4000 pounds).

The Land Cruiser has a higher standard payload capacity than the XC90 (1320 vs. 1210 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Land Cruiser is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XC90. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Land Cruiser to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes, air filter replacement, tire rotation and brake pad replacement based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Volvo doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the XC90.

Ergonomics

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The Land Cruiser’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The XC90 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 XC90’s 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 XC90 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Land Cruiser has standard extendable sun visors. The XC90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 XC90.

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 XC90 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 Volvo XC90 isn't recommended.

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