Range rover sport vs land cruiser

Looking for a new SUV can be a pain, especially with so many out there. We’ve decided to help you narrow down the list by comparing the Range rover sport vs land cruiser. For this comparison, we will be taking the base model of each vehicle. This means that we are looking at the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser with eh 5.7L 8cyl engine. It will be compared to the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover with the 3.0L 6cyl S/C engine.

2020 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER VS. 2019 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER

5 passengers

Seating Capacity8 passengers31.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space (Rear Seats Up)16.1 cubic feet7,716 pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity8,100 pounds5 trims

Number of Trim Levels1 trim355 hp 3.0L MHEV V6

Base Engine381 hp 5.7L V8 engine557 hp 5.0L supercharged V8

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Rumson who want a high-end SUV that can handle any on or off-road conditions can compare the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover vs. 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser. Take a look at performance features and space to help decide which one is right for you, then contact Land Rover Monmouth to schedule a test drive today!

RANGE ROVER OR LAND CRUISER: INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

The five-passenger Range Rover interior has fewer seats and more wiggle room and cargo capacity than the Land Cruiser, as well as both standard and long wheelbase options. You can also choose a hyper-luxurious four-passenger option with the Rear Executive Class Seats, which include features like heated and cooled rear seats with a massage function.

  • Head Room w/ Standard Wheelbase (Front / Rear) — 39.5 inches / 39.4 inches
  • Head Room w/ Long Wheelbase (Front / Rear) — 39.1 inches / 39.0 inches
  • Cargo Space (Rear Seats Up) — 31.8 cubic feet
  • Length x Width x Height — 196.9 inches L (204.4 inches w/ Long Wheelbase) x 81.6 inches W x 73.6 inches H

Do you have a large family or carpooling needs? The 8-passenger Toyota Land Cruiser might be the right choice for you:

  • Head Room (Front / Rear) — 38.3 inches / 38.9 inches
  • Cargo Space (Rear Seats Up) — 16.1 cubic feet
  • Length x Width x Height — 194.9 inches L x 78.0 inches W x 74.0 inches H

RANGE ROVER OR LAND CRUISER: ENGINE SPECS

In a Range Rover vs. Land Cruiser comparison, they match up with both an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission and four-wheel drive for better off-roading, but the 2020 Range Rover has more engine options to choose from:

The Range Rover has 7,716 pounds maximum towing capacity as well as fuel economy-friendly options like a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), mild hybrid (MHEV), and diesel engine:

  • 3.0L V6 MHEV engine — 355 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L V6 turbodiesel engine — 254 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L V6 MHEV engine — 395 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.0L 4-cylinder PHEV engine — 398 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.0L supercharged V8 engine — 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.0L supercharged V8 engine — 557 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser more towing power at up to 8,100 pounds, but you can only choose one trim level and one engine:

  • 5.7L V8 engine with Direct Injection — 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque

Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Toyota Land Cruiser doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Range Rover Sport and Land Cruiser have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover Sport has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver’s seat and to know when they’re engaged. The Land Cruiser’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Range Rover Sport uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Land Cruiser uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the Land Cruiser have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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The Range Rover Sport comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Land Cruiser’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Range Rover Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Land Cruiser’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

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The Range Rover Sport P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 17 more horsepower (398 vs. 381) than the Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8. The Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 137 more horsepower (518 vs. 381) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 401) than the Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8. The Range Rover Sport SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 194 more horsepower (575 vs. 381) and 115 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 401) than the Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 42 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 401) than the Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Sport (base engine) is faster than the Toyota Land Cruiser:

 Range Rover SportLand Cruiser
Zero to 60 MPH5.7 sec6.8 sec
Quarter Mile14.3 sec15.2 sec
Speed in 1/4 Mile96.5 MPH91.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Land Cruiser (22 city/28 hwy vs. 13 city/18 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport gets better fuel mileage than the Land Cruiser:

  Range Rover SportLand Cruiser 
4WD3.0 S.C. (340 HP)/Auto17 city/23 hwy13 city/18 hwy5.7 V8/Auto
 3.0 S.C. (380 HP)/Auto17 city/23 hwyn/a 
 5.0 Supercharged/Auto17 city/22 hwyn/a 
 SVR/Auto15 city/20 hwyn/a 

The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The Land Cruiser must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Range Rover Sport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Land Cruiser (27.6 vs. 24.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Range Rover Sport Gas’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Land Cruiser:

 Range Rover Sport GasLand Cruiser
Front Rotors15 inches14 inches
Rear Rotors14.4 inches13.6 inches

The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the Land Cruiser:

 Range Rover SportLand Cruiser 
70 to 0 MPH167 feet184 feetCar and Driver
60 to 0 MPH106 feet127 feetMotor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Range Rover Sport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Land Cruiser’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Land Cruiser. The Range Rover Sport offers optional 22-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota Land Cruiser has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover Sport uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Land Cruiser, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Range Rover Sport offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Land Cruiser’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Range Rover Sport has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Range Rover Sport’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Sport’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the Land Cruiser (115.1 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

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

The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .87 G’s, while the Land Cruiser pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport SVR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.7 seconds quicker than the Land Cruiser (25.2 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Land Cruiser (10.9 vs. 8.9 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 1050 pounds less than the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Unibody construction lowers the Range Rover Sport’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Land Cruiser uses body-on-frame design instead.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Range Rover Sport HSE is quieter than the Land Cruiser:

 Range Rover SportLand Cruiser
Full-Throttle70 dB74 dB
70 MPH Cruising65 dB68 dB

Passenger Space

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The Range Rover Sport has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more rear headroom and 2.5 inches more rear legroom than the Land Cruiser.

Cargo Capacity

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The Range Rover Sport has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Range Rover Sport’s third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Range Rover Sport’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Land Cruiser’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Sport’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its tailgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Payload

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The Range Rover Sport has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Land Cruiser (1631 vs. 1320 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The Range Rover Sport has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver’s house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Land Cruiser, the Range Rover Sport has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Range Rover Sport offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Range Rover Sport and the Land Cruiser have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Range Rover Sport is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Land Cruiser prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Range Rover Sport’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Land Cruiser’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Range Rover Sport’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The Range Rover Sport’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4×4 of the Year. The Land Cruiser was 4×4 of the Year in 2008.

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport outsold the Toyota Land Cruiser by over six to one during 2017.

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