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2009 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. Its Competition

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The Land Cruiser is no poseur; it has a well-earned reputation for tough, long-distance off-road ability throughout the world.

The closest rival to the 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser remains the Range Rover, which has similar off-road ability, along with Terrain Response, a system that allows the user to set the vehicle systems for the best performance on certain types of terrain.

The Range Rover arguably feels much more luxurious inside and more worth the price, if you go by interior materials.

The Mercedes GL 550 is a possibility if you plan to tow but not go off-roading as much; it’s geared more for exurban America, and it has an especially useful third-row seat arrangement.

Finally, the mechanically related Lexus LX570 is worth considering.

The sticker price of a fully loaded Land Cruiser—including port-installed options like 22-inch wheels and satellite radio—can top $80,000, while the Lexus version of the Land Cruiser, the LX 570, starts at under $76,000.

The Lexus is clearly trimmed for driveways, not trails, but with extra features and the Lexus dealership experience, it’s worth considering.

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The 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser has a stellar, well-deserved reputation for off-road performance. On-road, the Land Cruiser falls far short of fantastic.
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The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover remains the ultimate luxury sport-utility vehicle, a well-heeled performer for those well-heeled enough to own one.
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The 2008 Lexus LX 570 comes loaded with worthwhile technology, but it's not as distinctive as a Range Rover or an Escalade.
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$64,755Browse Used Listings$77,175Browse Used Listings$74,700Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage  
13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class  
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
4-Door 4WD (SE)4WD 4-Door HSE4WD 4-Door
Four Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
Sport Utility4 Door4 Door SUV
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
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