The Toyota Land Cruiser is the real deal.
It has earned its reputation for durability and off-road prowess, and the latest version lives up to those standards of off-road performance.
Accordingly, the Land Cruiser's closest rival is the even more storied Land Rover Range Rover, offering a similar package of off-road ability, on-road composure and a high feature set.
The Range Rover's luxury feel certainly outmatches the Land Cruiser's, and arguably offers a better value.
Mercedes-Benz's GL550 is another potential alternative, with more civilized handling and ride in town as a trade-off for slightly less off-road ability.
The GL550's third-row seating is a definite improvement over the Land Cruiser's jump seat arrangement.
Finally, there's Lexus's mechanically similar LX 570, which offers a more luxurious spec for a similar price to a fully equipped Land Cruiser, though it's not as well-suited to the off-road duty the Land Cruiser might see.
The Lexus dealership owner experience and the wide range of high-tech features might be worth the trade-off, however.
As a wild card, there's the Toyota Sequoia.
For those merely looking for a full-size SUV for towing and people-moving, with some light off-roading as well, it might fit the bill—for about $30k less in some cases.
Toyota has careful not to offer the Sequoia factory-optioned in off-road guise, but you have to wonder.
|2011 Toyota Land CruiserBrowse Used Listings||2011 Land Rover Range RoverBrowse Used Listings||2011 Lexus LX 570Browse Used Listings||2011 Mercedes-Benz GL ClassBrowse Used Listings||2011 Toyota SequoiaBrowse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas V8||Turbocharged Diesel V6||Gas V8|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD|
|4-Door 4WD (SE)||4WD 4-Door HSE||4WD 4-Door||4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC||RWD V8 6-Speed AT SR5 (SE)|
|Four Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||4 Door||4 Door SUV||Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic|