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2011 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. Its Competition

 
2011 Toyota Land Cruiser 4-door 4WD (GS) Angular Front Exterior View
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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.

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The 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser keeps with its iconic off-road tradition in some respects, but in most it simply bows to the suburbs.
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The 2011 Land Rover Range Rover is a bit pricey, but it delivers a lot of value, too.
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The 2011 Lexus LX 570 is no Range Rover or Escalade, and it isn't a serious trail crawler either; what's left is a luxurious and well equipped SUV, but one with limited appeal.
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A nimble ride and elegant, tough styling help the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class charm the mud right off a Range Rover.
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The 2011 Toyota Sequoia offers good towing ability, powerful V-8 engines, and a macho, over-the-top look, though in most other respects its hard to make a practical case.
MSRP From    
$69,120$78,835$79,455$60,950$40,930
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas V8
EPA Class    
Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Style Name    
4-Door 4WD (SE)4WD 4-Door HSE4WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTECRWD V8 6-Speed AT SR5 (SE)
Drivetrain    
Four Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
85878
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport Utility4 Door4 Door SUVSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
 
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