2013 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. Its Competition

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser (European model pictured)
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Few SUVs can venture deeply into the kind of territory explored by the Toyota Land Cruisers of yesterday and today.

That may justify the high base price for the 2013 Land Cruiser, but boy, does it also invite some comparison with other high-priced, truly luxurious competitors.

In Toyota's own dominion, there's the nearly identical Lexus LX 570, a mechanical twin to the Land Cruiser, with slightly different styling and standard equipment, priced a bit higher than the Toyota, and rated a mile per gallon more thirsty.

The Land Rover Range Rover can't carry eight passengers, but it's the only other vehicle with the universal recognition of the Land Cruiser: it's known from royal palaces to the savana as a trusty piece of go-anywhere hardware, one replete with fine wool and leather and wood trim.

The Mercedes-Benz GL and its ancestor, the G Class, are German echoes of the same SUV principles; the GL's a little more suburban in intent, and its marvelous diesel model's a standout, while the G remains a classic piece of Benz heritage you can buy new today.

At the bottom of the list--altogether more practical and cheap, but every bit as spacious and inefficient, is Toyota's Sequoia.

It probably can't tote a team to the base camp at Kilimanjaro, but for fetching the goods at Lowe's for $30,000 less, it's worth a long, hard look--at your own needs.

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser (European model pictured)2013 Toyota Land Cruiser
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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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2013 Toyota Sequoia2013 Toyota Sequoia
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Quick Specs
7.6
Still an off-road specialist by design, the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser's grown ever so expensive; did it ever make sense?
9.2
The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover swaps steel for aluminum, and delivers better performance and luxury in every dimension.
7.8
It has more power and more luxury features than ever, but the G Class' boxy charm and its hardcore off-road talent remain intact.
8.8
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class is a pricey way to go, but it's a luxury family wagon with great fuel economy and road manners, and some thoughtful new safety and luxury features to boot.
7.4
The 2013 Toyota Sequoia promises--and delivers--traditional truck toughness, packing macho style and a big V-8, as well as space for up to eight; but it's mighty thirsty to be a everyday family vehicle.
MSRP From    
$78,555$82,650$113,000$62,400$42,455
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 15 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas V8
EPA Class    
Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport Utility Vehicle - 4WD4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Style Name    
4-Door 4WD (GS)4WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door G 5504MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTECRWD 5.7L SR5 (SE)
Drivetrain    
Four Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
85578
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehiclesSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission    
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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