Toyota Land Cruiser Vs. Lexus LX: The Big Dogs Battle it Out

By Justin Cupler | March 13th, 2019

Big, comfy, off-road-ready SUVs are not as popular as they once were, but there are two that reign supreme in the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser and 2019 Lexus LX 570. While these rigs share a parent company — Toyota — and underpinnings, they are designed for particular Waukegan area buyers. Which one is best for you? Find out below.

Exterior

While these massive SUVs share a platform and drivetrain, they are vastly different in styling. The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser rolls in with an old-school SUV design with its upright body, hard lines, and limited craftiness. Some may find this look too vanilla, but the off-road crowd will appreciate its simplicity.

The 2019 Lexus LX 570 has the same upright base styling as the LAnd Cruiser, but it mixes things up with more angular headlights, sharp LED accent lights, and its bold Spindle grille. While it shares the Land Cruiser’s off-road capabilities, the LX 570 looks more like a luxury cruiser than a rock crawler.

The Toyota Land Cruiser might as well be named “Land Yacht” with its massive footprint. Its body is 194.9 inches long, 77.95 inches wide, and 74 inches high. It rides on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, has 8.9 inches of ground clearance, and tips the scales at 5,815 pounds.

Despite riding on the same 112.2-inch wheelbase as the Land Cruiser, the 2019 Lexus LX 570’s body is larger at 200 inches long, 78 inches wide, and 75.2 inches high. Like the Land Cruiser, the LX 570 has 8.9 inches of ground clearance, but it is lighter at 5,800 pounds.

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser

  • Rugged looks
  • Toned-down exterior will not draw attention

Advantage: 2019 Lexus LX 570

  • Big, bold grille is sure to grab eyeballs
  • Look like a legit luxury cruiser for only a few grand more

Interior

Though the Land Cruiser and LX 570 have a close relation, you would never know from the inside. The 2019 Land Cruise rocks a relatively basic design with horizontal lines on the dash, a simple center stack with an integrated touchscreen, and other truck-like bits. Granted, the Land Cruise is still fully loaded with premium features — it just looks more basic.

On the flip-side, the Lexus LX 570 is a full-on luxury rig with its more creative dash lines, clean-looking button arrangement, and panoramic split-screen infotainment system. Paying the extra $5,000 for the LX 570 slides you right into a legit luxury SUV.

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is a three-row SUV with seating for up to eight people. The 2019 Lexus LX 570 comes standard as a two-row SUV with room for five people, but there is a three-row option that seats eight.

In its front seats, the 2019 Land Cruiser and 2019 LX 570 share their measurements: 38.3 inches of headroom, 42.9 inches of legroom, 61 inches of shoulder room, and 59.4 inches of hip room.

In the second row, the Toyota Land Cruiser offers 38.9 inches of headroom, 34.4 inches of legroom, 61.1 inches of shoulder room, and 58.6 inches of hip room. The 2019 Lexus LX 570 matches the Land Cruiser’s headroom and legroom, but it comes up 2 inches short on shoulder room. There is no second-row hip room measurement for the Lexus.

In its third row, the Toyota Land Cruiser gets very tight with 35.8 inches of headroom, 28.3 inches of legroom, 62.3 inches of shoulder room, and 56.6 inches of hip room. The three-row LX 570 matches the Land Cruiser’s measurements

Cargo room plays a big role when buying large SUVs, and the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser offers 16.1 cubic feet behind the third row, 43 cubic feet behind the second row, and 81.7 cubes with both rear rows folded.

The two-row LX 570 has 32.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and 83.1 cubes with rear row folded. The three-row LX 570 is tighter than the Land Cruiser with 9.1 cubic feet behind the third row, but it makes up for it with 44.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 83.1 cubes with both rear rows folded.

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser

  • Simpler cabin suits non-luxury buyers
  • Still packed with features
  • More cargo room with third row upright

Advantage: 2019 Lexus LX 570

  • Legit luxury cruiser packed with goodies
  • More premium features

Performance

Powering the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is a 5.7-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The power routes through a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive. This helps this massive SUV tow up to 8,100 pounds and sprint to 60 mph in a surprising 6.7 seconds.

The 2019 Lexus LX 570 has the same 5.7-liter V-8 engine, but its power checks in at 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. This also routes through a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and standard full-time four-wheel drive. Towing is bit lower in the Lexus at 7,000 pounds, and it is a little slower at 7.3 seconds to 60 mph.

Fuel economy is not the first, second, or third concern for either SUV, as they both get 13 mpg city, 18 highway, and 15 combined.

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser

  • Big-time towing advantage
  • Quicker to 60 mph

Advantage: 2019 Lexus LX 570

  • Slight power advantage

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX 570 are only available in a single trim each, but the LX 570 has the added option of a two- or three-row model. The Land Cruiser’s pricing starts from $85,015. The 2019 LC 570 two-row starts from $85,830, and its three-row variant bases from $90,830.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $85,015

  • 5.7-liter V-8 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Full-time four-wheel drive
  • Dynamic suspension
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • LED projector-beam low- and high-beam headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED accent lighting
  • LED taillights
  • Body-color power mirrors with heat
  • Chrome bodyside moldings with Land Cruiser logo
  • Power liftgate
  • Power moonroof
  • 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Roof rack
  • Aluminum running boards
  • Front and rear tow hooks
  • Skid plates for front suspension, radiator, fuel tank, and transfer case
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Semi-aniline perforated leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • 50/50 split-folding third-row seats
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Smart Key System on all door and liftgate
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down on all four windows
  • Power door locks
  • Bi-level center console with cooler box
  • 120-volt cargo-area outlet
  • Second- and third-row LED lighting
  • Entune Premium JBL Audio with integrated navigation
  • Entune App Suite
  • 9-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • 14-speaker AM/FM/HD Radio/SiriusXM audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Sway warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Trailer-sway control
  • Hill-start assist
  • Enhanced Multi-Terrain Monitor
  • Rearview camera with guidelines
  • Front and rear parking sensors

2019 Lexus LX 570 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $85,830 (two-row)

  • 5.7-liter V-8 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Class-IV towing hitch receiver with revised tow hitch cover
  • Crawl control with Turn Assist
  • Pop-up headlamp washers
  • Power rear door and easy-close tailgate
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Power-folding mirrors
  • Reverse auto-tilt mirror
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror and outside mirrors
  • Auto-on/off projector headlights
  • Integrated illuminated running boards
  • Outside side mirror puddle lamps with “Lexus” logo incorporated
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof
  • Rain-sensing, variable intermittent front windshield wipers with de-icer
  • Roof rails
  • Black, Parchment, Cabernet leather upholstery
  • 12-way power front passenger seat
  • 14-way power driver seat Easy Access system
  • Foldable and reclining 60/40 split second row seat 40/20/40 split seatback
  • Power-sliding second-row seat
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • 4.2-inch color multi-information display
  • 120-volt outlet in rear cargo area
  • Second-row power outlet
  • Multi-Terrain Select
  • Trailer Sway Control
  • HomeLink garage door opener
  • Illuminated entry system
  • Power rear door with easy-close tailgate
  • Nine-speaker AM/FM/CD/HD Radio/SiriusXM audio system
  • 12.3-inch screen
  • Navigation
  • Voice Command
  • Lexus Enform Remote.
  • Lexus Enform Service Connect
  • Lexus Enform App Suite
  • Lexus Enform Destination Assist
  • Back up camera with dynamic grid lines
  • Active front headrests
  • Brake Assist
  • Second-row Child Restraint System
  • Panoramic View Monitor and Multi-Terrain Monitor
  • Intuitive Parking Assist
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Hill-start assist
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • All-speed dynamic radar cruise control
  • Lane-departure alert
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser?

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is a great option for a buyer who wants all the latest gadgets and gizmos in but prefer to avoid full-on luxury vehicles. The Land Cruiser’s simpler look and truck-like cabin will hit the sweet spot for this type of buyer.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Lexus LX 570?

The perfect 2019 Lexus LX 570 buyer is one who wants to tackle inclimate weather and light off-road traveling but refuses to sacrifice luxury to do it. This buyer will have no problem dropping the extra $5,000 for the Lexus.

Whether you’re hitting towing a trailer to Waukegan or tackling trails in Crystal Lake, the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser can handle it all with class and ruggedness. Want to see for yourself? Head down to Garber Fox Lake Toyota serving McHenry to take the 2019 Land Cruiser for a test drive. If you can’t make it to out Waukegan area showroom today, you can also check out our online inventory to see what Land Cruiser models we have in stock, then schedule a test drive later.

 

*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $930 for Cars (Yaris LB, Yaris Sedan, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius <i>c</i>, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV, GR Supra), $1,095 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,295 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,495 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary

*2019 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary