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Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rover Range Rover

2017 Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota Land Cruiser

The choice of the high and mighty in power across the world, the Land Cruiser has earned its place on the pedestal of off road vehicles. Only just, for only a handful of passenger vehicles can provide Dakar winning performances and luxurious cross country highway drives all at the drop of a hat. The Land Cruiser is a legend in its own right delivering on performance, safety, luxury and practicality all at once. It is rather huge, but that can sometimes be seen as a big advantage too. Depending on the market, you have a choice of powerful V8 engines – a 5.7L gasoline unit making 381 hp and 401 lb/ft of torque or a 4.5L diesel unit making 285 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The automatic transmission, four wheel drive system and several electro-mechanical aids deliver an enjoyable experience in the most challenging of conditions on and off the road. The Land Cruiser will not hesitate to tread where other cars and so-called off roaders have their drivers stop and think twice or more before venturing ahead.

Of course, all this comes at a price but considering the features and equipment it comes with, along with the legendary Toyota reliability on hand, it does seem good value!

Land Rover Range Rover

After the demise of the original, proper Hummer – the H1 Alpha, most enthusiasts will agree that the most capable off road vehicle in current production is the Range Rover. While the Land Cruiser is regarded as the ultimate vehicle in some parts of the world, the Range Rover adds a bit more to mix with bespoke luxury and a heritage that Toyota might not always be able to contend with. The innovative gadgets and assist systems like the multi-view cameras, Terrain Response system and engine choices that Land Rover offers have yet to be challenged. On the road, the Range Rover is comfortable, quiet and luxurious while off it, it trudges on through and over terrain where few vehicles, let alone SUVs would dare to wet their tires on. Of course this effort is helped in no less part by a choice of massive V8 engines – a supercharged direct injection 5.0L V8 petrol engine with 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque or a turbocharged common-rail direct injection 4.4L diesel engine making 313 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Add the incredible four wheel drive system, on-the-fly Terrain Response system and automatic transmission systems – a 6 speed Command Shift in the petrol and an 8 speed Drive Select on the diesel and you have a smooth and rather unrelenting delivery of power unlike any other luxury off road vehicle on the planet so far.

The Range Rover is arguably the greatest luxury off-roader on sale today. More so, it is also a style statement as much as it is anything else.