Should I buy a Toyota Sequoia or Land Cruiser?

I currently drive a 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser and love it. I am looking for a newer vehicle and considering a Toyota Sequoia mainly because of the price difference between that and a Land Cruiser. What is the main difference besides four-wheel drive?

Darlene S., San Antonio

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The four-wheel-drive systems and prices are two significant differences between the Land Cruiser and the Sequoia. The Land Cruiser has greater off-road capability and standard full-time four-wheel drive with a low gear and a “crawl control” feature that regulates the speed going up or down steep terrain so the driver can concentrate on steering. The optional four-wheel-drive system available on the Sequoia also has a low gear engaged by an interior switch, but it does not have the crawl feature.

Base Sequoias have rear-wheel drive and fewer features, accounting for some of the huge price gap — $39,580 base price for the Sequoia compared with $67,370 for the Land Cruiser. The top-shelf Sequoia Platinum model comes much closer, with a starting price of $59,955.

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Both seat up to eight, though the Sequoia’s interior is roomier. The Land Cruiser has a towing edge with a maximum trailer weight of 8,200 pounds, compared with 7,400 for the Sequoia. A 5.7-liter V-8 is standard on the Land Cruiser, while lower-level Sequoias come with a 4.6-liter V-8. The 5.7-liter is standard on Sequoia Limited and Platinum models, and it is available in a flex-fuel version in the Sequoia that burns E85 fuel.

If you don’t need the Land Cruiser’s more robust off-road capability, the Sequoia offers similar amenities and on-road capability at a lower price.

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Answered by Rick Popely on November 29, 2010 in All-wheel drive , Toyota | Permalink

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