The full-size SUV has one of the toughest jobs in the industry. It must be roomy on the inside for maximum comfort and cargo capacity, yet it also must be compact on the outside for maximum mobility. It needs a powerful engine to get it into and out of any situation, still the demand for efficient engines grows higher. A full-size SUV must be stylish, but it also must be functional and convenient. Two SUVs that fit the bill better than most are the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class and the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser.
Both the Land Cruiser and the G-Class have been in production for decades and both have, for the most part, stayed loyal to the original look that won the hearts of Americans so many years ago. These large vehicles both come with huge V8 engines, and both features some of the most advanced interior features available, but what sets them apart? When shopping for a new SUV, the first thing you will notice is the price. The Land Cruiser is quite a bit more affordable than the G-Class, but not without sacrifice.
|2017 Mercedes-Benz G 550||Technology||2017 Toyota Land Cruiser|
|4.0L Biturbo V8||Engine||5.7L V8|
|450 lb-ft||Torque||401 lb-ft|
|42.2 in||Headroom||38.3 in|
|52.5 in||Legroom||42.9 in|
Because of the extra cost that comes with a G-Class, the extra horsepower and torque comes as no surprise. Using biturbo technology, the G-Class is able to get more power out of a smaller engine, still maintaining the same efficiency rating in the city of 13 miles per gallon, but the advantages don't stop there. A smaller engine also means better overall balance because the majority of the weight does not have to be in the front of the car. It also means there is more room for interior comforts because the engine itself takes up less space under the hood.
When it comes down to signing on the dotted line, the premium on the G-Class comes with the premium features you only see in the movies and you get more room in every direction inside the cabin. If you have any questions about why the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser pales in comparison to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, stop in for a test drive today!