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With The New Land Cruiser Carrying A Far Lower Price Than Before, There May Be Some Confusion

2024 Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota has just removed the tarp from the 2025 Toyota 4Runner, bringing about a much-needed update to the beloved SUV that has been on the market for the past 15 years. It sits on the Toyota lineup as an SUV ready to take on off-road trails, haul goodies, and a lot more. But with the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser coming in as a smaller, more affordable SUV than it used to be, what makes the two stand out? How do they compare?

2025 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2024 Land Cruiser: Details

Both vehicles are similar to the 2025 Toyota 4Runner and 2024 Land Cruiser, which ride on the company’s new TNGA-F truck platform and have identical 112.2-inch wheelbases. They also share the same 2.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, with a hybrid system standard on the Land Cruiser and optional for 4Runners. Both hybrids have the same 326 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. Both vehicles have a towing capacity of 6,000 pounds and four-wheel drive, though the 4Runner can be equipped with just rear-wheel drive if customers want that.

2025 Toyota 4Runner Trailhunter

However, there are some significant differences between the two. According to their respective spec sheets, their bodies differ quite a bit, with the 4Runner being 1.1 inches longer, while the Land Cruiser has a 5.4-inch taller roofline. The 4Runner has an optional third row and a power window in its liftgate, while the Land Cruiser has neither. The suspension also helps differentiate the two. While both vehicles use double-wishbone front suspension and multilink coils in the rear, with electric sway bar disconnects, the 4Runner boasts up to 9.2 inches of ground clearance, while the Land Cruiser only has 8.

If you’re looking to get the 2025 Toyota 4Runner Trailhunter, it also surpasses the Land Cruiser with better angles. It offers a 32-degree approach and 24-degree departure angles, while the Land Cruiser only has 31 approach and 17 departure. The Land Cruiser also has just one suspension specification, while the 4Runner offers anything from road-oriented suspension for the Platinum models to more rugged Old Man Emu shocks for the Trailhunter.

As for price, the new Land Cruiser drops significantly from the mid $80,000s to the mid $50,000s. And while the MSRP for the new Toyota 4Runner is not yet official at the time of this writing, we aren’t expecting it to swing very much from the $40,000-range of the last-gen SUV. More than anything, this is what will separate the two, as customers navigate between having a more off-road capable Toyota SUV, or a more premium one. While it might be a little clumsy out of the gate, there’s likely to be more clarity as the lifecycle of each new Toyota SUV matures, introducing new variants, packages, and powertrains.

2024 Toyota Land Cruiser

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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