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4WD Head-to-Head: Toyota Landcruiser vs Nissan Patrol


Team Toyota or Team Nissan? These two automotive titans have dominated their heavyweight class with the Landcruiser and Patrol models since they first came to market in the 1950s. Both vehicles have a long history of packing in top-line features, tackling challenging terrain, and attracting dedicated, die-hard supporters. So which 4WD should you choose? Read on to find your perfect match.

The Toyota Landcruiser is a name synonymous with reliability, longevity, and luxury. While it has always maintained the reputation of a dependable workhorse with a tough construction to handle even the harshest of conditions, the Landcruiser doesn’t scrimp on style. It’s a true amalgamation of power, performance, and prowess.

The new model Landcruiser is powered by a V6 twin turbo diesel engine that over delivers on grunt and torque, and is equipped with a myriad of features like high and low range gears, a full-time 4WD system and a locking differential, which helps it tackle rough terrain with ease. A towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes makes it ideal for hauling heavy loads.

Beyond its performance features, the Landcruiser consistently takes top spot in the style stakes, with high-end interior finishes including all-leather seats for up to eight, premium sound system and a large touchscreen display. So, it really is a beauty and a beast.

Renowned for its ruggedness and reliability, the Nissan Patrol, like the Landcruiser, boasts a variety of best-in-class features including a V8 petrol engine, high and low range gears, and a 3.5 tonne towing capacity. But it’s the size of the Patrol’s engine that is one of its key differences. The grunty sound and feel of the V8 simply cannot be matched, but it also means the vehicle is the less fuel economic of the pair.

Price is also another major point of difference between the two vehicles. The Landcruiser retails at a higher price point both new and second hand on account of its elevated interior features and finishes. While less luxurious than its counterpart, the Patrol offers excellent features at a more attractive price, as well as boasting many of the same capabilities as the Landcruiser.

Ultimately, the best vehicle for you will be dependent on your specific needs and budget. Both 4WDs are reliable and well-constructed off-roaders that can handle a variety of terrain and conditions, but the Landcruiser will be the better match for those valuing power and a higher level of luxury. If it’s performance and grunt without the premium price tag you seek, the Patrol is the powerhouse to meet your needs. Happy off-roading team!

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