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Toyota Motor North America Reports December 2017, Year-End Sales

  • TMNA posts best-ever light truck sales for the year
  • RAV4 posts best-ever year with more than 400K units
  • Lexus NX posts best-ever month, quarter, year

PLANO, Texas, Jan. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) today reported December 2017 sales of 222,985 vehicles, a decrease of 8.3 percent from December 2016 on a volume basis. With one less selling day in December 2017 compared to December 2016, sales were down 4.8 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. 

For the year, TMNA reported sales of 2,434,515 vehicles, a 0.6 percent decrease.

Toyota division posted December sales of 187,524 units, down 7.2 percent on a volume basis and 3.6 percent on a DSR basis. For the year, Toyota division reported sales of 2,129,383 vehicles, a 0.5 percent increase.

"We finished 2017 on a high note, reflecting the continued strength of our product portfolio and establishing Toyota as the number one retail brand for the sixth year in a row," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. "We are well positioned to continue our retail leadership in 2018, driven by a growing economy, consumer confidence and segment-leading products like RAV4 and Camry."

Lexus posted December sales of 35,461 vehicles, down 13.9 percent on a volume basis and down 10.6 percent on a DSR basis. For the year, Lexus sales of 305,132 were down 7.9 percent.

"With another very successful December to Remember, Lexus closed out 2017 with more than 300,000 vehicle sales," said Lexus General Manager Jeff Bracken. "In 2018, Lexus dealers will have even more options for customers as we bring 15 all-new and special edition models to the market.  We're looking forward to an amazing year."

December 2017 Highlights  

  • Toyota is the number one retail selling brand
  • Camry posts best-ever December sales of 43,331 units; best-ever quarterly sales of 104,574 units
  • TMNA light trucks down 5.6 percent; up 9 percent for a best-ever year
  • Toyota division SUV posts 70,945 units in December; posts a best-ever quarter and year
  • RAV4 sales of 32,542 units, a best-ever quarter and year with more than 400,000 units
  • 4Runner sales were up 4 percent for a best-ever month; up 14.6 percent for the year with best-ever year
  • Highlander sales of 21,041 units for December; posts best-ever year up 12.7 percent
  • Toyota division pickups up 1.8 percent in December
  • Tacoma up 6.8 percent for a best-ever December and year since introduction; up 3.4 percent for year
  • Tundra posted sales of 10,886 units in December
  • Lexus division LUVs down 4.3 percent for December; up 2.9 percent for a best-ever year
  • NX up 0.5 percent in December; a best-ever month, quarter and year
  • RX posts monthly sales of 13,951 units
  • GX posts monthly sales of 3,325 units; up 8.1 percent for the year

*Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume

TOYOTA  U.S. SALES SUMMARY

DECEMBER 2017

 

-- CURRENT MONTH --

-- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE --     

                 
 

2017

2016

DSR %

VOL %

2017

2016

DSR %

VOL %

TOTAL TOYOTA

222,985

243,229

-4.8

-8.3

2,434,515

2,449,630

-0.3

-0.6

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV

187,524

202,047

-3.6

-7.2

2,129,383

2,118,402

0.8

0.5

TOTAL LEXUS

35,461

41,182

-10.6

-13.9

305,132

331,228

-7.6

-7.9

                 

YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA)

1,908

1,997

-0.8

-4.5

35,727

27,983

28.1

27.7

YARIS LIFTBACK

203

760

-72.3

-73.3

8,653

10,872

-20.2

-20.4

TOTAL YARIS

2,111

2,757

-20.5

-23.4

44,380

38,855

14.6

14.2

iQ

0

0

0

0

0

6

-100

-100

xD

0

0

0

0

2

9

-77.7

-77.8

xB

0

0

0

0

0

2,677

-100

-100

tC

6

102

-93.9

-94.1

203

9,336

-97.8

-97.8

COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM)

1,437

1,807

-17.4

-20.5

20,501

17,727

16

15.6

COROLLA SEDAN

18,532

29,402

-34.5

-37

308,695

360,483

-14.1

-14.4

TOTAL COROLLA

19,969

31,209

-33.6

-36

329,196

378,210

-12.7

-13

86 (INCL FR-S)

425

557

-20.8

-23.7

6,846

7,457

-7.9

-8.2

MIRAI

296

116

165

155.2

1,838

1,034

78.3

77.8

AVALON

2,427

5,051

-50.1

-52

32,583

48,080

-32

-32.2

PRIUS

9,482

12,444

-20.9

-23.8

108,662

136,632

-20.2

-20.5

CAMRY

43,331

33,412

34.7

29.7

387,081

388,618

-0.1

-0.4

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR

78,047

85,648

-5.4

-8.9

910,791

1,010,914

-9.6

-9.9

                 

CT

9

968

-99

-99.1

4,690

8,903

-47.1

-47.3

IS

2,777

4,432

-34.9

-37.3

26,482

37,289

-28.7

-29

RC

686

1,042

-31.6

-34.2

7,363

11,165

-33.8

-34.1

ES

5,047

6,239

-16

-19.1

51,398

58,299

-11.5

-11.8

GS

916

1,325

-28.2

-30.9

7,773

14,878

-47.6

-47.8

LS

306

609

-47.8

-49.8

4,094

5,514

-25.5

-25.8

LC

290

0

0

0

2,487

0

0

0

LFA

0

0

0

0

3

6

-49.8

-50

TOTAL LEXUS CAR

10,031

14,615

-28.7

-31.4

104,290

136,054

-23.1

-23.3

TOTAL TOYOTA CAR

88,078

100,263

-8.8

-12.2

1,015,081

1,146,968

-11.2

-11.5

                 

SIENNA

8,941

11,169

-16.9

-19.9

111,489

127,791

-12.5

-12.8

C-HR

3,866

0

0

0

25,755

0

0

0

RAV4

32,542

37,214

-9.2

-12.6

407,594

352,154

16.1

15.7

FJ CRUISER

0

0

0

0

4

9

-55.4

-55.6

VENZA

0

1

-100

-100

14

589

-97.6

-97.6

HIGHLANDER

21,041

25,425

-14.1

-17.2

215,775

191,379

13.1

12.7

4RUNNER

11,954

11,489

8

4

128,296

111,970

15

14.6

SEQUOIA

1,152

1,575

-24

-26.9

12,156

12,771

-4.5

-4.8

LAND CRUISER

390

456

-11.2

-14.5

3,100

3,705

-16.1

-16.3

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV

70,945

76,160

-3.3

-6.8

792,694

672,577

18.2

17.9

                 

TACOMA

18,705

17,514

10.9

6.8

198,124

191,631

3.7

3.4

TUNDRA

10,886

11,556

-2.2

-5.8

116,285

115,489

1

0.7

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP

29,591

29,070

5.7

1.8

314,409

307,120

2.7

2.4

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK

109,477

116,399

-2.3

-5.9

1,218,592

1,107,488

10.4

10

                 

NX

7,410

7,375

4.3

0.5

59,341

54,884

8.5

8.1

RX

13,951

14,882

-2.7

-6.3

108,307

109,435

-0.7

-1

GX

3325

3474

-0.6

-4.3

27,190

25,148

8.5

8.1

LX

744

836

-7.6

-11

6,004

5,707

5.5

5.2

TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK

25,430

26,567

-0.6

-4.3

200,842

195,174

3.2

2.9

TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK

134,900

142,966

-2

-5.6

1,419,427

1,302,662

9.3

9

Selling Days

26

27

   

306

307

   

DSR = Daily Selling Rate

   

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I'm amazed how well the Taco still does since the entry of the GM twins. It never even skipped a beat. 

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22 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

I'm amazed how well the Taco still does since the entry of the GM twins. It never even skipped a beat. 

The Tacoma has history behind it

Many many people have had indestructible experiences with its predecessor, the Hilux.

And if they hadnt had any experiences with the Hilux, the mythical stories they heard others talk about  either from word of mouth or on TV raised  the Hilux to legendary status.

The Tacoma...although not as near as legendary as the Hilux, the Tacoma has served the people well over the years right after the Hilux was changed completely and re-named for the US market.

I am not surprised the Tacoma does well in the market place. There has been some major reliability missteps by Toyota with some of their nameplates (which hasnt seem to affect their sales...) and some bland choices they made to their image...but its safe to say that their small truck offerings is as awesome as it ever was. 

 

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No surprise about the Tacoma, the Tacoma owners I know would never buy a GM truck.  Toyota gets lots of repeat buyers. 

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And yet I really like the smaller GM trucks. The diesel option would swing me to GM if I were buying a truck that size I think.

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I can’t believe they still make the Sequoia and Land Cruiser, I feel like the last major update to those was in 2005.  

Time to close up shop on the Lexus GS and LS, those 2 are in the tank and the LS is a new model and it is down 50%!  I guess that predator grille is scaring people away.

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On 1/3/2018 at 11:55 AM, smk4565 said:

I can’t believe they still make the Sequoia and Land Cruiser, I feel like the last major update to those was in 2005.  

Time to close up shop on the Lexus GS and LS, those 2 are in the tank and the LS is a new model and it is down 50%!  I guess that predator grille is scaring people away.

I am pretty sure the new LS isn't out yet.....

Wow, the new Camry must really be hitting some vibes.  One of my coworkers got a pearl white XLE and loves it and it actually looks good in the flesh!

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So far the Camry is winning in sales vs the new Accord.  It gets good reviews but the Accord gets better ones.
TNGA  based RAV4, Corolla and Prius-V should be here in the next 18 months.

 

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10 minutes ago, frogger said:

So far the Camry is winning in sales vs the new Accord.  It gets good reviews but the Accord gets better ones.
TNGA  based RAV4, Corolla and Prius-V should be here in the next 18 months.

 

I wonder if maybe Honda is still in the process of ramping up Accord production for the new model?  The drop was huge for December.  If I was looking in the midsize market right now it would be a tossup between the Camry and Accord, preferably a Camry XSE V6 or Accord Touring 2.0T.  Each with it's pros and cons for me.  This is something I would have never thought just a few years ago.  I am curious about the TNGA Corolla.  Give it a decent powertrain and some nice design and it could really be something nice in the category. 

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In it's defense (if you can call it that), it was still being driven (note the trailer hitch scrape on the pavement).
But of course the buyers came back, tomoco paid them 150% of (undamaged) market value for their vehicle!

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On 1/3/2018 at 11:55 AM, smk4565 said:

I can’t believe they still make the Sequoia and Land Cruiser, I feel like the last major update to those was in 2005.  

Time to close up shop on the Lexus GS and LS, those 2 are in the tank and the LS is a new model and it is down 50%!  I guess that predator grille is scaring people away.

The new LS isn't out yet and the old one is out of production.

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On 1/3/2018 at 10:55 AM, smk4565 said:

I can’t believe they still make the Sequoia and Land Cruiser, I feel like the last major update to those was in 2005.  

They've kept the G Wagen around for a lot longer than that and they're actually very similar vehicles in their overall goal and what they do. 

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2 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

They've kept the G Wagen around for a lot longer than that and they're actually very similar vehicles in their overall goal and what they do. 

Indeed.... the Land Cruiser is the Japanese equivalent of the G Wagon. 

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Last redesign of the Sequoia was '08, with a refresh for '18, last redesign of the LC was '07, had a couple facelifts since then. 

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      Mercedes-Benz Vans - Up 44% (4,448 Vehicles Sold This Month, 28,023 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      MINI - Down 7.4% (3,461 Vehicles Sold This Month, 34,193 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mitsubishi - Down 8.6% (7,705 Vehicles Sold This Month, 93,398 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Nissan - Down 13.3% (110,283 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,019,433 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Porsche - Down 7.1% (5,102 Vehicles Sold This Month, 42,626 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ram Trucks - Up 9% (56,447 Vehicles Sold This Month, 416,661 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Smart - Down 59.3% (98 Vehicles Sold This Month, 959 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Subaru - Up 3.5% (57,044 Vehicles Sold This Month, 503,418 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Toyota - Down 10.9% (178,501 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,610,613 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volkswagen - Down 4.8% (30,555 Vehicles Sold This Month, 266,228 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volvo - Up 10.3% (8,715 Vehicles Sold This Month, 69,981 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    • By William Maley
      The Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX 570 are part of an endangered species: SUVs designed with the purpose of going off-road. It may seem somewhat mad to describe most SUVs as not off-road oriented, but most buyers don’t really take SUVs off the beaten path. Automakers have responded in kind by providing a minimum four-wheel capability while improving on-road behavior. The Land Cruiser and LX 570 haven’t gone down this path as they have a small, but loyal owner base that would cry foul if Toyota/Lexus decided to do this. But as I found out during my week with them, Toyota and Lexus need to do some serious thinking about the future of these models if they want to keep them around.
      Exterior
      Both the Land Cruiser and LX 570 share the same boxy shape with a slightly angled front end, large area of glass, and a split opening tailgate. Where the two differentiate is in the details. Toyota plays it safe with a large rectangular grille and chrome bars that separate the front headlights. The set of 18-inch alloy wheels look somewhat small on the Land Cruiser, mostly due to the large size of the off-road tires. The LX 570 is very extroverted as evidenced by the front end styling. It features the largest version of Lexus’ spindle grille that gives it an intense look. A set of LED headlights with a unique lamp design sit on either side. Multi-spoke 20-inch wheels are standard and seem suited to fit the large size of the SUV.
      Interior
      Considering the $84k+ price tag of this Land Cruiser, it is slightly disappointing that Toyota went for a very utilitarian look. It doesn’t have the flash or elegance and you’ll find in competitors such as the Range Rover or Mercedes-Benz GLS. Material quality is what you expect for the price with an abundance of soft-touch plastic, leather upholstery, wood trim, and faux metal used all around. 
      The Lexus LX 570 takes a different approach with the interior, feeling more like a real contender to the likes of the Germans and Range Rover. The dash design is very modern with a short center stack, a widescreen display for the infotainment system, and glossy wood trim. Both models have a button-ladened center stack, but I found the LX 570’s easier to use as the buttons weren’t tightly packed.
      Getting inside either SUV is somewhat tough due to the tall ride height. But thanks to doorsteps and pull handles, entering both models becomes easier. The front seats are some of best I have sat in, offering plenty of cushioning and support for any trip length. Power adjustments and memory come standard on both models. The second-row offers plenty of head and legroom for passengers. You can slide the seat to either increase legroom or cargo space. The third-row should only be used for small kids as there is only a minuscule amount of legroom. The lack of padding also makes third-row best for short trips.
      One quirk about the Land Cruiser and LX 570’s third-row is that the seats don’t fold into the floor. Instead, the seats flip towards the side. Not only does it make it slightly awkward to load cargo into either model, but it also makes for a small cargo area. Measurements for the two models are 16.1 cubic feet with all three-rows up, 44.7 with the third-row folded, and 81.7 with the second-row folded. For 2018, Lexus did introduce a two-row version that increases space by 5.8 cubic feet - bringing the total to 50.5 cubic feet.
      Infotainment
      Lexus has fitted one the of largest infotainment screens in the class into the LX 570. Measuring 12.3-inches, this allows for a split-screen capability where you can have various functions up at the same time. For example, you can have navigation on one side and audio on the other. Some of the configuration options Lexus offers are strange to say in the least like having two maps of the navigation system up at the same time. Where the LX 570 falls short is the Remote Touch controller. The joystick controller is a pain to use as it feels quite vague when moving around and causes you to overshoot when trying to select something. This is very problematic when you’re driving as you’ll find yourself paying more attention to the system than the road.
      In the Land Cruiser, you’ll find a smaller 9-inch infotainment system with Toyota’s Entune system. Thankfully, Toyota had decided to use a touchscreen instead of a frustrating controller. Moving around in Entune is easy thanks to a simple interface with large touchscreen buttons and a set of physical shortcut buttons underneath. I did notice that Entune was a few ticks slower than the system found in the LX 570.
      Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is not available on either model.
      Powertrain
      Under the hoods of the Land Cruiser and LX 570 is a 5.7L V8. The Land Cruiser gets 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The LX 570 features 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. This is teamed with an eight-speed automatic and a full-time four-wheel drive system. Interestingly, the Land Cruiser feels slightly faster than the LX 570. Outlets who have timed both models say the Land Cruiser is about 0.5 seconds quicker to 60 than the LX 570. This is a bit surprising considering the two models are nearly identical in power and weight. But the LX 570 has a noticeable pause when accelerating. It feels like the engine was asleep and was startled by the throttle being prodded, before realizing it needed to get to work. The eight-speed automatic delivers rapid and smooth upshifts, but stumbles somewhat when it comes to downshifts.
      Both models come fully-equipped to take on whatever Mother Nature decides to dish out. This includes a two-speed transfer case, locking center differential, crawl-control system, terrain selection system, and an adjustable suspension system. Sadly, I didn’t get the chance to take either model off the paved road to see what they are capable of.
      Fuel Economy
      EPA rates the 2018 Land Cruiser and LX 570 at 13 City/18 Highway/15 Combined. My average in both vehicles landed around 14.9 mpg in a 50/50 mix of city and highway driving.
      Ride and Handling
      These SUVs prefer the roads to be straight as there is significant body motion when cornering. Blame the tall ride height and soft-suspension tuning. Steering feels very numb and slow, making it somewhat tough to figure out how much input is needed when turning. When the road is straight, both vehicles provide a smooth ride. I did find that on the highway, I needed to make constant corrections with the steering to keep it in the middle of the lane.
      One major difference between the two is braking. The LX 570’s braking system felt very discombobulated. It was very difficult to modulate the pedal to provide a smooth stop. Either the vehicle wasn’t slowing down or the braking system would enter panic stop mode and passengers being thrown from their seats. I thought this was an issue that was limited to my LX, but other people who have driven different LXs have reported similar behavior. The Land Cruiser didn’t experience any of this during my week.
      Value
      The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser begins at $83,665, while the LX 570 begins at $85,630 for the two-row variant and $89,980 for the three-row model. Both models come generously equipped with a number of standard features such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, heated and ventilated front seats; power tilt-telescoping steering wheel, and three-zone climate control. The vehicles tested here came lightly optioned. The Land Cruiser featured a set of optional floor mats, bringing the as-tested price to $85,185. For the LX 570, it came with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and center console cool box to bring its as-tested price to $93,350.
      The best value of the two models has to be the two-row LX 570 as you get a nicer interior and more cargo space, for not much more money than the three-row Land Cruiser. But if you really want three-rows, then the Land Cruiser is your best bet.
      Verdict
      Unless your daily commute includes traversing the Rocky Mountains or driving through Death Valley, I cannot recommend either of these SUVs. They have a number of flaws such as middling fuel economy, small cargo area, and needing constant steering corrections on the highway. But the LX 570 comes off slightly worse as it has some issues with the powertrain and brakes need to be addressed quickly. Besides, the Land Cruiser offers many of the features of LX 570, albeit in a more utilitarian package for a couple of grand less.
      But for some people, the off-road capability and legendary reliability of these two models are more than enough to excuse the faults. That group of people though we have to think is getting smaller as time goes on and makes us wonder if the next-generation of the Land Cruiser and LX 570 will go through a dramatic change or not.
      Disclaimer: Toyota Provided the Vehicles, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2018
      Make: Lexus
      Model: LX 570
      Trim: N/A
      Engine: 5.7L 32-Valve, DOHC, Dual VVT-i V8
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Four-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 383 @ 5,600
      Torque @ RPM: 403 @ 3,600
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 13/18/15
      Curb Weight: 5,815 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
      Base Price: $89,980
      As Tested Price: $93,350 (Includes $1,195.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Dual-Screen DVD Rear-Entertainment System - $2,005.00
      Cool Box - $170.00
      Year: 2018
      Make: Toyota
      Model: Land Cruiser
      Trim: N/A
      Engine: 5.7L 32-Valve, DOHC, Dual VVT-i V8
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Four-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 381@ 5,600
      Torque @ RPM: 401 @ 3,600
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 13/18/15
      Curb Weight: 5,815 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
      Base Price: $83,685
      As Tested Price: $85,185 (Includes $1,295.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Carpet Floor/Cargo Mat Set - $225.00

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    • By William Maley
      The Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX 570 are part of an endangered species: SUVs designed with the purpose of going off-road. It may seem somewhat mad to describe most SUVs as not off-road oriented, but most buyers don’t really take SUVs off the beaten path. Automakers have responded in kind by providing a minimum four-wheel capability while improving on-road behavior. The Land Cruiser and LX 570 haven’t gone down this path as they have a small, but loyal owner base that would cry foul if Toyota/Lexus decided to do this. But as I found out during my week with them, Toyota and Lexus need to do some serious thinking about the future of these models if they want to keep them around.
      Exterior
      Both the Land Cruiser and LX 570 share the same boxy shape with a slightly angled front end, large area of glass, and a split opening tailgate. Where the two differentiate is in the details. Toyota plays it safe with a large rectangular grille and chrome bars that separate the front headlights. The set of 18-inch alloy wheels look somewhat small on the Land Cruiser, mostly due to the large size of the off-road tires. The LX 570 is very extroverted as evidenced by the front end styling. It features the largest version of Lexus’ spindle grille that gives it an intense look. A set of LED headlights with a unique lamp design sit on either side. Multi-spoke 20-inch wheels are standard and seem suited to fit the large size of the SUV.
      Interior
      Considering the $84k+ price tag of this Land Cruiser, it is slightly disappointing that Toyota went for a very utilitarian look. It doesn’t have the flash or elegance and you’ll find in competitors such as the Range Rover or Mercedes-Benz GLS. Material quality is what you expect for the price with an abundance of soft-touch plastic, leather upholstery, wood trim, and faux metal used all around. 
      The Lexus LX 570 takes a different approach with the interior, feeling more like a real contender to the likes of the Germans and Range Rover. The dash design is very modern with a short center stack, a widescreen display for the infotainment system, and glossy wood trim. Both models have a button-ladened center stack, but I found the LX 570’s easier to use as the buttons weren’t tightly packed.
      Getting inside either SUV is somewhat tough due to the tall ride height. But thanks to doorsteps and pull handles, entering both models becomes easier. The front seats are some of best I have sat in, offering plenty of cushioning and support for any trip length. Power adjustments and memory come standard on both models. The second-row offers plenty of head and legroom for passengers. You can slide the seat to either increase legroom or cargo space. The third-row should only be used for small kids as there is only a minuscule amount of legroom. The lack of padding also makes third-row best for short trips.
      One quirk about the Land Cruiser and LX 570’s third-row is that the seats don’t fold into the floor. Instead, the seats flip towards the side. Not only does it make it slightly awkward to load cargo into either model, but it also makes for a small cargo area. Measurements for the two models are 16.1 cubic feet with all three-rows up, 44.7 with the third-row folded, and 81.7 with the second-row folded. For 2018, Lexus did introduce a two-row version that increases space by 5.8 cubic feet - bringing the total to 50.5 cubic feet.
      Infotainment
      Lexus has fitted one the of largest infotainment screens in the class into the LX 570. Measuring 12.3-inches, this allows for a split-screen capability where you can have various functions up at the same time. For example, you can have navigation on one side and audio on the other. Some of the configuration options Lexus offers are strange to say in the least like having two maps of the navigation system up at the same time. Where the LX 570 falls short is the Remote Touch controller. The joystick controller is a pain to use as it feels quite vague when moving around and causes you to overshoot when trying to select something. This is very problematic when you’re driving as you’ll find yourself paying more attention to the system than the road.
      In the Land Cruiser, you’ll find a smaller 9-inch infotainment system with Toyota’s Entune system. Thankfully, Toyota had decided to use a touchscreen instead of a frustrating controller. Moving around in Entune is easy thanks to a simple interface with large touchscreen buttons and a set of physical shortcut buttons underneath. I did notice that Entune was a few ticks slower than the system found in the LX 570.
      Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is not available on either model.
      Powertrain
      Under the hoods of the Land Cruiser and LX 570 is a 5.7L V8. The Land Cruiser gets 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The LX 570 features 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. This is teamed with an eight-speed automatic and a full-time four-wheel drive system. Interestingly, the Land Cruiser feels slightly faster than the LX 570. Outlets who have timed both models say the Land Cruiser is about 0.5 seconds quicker to 60 than the LX 570. This is a bit surprising considering the two models are nearly identical in power and weight. But the LX 570 has a noticeable pause when accelerating. It feels like the engine was asleep and was startled by the throttle being prodded, before realizing it needed to get to work. The eight-speed automatic delivers rapid and smooth upshifts, but stumbles somewhat when it comes to downshifts.
      Both models come fully-equipped to take on whatever Mother Nature decides to dish out. This includes a two-speed transfer case, locking center differential, crawl-control system, terrain selection system, and an adjustable suspension system. Sadly, I didn’t get the chance to take either model off the paved road to see what they are capable of.
      Fuel Economy
      EPA rates the 2018 Land Cruiser and LX 570 at 13 City/18 Highway/15 Combined. My average in both vehicles landed around 14.9 mpg in a 50/50 mix of city and highway driving.
      Ride and Handling
      These SUVs prefer the roads to be straight as there is significant body motion when cornering. Blame the tall ride height and soft-suspension tuning. Steering feels very numb and slow, making it somewhat tough to figure out how much input is needed when turning. When the road is straight, both vehicles provide a smooth ride. I did find that on the highway, I needed to make constant corrections with the steering to keep it in the middle of the lane.
      One major difference between the two is braking. The LX 570’s braking system felt very discombobulated. It was very difficult to modulate the pedal to provide a smooth stop. Either the vehicle wasn’t slowing down or the braking system would enter panic stop mode and passengers being thrown from their seats. I thought this was an issue that was limited to my LX, but other people who have driven different LXs have reported similar behavior. The Land Cruiser didn’t experience any of this during my week.
      Value
      The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser begins at $83,665, while the LX 570 begins at $85,630 for the two-row variant and $89,980 for the three-row model. Both models come generously equipped with a number of standard features such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, heated and ventilated front seats; power tilt-telescoping steering wheel, and three-zone climate control. The vehicles tested here came lightly optioned. The Land Cruiser featured a set of optional floor mats, bringing the as-tested price to $85,185. For the LX 570, it came with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and center console cool box to bring its as-tested price to $93,350.
      The best value of the two models has to be the two-row LX 570 as you get a nicer interior and more cargo space, for not much more money than the three-row Land Cruiser. But if you really want three-rows, then the Land Cruiser is your best bet.
      Verdict
      Unless your daily commute includes traversing the Rocky Mountains or driving through Death Valley, I cannot recommend either of these SUVs. They have a number of flaws such as middling fuel economy, small cargo area, and needing constant steering corrections on the highway. But the LX 570 comes off slightly worse as it has some issues with the powertrain and brakes need to be addressed quickly. Besides, the Land Cruiser offers many of the features of LX 570, albeit in a more utilitarian package for a couple of grand less.
      But for some people, the off-road capability and legendary reliability of these two models are more than enough to excuse the faults. That group of people though we have to think is getting smaller as time goes on and makes us wonder if the next-generation of the Land Cruiser and LX 570 will go through a dramatic change or not.
      Disclaimer: Toyota Provided the Vehicles, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2018
      Make: Lexus
      Model: LX 570
      Trim: N/A
      Engine: 5.7L 32-Valve, DOHC, Dual VVT-i V8
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Four-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 383 @ 5,600
      Torque @ RPM: 403 @ 3,600
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 13/18/15
      Curb Weight: 5,815 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
      Base Price: $89,980
      As Tested Price: $93,350 (Includes $1,195.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Dual-Screen DVD Rear-Entertainment System - $2,005.00
      Cool Box - $170.00
      Year: 2018
      Make: Toyota
      Model: Land Cruiser
      Trim: N/A
      Engine: 5.7L 32-Valve, DOHC, Dual VVT-i V8
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Four-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 381@ 5,600
      Torque @ RPM: 401 @ 3,600
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 13/18/15
      Curb Weight: 5,815 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
      Base Price: $83,685
      As Tested Price: $85,185 (Includes $1,295.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Carpet Floor/Cargo Mat Set - $225.00
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