This is one of the most interesting car comparisons. The Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series and Nissan Patrol are two Japanese beasts battling for the number one spot in outstanding off-road capabilities with added luxury featuresToyota and Nissan are still working on advancing these two large SUVs, unlike Mitsubishi, who built the geriatric large SUV Mitsubishi Pajero several years ago and left it with few to no upgrades to become prehistoric when compared to these beasts.

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The Australian large SUV market is chiefly dominated by diesel-powered engines, so Toyota has discontinued its 4.7 L petrol variant. However, Nissan is yet to follow the market trend and is still providing the Nissan Patrol with a petrol engine only. So if you know what type of engine you fancy more, it is a quick answer from there and you don’t need to check the latest car news.

Engine and Capabilities of Japanese Beasts Toyota Landcruiser & Nissan Patrol

Nissan is still using the almighty 5.6-liter V8 petrol engine with a seven-speed automatic gearbox. It comes with a torque converter that runs to the four wheels on the Nissan Patrol. This engine can produce 298kW of power and 560Nm of torque which can hold the Patrols 2,700kg easily, smoothly, and silently. Whilst its competitor, the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series, is available in diesel option only after Toyota axed the petrol variant.

The only engine available in Australia for the 200 Series LandCruiser is the 4.5 liter V8 diesel with two turbochargers, coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox. Like the Nissan Patrol, the Toyota LandCruiser has the torque converter running permanently on all wheels. As a general rule, diesel engines produce less power than petrol engines but can provide higher torque, which is the case in this comparison.

The Toyota LandCruiser produces 200kW of power which is 98kW less than the Nissan Patrol but gives 650Nm torque, 90Nm more than the Patrol. Although the Toyota LandCruiser Series 200 is diesel, it still provides a smooth and somehow silent ride.

The chassis for both models are crafted to provide exceptional off-road capabilities with a luxurious on-road ride. The Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System in the LandCruiser provides a dynamic swaybar, which is driven by a hydraulic system to adjust the roll stiffness of the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series based on the terrain you are driving on.

The Toyota LandCruiser uses a familiar format of the live rear axle and independent front suspension. Similar to the Nissan Patrol, it has the same outcome of adjusted ride depending on where you are driving but with a different technique. Nissan has included the Hydraulic Body Motion Control coupled with independent suspension on all wheels where the shock absorbers are adaptable to the Hydraulic system.

These two large SUVs are incredibly agile for the daily drive and strong enough to pull your boatcaravan, or trailer. At the same time, they are capable of off-roaders with their powerful engines and dynamic systems.

When it comes to ground clearanceNissan Patrol is in the lead with 27.3cm. The Toyota LandCruiser Series 200 gets 22.6cm ground clearance which is similar to most Utes in the Australian market.

As for the off-roading drive, both have an impressive low gear range. However, as we are comparing these two large SUVs, the Nissan Patrol has the lower gear range which is better for off-road drives.

The LandCruiser misses out on the Rear Lock Differential, but the driver can still lock the center differential with the press of a button. In addition, the driver can select different terrain options to adjust the driving modes depending on the challenges the driver faces. The suspension of the Toyota LandCruiser is stable and flexible which provides confidence in tackling any challenging situation whilst off-roading.

The Nissan Patrol has a different Four Wheel Drive system. Nissan didn’t include the center differential, however, the Nissan Patrol has an electronic controlled multi-plate clutch that will engage and disengage the front axle. This is done automatically with Auto mode.

Both of these large SUVs the Toyota LandCruiser and Nissan Patrol prove to be highly proficient with low-range driving especially with the torque converter playing a big role in providing this outcome.

Interior and Specs of Japanese Beasts Toyota Landcruiser & Nissan Patrol

The GXL model of the Toyota LandCruiser Series 200 will offer a standard fabric seat material and smart entry and start system, along with the following options:

• Reverse Camera

• Front and Rear Parking Sensors

• Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

• Active Traction Control (A-TRC)

• Tilt and Telescopic Adjustable Steering Column

• 6.1″ Touchscreen Display

• Emergency Brake Signal

• Manual Seat Adjustment

• Multi-Terrain Anti-lock Braking System

• Crawl Control with Off-Road Turn Assist

• Trailer Sway Control

• 8-seat Capacity

• Satellite Navigation

Considering these options, you wouldn’t think that you are looking at a $99,711 Drive Away large SUV.

Doing the car comparison between the LandCruiser GXL and Nissan Patrol TI which is $85,606 Drive Away, you will get much more from the Nissan at a much cheaper price. You will enjoy the luxury leather accented electric seats in the Nissan Patrol TI in addition to the following features:

• Satellite Navigation

• Emergency Braking

• Lane Departure Warning and Intervention

• Moving Object Detection

• Intelligent Cruise Control

• Blind Spot Warning

• Around-View Monitor

• Intelligent Forward Collision Warning

As aforementioned, the Nissan Patrol provides a more luxurious option at a lesser cost than the Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series. Even though the Nissan Patrol is only available with a petrol engine, it’s still a great option for you as a family car especially if you like a progressive vehicle with outstanding off-road capabilities. It may not be as thirsty as you would imagine particularly because Nissan has developed its engine to consume less fuel consumption.

If we want to compare the prices of the top of the range of these two brand new Japanese Beasts Large SUVs, the Nissan Patrol TI-L is at $102,646 Drive Away and the Toyota LandCruiser Sahara is for $132,679 Drive Away which is around $30,000 dearer.

Final Thoughts About 2 Japanese Beasts Toyota Landcruiser & Nissan Patrol

The Nissan Patrol has a more spacious interior than the Toyota LandCruiser with larger cargo space. We can actually say both are great off-roaders although they are large SUVs with heavyweight, both have good suspension and flexibility despite having different technology to provide comfort and hard-to-beat off-road capability.

WHAT TO RIDE usually likes to point out the strength of a model over another based on facts in the car comparison, however, a downfall for the Nissan Patrol is that it is not offered in a diesel option which is inconvenient as we love this type of engine Down Under.

If you are planning to buy a brand new car and you are not brand loyal, these two Japanese beasts large SUVs would be the best large-size SUVs in Australia whilst the less expensive large SUV with more car features and options is the Nissan Patrol which would be the best choice. Both models the Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series and Nissan Patrol will offer you a spacious and comfortable drive with the capability of towing a boat or caravan to enjoy your holiday or weekend getaway from home and exploring different terrains in Australia.

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