Comparing the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser with the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander

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A 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser (Credits Toyota USA Newsroom)
A 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser (Credits: Toyota USA Newsroom)

The differences between the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser and the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander, two spacious and well-equipped SUVs that seat up to eight passengers.

2024 Toyota Land Cruiser

The 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser introduces the seventh generation of this legendary SUV to the United States. It combines the Land Cruiser’s renowned heritage with modern features, including a hybrid powertrain. The new model’s compact design enhances its agility, especially off-road. Powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine and hybrid system, it delivers improved fuel efficiency compared to older models.

Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid Max (Credits: Toyota)
Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid (Credits: Toyota)


  • Hybrid engine performance
  • Strong off-road capabilities
  • Impressive towing capacity


  • No option for a third row of seats
  • Limited standard features
  • High starting price

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander

Toyota extends its popular Highlander SUV to create the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander. With three available powertrains, including gas and hybrid options, the Grand Highlander focuses on family-oriented technology and interior amenities. Despite competing in the midsize SUV segment, it offers ample space for passengers and cargo, with a particular emphasis on accommodating adults in the third row.


  • Spacious cabin and generous cargo capacity
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Extensive list of standard features


  • Sluggish acceleration, especially with certain engine options
  • Noticeable road and wind noise at higher speeds.

The Land Cruiser features a 2.4-liter turbo hybrid engine, while the Grand Highlander offers a choice of three engines. Both SUVs offer different power outputs and drivetrain configurations. The Land Cruiser excels in off-road environments, equipped with full-time four-wheel drive and advanced terrain modes. On the other hand, the Grand Highlander provides front-wheel drive as standard, with optional all-wheel drive available.

The Land Cruiser achieves an EPA-rated combined fuel economy of 23 MPG, while the most efficient Grand Highlander hybrid variant achieves an impressive 36 MPG combined.

Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid Max (Credits: Toyota)
Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid Max (Credits: Toyota)

The Land Cruiser boasts a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 lbs, while the Grand Highlander’s towing capacity ranges from 3,500 to 5,000 lbs, depending on the selected model.

The Land Cruiser prioritizes functionality over luxury, featuring straightforward controls and comfortable seating. In contrast, the Grand Highlander offers more modern technology and amenities, including larger infotainment screens and additional USB ports.

The Land Cruiser is exclusively available as a two-row SUV in the United States, while the Grand Highlander can accommodate up to eight passengers. Furthermore, the Grand Highlander provides more cargo space, particularly with all seats in place.

While both SUVs have yet to undergo comprehensive crash testing, the Grand Highlander has earned an ‘Acceptable’ rating from the IIHS. Regarding reliability, neither vehicle has recorded any recalls, but the Grand Highlander has registered more consumer complaints.

Both the Land Cruiser and the Grand Highlander offer standard warranty coverage from Toyota.

The Land Cruiser starts at $55,950, with the Grand Highlander commencing at $43,320. Prices may vary based on trim levels and optional features.

The 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser emphasizes off-road prowess and hybrid efficiency, whereas the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander focuses on providing spacious comfort and modern conveniences for families. Whether prioritizing adventure or everyday practicality, both SUVs offer distinct advantages to meet diverse consumer needs.


By Annie Linardos

I'm a journalist student and completed my masters in Journalism and Mass Communication. With a strong track record as an intern at Mathrubhumi News and The New Indian Express as a reporter and content writer, I'm creative, motivated, and have a keen eye for the truth and attempting to use the expertise and talents to contribute to the emerging field of journalism. I have also been working as a freelance writer and have the capability of producing interesting and bold articles.

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