Saturday, Aug 08, 2009 at 15:58
Landcruiser GXL 200 series petrol 4.7:
driveaway $80,370 in qld (from discountnewcars website)
Patrol st 4.8:
driveaway $63,800 in qld (from discountnewcars website)
(if you can get one for $54k - buy it.... :)
LC200 has the following main features that patrol hasn't (probably due to a design dating back to mid nineties):
6 airbags (i.e all rows covered), EBD braking, seatbelt pretensioners, hill
ascent & decent control, 6 cd, dual zone air con, up-to-date audio system (bluetooth etc). 40l bigger fuel tank std.
Looking at this, it would almost be fair to compare the top of the range patrol ti, (gets leather, dvd, sunroof, 6cd but still misses a few things mentioned above that the new LC has, so seems to be a more even comparo when age of design is considered, yes? (logic at work!)
This comes in at $83,460!! (from the same website as above again - no smoke n mirrors here...) now isn't that a strange coincidence - same price as a current day design LC200!! facts are facts......
So, really, when you compare apples with apples (well, as much as you can given the design age is poles apart on both vehicles) there is not a huge difference, especially when you consider LC will use about 25-26l/100, patrol 32-34l/100 towing 2.5 - 3t (these are real world figures which some just cannot admit to.....), so, IMO, 'yes it still is a contest'
More food for thought for Bob!
Bob, comes down to personal preference, and, as has been said, take them both for a good long drive (that's if you can find a 4.8 patrol to test)
They both have pluses over each other (patrol better off-road std, LC200 better on-road std)