Landcruiser versus Hilux

Submitted: Friday, May 05, 2006 at 12:06
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We are considering purchasing a new 4WD and whilst we want to stick with a Toyota, are undecided between a single cab Hilux and Landcruiser tray back.

As we will be mounting a trayon camper and spending most of our time (full time) off the beaten track, we are leaning towards the extra grunt of the 'cruiser, but would like to hear from anyone who has done a full comparison of the two.
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Reply By: Member - Stan (VIC) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 12:26

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 12:26
I would go for the Landcruiser just because of the comfort factor alone. Try to spend a day driving a Cruiser and a day driving a Hilux and you will see a HUGE difference...
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Follow Up By: Brett_B - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 13:12

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 13:12
IMO the new Hilux would be much more comfortable inside than a tray back Cruiser ?

I have only driven the Duel Cabs Luxes not the single.

The new Luxes are not bad inside heaps of room.

The Tray back Cruiser would be a better (off the shelf) 4x4 off road maybe :-)

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Reply By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 13:52

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 13:52
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Having owned both, and given you intend to put a bit of weight on board I'd go the cruiser. It's also a lot more robust in terms of durability. Terrific TD engine as well so no looking for extra power c/w the hilux. 180litres of fuel in the cruiser as well.
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Reply By: strzelecki - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 14:18

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 14:18
That is the very thing I have thought about.I need to replace my 1984 hilux and I only need a hilux for its current farm type duties,but what if I wanted to put a camper on the back would the cruiser be any better.
On paper there does not seem to be a great deal of difference.
The hilux would win hands down for comfort and economy and normal duties.
In a full time heavily laden off the beaten track situation the cruiser should have the edge shouldn't it ??

The new softy hilux may be an issue for heavy duty use .

I had a quote of $33500 on road for the hilux with steeltray and air,I did not price the cruiser.
I have a lc100 v8 now if they made the trayback as comfortable as that ....is that asking tooo much.
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Follow Up By: bombsquad - Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 23:27

Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 23:27
A Nissan! Just kidding - stick with what you know and want - you don't want this post to go down that track. I would go with the cruiser. I have found the cruisers and patrols always win over the lighter models, even on the blacktop. They just feel 'right', whatever the situation, and tend to go where you point them more than the light ones in difficulty on gravel roads/tracks

Cheers Andrew
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Reply By: Turbo Diesel - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:13

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:13
Owned both currently have the TD Hilux great ute heaps of power but lack suspension strenth etc, ifs suspension not so good off road. Landcruiser on the other hand tough as nuts durable and plenty of spare parts all around Australia. I would go the cruiser with teh coil up front, turbo motor and plenty or toque great 4wd. If you choose the lux buy the SR Turbo and spend about 5g's at ARB and you will get a good ute, however it will never be a cruiser, something i find hard to live with.

cheers
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Follow Up By: strzelecki - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:21

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:21
Td,how would you compare the cruiser with coils up front ,to the hilux in regards cabin space ,comfort, noise etc .
cheers.
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Follow Up By: Turbo Diesel - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:31

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:31
The Cruiser is great with the coils up front but still a strong hard ride, the cruiser is the workhorse obviously. Good ride for a ute but still rough, the Hilux on the other hand is unbelievable for ride comfort, on the highway the lux leaves the cruiser for dead, my wife and i both comment how comfortable the lux is (SR5 Dual Cab) for a ute. Power in both utes is great, cabin space in the lux is good for a ute plenty of cup holders and much more appointed than the cruiser, obviously the lux is not as noisy. However in saying all that the cruiser is the one to go for when needing a versatile ute for the cape the beach or the farm, plus it can tow heaps more.

Hope this helps
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Follow Up By: strzelecki - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:40

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:40
Great summary Td,thanks.I have been spoilt with the lc100 I guess but you really notice it when you jump in a vehicle thats a lot worse in the comfort dept.

cheers
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Reply By: Brian B (Mackay Qld) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 16:12

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 16:12
I am a landcruiser fan but thats my opinion only.

Comparison- Site Link

The cruiser can tow a greater load.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 20:01

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 20:01
I'm biased.......but...
LandCruiser 79series has 180 litre fuel and you can slot in another 90litres aftermarket.
Fuel consumption of both is very good, but slightly favours Hilux.
Suspension goes to LandCruiser.
Ride: Long wheelbase of the 79series makes the ride very good - mine with ARB suspension and Recaro seats is better than the Prados I had before .
Engine: LandCruiser factory turbodiesel is nice.
Price: Hilux is cheaper
Payload will be the bottom line if you add a Trayon. The LandCruiser easily takes the weight, and you can upgrade the GVM if necessary. Hilux would struggle. LandCruiser chassis is stronger.

If you can afford it, go the TD LandCruiser.
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Reply By: Member - mikeyandmary (NSW) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 20:20

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 20:20
Having owned an 85 troopy and a 91 hilux, I would suggest going with the landcruiser. I can;t comment on the comfort factor but the landcruiser has LOTS more fuel carrying capacity, can tow more and handles heavy loads much easier than the hilux.

They will both go anywhere and last forever if you look after them. Have fun choosing...
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Reply By: Nick R - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 22:53

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 22:53
It's a wonder someone hasn't suggested either the GQ or GU yet!!!
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Reply By: troy - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 19:12

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 19:12
I just wished that toyota would make a dual cab 79 series.
They would sell like hotcakes
Troy
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry C (NT) - Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 23:52

Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 23:52
Lengthen chassis by 600mm and dual cab $15,000 I think it was in Brissy,,, temptinggggggggg.

Originally looking to extend chassis now not so sure so will do some desert treks first.

Cheers Barry
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Reply By: Member - Barry C (NT) - Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 23:49

Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 23:49
Just been through the exercise,,, ended up with LC79 turbo ute in Dec05,, best decision for us GVM and GCM wiseas we want to tow heavy and also ute only for dert trecks.

If towing (heavy) or going off road seriously go to Toyota dealer and look at strength of chassis, springs etc, you will be amazed when you compare the 2. Not being negative about Hilux but compare the 2 for yourself it's your $.

Only issue I have is road noise and that is the damn Dunlops. Agree with Greg's and Troy's comments.

Power is amazing and smooth and it's easy for Wendy to drive, she loves it also and seats (2 in RV) are good but may end up after market, we'll see.

Cheers Barry
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Reply By: still cruisin' - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 12:25

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 12:25
Thank's to everyone for the good advice. It looks like the 'cruiser wins hands down.

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