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The new 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser is an entirely different SUV than before. Although this new model has the same purpose, it isn’t as large as the previous range-topping model. The old Land Cruiser was packed with impressive upscale features, making it a nearly luxurious SUV. This new 2024 Toyota SUV brings a high-quality cabin, but a lot has changed from one generation to the next.

Key differences between Land Cruiser generations

The 2022 version is a three-row, full-size SUV with a massive cabin and V8 engine. The 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser features two rows of seats, occupies the midsize SUV class, and uses a 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder hybrid powertrain.

These key differences beg the question of power and efficiency for this new Toyota SUV.

Is the new Land Cruiser more powerful than the previous model?

The previous generation model used a 5.7-liter V8 engine producing 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. This is a pretty high bar for the new model to reach.

The 2024 Land Cruiser only uses a hybrid powertrain, which delivers 326 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. This means the new model produces more torque but not more horsepower.

Although the horsepower difference is significant, the size difference negates the loss of power from the V8 to the hybrid powertrain. This could mean the new Land Cruiser provides better overall performance figures.

2024 Toyota Land Cruiser hybrid SUV posed on a dirt-covered trail.
2024 Toyota Land Cruiser | Toyota

Is the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser more efficient than the 2022 model?

Besting the old V8 powertrain isn’t much of a challenge for the new hybrid SUV. The previous Land Cruiser achieved 13 city/17 hwy/23 combined mpg, making it a bit of a gas guzzler. The 2024 Land Cruiser reaches 22 city/25 hwy mpg, making it a much more efficient Toyota SUV.

Still, these figures don’t scream efficiency in the hybrid SUV world. Several hybrid SUVs achieve much better fuel economy figures.

Are other hybrid SUVs more efficient than the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser?

Many hybrid SUVs reach higher fuel economy figures, but most require compromises compared to the new Land Cruiser. A few of these more efficient hybrid SUVs are:

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe – 23 mpg combined/26 miles of EV driving range
  • Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid AWD – 42 mpg combined
  • Toyota Grand Highlander – 27 mpg combined
  • Kia Sorento Hybrid – 34 mpg combined
  • Mazda CX-90 PHEV – 25 mpg combined/26 miles of EV driving range

These are only a few names with better fuel economy figures than the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser. Still, most don’t offer the full package of off-road gear and upscale interior qualities that make the new Land Cruiser a fitting SUV to wear the venerable name.

Source: MotorTrend