Somehow the 2021 BMW X7 Crushed the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser on Consumer Reports

The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser and the 2021 BMW X7, on the surface, don’t have too much in common. However, with the way the luxury SUV market is moving, these luxury SUV models fall into the camp of trying to do too much. Both are Luxury SUVs that are also behaving like sports cars. But, within this category, these are two of the coolest SUVs who both come close to biting off more than they can chew but somehow pull it off.  At the end of the day, Consumer Reports says that the 2021 BMW X7 succeeded in pulling off more tricks than the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser. 

The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser full-size SUV parked on a rocky mountain cliff in the wilderness at sunset is one of the best luxury SUV models out there.
2021 Toyota Land Cruiser | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Consumer Reports agrees that the 2021 BMX X7 and 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser are both great luxury SUV models

Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser a surprising 74/100. CR typically doesn’t love serious off-roaders. However, the Land Cruiser is also a luxurious land yacht. So the entire package is elevated to something comfortable, reliable, safe, and performance rich. 

The 2021 BMX X7 isn’t exactly an off-road monster, but it is a luxury SUV model with the performance of a sports car. This sports crossover landed an impressive 82/100 on Consumer Reports. The reviewers loved its performance but also loved the ride and interior. Overall, the BMW X7 destroyed the Land Cruiser on Consumer Reports, but why? 

Is the 2021 BMW X7 a good car? 

A gray BMW X7 fullsize luxury SUV on display at Brussels Expo on January 9, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The BMW X7 (G07 )s available in Design Pure Excellence and M Sport trims.
The BMW X7 | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

The 2021 BMW X7 is one of the few recent SUVs that do the sport well while still being a useable SUV. The X7 gets its power from a Turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine making 335 hp. There are also two V8 options, but as Consumer Reports wisely suggests, the six-cylinder is so good, there is no reason to pay for the much pricier V8. 

CR says the turbo-six in the X7 shows no turbo lag, delivering speed from a deep well of smooth and enjoyable power. This large SUV with tons of power still delivers an average of 24 mpg combined. When properly equipped, this luxury SUV model can tow 7,500 lbs. 

The air suspension keeps the X7 nimble. This adaptive suspension works for various driving styles, from comfortable and soft when doing a road trip to hard and aggressive for sportier applications. One of Consumer Reports’ favorite things about the BMW X7 is how comfortable the ride is. This is one thing that both the X7 and the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser have in common.

What’s the BMW X7 interior like? 

2021 BMW X7 brown leather interior
BMW X7 Interior | BMW

Like the 2021 Land Cruiser, The X7 is a luxury SUV model. In fact, that is one of Consumer Reports’ favorite aspects of the X7. On the subject of fit and finish, CR says, “the X7’s fit and finish is an example of an upmarket luxury SUV model done right.” From top to bottom, the 2021 BMW X7 overflows with stitched leather, high-quality plastics and composites, and even chrome. 

From performance to luxury SUV appointments, it is no wonder that Consumer Reports likes the 2021 BMW X7 so much. Even with a starting price of $74,900, they still found it superior to the other luxury SUV model, the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser. 

Is the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser a good car? 

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser ripping off road
2021 Toyota Land Cruiser | Toyota

Hell yeah! However, no one in America actually buys them, making them an unfortunate rarity. The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser is likely to be the last one we get here in America for some time

The Land Cruiser got a 74/100 on Consumer Reports. The X7 completely crushed it. But should it have? 

What engine does the 2021 Land cruiser have?

The 2021 Land Cruiser has the old tried and true 5.7-liter V8 that has been used in the Tundra, Sequoia, and Land Cruiser for the past, 10 million years, give or take a few years. All joking aside, the 5.7-liter has been used and gone unchanged for over ten years. This is why the 2022 Land Cruisers are getting a new twin-turbo V6. 

People loved this engine because it would go like a scalded dog for well into the 300,000-mile mark. Simply put, this is a great engine, but it is a bit old-fashioned. The Land Cruiser only gets 14 mpg. However, this Luxury SUV model can still tow 8,500 lbs. 

How is the 2021 Land Cruiser’s interior? 

2021-Toyota Land Cruiser rear entertainment. This is a classic sign of a luxury SUV model. Even Consumer Reports agrees.
2021 Toyota Land Cruiser rear entertainment | Toyota

This luxury SUV model is a rare example of an SUV that is just as luxurious as it is rugged and capable off-road. For one, the ride is phenomenal. The suspension is soft, the seats are plush, and the cabin is quiet.

Normally, hardcore off-roaders often don’t do well on CR because of a lack of refinement. That is not the case here. The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser is fully refined. The interior is roomy and slathered in accent materials that show high quality and attention to detail. Hell, even the toggle switches are nice feeling and tactile. Overall, the design of the interior leaves little to be desired. 

Consumer Reports knows exactly which Luxury SUV model they prefer

The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser is another in a long line of legendary off-road luxury SUVs. However, the outdated motor and heavy handling make the Land Rover suffer in the rating. Not to mention, the starting price of $85,000 is a massive chunk of cash. Meanwhile, the 2021 BMW X7 still has a super-powerful engine, beautiful interior, modern safety tech, and handles like a sports car, all maintaining some semblance of fuel efficiency. The 2021 BMW X7 is a fine luxury SUV model, indeed. 

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