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New Lexus GX vs Toyota Land Cruiser Prado: spec battle!


Wait lists are likely to be long for these two twin-under the skin 4WDs, so do you go for the hardcore Toyota Prado or the luxurious GX from Lexus?

First it was the all-new Lexus GX that debuted a radical new shape. Then, Toyota revealed at last its next Land Cruiser Prado for the Australian market – a similar shape, the same platform, but an altogether different proposition. 

As always, the Lexus-badged 4WD is targeted towards luxury buyers, while the new Land Cruiser Prado will be for the many adventurous, land-cruising Australians who love camping and exploring.

But what is it about these two large SUVs that sets them apart, exactly? And more so, which one should you be saving for when they both launch in the middle of 2024?

Let’s find out!

This is the all-new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado coming in 2024

What standard features will you get with each?

So far, there isn’t a lot of information surrounding the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado’s specification for Australia. This is likely to come soon, however we can look to the US-spec Land Cruiser to see what Australia may receive. 

The Land Cruiser has debuted with multiple different faces, too, with both round and squared off LED headlight designs harking back to Land Cruisers of old. 

Lexus GX 550 2024 rear 3/4 driving
The new Lexus GX 550 will also arrive in 2024

The top-spec US-spec Toyota Land Cruiser First Edition is set to receive the following:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres 
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen
  • 10-speaker sound system
  • Leather upholstery 
  • Rock rails 
  • Roof rails
  • Front skid plate 
  • Round LED headlights 
2024 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado interior wide
Inside the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

For the North American market, some features for the Lexus GX Overtrail have been confirmed and will include the following:

  • Seven seat layout 
  • 14.0-inch touchscreen
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster 
  • Captain’s chairs can be configured for second row 
  • 33-inch tyres with 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional head-up display 
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality 
  • Semi-leather upholstery 
  • 10-speaker sound system (21-speaker sound system optional)

We can expect the new Lexus GX to be quite a bit more luxurious with its interior trims and technology as it will be offered at a higher point of entry. 

Lexus GX 550 2024 front
The new Lexus GX is set to be a luxurious and premium SUV

What engines will the Prado and GX get in Australia?

For the Land Cruiser Prado, Aussie buyers will be given the option of a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine – very likely to be the same engine found in the outgoing Prado. This engine produces 150kW/500Nm. An eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard fitment. 

The Lexus GX is set to receive a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine as its beating heart. 

Lexus GX 550 2024 engine
The Lexus GX will use a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine

This engine is set to produce 260kW/650Nm and will be paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. 

Both are expected to also be offered with Toyota’s I-Force Max hybrid system at a later date, which utilises a 243kW/630Nm 2.4-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder and an electric motor between the engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission.

Off-road capability compared

The Toyota Land Cruiser will feature full-time four-wheel drive and will also use a new stabiliser bar disconnect mechanism, a multi-terrain monitor and multi-terrain select – much like the Lexus GX. 

The Land Cruiser Prado and Lexus GX ride on the same platform

The Lexus GX uses the same TNGA-F platform as models such as the Toyota Tacoma and Land Cruiser 300 Series. It will be a full-time four-wheel drive. 

The Lexus GX for Australia will come with an Overtrail variant that boosts the off-road capabilities of the model. 

Standard features will include the Australian-developed E-KDSS suspension, multi-terrain select including six off-road driving modes (Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow and Rock). 

Lexus GX 550 2024 interior
Inside the new Lexus GX 550

Dimensions for the new Land Cruiser Prado measure in at 4919mm long, 2138mm wide and 1860 tall. 

The Lexus GX is longer at 5004mm, narrower at 2113mm wide and up to 1934mm tall. 

While Toyota hasn’t shared the breakover angles for the new Land Cruiser Prado, Lexus has revealed that the GX will have a 26 degree approach angle, a 24 percent breakover angle and a 22 degree departure angle.  

How much will they cost?

The Land Cruiser has been popular globally for many years

The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, also known just as ‘Land Cruiser’ in North America, has not yet had its pricing confirmed. However, Toyota USA has said that the Land Cruiser could cost ‘around USD$50,000’ (AUD$77,000), making it a cheaper proposition than the related Lexus GX. 

It’s unclear just yet what Prado variants are slated for Australia, but the range could look similar to the current lineup: GX, GXL, VX and Kakadu. 

Pricing for the Prado currently starts at $62,830 before on-road costs for the entry GX, and tops out at $87,468 for the Kakadu flagship. 

Lexus GX 2022 rugged concept
The outgoing Lexus GX looks a lot different and wasn’t sold in Australia

It’s expected that the new-generation Land Cruiser Prado could be around 10 percent more expensive than these prices, putting it in the realm of $68,000 to just under $100,000 in Australia.

Meanwhile, pricing for the Lexus GX has yet to be announced, either here in Australia or anywhere else in the world.

However, given precedence that certain Lexus models command a 50- to 60-percent premium over related Toyota cousins – such as the ($151K-plus) Lexus LX against Toyota’s 300 Series Land Cruiser ($95K-plus) – it’s feasible that a new Lexus GX could cost between $130,000 to $140,000 in Australia in highest-spec guise.