With a manufacturer-estimated combined fuel economy of 27 miles per gallon, according to the Japanese manufacturer’s official US website, the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser may end up winning the title of the most economical car in its class.
When comparing just the gasoline portion of the powertrain, the Land Cruiser’s combined MPG outperforms most of its rivals, including the Ford Bronco Badlands, Land Rover Defender, and even the plug-hybrid Jeep Wrangler 4xe.
The 2024 Land Cruiser is built on the same TNGA-F platform as the Lexus GX and is propelled by a hybrid drivetrain that combines a 2.4-liter inline-4 combustion engine with an electric motor housed within the eight-speed automated gearbox.
The inline-4 should be no slouch with a total of 326 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque (Toyota didn’t disclose acceleration times), but what really strikes out now is its outstanding manufacturer-estimated fuel economy.
The EPA rates the combined fuel efficiency of the Land Rover Defender 110’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine at 18 MPG, compared to the Ford Bronco Badlands’ 4-cylinder 2.3-liter engine’s 17 MPG. When only the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine’s statistics are taken into account, the plug-in hybrid Jeep Wrangler 4xe has an EPA-rated fuel economy of 20 MPG, however, a fully charged battery will result in a combined economy of 49 MPGe.
The Toyota Tacoma, which shares the same TNGA-F chassis as the new Land Cruiser, features a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine under the hood and an EPA-rated combined fuel economy of 20 MPG.
The recently unveiled SUV will be offered in Europe and Australia with a 2.8-liter diesel engine that generates 201 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, vehicles sold in Western Europe and Eastern Europe will include a 2.4-liter gasoline turbocharged engine with 278 horsepower and 316 lb-ft of torque, while vehicles sold in Japan and Eastern Europe will feature a 2.7-liter gasoline normally aspirated engine with 161 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. However, none of these powertrains have received a fuel economy rating, thus it is still unclear how they will perform compared to the US-bound 2.4-liter hybrid combo.
It also remains to be seen how the manufacturer estimate will compare with the official EPA rating for the North American spec, but as it stands now, it looks like Toyota has a winner on its hands, at least when it comes to MPG.