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Autoblog Comparo: Moving — Toyota Landcruiser vs. H2

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The world’s maddest battles earn a brief sobriquet: Red vs. Holyfield-Tyson, Lingerie Bowl. the battle we’ll describe isn’t finished, the clash of vs. Any Decent Off-roader especially vs. Jeep has made so much on Autoblog alone that we it was time to investigate. Not having a at our disposal, we pitted an H2 against the Landcruiser on three trails in the desert to find out if either of had any quit or if they’d keep but complain about it. Follow the for the answer we came up with, and out the gallery of off-road shenanigans


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Quite a few out there don’t believe HUMMERs are fully capable vehicles. Most of those who actually driven HUMMERs believe the opposite is true. and often get called names of that. We’ve owned an H2 saw dirt once, driven the H3 and ridden shotgun in an H3 Alpha at the 500. and pre-run the first of the Baja course in an H2 modified nothing other than shocks. We’ve not only what HUMMERs can do, we did it. We’re

But just to make sure, we the H2 in with a venerable off-roader, the Landcruiser, on neutral ground. the U.S. Landcruiser isn’t the same way, nor to the same it once was. But beneath the boards and mudflaps and parking and leather interior and Lexus-like it’s the same truck the U.N. still uses to all over Middle-of-Nowhere-stan. That it’s still one tough Hills pastry shop

This was the brief: two trucks, two three trails. To ensure our companions were a writer and a from one of the major buff both experienced off-roaders and The photographer, on getting in the HUMMER, I can feel my sperm count I think I should go impregnate my

The point wasn’t to put the trucks to the test. Besides the fact there were time and limits, having to call and say You can pick your truck up in Ditch, don’t worry, be there whenever you get to it. is not the kind of that makes you friends press fleet coordinators.

The was to run the trucks over 4WD-required and see how they did. Although the California desert offers a of terrain, since neither is made for Rubicon lumbering or spaces we were dealing mostly wide open albeit ones that a huge number of dips, rocks, sand, tight and departure angles, some sideways leaning, and a couple of inclines.

We also ended up with Nightmare Gulch, but get to that in a moment.

In one corner, we the Toyota Landcruiser. Its 5.7-liter V8 out 381 hp and 401 lb-ft. through a 6-speed The scarlet steed rides on wishbones with coil and a 43-mm stabilizer bar up front, and a suspension with coil and a 25-mm stabilizer bar out back. The package comes in at a gross weight of 7,257 pounds.

The H2 a 6.2-liter V8 with 393 hp and 415 lb-ft. through a 6-speed automatic. It an independent front suspension torsion bars, monotube gas and a 36-mm stabilizer bar up front, the backside gets a 5-link with self-leveling air springs, gas shocks, and a 32-mm stabilizer Gross vehicle weight: pounds.

The first major between the trucks were the the H2 came with 315/70 R17 rubber. The Landcruiser, luxury that it is, came with R18 mud-and-snow rated tires. it might not look like an challenge, surprisingly, the tires weren’t a factor.

The other major difference was the Get Out of mode each truck In fact, the whole thing down to a battle of two dials: the rear diff dial in the H2 and the dial in the Landcruiser. The H2’s and rear lockers combine to get all the down on the ground that can in order to get the truck unstuck. The system uses the brakes in a way to ABS, but this time prevent wheelspin, not wheel Instead of feeling the pedal’s thud as you do when ABS kicks in, you the brakes rapid-fire clamp-and-disengage. It like a giant spring has given a tremendous whack and is back into position. Or the truck is about to break in

But it works, and it got the Landcruiser out of every position we put it in. In fact, you could the dial it has three speed and let the truck do all the work. All you need to do is alive. And steer.

The three we covered are in the El Paso Mountains of Red State Park: Last Canyon at 10.6 miles a Difficulty Rating (DR) of 5, Camp at 7.2 miles with a DR of 4, and Canyon Road at 6.3 miles a DR of 5.

The first section of Last Canyon is soft sand and Neither truck liked it, but if you judicious with your and able to hold your you made good time. If you you got your first lesson in the two different throttle responses. The throttle has an even, steady and a comfortable measure of travel wheels stopped and wheels You knew when the power was to be laid down, and there was enough pedal movement to modulate wheelspin.

The Landcruiser in 4W High, was binary sitting in the at a stop, slowly depressing the would result in churning and flying sand. Nothing in That’s apparently the Road But put the truck in 4W Low and the throttle response is more elastic, giving you control over the power. All you to do is then remember to put the ‘Cruiser in 4W High when you’re up to again.

That sand also us a first test of the ‘Cruiser’s system. Coming around a corner, the scarlet pimpernel itself when the back dug into the sand in 4W High traversing some rocks. up behind in the H2, we put the great white into 4W Low and took a different through a run of boulders. Before we out what to do with the ‘Cruiser, one of our said of the H2, It really is the off-roader for You can just point it somewhere and run things.

But he didn’t mean it as a It was then we realized this is how it was going to be with the HUMMER. It everything you want it to, but instead of it’s the off-roader for idiots.

We put the into crawl mode, to the rapidfire springing action of the and what do you know, the truck itself out of the mire. Contrary to how it sound, the ‘Cruiser doesn’t while this is happening all quite steady, like a horse as it picks its way up a rocky Again, all you have to do is not fall It’s electronics vs. mechanicals in case, and assuming the electrics go fritzing, it’s cheaper, and less expensive than a differential back there to the same effect.

This be the experience for most of the two days: H2 vs. the Landcruiser softshoe. Because the is really sold for road the running boards took a on the rocks (sorry, Toyota), and the tires meant traversing and obstacles was an affair requiring attention and finesse that we managed to pull off without key word being mostly sorry, Toyota). The ‘Cruiser’s and departure angles are almost a ten degrees less than the But the ‘Cruiser is still the badass runner that it was created to be.

Proof of such came at one on Opal Canyon Road, the trail made a dropoff left turn. The H2’s right wheel came a ways off the ground, but the ‘Cruiser the same turn a couple of just to make sure its solid rear axle and rod, lifted up only a of inches. Although it doesn’t like it, the travel is immense, and the is stupendously sure-footed.

On the cliff-like facing that descending yet another demonstration occured of how the two deal with nature. the H2 into 4W Low and listen to the V8 rumble as it the hill. Throw the ‘Cruiser crawl and listen to Puccini pretending you’re Don Quixote Rocinante. Everybody wins.

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But we did say that this was the experience for of the two days. We went a gulch too far at the winding up in a zig-zagging wash out of a The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. this wasn’t merely it was hideous, gorgon-like. We would out later that we were in Gulch.

The Gulch is nothing but was probably carved out by a god made of and meant as a natural limestone and womb that would birth to new families of rocks few hours. And the entire thing is with sand. It’s Disneyland. If Disneyland were of rocks. And coated with

It was the kind of thing we meant to but since we were there, and the end was just one sweet mile-and-a-half the maze, we tried it. And yes, we face-to-face or rather, body-panel-to-rock-wall, the full-sized SUVs’ kryptonite: places.

The H2’s castle-like makes it ill equipped for a slot Nightmare Gulch. But frankly, you call out the H2, Nightmare Gulch is a you couldn’t take a lot of vehicles: of the multi-shocked high-rise 4x4s NASA light arrays have made it; any stock long bed would have a couple of scrapes at the very even the Landcruiser took a Yes, you could take a Rubicon with little but only because it’s

The H2 and the Landcruiser tip-toed through it both drivers scrupulously the spotter’s directions. But the rocks not be mocked, and they certainly going to allow these to pass without paying a and metal tax.

One slippery was our undoing. Coming to a bottleneck by the gulch wall and a massive the left side of the H2 rose up a couple of boulders half in the trail. and then the truck into the wall. Try as we might, the and gravity said We’ll it from here, and every we got a bit of clearance the great white would slide again we tried to move it (sorry, ).

After a couple of hours of and hammering and tow-strap-earthmoving in Mercury-like just a half mile the trail end, we gave up, the truck up off the wall it wasn’t and backed both trucks out of the then turned around and for the closest thing to civilization, was Denny’s.

In this blogger’s of the debrief after a Moons My Hammy, the finding was that the H2 and the will go anywhere you point Period. Anyone who says is, quite simply, incorrect. The difference is in how they do it. The H2 is a thoroughly machine that overcomes with locking diffs and force. The Landcruiser substitutes of that rawness with an aid that will achieve the end. The only thing we change on the Landcruiser for off-road is the steering: it really is Lexus-light, no what you’re doing. the wheels were positively you could always turn the with two fingers. But we would either truck anywhere.

Well, anywhere they fit.

Still, the co-drivers not be swayed. The H2 is still absurd, said, but it had the right tires, and what this is really all The H2 could not get a fair trial; it had done everything we wanted it to do, but now it was because of the tires. We rebutted: The H2 covered every trail and had left over, and that’s this was really all about.

It was in the lot afterward that the smackdown We were walking to the H2, about to the long drive home, we heard: The Jeep Rubicon is the best off-roader out there it’s got locking front and diffs and 33-inch tires. We and said So does the H3T.

looked at your humble like you look at a fish oddly at the top of the tank Is he dead or kind of messed up? Speaking they wanted me to read lips in case my primitive weren’t developed enough to their language sounds, asked, Are you saying you want to do it?


Stay tuned next for Rubicon vs. H3T on a 7-rated, 23.6 monstrosity of a trail. The battle

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