Tesla Model X vs Toyota Land Cruiser Tug Of War: Who Wins?

Now that it’s not about 0-60 or 1/4 mile times, let’s see if the Tesla Model X is so smart when it comes to showing some old fashioned toughness.

Its opponent here is the iconic Toyota Land Cruiser, which won’t be setting any speed records any time soon, yet carries with it a very rich heritage as an extremely capable off-roader.

To make matters worse for the Tesla, the Land Cruiser is actually the lighter car here and the road surface is slippery – perhaps too slippery for the Model X to put down all that power and instant torque.

Speaking of slippery, according to the video’s description, the entire thing started when the owner of the Toyota claimed that his studless tires were better for these conditions. Granted, it would have been more exciting if they just wanted to see which car was “tougher”, but we’ll take any excuse to watch a Land Cruiser prove its mettle against what certain people in the off-roading community consider to be an iPad on wheels.

Jokes aside, the Toyota entered this fight as an underdog, so, how well do you figure it did?


  • Adilos Nave

    Does every article on this site have something to do with Tesla? JFC!! We get it, they are fast but let’s move on from the click-bait constant barrage of Tesla articles. Granted, I clicked on it…

    • LWOAP

      It gets them the most traffic so they’ll keep pushing them out.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Bradey Anderson is OBESSED with TESLA. Major fanboy/ Tesla cult member. You know the type. While he might have gotten others to write his articles to try and pretend this is not a Tesla propaganda site, or just writes under a ghost name, either way he must be a freak…and have a lot of stock in Tesla.

  • TheBelltower

    That’s what an extra 1000lbs will do.

    • SteersUright

      And instant torque from electric motors.

      • Moveon Libtards

        From a car nobody wants to buy. See sales numbers for reference.

  • DBP

    I still don’t get what things lile this prove…we all know the electric motors have instant torque. Send them both up the side of a mountain and let’s see who makes it! You know a true test of an SUV.

    • TheBelltower

      If it did successfully climb the side of a mountain, would you ask it to perform another task before deeming it worthy of being called an “suv?” Out-pulling one of the most highly regarded SUVs ever offered, a Land Cruiser, seems like a pretty rigorous test. Frankly, like most SUVs, a Model X won’t likely ever have to do much more than drive over some branches that fall onto a driveway after a strong wind.

    • Nobody uses SUV’s to climb mountains, they use them in city and to tow stuff, and as the example shows it does the job very well, you can pretty much tow anything.

    • brn

      DBP, in this case the Toyota wouldn’t have made it either. The engine would have died after five seconds.

    • DBP

      SUV owners in the US may use them as grocery getters, but in Australia and Africa where most landcruisers are sold they spend their lives off road, in truly harsh conditions. When you leave the pavement there it will likely be in a land rover or land cruiser. Toyota markets this as a luxury vehicle in US but it still has the same ability off road, whether the owner uses it is another story. Their myriad of off road settings and multiple differentials help them get over or through most anything.

    • S3XY

      Women drive SUV’s to feel bigger and safer on the road. Women also make zero sense.

  • Roland Fairwater

    “Don’t try this at home. Tesla might void your warranty.” Not only that, but your Land Cruiser might have some issues of its own.

    • brn

      I don’t get the headline either. Is this a reference to something I didn’t read about Tesla’s warranty? I tried google and didn’t come up with anything.

      In this video, the only warranty I’d be concerned with is the Toyota. It’s the one that broke down.

  • Its a PRADO

    This isn’t the heavy duty land cruiser 70 or land cruiser 200, its the light duty land cruiser PRADO.

    • Krisnadi Imam

      still, the tesla got weight, torque and tire advantages even compared to the heavy duty LC200. To make it work, i think u need to load the LC and make it considerably heavier than the tesla, have a set of proper studded tire or at least winter tire and still, it might looses out in torque tho.

  • Dude

    Nice. What a shame, that a Tesla will be discharged after 200km of hill drive. 🙂

    • S3XY

      Such a shame the land cruiser will be out of finite gas in 30 minutes.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Tesla is getting desperate these days trying to sell a car that no one seems to be buying. Hope they can also figure out to actually BUILD the Model 3 they so hyped.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Poor Tesla looks desperate again. Sales numbers are going up, Tesla. Might want to actually build cars people want then smoke and mirrors.


  • Donal Maher

    More mass leading to more traction, a very much more modern traction control system and waaay more torque won?! Wow, what a f*cking surprise…..
    Not comparing like with like, at all. Take them both on a cross jungle trek and see where your precious trinket ends up.
    Landcruiser will still be pounding around the globe in inhospitable landscapes miles from civilisation (and fast chargers) years after this electric posing pouch has been recycled.

  • scjeff

    “To make matters worse for the Tesla, the Land Cruiser is actually the lighter car here” In what bizarro universe would that make matters worse for the Tesla?

  • KO

    Toyota lost… and got Knocked Out…

  • KO

    How about Nissan Leaf v Golf R…??

    • Tumbi Mtika

      This I’d like to see.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Takes A Ride To The Dark Wald Side

Wald International has given the latest Phantom a Black Bison body kit and 24-inch wheels.

Slammed VW T-Roc On Bentley Wheels Doesn’t Make Much Sense – Right?

Instead of fitting aftermarket rims, the T-Roc’s owner turned to another VW Group brand – though not one you’d expect.

2019 Mercedes CLA Coupe Flaunts Its Curves In 73-Image Gallery

The second-gen CLA is still a sporty-looking four-door coupe, only with more dynamic proportions .

Renault Zoe EV Might Be 7 Years Old But Still Gets The Thumbs Up

The outgoing Zoe electric car is still a wise choice, offering customers an affordable and friendly daily commuter .

China’s Chevrolet Onix Redline Detailed, Packs 123HP 1.0L Three-Cylinder

The Onix compact sedan is GM’s first model to be built on its new GEM platform .

This Is How Koenigsegg Created The 300MPH Jesko Hypercar

The paint process alone takes 600-800 hours, so customers will justify spending $3 million on the Jesko.

DMC Gives The RWD Lamborghini Huracan A Body Kit, Calls It The Giro

This tuned Huracan LP580-2 keeps changes to a minimal level, with a few visual add-ons.

Female Uber Drivers In Saudi Arabia Can Request To Have Only Female Passengers

The Kingdom lifted its ban on female driving last June, and Uber is complying with its customers’ wishes.

2019 New York Auto Show: A-to-Z Guide To All The New Car Debuts (Roundup)

Want to know about every new car launching at the 2019 New York Auto Show? Read on.

2020 BMW 4-Series Convertible Gives Us Our First Topless Look

Don’t expect a proper sports car like the BMW Z4, however.