If ever there was a perfect quote that summed up the histories of both the AM General Hummer and Toyota Mega Cruiser, it would from Oscar Wilde when he famously said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…”

In 1981, AM General was awarded a U.S. military contract to build new prototype multi-purpose utility vehicles, paving the way for what would eventually become the original High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The Humvee, as it was later dubbed, has played an integral role in all military operations since its launch in 1985, but it was the 24-hour Gulf War media blitz that spawned the H1. Among many interested parties, Arnold Schwarzenegger decided the Humvee would look great in his driveway, and so AM General launched a civilian version in 1992. The Hummer H1 replaced things like armor plating and machine guns with air conditioning and a cassette player, but there really weren’t huge differences between the two stock vehicles otherwise.

In Japan, their military knew a good thing when they saw it and commissioned Toyota to build their own Humvee. Perhaps as an homage to Godzilla movies, the rather un-military name ‘Mega Cruiser’ was chosen for the 1995 launch. It looked virtually identical to the Hummer, but in true Toyota fashion they set out to improve upon the original design, and the result was a superior vehicle.

So assuming you have a driveway big enough, which monster belongs there? The answer may surprise you.

First and foremost, it must be established that although this is the largest vehicle (by far) Toyota ever produced, it was still built like a Toyota. For decades this brand has ranked near the top for reliability, quality, and resale value. Extensive research done in 2016 by YourMechanic.com showed Toyota was the 30th most expensive brand to maintain over a ten-year span. In a list of models with the lowest maintenance costs over the same ten years, five of the top ten were Toyotas.

Autotrader crowned the Mega Cruiser the ‘World’s Greatest 4×4’. Apparently once you get used to its enormity, the drive is actually refined and smooth. Four-wheel steering gives this behemoth a relatively tight 18.4 foot turning radius, which is more than eight feet narrower than the H1. The first iteration was the BXD10 which, like the Humvee, was built strictly to military specs for the Japan Ground Self Defense Force. Approximately 3000 of these were made, and almost all were understandably RHD. The second iteration was the civilian version BXD20, but strict government penalties for driving such a large and environmentally taxing vehicle on regular roads limited production to around 150 examples. All but a few Mega Cruisers were sold in Japan

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By: Micah Zumar
Title: H1 Hummer VS Toyota Mega Cruiser: Which Monster Belongs In Your Driveway?
Sourced From: www.hotcars.com/h1-hummer-vs-toyota-mega-cruiser-belongs-driveway/
Published Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2020 15:45:58 GMT