2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs. 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Highlander Hybrid has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Highlander Hybrid and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Highlander Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Evoque has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Highlander Hybrid 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Range Rover Evoque. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Evoque ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Highlander Hybrid for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Range Rover Evoque.

There are over 7 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Highlander Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Highlander Hybrid second among midsize suvs in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Range Rover Evoque isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 85 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 29th.

Engine

The Highlander Hybrid’s 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid produces 69 more horsepower (306 vs. 237) than the Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Highlander Hybrid’s 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid produces 20 more horsepower (306 vs. 286) than the Range Rover Evoque’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Highlander Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Evoque:

 

 

Highlander

Range Rover Evoque

 

 

LE

30 city/28 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

(237 HP)

 

XLE/Limited/Platinum

29 city/27 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

(286 HP)

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Range Rover Evoque requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The Highlander Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Highlander Hybrid has larger tires than the Range Rover Evoque (245/55R19 vs. 235/55R19).

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Highlander Hybrid’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (109.8 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The Highlander Hybrid’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (46.6% to 53.4%) than the Range Rover Evoque’s (58% to 42%). This gives the Highlander Hybrid more stable handling and braking.

Chassis

The design of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid amounts to more than styling. The Highlander Hybrid offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .33 to .34 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the Range Rover Evoque (.35 to .39) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Highlander Hybrid get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Highlander Hybrid has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Range Rover Evoque can only carry up to 5.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Highlander Hybrid’s middle and third row seats recline. The Range Rover Evoque’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Highlander Hybrid’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door.

 

Highlander

Evoque

Third Seat Folded

42.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

20.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

83.7 cubic feet

51 cubic feet

The Highlander Hybrid’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door’s in almost every dimension:

 

Highlander

Evoque

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

17.5”/43”/80”

n.a./31.3”/62.2”

Max Width

56”

43.5”

Min Width

45.6”

39.2”

The Highlander Hybrid’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Range Rover Evoque’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Payload and Towing

The Highlander Hybrid’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Range Rover Evoque’s (3500 vs. 3300 pounds).

The Highlander Hybrid has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Range Rover Evoque (1340 vs. 1100 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Highlander Hybrid has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Highlander Hybrid has a standard rear wiper. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Consumer Reports rated the Highlander Hybrid’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Range Rover Evoque’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Highlander Hybrid has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Highlander Hybrid XLE/Limited/Platinum has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Highlander Hybrid owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Highlander Hybrid will cost $1630 to $5975 less than the Range Rover Evoque over a five-year period.

The Highlander Hybrid will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Highlander Hybrid will retain 51.23% to 52.23% of its original price after five years, while the Range Rover Evoque only retains 41.78% to 46.18%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Highlander Hybrid will be $14313 to $23931 less than for the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Highlander Hybrid as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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