2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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.

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, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid weighs 750 to 1030 pounds more than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Highlander Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 85 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’ 2018 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 17th in initial quality. With 64 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 second in reliability, above the industry average. With 113 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Highlander Hybrid’s 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid produces 60 more horsepower (306 vs. 246) than the Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Highlander Hybrid’s 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid produces 10 more horsepower (306 vs. 296) than the Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Highlander Hybrid

 

AWD

LE 3.5 V6 Hybrid

30 city/28 hwy

 

 

XLE/Limited/Platinum 3.5 V6 Hybrid

29 city/27 hwy

Range Rover Evoque

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

 

 

R-Dynamic 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

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. 235/60R18).

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Highlander Hybrid’s wheelbase is 4.2 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (109.8 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

Passenger Space

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

The Highlander Hybrid has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 4.2 inches more front legroom, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 4.6 inches more rear legroom and 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Evoque.

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Highlander Hybrid

Range Rover Evoque

Third Seat Folded

42.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

21.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

83.7 cubic feet

50.5 cubic feet

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

 

Highlander Hybrid

Range Rover Evoque

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

17.5”/43”/80”

n.a./n/a

Max Width

56”

51.2”

Min Width

45.6”

41.4”

Height

32.6”

27.6”

Ergonomics

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.

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.

The Toyota Highlander outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by almost 25 to one during 2018.

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