2019 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Audi Allroad

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Highlander’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Allroad doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Highlander and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, 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 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Allroad was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.

Warranty

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

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Highlander for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Allroad.

There are over 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Highlander’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Highlander has a standard 604-amp battery. The Allroad’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Highlander’s reliability 21 points higher than the Allroad.

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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Audi is ranked 7th.

Engine

The Highlander’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 47 more horsepower (295 vs. 248) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Highlander uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Allroad requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Highlander has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (19.2 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Highlander V6, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Allroad.

Brakes and Stopping

The Highlander stops shorter than the Allroad:

 

Highlander

Allroad

 

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Highlander SE/Limited/Platinum has standard 19-inch wheels. The Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Highlander is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Allroad.

For greater off-road capability the Highlander has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Allroad (8 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Highlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Highlander has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Allroad can only carry 5.

The Highlander has 52.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Allroad (144.9 vs. 92).

The Highlander has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front legroom, 3.4 inches more front shoulder room, 2.5 inches more rear headroom, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and 5.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Highlander’s cargo area provides more volume than the Allroad.

 

Highlander

Allroad

Third Seat Folded

42.3 cubic feet

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Third Seat Removed

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24.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

83.7 cubic feet

58.5 cubic feet

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Highlander has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Allroad only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Highlander’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Allroad’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

The Highlander XLE/SE/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 Allroad doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Highlander is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Highlander owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Highlander will cost $1800 to $3015 less than the Allroad over a five-year period.

The Highlander will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Highlander will retain 56.14% to 58.2% of its original price after five years, while the Allroad only retains 50.32% to 50.79%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Highlander will be $12046 to $15590 less than for the Audi Allroad.

Recommendations

The Toyota Highlander has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Highlander

Allroad

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

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Car Book “Best Bet”

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The Toyota Highlander outsold the Audi A4/S4 by over seven to one during 2018.

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