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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Highlander Hybrid are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Allroad doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Highlander Hybrid Limited/Platinum has standard Automated Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Allroad doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The Highlander Hybrid’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 Hybrid 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights and around view monitors.
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid weighs 505 to 770 pounds more than the Audi Allroad. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Highlander Hybrid 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 Hybrid 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 Hybrid’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.
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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Audi is ranked 14th.
On the EPA test cycle the Highlander Hybrid AWD CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Allroad SMG (35 city/35 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the Highlander Hybrid LE AWD CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Allroad Auto (35 city/35 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the Highlander Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Allroad doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Allroad requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Highlander Hybrid has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (17.1 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
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 Allroad doesn’t offer a CVT.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Highlander Hybrid Limited/Platinum has standard 20-inch wheels. The Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Highlander Hybrid’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the Allroad (112.2 inches vs. 110.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Highlander Hybrid is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 3.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Allroad.
For better maneuverability, the Highlander Hybrid’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Allroad’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Highlander Hybrid has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Allroad
(8 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Highlander Hybrid to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The front grille of the Highlander Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Allroad doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Highlander Hybrid has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Allroad can only carry 5.
The Highlander Hybrid has 49.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Allroad (141.3 vs. 92).
The Highlander Hybrid has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 5.3 inches more rear legroom and 4.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Highlander Hybrid’s middle and third row seats recline. The Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Highlander Hybrid’s cargo area provides more volume than the Allroad.
Third Seat Folded
48.4 cubic feet
Third Seat Removed
24.2 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
84.3 cubic feet
58.5 cubic feet
If the windows are left open on the Highlander Hybrid the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Allroad can’t use the remote to operate the windows.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Highlander Hybrid 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 Allroad’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Highlander Hybrid Platinum’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.
When the Highlander Hybrid Limited/Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Allroad’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The Highlander Hybrid 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.
The Highlander Hybrid is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
The Toyota Highlander outsold the Audi A4/S4 by over 9 to one during the 2019 model year.
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