2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Audi Q7

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Safety

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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 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Q7 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Highlander 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 Q7 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 Q7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Highlander and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Highlander 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 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 Q7.

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

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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.

Engine

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The Highlander’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 47 more horsepower (295 vs. 248) than the Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo

4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Highlander AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Q7 45 TFSI 4 cyl. (20 city/27 hwy vs.

19 city/25 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Highlander uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q7 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels

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The Highlander has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Q7; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Q7 don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Highlander’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Q7’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Highlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 650 pounds less than the Audi Q7.

The Highlander is 4.7 inches shorter than the Q7, making the Highlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Highlander has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Q7 can only carry 7.

The Highlander has 2.8 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom, .2 inches more rear shoulder room, .2 inches more third row headroom and 5.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Highlander’s middle and third row seats recline. The Q7’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Highlander’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q7.

Highlander

Q7

Behind Third Seat

16 cubic feet

14.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

48.4 cubic feet

37.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

84.3 cubic feet

71.6 cubic feet

Towing

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The Highlander’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q7’s (5000 vs. 4400 pounds).

Ergonomics

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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 Q7 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Highlander 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 Q7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Highlander is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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The Toyota Highlander outsold the Audi Q7 by over seven to one during the 2019 model year.

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