2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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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 Stelvio 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 Stelvio doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Highlander has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Highlander Limited/Platinum has standard Automated Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Stelvio doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Highlander (except L/LE/XLE) offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Stelvio only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Highlander and the Stelvio 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems 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 Alfa Romeo covers the Stelvio. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Stelvio ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Highlander’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Stelvio’s (5 vs. 4 years).

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. Alfa Romeo only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Stelvio.

There are over 7 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Alfa Romeo 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 Alfa Romeo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Alfa Romeo is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Alfa Romeo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Alfa Romeo is ranked 29th.

Engine

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The Highlander’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 15 more horsepower (295 vs. 280) than the Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Highlander has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Stelvio (17.9 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Highlander’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Stelvio:

Highlander

Stelvio

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.3 inches

12.5 inches

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Highlander’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the Stelvio

(112.2 inches vs. 110.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Highlander is 1.8 inches wider in the front and .4 inches wider in the rear than on the Stelvio.

For better maneuverability, the Highlander’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Stelvio’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.5 feet).

Passenger Space

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

The Highlander has 43.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Stelvio (141.3 vs. 97.6).

The Highlander has 1 inch more front headroom, 5.4 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room,

.5 inches more rear headroom, 9.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Stelvio.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Highlander

Stelvio

Third Seat Folded

48.4 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

18.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

84.3 cubic feet

56.5 cubic feet

Towing

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The Highlander’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Stelvio’s (5000 vs. 3000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Highlander Platinum has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the Highlander 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 Stelvio can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Highlander to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Stelvio doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

When the Highlander 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 Stelvio’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Highlander Limited/Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Stelvio doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Recommendations

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The Toyota Highlander outsold the Alfa Romeo Stelvio by almost 25 to one during the 2019 model year.

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