2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Buick Envision

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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 Envision 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 Envision 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 Envision 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 Envision doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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 Envision doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Highlander and the Envision have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, 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 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. Buick only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Envision.

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 Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 11th.

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 Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked fifth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Buick is ranked 18th.

Engine

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The Highlander’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 98 more horsepower (295 vs. 197) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (263 vs. 192) than the Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Highlander’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 43 more horsepower (295 vs. 252) than the Envision Premium’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 Envision Premium AWD turbo 4 cyl.

(20 city/27 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

Highlander

Envision

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.3 inches

12.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Highlander has larger tires than the Envision (235/65R18 vs. 225/60R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Highlander Limited/Platinum has standard 20-inch wheels. The Envision’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Highlander’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Envision

(112.2 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Highlander is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Envision.

Passenger Space

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

The Highlander has 40.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Envision (141.3 vs. 100.6).

The Highlander has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom, 2.8 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom, 3.9 inches more rear hip room and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

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

Highlander

Envision

Third Seat Folded

48.4 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

26.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

84.3 cubic feet

57.3 cubic feet

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Highlander. The Envision doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Highlander’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Envision’s (5000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Highlander’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Envision’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

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 Envision can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Highlander Platinum has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Envision doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Recommendations

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The Toyota Highlander outsold the Buick Envision by almost 8 to one during the 2019 model year.

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