2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Lexus RXL

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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 RXL doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 RXL 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.

Both the Highlander and the RXL 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Highlander its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 82 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The RXL is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Highlander for 1 year and 15000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the RXL (2/25000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 5 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Highlander’s warranty.

Engine

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The Highlander’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 5 more horsepower (295 vs. 290) than the RX 350L’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Highlander is faster than the RX 350L 3.5 DOHC V6:

Highlander

RXL

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.5 MPH

89.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Highlander gets better fuel mileage than the RXL:

MPG

Highlander

2WD

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

4WD

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

RXL

2WD

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

19 city/26 hwy

4WD

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

18 city/25 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Highlander uses regular unleaded gasoline. The RX 450hL requires premium, 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 RXL:

Highlander

RXL

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.9 inches

The Highlander stops much shorter than the RXL:

Highlander

RXL

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Highlander’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the RXL (112.2 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Highlander is .9 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the RXL.

The Highlander XLE AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the RX 350L AWD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Highlander XLE AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the RX 350L (27.4 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Highlander’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the RXL’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Highlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 450 pounds less than the Lexus RXL.

Passenger Space

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

The Highlander has 24.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RXL (141.3 vs. 117).

The Highlander has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 10.1 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room, .9 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.3 inches more third row headroom, 4.2 inches more third row legroom, 1.8 inches more third row hip room and 9.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the RXL.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Highlander

RXL

Third Seat Folded

48.4 cubic feet

33.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

84.3 cubic feet

70.7 cubic feet

Towing

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The Highlander’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RXL’s (5000 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

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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 available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the RXL’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Highlander XLE/Limited/Platinum has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The RXL doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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The Toyota Highlander outsold the Lexus RX Series by over two to one during 2019.

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