2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Mercedes GLE

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

Both the Highlander and the GLE 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, driver alert monitors, 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 Mercedes covers the GLE. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GLE 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. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLE.

There are over 3 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Mercedes 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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, 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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The Highlander’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 40 more horsepower (295 vs. 255) than the GLE 350’s standard 2.0 turbo

4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Highlander

GLE

2WD

V6/Auto

21 city/29 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

4 cyl.

V6/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

4WD

V6/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

4 cyl.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Highlander uses regular unleaded gasoline. The GLE 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 standard brake rotors are larger than those on the GLE:

Highlander

GLE

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

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 GLE; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Highlander’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the GLE’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Highlander has a greater minimum ground clearance than the GLE (8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Highlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Toyota Highlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 pounds less than the Mercedes GLE.

Passenger Space

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The Highlander has standard seating for 8 passengers; the GLE can only carry up to 7.

The Highlander has .7 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLE.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Highlander

GLE

Third Seat Folded

48.4 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

33 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

84.3 cubic feet

75 cubic feet

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

Recommendations

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The Toyota Highlander outsold the Mercedes GLE by over five to one during the 2019 model year.

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