Compare Toyota Highlander vs. Similar Competitor Vehicles

KIA Telluride vs. Toyota Highlander Size and Practicality

Three rows of seating and the ability to seat eight occupants are the first significant similarities when comparing the 2022 Toyota Highlander vs. 2022 Kia Telluride. Legroom and headroom are where the battle begins. The 2022 Telluride has 40.9 inches of headroom (without a sunroof equipped) and 41.4 inches of legroom for the first row of seating. The 2022 Highlander wins this round, with 41.2 inches and 42 inches, respectively. Yet the Telluride wins for second-row spaciousness, with 40.2 inches of headroom and 42.4 inches of legroom, against the Highlander specs of 39.4 and 41 inches, respectively.

The Telluride wins the interior spaciousness battle two-to-one, finishing with the third row that offers 38.1 inches of headroom along with 31.4 inches of legroom. That’s against 36.1 inches and 27.7 inches for the Highlander. Overall, the 2022 Telluride offers 178.1 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the Highlander offers up to 141.3 cubic feet.

Cargo space is similar, as a new Kia Telluride offers 21 cubic feet behind the third row, while the 2022 Highlander offers 16 cubic feet in the same area. Maximum cargo volume comes in at up to 87 cubic feet on a Telluride, while a Highlander offers up to 84.3 cubic feet. Meanwhile, when comparing Kia Telluride and Toyota Highlander towing capacity, both offer up to 5,000 lbs maximum towing capabilities when properly equipped.


Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

So far, Toyota has only said that the new turbocharged engine is good for 24 mpg combined, so we don’t know what its city and highway ratings are. Hybrid models will undoubtedly carry higher ratings than the gasoline-only version, with front-wheel-drive variants earning 36 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. When the Highlander visits our office, we’ll be putting its fuel efficiency to the test on our 75-mph highway fuel economy test route and updating this story with results. For more information about the Highlander’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Highlander vs. 4Runner: Off-road capabilities

The 4Runner has a definitive advantage for off-road capabilities. For one, it has a higher ground clearance than the Highlander (up to 9.6 vs. 8.0 inches). Also, it has a more capable four-wheel drive system with an available transfer case, compared to the basic all-wheel drive system for the Highlander. Furthermore, unlike the Highlander, the 4Runner offers an off-road-focused model with the TRD Pro, which includes off-road features like all-terrain tires, off-road drive modes, and an off-road-tuned suspension.


While it’s somewhat subjective, many expert reviewers find that when comparing a Kia SUV vs. Toyota SUV, the more futuristic, refined, and luxurious feeling interiors belong to Kia models — especially the Telluride. Luxurious feeling aside, you’ll also find more tech in every new and used Kia Telluride for sale. A standard 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system for the Telluride beats the standard 8-inch unit in the Highlander. Standard on both is Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity.

Six standard USB ports on the Telluride beat the standard five a Highlander offers. Both have available heated/ventilated front seats. Both have available captain’s chairs. The tech and feature comparison is very similar between the two. Yet, the Telluride wins the affordability battle with a lower starting price than the Highlander.

Highlander vs. 4Runner: Passenger and cargo space (Which is bigger?)

When deciding between the Highlander and 4Runner, one of the most frequent questions that prospective buyers ask is, “Which one is bigger?” In terms of exterior dimensions, the Highlander is slightly bigger than the 4Runner, with a longer wheelbase and overall length. This larger size results in a more spacious interior for the Highlander. It has a total passenger volume of 141.3 cu-ft, compared to 128.0 cu-ft for the 4Runner three-row model and 93.7 cu-ft for the two-row model.

However, the 4Runner has more storage space. It has a maximum cargo capacity of 89.7 cu-ft, compared to 84.3 cu-ft for the Highlander. 

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Toyota’s warranty coverage adheres to the norm of the segment; however, buyers get two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance, which is a nice perk that most rivals don’t offer. The electrified Highlander comes with a separate hybrid-component warranty that provides eight years or 100,000 miles of coverage.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Hybrid-component warranty covers eight years or 100,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles


Specifications 2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum AWD VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door wagon PRICE AS TESTED $51,068 (base price: $49,975) POWERTRAIN DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter inline -4, 186 hp, 175 lb-ft + 3 permanent-magnet synchronous AC motors; combined output, 243 hp TRANSMISSION continuously variable automatic CHASSIS Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink Brakes (F/R): 13.3-in vented disc/13.3-in vented disc Tires: Goodyear Eagle Touring, 235/55R-20 102V M+S DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 112.2 in Length: 194.9 in Width: 76.0 in Height: 68.1 in Passenger volume: 135 ft3 Cargo volume: 16 ft3 Curb weight: 4615 lb C/D TEST RESULTS 60 mph: 7.3 sec 100 mph: 21.9 sec Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.8 sec Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.9 sec Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.2 sec 1/4 mile: 16.0 sec @ 87 mph Top speed (governor limited): 118 mph Braking, 70–0 mph: 176 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.82 g Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec. C/D FUEL ECONOMY Observed: 29 mpg EPA FUEL ECONOMY Combined/city/highway: 35/35/35 mpg

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