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2021 Toyota Highlander vs. Its Competition

2021 Toyota Highlander
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Highlander competes against a roster of three-row family crossovers that have our attention and our accolades.

The Telluride and Pilot are both Best Car To Buy winners and are spacious and comfortable—the Kia looks great, too.

The Explorer was updated last year, like the Highlander, and offers a hybrid powertrain and more room.

The Traverse is due for a rethink soon, but current versions are roomy if not a little boring.

Ditto for the Atlas, which is comfortable and quiet but very conservative.

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Quick Specs
6.8
The 2021 Toyota Highlander learned new tricks to keep us entertained on the road, when we’re not asleep in the back anyway.
5.8
The 2020 Chevy Traverse is a three-row family mainstay with plentiful interior space.
6.8
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect.
6.3
The 2020 Honda Pilot is a three-row family crossover at the top of its class.
7.5
There’s substance to the 2020 Kia Telluride’s style.
5.8
Space comes before pace with the roomy 2020 Volkswagen Atlas.
MSRP From     
N/A$29,800$32,765$31,650$31,890$31,545
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/AGas V6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
N/ASport Utility VehiclesStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
N/AFWD 4-Door LBase RWDLX 2WDLX FWD2.0T S FWD
Drivetrain     
N/AFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/A87885
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
N/ASport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
N/AAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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