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2021 Audi Q5 vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

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2021 Audi
Q5

MSRP*: $43,300 to $47,800
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2021 Toyota
Highlander Hybrid

MSRP*: $38,735 to $50,640
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Invoice* $40,703 to $44,932 $35,513 to $46,428
MPG - City 23 MPG 35 - 36 MPG
MPG - Hwy 28 MPG 34 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 53.1 - 54.1 ft3 84.3 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 261 hp 186 hp
Towing Capacity 4,400 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 184.3 - 184.6 in 194.9 in
Exterior Width 74.5 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 40.9 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 42.0 in
Rear 41.0 in
Head Room Front 38.0 - 39.6 in
Rear 37.5 - 39.3 in
Front 38.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.1 - 39.4 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid than in the Audi Q5, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Audi Q5, offering the driver and front passenger a bit more room and comfort.

Convenience
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Audi Q5, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Audi Q5 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. In this case, the Audi Q5 will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Dimensions
Since the Audi Q5 is much slimmer than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Audi Q5, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Handling
The Audi Q5 has a larger turning radius than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Audi Q5 is clearly the choice over the Toyota Highlander Hybrid for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Audi Q5 greatly out-muscles the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the Audi Q5 does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Utility
Soccer Moms beware - the Audi Q5 seats a lot fewer people than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The Audi Q5 has significantly less cargo capacity than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Audi Q5 than that of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.