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2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Volvo XC40 Review

New 2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota
Highlander

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New 2021 Volvo XC40

2021 Volvo
XC40

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MSRP*
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$34,600 to $48,800
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$33,700 to $41,450
Invoice* $31,589 to $44,555 $31,678 to $38,963
MPG - City 20 - 21 22 - 23
MPG - Hwy 27 - 29 30 - 32
Engine(s) V-6 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles

*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
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Highlander than in the Volvo XC40. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Toyota Highlander and the Volvo XC40.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Toyota Highlander as you will with the Volvo XC40, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

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). The Toyota Highlander is somewhat more expensive than the Volvo XC40. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Toyota Highlander is much higher than that for the Volvo XC40.

Dimensions
Since the Toyota Highlander is much wider than the Volvo XC40, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Toyota Highlander, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Volvo XC40.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Toyota Highlander transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Volvo XC40.

Handling
The Toyota Highlander has the same turning radius as the Volvo XC40, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Toyota Highlander is clearly the choice over the Volvo XC40 for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Toyota Highlander greatly out-muscles the Volvo XC40.

Utility
Soccer Moms and those who need to chauffeur around a lot of people will appreciate the Toyota Highlander more than the Volvo XC40, due to its significantly greater seating capacity. With the Toyota Highlander, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Volvo XC40.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Toyota Highlander is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volvo XC40.