2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs 2016 Lexus RX 450H
Technically speaking, Toyota and Lexus are the same thing. The Lexus brand is actually a subsidiary of Toyota Motors, much like Scion used to be. So in a way, Toyota and Lexus vehicles are siblings, with Lexus being the more luxurious of the two brands. Although they are both underpinned by some of the same architecture and technology, we wanted to see how our non-luxury hybrid crossover measures up to the luxury Lexus version, so we decided to compare the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs 2016 Lexus RX 450H.
Advantages of the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
So let’s dive right into the comparison by looking at the table above, which details some of the important specs and features of each midsize crossover. The first row in the table shows just how similar the two technically-Toyota vehicles are, as they’re both powered by 3.5L V6 engines. That doesn’t guarantee that they both deliver the same amount of power or efficiency, but they should be quite similar.
The next two rows are where the Toyota Highlander Hybrid really has a leg up on its Lexus competitor, as space is especially important in crossover vehicles like these, regardless of their size or powertrain. With the seats folded flat, the Highlander Hybrid offers 83.2 cu. ft. of max cargo capacity, which is nearly 30 cu. ft. more space than the RX 450H offers. That means whenever you need to bring something big home or help a friend move, you’ll have plenty of space. The cabin as a whole even offers more space, in the form of 15.2 cu. ft. of extra passenger volume. That means you and your passengers will have more room to stretch out and get comfortable in.
If that’s not enough, the Highlander also offers an extra 54 lbs. of payload. That might not seem like a lot, but if you’ve got kids that don’t know how to pack light, it could come in handy. If you think the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid might be the perfect vehicle for you, be sure to schedule a test drive right here on our website or by giving us a call at the sales desk.