Hybrid vehicles have been on the market for almost two decades now, but they’ve only recently begun to branch out into the utility vehicle market. Years ago, we wouldn’t have thought it possible that you could couple the big frame of a crossover with a hybrid powertrain, but today it is definitely possible. While we hope that more and more hybrid SUVs and crossover will become available in the years to come, there are quite a few great choices already available, including a couple right here at Go Toyota on the Trail. We thought we’d help you research the segment by seeing how one of ours measures up to one of its biggest competitors, by comparing the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs 2017 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid.
Up above you can see a table that details a few of the most important specifications to consider when researching a new vehicle, so we thought we’d work our way through from top to bottom to give you a better idea of how these two hybrid crossovers compare to one another. In the first row, we analyze power, which not only helps you carry as much weight as necessary in a utility vehicle but also ensures that you’re getting an enjoyable experience every time you hop behind the wheel. In this comparison, the Highlander Hybrid trumps the QX60 Hybrid by 56 horsepower.
2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2017 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
|306 HP||Horsepower||250 HP|
|8.1 l/100km||Combined Fuel Efficiency||9.0 l/100km|
|13.8 cu. ft.||Cargo Capacity||15.8 cu. ft.|
|83.7 cu. ft.||Max Cargo Capacity||76.5 cu. ft.|
Obviously, when looking at hybrid vehicles, fuel efficiency is without a doubt the most important specification to consider. When it comes to these two, the Highlander Hybrid utilizes nearly a full litre less fuel to travel the same 100 kilometres as the Infiniti. While that’s not a mind-blowing difference, a full litre will save you quite a bit of money at the gas station throughout the years.
If space wasn’t important to you, then you’d probably be considering a hybrid sedan rather than a hybrid utility vehicle. This is why the third and fourth rows are so important, and unfortunately the third-row swings in favor of the QX60 Hybrid. The Infiniti crossover offers an extra 2 cubic feet of space behind the back seat to fill with whatever you need to bring along. But if you frequently have to drop the back seats to carry bigger stuff, you’ll be happy to know that the Highlander hybrid offers an extra 7.2 cu. ft. of space.
If power, efficiency and max cargo capacity are important to you, then, you should really consider a 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Schedule a test drive right here on our website, and we’ll get you behind the wheel at your earliest convenience.