Toyota is known for manufacturing long-lasting vehicles. That’s why it should come as no surprise that the Toyota Highlander is built to last. But you know what’s built to last even longer? The Toyota Highlander Hybrid.
What’s the difference between the Toyota Highlander and the Highlander Hybrid?
There are a couple of major differences between the Toyota Highlander and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. But, all in all, it comes down to a difference in what’s under the hood. While the gas-powered Highlander comes equipped with a 295-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, the hybrid model comes powered by a 243-hp 2.5-liter engine that’s been paired with an electric motor.
Because the Highlander Hybrid is, well, a hybrid, you can also expect it to be more fuel-efficient than the Highlander. Unlike its gas-powered counterpart, the Highlander Hybrid is able to deliver an EPA-estimated 36 mpg in the city and 35-mpg on the highway. The Highlander, on the other hand, is only able to manage an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
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Here’s how many miles you can expect the Toyota Highlander to last
Now, you may be wondering, is there a difference between how many miles each of these SUVs will last? As it turns out, there is a difference. A pretty big one, in fact. But first, let’s dive into how many miles you can expect the Toyota Highlander to last.
According to iSee Cars, which analyzed over 15.8 million cars sold in 2019 to determine which models have the highest percentage of vehicles that have reached 200,000-miles, you can expect a Toyota Highlander to last a reasonably long time. And though it didn’t rank among the top vehicles on the list, iSee Cars reports that 1.3% of Highlander SUVs will last upwards of 200,000-miles.
Prepare to be impressed by how many miles the Highlander Hybrid lasts
But you know which vehicle did rank among the longest-lasting vehicles on the list? The Toyota Highlander Hybrid. In fact, according to iSee Cars, the Highlander Hybrid is the longest-lasting hybrid SUV. iSee Cars reports that an impressive 4.2% of Toyota Highlander Hybrid models will make it to 200,000-miles, which is just over twice the average for a similar vehicle.
But, those numbers shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. As it turns out, Toyota offers the longest-lasting hybrids. The Toyota Prius also ranked on iSee Cars’ list of longest-lasting hybrid cars. With 2.0% of models surpassing 200,000-miles, it’s safe to say that Toyota knows how to make a hybrid.
Is the Highlander better than its hybrid counterpart?
But does that make the Toyota Highlander Hybrid a better SUV than the Toyota Highlander? Not necessarily. If you’re looking for plenty of power under the hood, the gas-powered Highlander is likely the better choice for you. The Highlander is also significantly cheaper than its hybrid counterpart. But if you’re in the market for a long-lasting hybrid SUV? Then you really can’t go wrong with the Highlander Hybrid.
You’re going to want to take a test drive before making your final decision
Before making your final decision, it would be smart to take these two SUVs out for a test drive. While the differences between them really come down to what’s under the hood, buying a new SUV is a pretty pricey endeavor.