Versus the Hyundai Santa Fe

See How the Quintessential 2019 Toyota Highlander Compares to the Redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

If you’ve been searching for a family-style SUV in Avondale, AZ, there’s a good chance you’ve come across the impeccably reliable and spacious 2019 Toyota Highlander. With an eight-passenger seating capacity, this Toyota crossover is quiet, comfortable and ideal for large families on-the-go. Its suite of standard safety features is remarkable and has family-drivers near Phoenix taking notice.

On the other hand, though, drivers seeking a safe and secure crossover SUV near Tempe have also had their eyes on the newly-redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. See how these two mid-size SUVs match up in a competitive comparison, focusing on performance, capability, technology and interior design.

2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Base Models: LE vs SE


Both mid-size SUVs have similar performance specs, including having:

  • Standard four-cylinder gas engines producing 185 horsepower
  • Front-wheel-drive, automatic transmissions
  • Approx. 19-gallon fuel tank capacities


The 2019 Toyota Highlander is the more spacious of the two crossovers, delivering 83.2 cubic feet –compared to the Santa Fe’s 71.3 cubic feet – of total cargo space, perfect for the ultimate adventure family looking to maximize their weekend trips. The Toyota Highlander has a maximum payload of just over 1,500-pounds, while the Hyundai Santa Fe’s maximum just exceeds 890-pounds.


Where both SUVs excel is in their similar suites of advanced safety features that come standard in the Highlander and Santa Fe, including:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic braking system
  • Traction control
  • Child safety locks
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Daytime running LED headlights

Any family looking for a safe and reliable crossover SUV will find that both the Toyota Highlander and the Hyundai Santa Fe are top-of-the-line when it comes to advanced safety features, all of which come standard in the base model for each vehicle.

Interior Design

One of the biggest interior differences between the two mid-size SUVs is the interior cabin space; the Highlander has an eight-passenger seating capacity compared to the Santa Fe’s five-passenger capacity.

Comparatively, though, the Highlander and Santa possess many of the same interior standard features, such as:

  • Back-up camera
  • Adjustable steering wheel
  • Power mirrors
  • Cloth seats
  • Bucket seats

2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Top Models: Limited vs. Limited Ultimate XL

Although the base models for each vehicle are quite similar, you’ll notice an array of benefits exhibited by the Toyota Highlander as you work your way up to the top-of-the-line trim level:

  • Maximum Horsepower – 295 horsepower vs 290 horsepower
  • Maximum Torque – 263 pound-feet vs 252 pound-feet
  • Maximum Payload – 1,492 pounds vs 1,453 pounds
  • Low-Speed Collision Warning System – standard vs optional
  • Lane Departure Warning Steering Activation – standard vs optional
  • Vehicle Range – 422 miles vs 357 miles
  • Automatic Transmission – eight-speed vs six-speed
  • Climate Control Zones – three vs two
  • Rear Climate Control – standard vs not available
  • One-Touch Power Rear Windows – standard vs not available
  • Automatic High Beams – standard vs optional
  • Built in Apps – standard vs not available
  • In-dash Single CD Player – standard vs not available
  • Wireless Headphones – optional vs not available

Versus the Volkswagen Tiguan

See How the New 2019 Toyota Highlander Compares to the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

If you’ve been on the look-out for a family-sized SUV near Avondale, AZ, there’s a significant chance that you’ve been exposed to the ever-reliable and spacious 2019 Toyota Highlander. With an extended interior cabin large enough to comfortably fit eight passengers, this Toyota SUV is perfect for large families on-the-move. Its sleek design and suite of reliable safety features has drivers near Phoenix taking notice.

However, there’s another crossover SUV – the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan – that has also been turning some heads in the areas around Tempe. See how these two mid-size crossover SUVs match up in a head-to-head comparison, focusing primarily on performance, capability, technology and interior design.

2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Base Models: LE vs S


At the base model level, both the Highlander and the Tiguan maintain similar performance specs, including having:

  • Standard four-cylinder gas engines producing around 185 horsepower
  • Front-wheel-drive, automatic transmissions
  • Similar EPA-estimated fuel economy


In terms of interior cargo space, the Toyota Highlander reigns as one of the more spacious crossover SUVs in its class, delivering 83.2 cubic feet of space – compared to the Volkswagen Tiguan’s 65.7 cubic feet. With a maximum payload of 1,531-pounds, the Highlander is built to handle proficiently when carrying a heavy load – compared to the Tiguan’s 1,257-pound maximum payload.


Both vehicles excel in the realm of advanced safety and technology features that come standard in each of the base models, including:

  • Child safety locks
  • Traction control
  • Integrated turn sign mirrors
  • Electronic stability control
  • Daytime running LED headlights
  • Brake assist

If you’re a family-oriented driver near Peoria in search of a safe and secure crossover SUV, the Highlander and Tiguan come standard with a suite of remarkable safety features. However, if you’re comparing base model attributes, the Highlander comes equipped with a few extra safety features not found in the Tiguan, including lane keeping assist and lane departure warning systems.

Interior Design

Aside from seating capacity – Highlander, 8 vs Tiguan, 5 – and interior cargo space – 83.2 cubic feet vs 65.7 cubic feet, respectively – these two mid-size SUVs maintain an array of similar interior features, such as:

  • Back-up camera
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Cloth bucket seats

2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Top Models: Limited vs Premium R-Line

Although the base models are similar in performance, capability, technology and interior specs, as we progress up the line to compare higher model trims, you’ll notice a disparity between the two premium level SUVs:

  • Maximum Horsepower – 295 horsepower vs 184 horsepower
  • Maximum Torque – 263 pound-feet vs 221 pound-feet
  • Maximum Payload – 1,492 pounds vs 1,257 pounds
  • Maximum Towing Capacity – 2,268 pounds vs 680 pounds
  • Vehicle Range – 422 miles vs 382 miles
  • Ventilated front seats – standard vs not available
  • Climate control zones – three vs two
  • Rear climate control – standard vs not available
  • Built-in apps – standard vs not available
  • Roadside assistance miles – unlimited vs 36,000
  • Headlights – halogen vs AFS
  • Audio speakers – 12 Jbl GreenEdge vs 9 Fender
  • Power adjustable front passenger seats – standard vs not available
  • Garage door opener – standard vs optional

Versus the Ford Explorer

2019 Toyota Highlander Against the Ford Competition

What's on your agenda today? Pick up the kids from school? Run a couple errands? Meet a friend for lunch? No matter the activity, it will look and feel better if you do it all in the new 2019 Toyota Highlander SUV that is ready to be explored at Avondale Toyota.

With high fuel efficiency, a stylish, family-friendly appeal and high-tech safety features, you'll be excited about the prospect of adding this new SUV to your family. At our Avondale dealership, you can explore our Highlander model selection online if you're already intrigued about this new Toyota SUV.

If you're still on the fence, we know the 2019 Toyota Highlander isn't the only new SUV on the market. You may be giving the 2019 Ford Explorer SUV a look. We're ready to show drivers we serve around the Peoria area how the Highlander exceeds what the Explorer provides in the areas that matter to families who need a spacious, updated SUV model.

2019 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Ford Explorer

Performance and Fuel Economy

  • Which model offers more choices at the start? Answer: 2019 Toyota Highlander. This SUV comes in eight unique trim options up front over the 2019 Explorer's five models. Plus, you get more exterior vehicle color choices to give your SUV a look of its own on the roads in Phoenix, AZ.
  • Excluding the LE trim option, all 2019 Highlander models come standard with a powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine, with eight-speed automatic transmission, that delivers 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. The 2019 Explorer can't match those stats with its standard V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission combination that delivers less than the 2019 Highlander.
  • You'll stop for gas less with a larger fuel tank found in the 2019 Highlander. Its 19.2-gallon tank overrules the 18.6-gallon fuel tank inside the 2019 Explorer model. This 2019 Highlander perk leads us into fuel efficiency.
  • There's a reason the 2019 Highlander received an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II rating. It's because the fuel economy is environmentally-friendly. With a 21/27 city/highway combination over the 2019 Explorer's 16/22, city/highway fuel economy, you will be getting the most mileage out of your gas.

Vehicle Interior and Safety


  • On the inside, the 2019 Highlander reaches a higher seating capacity than the 2019 Explorer. Eight individuals can reside comfortably in the 2019 Highlander's interior, while only seven can fit inside the Ford model.
  • Both models feature a three-row setup, but the 2019 Highlander goes a step above with third-row seats that recline for ultimate comfort and fold down in a 60/40 split to create ample cargo space for your family's gear.
  • When the second and third rows are folded down, the 2019 Highlander features a higher cargo capacity than the 2019 Explorer with 83.7 cubic-feet of space for recreational activities, road trips and house projects for our families who call Tempe, AZ home.
  • The 2019 Highlander wants your family to have their devices fully charged and connected and that's why there's a media hub with five USB ports scattered throughout the vehicle: three in the front and two in the back. The 2019 Explorer only includes one smart charging USB port.
  • Like every Toyota, the 2019 Highlander comes with Toyota Safety Sense™ P and the Star Safety System™ that both feature a collection of safety and security precautions crafted for excellent protection. The Ford competitor only comes with a few standard safety features here and there.

Versus the Honda Pilot

The 2019 Highlander Against the Honda Competition

Have you grown tired of your outdated SUV and feel ready for an upgrade? Do you currently drive a sedan and need to transition into a larger body style to accommodate a growing family? Is that a yes? Then come to Avondale Toyota to browse our new 2019 Toyota Highlander SUV that's made to serve families near Phoenix, situated approximately 20 minutes from our Arizona dealership.

If you've already started to explore Honda's latest SUV, the 2019 Pilot, we want to help you navigate the differences between the two brands and see why the 2019 Toyota Highlander is the best option for you and your family. When it comes to staying safe on city streets and highways around the Glendale, AZ area, we encourage you to choose the 2019 Highlander as your next on-road companion.

2019 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Honda Pilot

Model Performance:

  • The 3.5-liter V6 engine that is standard in all, but one trim level in the 2019 Highlander impresses everyone who drives it with 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Both engine characteristics beat out what the 2019 Pilot offers with its powertrain.
  • Finding a worthwhile towing capacity in an SUV can be a challenge, but not when it comes to the 5,000-standard towing capacity integrated into the 2019 Highlander to handle the types of family adventures the 2019 Pilot can't match.
  • The 2019 Highlander, excluding the LE trim, includes a consistent Direct-Shift eight-speed transmission throughout its remaining seven trims. The 2019 Pilot is inconsistent between its five trims when it comes to transmission; a couple trims include a six-speed and others include a nine-speed. With Toyota, you don't have to hunt through trims to find the automatic transmission you want.

SUV Fuel Economy:

  • With its Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II rating, the 2019 Highlander considers the effect it has on the environment, which is demonstrated in its V6 engine's fuel economy: 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. This combination that exceeds the 2019 Pilot's combined mileage counts.
  • If your 2019 Highlander has a V6 engine, you'll have access to Toyota's Stop and Start Technology that turns off your engine when you're stopped at an intersection in Avondale and then restarts it automatically when you release the gas pedal. This helps make it an even stronger fuel-efficient SUV.

Interior Seating:

  • Both models include three rows of seating that can hold up to eight passengers in their flexible design, but the 2019 Highlander adds a bonus with the rear-most row including a reclining option to create even higher levels of comfort for passengers relaxing in the back.
  • Drivers from Tempe, AZ can choose available Captain's Chairs for their second-row seating in both models if they don't need eight-person seating and want more room. The 2019 Highlander also offers different seating materials based on the trim you explore.
  • No devices will ever die in the 2019 Highlander. With five standard USB ports (three in front and two in back), drivers and passengers will never have to complain of a low battery in their smartphone or tablet again. The 2019 Pilot does not match this quantity of ports in its interior.

Safety Systems:

  • Toyota prepares its vehicles for the worst so customers will always have the protection they need. That's why all 2019 Highlander models come equipped with Toyota Safety Sense™ P with four crucial features that match the 2019 Pilot's Honda Sensing® system.
  • However, the 2019 Highlander doesn't stop at its Toyota Safety Sense™ P system, it goes on to equip this SUV with a Star Safety System™ that includes six more features that cover vehicle stability, braking and traction.

Secure Your Toyota Decision with a Test Drive in Avondale, AZ

There are some parts of an SUV that matter more than others. Parts that impact your comfort, your safety, and your connectivity directly correlate to the confidence you feel as a driver and the safety that your family and friends experience as passengers. As you can see, the 2019 Toyota Highlander is built to deliver on the promise of safety and quality.

Visit Avondale Toyota, less than 30 minutes away from those in Glendale, AZ, to meet the 2019 Highlander during your first test drive. This new SUV will be the right companion for you to experience in the next chapter of your family's journey in the best way possible.


Avondale Toyota

10005 West Papago Fwy
Directions Avondale, AZ 85323

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