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2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander Review

New 2021 BMW X3

2021 BMW
X3

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New 2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Toyota
Highlander

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MSRP*
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$43,000 to $56,600
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$34,810 to $48,915
Invoice* $40,490 to $53,140 $31,781 to $44,660
MPG - City 21 - 25 20 - 21
MPG - Hwy 27 - 29 27 - 29
Engine(s) Inline-4, Inline-6 V-6
Seating Capacity 5 7 - 8
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*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
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Highlander than in the BMW X3, due to its greater head- and legroom. The BMW X3 will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Toyota Highlander.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the BMW X3 as you will with the Toyota Highlander, 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 BMW X3 is somewhat more expensive than the Toyota Highlander. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The BMW X3 carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Toyota Highlander.

Dimensions
Since the BMW X3 is much slimmer than the Toyota Highlander, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The BMW X3 is slightly shorter than the Toyota Highlander, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
With similar torque, the BMW X3 and the Toyota Highlander are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

Handling
The BMW X3 has a larger turning radius than the Toyota Highlander, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
With the Toyota Highlander, you'll be able to pull heavier loads than with the BMW X3. The BMW X3 has a little less horsepower than the Toyota Highlander.

Utility
Soccer Moms beware - the BMW X3 seats a lot fewer people than the Toyota Highlander. The BMW X3 has significantly less cargo capacity than the Toyota Highlander.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the BMW X3 than that of the Toyota Highlander.