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2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

New 2021 BMW X3

2021 BMW
X3

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New 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2021 Toyota
Highlander Hybrid

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MSRP*
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$43,000 to $56,600
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$38,410 to $50,315
Invoice* $40,490 to $53,140 $35,214 to $46,130
MPG - City 21 - 25 35 - 36
MPG - Hwy 27 - 29 34 - 35
Engine(s) Inline-4, Inline-6 Inline-4
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 Hybrid than in the BMW X3, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the BMW X3 and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Convenience
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid requires fewer stops at the gas station than the BMW X3, making it more convenient to drive.

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). Whether you pick the BMW X3 or the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, it's going to cost you about the same. 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 Hybrid.

Dimensions
Since the BMW X3 is much slimmer than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, 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 Hybrid, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the BMW X3 does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

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

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the BMW X3 is clearly the choice over the Toyota Highlander Hybrid for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the BMW X3 greatly out-muscles the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

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

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