2016 Volvo XC90 vs Toyota Highlander Comparison

2016 Volvo XC90
2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Volvo XC90

Fuel Economy:

22/26 mpg*

Horsepower:

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

Transmission:

8-speed automatic

Maximum towing capacity:

4000 lbs.

2016 Toyota Highlander

Fuel Economy:

20/25 mpg*

Horsepower:

185 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque:

184 ft-lbs. @ 4200 rpm

Transmission:

6-speed shiftable automatic

Maximum towing capacity:

1500 lbs.

2016 Volvo XC90 vs Toyota Highlander

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Due to their outstanding versatility, SUVs have remained extremely popular for the past 25 years. Not only does the new 2016 Volvo XC90 receive high praise for its efficiency, but it is also one of the safest vehicles in its class. Even the base Momentum trim comes standard with a number of luxurious features. While all versions of the new XC90 look stunning, the aggressive R-Design trim has the curb appeal of a genuine sports car.

The Toyota Highlander is also a popular SUV that offers three-row seating. While the Highlander is a strong seller, the competition has started to heat up. Here is how the 2016 Volvo XC90 stacks up against the current Toyota Highlander.

Performance

For the 2016 model year, the Volvo XC90 is equipped with a new four-cylinder engine. Strapped with a turbocharger and a supercharger, this high-tech engine pushes out a capable 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. According to Volvo, the potent SUV can sprint to 60 mph in about 6.6 seconds. With a total output of 270 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, the V6-powered Highlander is no match for the stronger XC90. Despite the XC90’s muscular performance, it is still able to deliver slightly better gas mileage. While both the Highlander and the XC90 return an impressive 25 mpg on the highway, the Highlander fails to match the XC90’s city fuel economy*.

Styling

If you prefer to quietly blend into the crowd, the Toyota Highlander is a very good choice. On the other hand, the new Volvo XC90 will appeal to the car enthusiasts who appreciate a well-dressed automobile. Volvo certainly made an effort to separate the XC90 from the pack. In fact, the R-Design model is a great alternative to a traditional sports sedan. Equipped with a set of 20-inch performance wheels and a stunning body kit, the R-Design model will stand out in any parking lot. While the Highlander is available with 19-inch wheels, a special appearance package is not available.

Features

The 2016 Volvo XC90 comes standard with significantly more high-tech features. The Highlander’s 6.1- inch display screen looks small when compared to the XC90’s 9-inch display. Music lovers will also find the XC90’s 10-speaker sound system to have a bit more thump. In order to obtain a frontal-collision warning system on the Highlander, Toyota customers will have to opt for the top-of-the-line Limited model. Meanwhile, the luxurious XC90 comes standard with an innovative City Safety system. Some of the other standard goodies include navigation, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and heated front seats.


Although the Toyota Highlander is a solid SUV, the new Volvo XC90 is simply a more extravagant vehicle. The XC90’s dynamic engine and surplus of standard features make it an outstanding choice. If you want to experience the 2016 Volvo XC90 in person, be sure to stop by your local dealer to take a test drive.

* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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