Compare the new Volkswagen ID.4 to the new Toyota Highlander

Shop around Escondido and San Marcos, CA these days and you'll find no shortage of new SUVs for sale. However, finding a new SUV to buy or lease and finding one that's actually worth your time and money are two entirely different things. And if you're searching for the right new SUV for your needs, there's only two models you need to pay attention to: the new 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 and the new 2022 Toyota Highlander. These two critically acclaimed SUVs have been vying for the same market share for quite some time now. And if you'd like to learn more about which one is better overall, we'd love to show you our competitive research here at Mossy Volkswagen Escondido.



The engine is probably the area in which you'll find the most profound differences between the new 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 and the 2022 Toyota Highlander…primarily because the former doesn't actually have an engine. As an all-electric crossover, the new 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 trades out a traditional combustion engine for an 82-kWh battery pack mated to either one or two electric motors. By comparison, the new Toyota Highlander has either a gas-guzzling 3.5-liter V6 engine or a marginally more efficient hybrid powertrain. However, in term of emissions, the new 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 wins out overall, producing zero emissions and traveling up to an EPA-estimated 275 miles on electric power alone.


You might expect that when comparing a conventionally powered SUV and an electric vehicle, the conventionally powered car would be the more powerful of the two. However, that's not the case when you compare the new 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 and the 2022 Toyota Highlander. You see, while the Toyota Highlander has more standard horsepower, if you opt for the all-wheel drive version of the new 2022 VW ID.4, you'll match that power output. And with up to 295 horsepower at your disposal, you'll find that the new Volkswagen ID.4 is direct with its acceleration, confident when driving in inclement weather, and refreshingly engaging to drive. By comparison, the sizeable stature of the new Toyota Highlander drags down its performance, leaving it feeling bulky and unwieldly on the open road.


Another key difference between the new Volkswagen ID.4 and the Toyota Highlander is seating capacity. The new Volkswagen ID.4 has two rows of seating for up to five passengers, while the Highlander has three rows of seating for up to seven passengers. However, if you don't need all that space, you'll find that the new 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 is more versatile with its interior space. With all seats upright, the new Volkswagen ID.4 can accommodate up to 30.3 cubic-feet of luggage, while the new Toyota Highlander only has up to 16 cubic-feet of luggage space with all seats upright.


Slip into the driver's seat of the new Volkswagen ID.4 and you'll experience its technological prowess firsthand. With an automatic startup that doesn't even require you to push a button, a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system with intuitive natural language controls, and even conveniences like a wireless charging pad for compatible mobile phones. By comparison, the new 2022 Toyota Highlander lacks an automatic startup sequence and has a smaller available infotainment screen, leaving it feeling a bit lacking in the tech department.

Safety Features

Both the new 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 and 2022 Volkswagen Highlander come well-equipped on the safety features front. The former comes equipped with VW IQ.DRIVE tech, while the latter offers the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ suite. Both offer forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and much more.

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