Pecheles Automotive Compares 2014 Audi Q7 VS 2014 Toyota Highlander Near Greenville, NC

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2014 Audi Q7

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2014 Audi Q7

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2014 Toyota Highlander

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q7 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Toyota Highlander doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q7 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Toyota Highlander doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

Both the Q7 and Highlander have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q7 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Highlander’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q7. But it costs extra on the Highlander.

The Q7 has standard Parking System Plus to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Highlander doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Q7 and the Highlander have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Q7 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Highlander’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Highlander’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

The Q7 has more powerful engines than the Highlander:



Q7 3.0T 3.0 supercharged V6

280 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Q7 3.0T S line 3.0 supercharged V6

333 HP

325 lbs.-ft.

Highlander LE 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Highlander 3.5 DOHC V6

270 HP

248 lbs.-ft.

Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.5 DOHC V6

280 HP


The Q7’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 55 more horsepower (240 vs. 185) and 222 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 184) than the Highlander LE’s standard 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl. The Q7’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 158 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 248) than the Highlander’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Q7 has 9.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Highlander Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (26.4 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q7 has 7.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Highlander’s standard fuel tank (26.4 vs. 19.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Q7’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Highlander:



Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.2 inches

The Q7’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Highlander are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q7 has larger standard tires than the Highlander (255/55R18 vs. 245/60R18). The Q7 S line Prestige’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Highlander (295/35R21 vs. 245/60R18).

The Q7’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Highlander’s standard 60 series tires. The Q7 S line Prestige’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Highlander Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q7 S line Prestige offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Highlander’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Q7 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Highlander’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Q7 Prestige has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Q7’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Highlander doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Q7 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Highlander doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q7’s wheelbase is 8.4 inches longer than on the Highlander (118.2 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q7 is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Highlander.

For greater off-road capability the Q7 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Highlander (8.1 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Q7 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Q7 air suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 1.4 inches higher than on the Highlander (9.4 vs. 8 inches).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Q7 has standard second and third row seats which fold flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Highlander doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Q7’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Highlander’s standard rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Q7’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Highlander’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q7 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Highlander doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Q7 Prestige offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Highlander doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Q7 Prestige has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Highlander doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Q7 has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Highlander doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q7 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Highlander doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

When the Q7 with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Highlander’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Q7 Premium Plus/Prestige has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Highlander offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Q7 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Highlander.

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