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Toyota 4Runner vs. Toyota Highlander

When we compare the Toyota 4Runner to the Toyota Highlander, the Toyota 4Runner has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The Toyota Highlander has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency, interior volume and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Toyota 4Runner versus the Toyota Highlander, the Toyota Highlander is a better car than the Toyota 4Runner.

Toyota 4Runner versus Toyota Highlander Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Toyota 4Runner ranges from $32,994 to $48,973 while a used Toyota Highlander from the same model year range is priced between $28,612 to $41,579. For a new model, the Toyota 4Runner's price is between $41,515 and $56,044, with the Toyota Highlander priced between $39,983 and $52,437.

Toyota 4Runner versus Toyota Highlander Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Toyota 4Runner is 8.6 out of 10 while the Toyota Highlander's quality rating is 8.9 out of 10. This results in the Toyota 4Runner being ranked 3 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs and the Toyota Highlander being ranked 1 out of 25. Out of 15 Best Midsize SUVs for the Money, the Toyota 4Runner is ranked 15 and the Toyota Highlander is ranked 1.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Toyota 4Runner’s base engine makes 270 horsepower, and the Toyota Highlander base engine makes 265 horsepower. The 4Runner is rated to deliver an average of 17 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 437 miles. The Highlander is rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 519 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Toyota Highlander, a crossover/midsize SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The Toyota 4Runner, a midsize SUV, has the advantage in the area of trunk space.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Toyota 4Runner has the advantage of offering higher towing capacity, ground clearance, and payload capacity than the Toyota Highlander.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Toyota Highlander has higher safety ratings than the Toyota 4Runner, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Toyota Highlander has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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2023 Toyota 4Runner

2023 Toyota Highlander

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$41,515 - $56,044

Used Asking Price:

$32,994 - $48,973

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

24.7%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$39,983 - $52,437

Used Asking Price:

$28,612 - $41,579

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

38.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.6 / 10

Reliability:

8.8 / 10

Retained Value:

9.0 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.9 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

8.2 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

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Summary Review

Toyota doesn't have just one popular SUV in this segment, but two. The Toyota 4Runner is the Highlander’s more-rugged sibling.

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Summary Review

The Toyota Highlander is among the best-selling, top-rated SUVs in the 3-row segment.

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Pros and Cons

  • Rugged off-road capability
  • Great for towing when properly equipped
  • Outstanding value retention (low depreciation)

  • Aging design
  • Interior space is limited by comparison to other midsize SUV / crossovers
  • Fuel economy literally half that of a Highlander Hybrid

Pros and Cons

  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • No disappointing base engine
  • Legendary reliability

  • Poorly-rated headlights on L, LE, and XLE trims

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

TRD Sport, Limited, SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Pro, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, 40th Anniversary Special Edition

Trim Levels

LE, XLE, Limited, Platinum, L, XSE

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

2 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

2 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque:

278 foot-lbs @ 4400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.061 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

5000 lbs

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

265 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

310 foot-lbs @ 1700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.064 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

4 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X2 / 4X4, AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

16 / 19 / 17

Range (city/hwy):

368 / 437 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.4 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

22 / 29 / 25

Range (city/hwy):

394 / 519 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

32.9 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57.8 inches

Cargo Space:

47.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

89.7 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

144.5 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

42 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.7 inches

Cargo Space:

16 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

84.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

157.8 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4400 lbs

Width:

75.8 inches

Height:

71.5 inches

Length:

190.2 inches

Wheelbase:

109.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

9 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4155 lbs

Width:

76 inches

Height:

68.1 inches

Length:

194.9 inches

Wheelbase:

112.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

8 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P265/70R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

P235/65R18