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Toyota 4Runner vs. Toyota RAV4

When comparing the Toyota 4Runner to the Toyota RAV4, the Toyota 4Runner has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Toyota RAV4 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. Based on this comparison of the Toyota 4Runner versus the Toyota RAV4, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Toyota 4Runner versus Toyota RAV4 Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Toyota 4Runner ranges from $38,502 to $57,917 while a used Toyota RAV4 from the same model year range is priced between $25,898 to $37,998. For a new model, the Toyota 4Runner's price is between $40,321 and $53,207, with the Toyota RAV4 priced between $28,174 and $38,311.

Toyota 4Runner versus Toyota RAV4 Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Toyota 4Runner is 8.6 out of 10 while the Toyota RAV4's quality rating is 8.5 out of 10. This results in the Toyota 4Runner being ranked 3 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs and the Toyota RAV4 being ranked 6 out of 24 Best Small SUVs.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Toyota 4Runner’s base engine makes 270 horsepower, and the Toyota RAV4 base engine makes 203 horsepower. The 4Runner is rated to deliver an average of 17 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 437 miles. The RAV4 is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 508 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Toyota 4Runner, a midsize SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, and trunk space. The Toyota RAV4, a crossover/compact SUV, has the advantage in the areas of rear head room and rear leg room. The Toyota 4Runner and Toyota RAV4 are comparable in regards to front shoulder room.

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 RAV4.

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2023 Toyota 4Runner

2022 Toyota RAV4

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$40,321 - $53,207

Used Asking Price:

$38,502 - $57,917

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

24.7%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,174 - $38,311

Used Asking Price:

$25,898 - $37,998

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

34.7%

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:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

8.5 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

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3 / 25
22 / 25
23 / 25

iSeeCars Rankings

5 / 24
5 / 24
6 / 24
8 / 61
11 / 61
12 / 61
33 / 61

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 RAV4 is a compact crossover with seating for five. The current Toyota RAV4 was redesigned for the 2019 model year, with new models averaging $31,101 and 3-year-old models averaging $23,510.

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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

  • Reputation for durability
  • Gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid models available
  • Rugged SUV-like capability with the TRD Pro Off-Road trim

  • Lackluster driving experience
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto late to arrive
  • Cumbersome touchscreen controls

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

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

Trim Levels

Limited, TRD Off-Road, XLE, Adventure, LE, XLE Premium

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:

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque:

184 foot-lbs @ 5000 rpm

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

0.060 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:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

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

27 / 35 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

392 / 508 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:

Available

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:

37.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

41 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

37.8 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56.4 inches

Cargo Space:

37.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

69.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

136.4 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:

3380 lbs

Width:

73 inches

Height:

67 inches

Length:

180.9 inches

Wheelbase:

105.9 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.4 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:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

225/65R17