When comparing the Toyota Highlander's and the Toyota RAV4's specifications and ratings, the Toyota Highlander has the advantage in the areas of reliability, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Toyota RAV4 has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and resale value. Based on this comparison of the Toyota Highlander's and the Toyota RAV4's specifications and ratings, the Toyota Highlander is a better car than the Toyota RAV4.
Toyota Highlander vs. Toyota RAV4 Pricing
For a new model, the Toyota Highlander's price is between $41,975 and $54,683, with the Toyota RAV4 priced between $31,030 and $41,639.
Toyota Highlander vs. Toyota RAV4 Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Toyota Highlander loses 38.1 percent of its value and the Toyota RAV4 loses 34.7 percent of its value. This means the Toyota RAV4 retains 3.4 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Toyota Highlander.
Toyota Highlander vs. Toyota RAV4 Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Toyota Highlander is 9.0 out of 10 while the Toyota RAV4's quality rating is 8.6 out of 10. This results in the Toyota Highlander being ranked 2 out of 66 Best Crossover SUVs and the Toyota RAV4 being ranked 6 out of 66.
Toyota Highlander vs. Toyota RAV4 Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Toyota Highlander is 8.7 out of 10. For the Toyota RAV4 the reliability rating is 8.4 out of 10. This gives the Toyota Highlander a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Toyota RAV4.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Toyota Highlander’s base engine makes 265 horsepower, and the Toyota RAV4 base engine makes 203 horsepower.
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 shoulder room and rear leg room. The Toyota RAV4, a crossover/compact SUV, has the advantage in the areas of rear head room cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Toyota Highlander and the Toyota RAV4 have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.