Vehicle Comparisons:
2018 Toyota Highland vs 4Runner

If you’re looking for a vehicle to drive around Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison that has all the extra space and power you need, an SUV is the optimal choice. These impressive vehicles allow you to take your whole family on your next trip while still offering premium performance. With so many SUVs on the market, however, finding the right one for you can be challenging.

The 2018 Toyota Highlander and the 4Runner are two of the best SUVs on the market. Each has a lot to offer, but only one can be right for you. Learn about the differences between them in our Toyota Highlander vs 4Runner comparison, and discover which SUV best suits your needs.

Toyota Highlander vs 4Runner: Performance

Underneath the hood, both SUVs are powerhouses, but you get a little more from the 4Runner on the base model. No matter what version of the 4Runner you opt for, you can enjoy a 4.0L V6 engine that produces 270 horsepower. The base model Highlander comes with a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine that only pushes 185 horsepower.

When it comes to fuel economy, however, the Highlander is superior. Even when you upgrade the Highlander to a 295-horsepower V6 engine, it still earns an EPA-estimated 23 MPG combined*, while the 4Runner gets an EPA-estimated 18 MPG combined*. Most notably, the Highlander has seven MPG highway on the 4Runner.

Toyota 4Runner vs Toyota Highlander: Interior

One of the main attractions of any SUV is the extra interior space, and each of these have plenty, just in different places. If you’re going to be using your SUV primarily for personal use, the Highlander offers more headroom and legroom in the front at 40.7 inches and 44.2 inches, respectively. However, rear passengers will have a better time in the 4Runner with 38.6 inches of headroom and 32.9 inches of legroom. The latter is particularly important since the Highlander only offers 27.7 inches of third-row legroom.

If you’re more interested in hauling cargo than passengers, the 4Runner has more overall space. With all the rear seats down, you can store up to 89.7 cubic feet of cargo in the back. The Highlander still offers an impressive 83.7 cubic feet, but it doesn’t quite hold up to what the 4Runner is capable of.

Toyota Media & Technology

Toyota has always been one of the leaders in automotive technology and both the 4Runner and Highlander have a lot to show off. They both feature the Entune™ infotainment system, where you can access music, navigation, messaging, and a plethora of other apps right at your fingertips.

The Highlander, however, includes the Driver Easy Speak system, which you can communicate to the rear passengers easily with a built-in intercom. This makes it easy to gather votes on where to eat, tell children to settle down, and more without having to shout to the back of the vehicle.

Learn more about the 4Runner and discover if this powerful and capable SUV has the vital features you’re looking for with your next adventure in this in-depth vehicle review.

Toyota 4Runner vs Toyota Highlander

Determining which of these impressive SUVs in our Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner comparison is best for you depends on what you expect from your vehicle. The 4Runner is great when it comes to interior space, but the Highlander is a bit more efficient with what it does. Don’t make your decision without trying them out first though. Stop by Ron Hibbard Toyota, where you can take the Highlander and the 4Runner for a spin. All drivers in the Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison areas are invited to get behind the wheel. Call us to schedule your test drive today!

* 2018 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

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