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What’s the difference between the Toyota Highlander and the Toyota 4Runner?

By Product Expert | Posted in Model Comparisons, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Highlander on Monday, November 30th, 2015 at 7:13 pm
2016 Highlander vs 4Runner

Drivers looking for an SUV from the Toyota lineup often find themselves choosing between the Toyota Highlander and the Toyota 4Runner. Our team here at Serra Toyota has put together a comparison of the two popular Toyota SUVs in order to make it easier to see the differences between the two. Both vehicles offers plenty of standard technology and safety features for the entire family to enjoy.

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It’s important to note the vehicles were compared at their base models to keep things fair and clear. The 2016 Toyota Highlander LE FWD was compared to the 2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4×2. Eight seats are standard for the Highlander, whereas the 4Runner comes with five standard seats and optional third row seating.

Toyota Highlander vs. Toyota 4Runner performance capabilities

Engine –

Highlander: 3.5-liter V-6
4Runner: 4.0-liter V-6

Transmission –

Highlander: 6-speed automatic
4Runner: 5-speed automatic


Highlander: 19 city/25 hwy
4Runner: 17 city/22 hwy

Towing Capacity –

Highlander: 5,000 lbs.
4Runner: 4,700 lbs.

Standard features on the 2016 Toyota Highlander and the 2016 Toyota 4Runner:

  • CD player, MP3 capabilities
  • Cruise control
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Backup camera
  • Keyless entry
  • Rear split fold bench seat

Toyota Highander - Toyota 4Runner
The 2016 Toyota 4Runner has an MSRP of $34,410, whereas the 2016 Toyota Highlander has an MSRP of $32,415. Since the Highlander is slightly more affordable, if comes with a few less standard features than the 4Runner.

Check out the list below to see which features are standard on the 2016 4Runner that are not available on the 2016 Highlander.

  • Driver multi-adjustable power seat
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Satellite radio
  • Skid plate
  • Power vertical slide rear window
  • Tow package and trailer hitch
  • Optional navigation system

4Runner inventory in Birmingham
Both the 2016 Toyota Highlander and the 2016 Toyota 4Runner are great options for drivers looking for a versatile vehicle that offers excellent off-road performance capabilities as well as an impressive fuel economy for the size. Drivers looking for an SUV that is more affordable may opt for the Highlander, whereas a driver in search of an SUV that is packed full of all the latest technology and safety features may decide on the 4Runner.

Highlander inventory in Birmingham
Those interested in learning more about either of these popular Toyota SUVs are encouraged to contact our team here at Serra Toyota for more information. Drivers looking to get behind the wheel of the Highlander or the 4Runner can do so by scheduling a test drive online today.

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