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2018 Toyota 4Runner vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

Split screen images of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner and the 2018 Toyota Highlander

The diverse lineup of Toyota crossovers and SUVs allows shoppers to find a model that fits their hauling needs and budget without hassle, but it can still take some research to discover which model is the right fit. Today, we're going to compare the similarly priced and similarly sized 2018 Toyota 4Runner and 2018 Toyota Highlander to see what each unique model has to offer.   

It's important to note that these vehicles were produced with different drivers in mind. The 2018 Highlander is more of a do-all family hauler while the 2018 4Runner was created as a powerful off-roader. When deciding between these models, it will be just as important to consider your lifestyle as it will be to consider your budget, seating needs, etc.   

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2018 Toyota 4Runner vs 2018 Toyota Highlander
$34,610 Starting MSRP  $31,030
17/21 Fuel Economy 20/24
4.0-Liter V6 Base Engine 2.7-Liter Four-Cylinder
89.7 Cubic Feet  Cargo Space 83.7 Cubic Feet

Interior Space and Fuel Economy  

Like we mentioned above, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner was created for venturing off the beaten path and its interior represents that. Depending on trim levels and available options, the 2018 4Runner has a max seating capacity of five to seven passengers and offers tons of room in the back for all of the gear necessary for off-road adventuring. Passengers in the rear seats of the 2018 4Runner should be comfortable on short trips, but long drives may get a little cramped.   

The 2018 Toyota Highlander offers seating for up to seven or eight passengers depending on trim level and second-row seat selections including a bench option or second-row captain's chairs. All passengers in the 2018 Highlander should have no trouble stretching out and getting comfortable, regardless of where they are sitting. The cargo space on the 2018 Highlander is generous with 83.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded, but it is a little smaller than the space found in 2018 4Runner models.   

Overall, if you are looking at SUV models to haul passengers, we suggest the 2018 Toyota Highlander for its fuel economy scores and comfortable interiors. SUV shoppers who plan to do a lot of extreme adventuring may prefer the 2018 4Runner. Car shoppers near Birmingham can find the Toyota lineup of crossovers and SUVs available now at Serra Toyota.  


2018 Toyota 4Runner steering wheel and dashboard
2018 Toyota 4Runner touchscreen display
2018 Toyota 4Runner cargo space filled with camping gear
2018 Toyota 4Runner sunroof


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