2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota 4Runner

Toyota Highlander vs 4Runner

Toyota Highlander vs 4Runner

Toyota has an impressive lineup of SUVs, but which one is best for you? To help our drivers around Boerne, San Antonio, and Kerrville, TX, figure out which one they prefer between the Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner, we made the comparison below.

Keep reading to see what unique benefits you’ll gain in the Toyota Highlander and Toyota 4Runner, then come check out either Toyota SUV here at Toyota of Boerne. Schedule a test drive today.

2020 Toyota Highlander Interior Space
2020 Toyota 4Runner Interior

Space Inside the Toyota Highlander vs 4Runner

If you ultimately need a new family SUV—so you can drive everyone to various activities during the week—the Highlander is up to the challenge. That is because it comes with seating for eight. Plus, it makes sure to give everyone a comfortable ride, since there is 141.3 cubic feet of passenger volume in the cabin. While the 4Runner is also a comfortable ride, it only has a maximum of seven seats.

Both models also offer a great deal of cargo volume, which lets you transport all sorts of items when you don’t have a car full of passengers. The Toyota Highlander has up to 84.3 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the front-row seats, while the maximum amount of cargo volume you will have in the Toyota 4Runner is 89.7 cubic feet, also behind the front-row seats.

Toyota Highlander on Gravel Road
Toyota 4Runner Engine Specs


When it comes to the Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner, each of these SUVs offers similar performance. Each comes with a standard V6 engine and the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. The 4Runner is powered by a 270-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, while the Highlander pushes out a little more power with its 295-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine.

With the Toyota Highlander, you’ll also get very efficient performance for a 3-row SUV. It gets an EPA-estimated 21 city/29 highway MPG.1 Even better gas mileage is achieved with its hybrid powertrain. The Toyota 4Runner, on the other hand, gets an EPA-estimated 16 city/19 highway MPG.2

While the Highlander gives you performance suited for normal, everyday conditions, the truly adventurous will like what the 4Runner offers. It has multiple trim levels that are specifically designed for off-roading fun. At its best, it has a ground clearance of 9.6 inches, compared to the 8-inch ground clearance of the Highlander.

Systems like the available 4-wheel drive (4WD) with Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Multi-terrain Select and Crawl Control (CRAWL), and Downhill Assist Control (DAC) all help give the Toyota 4Runner the traction and stability to take on any terrain.

2020 Toyota Highlander Interior Technology
2020 Toyota 4Runner Interior Apple CarPlay®

Tech Found in These Toyota SUVs

Each of these Toyota models come equipped with the connectivity of Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. When listening to your favorite music, you can have it played through the available JBL® audio system in either SUV. This comes with 11 speakers in the Highlander and 15 speakers in the 4Runner.

They each also come with driver-assistive features that give you more confidence while driving. With the Toyota 4Runner, you’ll get Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P), which includes:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA)
  • Automatic High Beams (AHB)
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

With the Toyota Highlander, you’ll have Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0), which features these systems along with a few others, like Road Sign Assist (RSA), Cyclist Detection (CD), and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA).

Come See Our Inventory of Toyota SUVs

Have a better idea which SUV you want to drive around Boerne, San Antonio, and Kerrville, Texas, after reading our Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner comparison?

Whether you want the spacious and efficient Highlander, or the adventurous and versatile 4Runner, you can come by Toyota of Boerne to get a look at either model. Contact us now to schedule a test drive of one of these Toyota SUVs.

  1. 2021 projected EPA-estimated range rating estimates. EPA estimates not available at time of posting. Actual mileage will vary.
  2. 2020 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

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