2021 Toyota Highlander vs 2021 Toyota 4Runner comparison


2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner

$34,810*

Starting MSRP

$36,340*
2

Seating Rows

2 to 3
10

Trim Levels

9
Standard

Toyota Safety Sense™

Standard
3.5L V6

Engine

4.0L V6
21 city/29 hwy

EPA-Estimated MPG

16 city/19 hwy

Whatever you’re looking for in your next SUV, you’re sure to find it in the 2021 Toyota lineup. While both the Toyota Highlander and the Toyota 4Runner have a lot to offer Columbia drivers, there are some key differences between the two. So which Toyota SUV has the interior space, technology features, and performance capability that you’re looking for? Below, Jim Hudson Toyota compares the Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner SUVs to help you make the call.



Highlander vs. 4Runner: Pricing & Features

If price is a top priority in your SUV choice, keep in mind that you’ll pay less for the Highlander than for the 4Runner. The Highlander includes plenty of convenient tech features as standard — including Android Auto/Apple CarPlay integration and synthetic leather upholstery — but the 4Runner’s higher price buys you premium standard interior features like a Wi-Fi hot spot, a tow hitch receiver, and the Toyota Safety Sense P package.

Highlander vs. 4Runner: Performance

When it comes to everyday driving challenges in Lexington, both the Highlander and the 4Runner are designed to deliver. They’re capable of the same 5,000-pound towing maximum, and the two base engines offer a similar output: 295 horsepower for the Highlander and 270 hp for the 4Runner.

Rather, the performance differences come into play when you consider off-road capability. With an independent double-wishbone suspension in front and a 4-link and coil setup in the rear, trail driving is pretty much the 4Runner’s bread-and-butter. For its part, the Highlander delivers far better fuel efficiency for your routine trips around Chapin, especially in traffic. See the Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner specs below:

  • 2021 Toyota Highlander
    • Base 3.5L V6 engine with 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque
    • 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
    • 21 city and 29 highway mpg**
    • Standard FWD and available AWD
    • 5,0000-pound towing capacity
  • 2021 Toyota 4Runner
    • 4.0L V6 DOHC engine with 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque
    • 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
    • 16 city and 19 highway mpg**
    • Standard FWD and available AWD
    • 5,0000-pound towing capacity

Highlander vs. 4Runner: Interior

There are also some important differences between the Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner cabins. For instance, the 4Runner offers an optional third row that isn;t available on the 2-row Highlander. And while the two share tech features like Entune™ Audio Plus and a 6.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen, certain features are exclusive to one model:

  • 2021 Toyota Highlander
    • 4.2-inch color LCD multi-information display
    • 6-way adjustable driver’s seat
    • 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
    • 60/40 split, sliding, and reclining fold-flat second-row seats
  • 2021 Toyota 4Runner
    • 8-speaker audio system
    • 8-inch touchscreen display
    • 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
    • Leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls
    • 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat
    • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support

Test Drive a Toyota 4Runner or Highlander SUV in Irmo

If you’re still undecided between the Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner, stop by our Irmo showroom to compare them in person with a test drive. Auto finance experts at Jim Hudson Toyota are standing by to answer your questions about leasing vs. financing, car loan rates, and more. Contact us to get started today!

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