Toyota Highlander vs Toyota 4Runner

When you're shopping for a new midsize SUV, you have plenty of options available to you in Lowell, Dracut and Tewksbury. You'll find two of them right here at Ira Toyota of Tewksbury: the 2018 Toyota Highlander and 2018 Toyota 4Runner. Each will satisfy a different set of SUV shoppers... but which is right for you?

The best way to find out is by reading our Toyota Highlander vs. Toyota 4Runner vehicle comparison. And when you're done, feel free to visit and experience these exciting rides up close!

2018 Highlander vs 2018 Toyota 4Runner: Storage Space

Toyota Highlander Seats

The 2018 Highlander and 2018 4Runner have cavernous cargo areas, but the configurations are somewhat different. If you're looking for more space behind the third row, the Highlander has more going for it, with 13.8 cubic feet compared to the 4Runner's 9 cubic feet. When you're planning on a full load of passengers, you'll get more cargo capacity from the Highlander.

However, the 4Runner has more total cargo space with the rear seats folded, offering 88.8 cubic feet. The Highlander is close behind with 83.7 cubic feet. If you're looking to move the greatest possible volume of cargo, regardless of people space, you may like what you find in the 4Runner.

Performance & Handling

The Toyota Highlander and Toyota 4Runner are tuned for different types of performances, but each does what it sets out to do admirably. If you're looking for a comfortable, well-insulated ride, you'll fare well in the Highlander, whose suspension absorbs bumps in the road and whose powerful V-6 engine is tuned for superior power-295 horses' worth.

But if you want a vehicle that drives well off the road, the 4Runner rises to the challenge. Features like hill start assist and a Torsen® limited-slip differential (to keep both wheels rotating and tractive), along with at least 9 inches of ground clearance, make the 4Runner ideal for adventures on tough terrain.

Advanced Tech Features

2018 Toyota Highlander Interior

The base trims of the 2018 Highlander and 2018 4Runner are equipped with all the modern essentials to keep you connected on your drive through Lowell, Dracut and Tewksbury, including:

  • Entune™ Infotainment System with 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming
  • USB Ports (5 in Highlander; 1 in 4Runner)

The 4Runner also comes with a standard navigation app, giving it a leg up for drivers looking for directions to their next destination (the same app is available in higher Highlander trims). The Highlander's available goodies include an 8-inch touchscreen upgrade and a rear-seat entertainment system, convenient for kids (and adults!) in the backseats.

Toyota Highlander vs Toyota 4Runner: Which Will You Choose?

Thanks for reading our Toyota Highlander vs. Toyota 4Runner vehicle comparison! As shoppers can see, each Toyota model succeeds in its own way. To recap, the Highlander is perfect for families that fill up the cabin and value a smooth ride and in-car entertainment.

The 4Runner is great when you need an off-roading vehicle with plenty of cargo room that gets you where you need to go-with navigation features at the ready, if needed.

Which will you choose? Schedule test drives of both vehicles to make your decision easier. Visit Ira Toyota of Tewksbury and let us help match you with your dream car!

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