2019 Toyota Highlander red

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Toyota 4Runner in blue

2019 Toyota 4Runner

2019 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Toyota 4Runner


Rows of Seating

2 or 3
21 mpg city, 27 mpg highway

Max Fuel Economy*

17 mpg city, 20 mpg highway
2.7-liter I-4, 3.5-liter V6

Engine Options

4.0-liter V6

Leather-Steering Wheel


When Bradenton drivers want a reliable and stylish SUV as their family vehicle, the Toyota Highlandervs. Toyota 4Runner comparison is inevitable. Find out how these two Toyota SUVs stand out with our head-to-head comparison at Peterson Toyota of Sarasota. Then stop by our Sarasota dealership to test drive these models.

Performance and Fuel Economy

You can’t compare the Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner without mentioning their performances. Both affordable vehicles offer the reliable performance Toyota is known for, however, each delivers different performance capabilities to the Venice roads. 

  • Highlander: The 2019 Highlander offers the choice of either a 2.7L four-cylinder engine or a 3.5L V6 engine. The four-cylinder engine delivers an EPA estimated 20/24 city/highway mpg while the V6 sports 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway*. 
  • 4Runner: Find a 4.0-Liter V6 DOHC 24-Valve with Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) on the 4Runner with an EPA estimated 17 mpg city/20 mpg highway*.

Drivers who opt for the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will enjoy an improved fuel economy, more horsepower, and standard all-wheel drive! The 4Runner does not currently offer a hybrid trim.

Interior Features

Comparing the Highlander vs. 4Runner will show that they offer similar technology features. Both offer Entune™ Audio Plus, a 6.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen, and a backup camera with projected path. With that said, these top-rated Toyota sport utility vehicles make each interior uniquely their own with:

  • Highlander: Enjoy a 4.2-inch color LCD Multi-Information Display, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat, and 60/40 split, sliding and reclining fold-flat second-row seats in the Highlander. 
  • 4Runner: Inside the 4Runner you will discover a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat, and a 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat.

Sarasota should also keep in mind that the new Toyota Highlander offers three rows of seating, whereas the 4Runner offers either two or three rows.

Test Drive These Toyota SUVs at Peterson Toyota of Sarasota

If you are still torn between the Highlander and 4Runner, stop by our Sarasota showroom to explore both vehicles in person. We’ll go over configurations, exterior colors, interior features, safety technology, and more until we have narrowed your search to find the vehicle best suited for your driving needs and budget. Contact ustoday for additional information!

Disclaimer: *Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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Peterson Toyota of Sarasota
7435 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL, 34231 USA
(941) 924-7700
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