Toyota Highlander vs 4Runner

2020 Toyota Highlander
Toyota 4Runner

Toyota’s midsize SUV is known as the Highlander, while the full-size SUV is known as the 4Runner. Either one of these vehicles is a great optionwhich one you go with is going to depend entirely on your lifestyle, your needs, and your goals. So, with that in mind, our team here at Mike Calvert Toyota has created this guide to help you determine whether you should go with the Toyota Highlander or the Toyota 4Runner. 

Check it out, and then drop us a line to set up a test drive near Houston, Sugarland, and Pearland, TX!

Toyota Highlander Interior Space

2020 Toyota 4Runner Interior Space

Highlander vs Toyota 4Runner: Dimensions

Since one of the main differences between these two vehicles is their size classification, we decided to start with a look at some of their most important dimensions. There are some slight exterior differences:

Exterior Dimensions

2020 Toyota Highlander (in.)

2020 Toyota 4Runner (in.)













There are also a couple of minor differences when it comes to the SUVs’ interior passenger dimensions:

Interior Dimensions

Toyota Highlander (in.)

Toyota 4Runner (in.)

First Headroom



First Legroom



Second Headroom



Second Legroom



Third Headroom



Third Legroom



However, one important category where there aren’t many differences between them is that of safety.

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Highlander vs 2020 4Runner: Safety

That’s because both their 2020 Highlander and their 2020 4Runner offer one of Toyota’s most state-of-the-art driver-assistive safety suites: Toyota Safety SenseÔ 2.0 (TSS 2.0) and Toyota Safety SenseÔ P (TSS-P), respectively. Check out some of the common features that are available with both of these suites:

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

Let one of our teammates know if you have any questions about these features or others. They can help!

Toyota 4Runner Off-Roading

Toyota Highlander vs Toyota 4Runner: HP and Torque

Last, but certainly not least, both vehicles come standard with remarkably powerful V6 engines. The Highlander’s is a 3.5L V6 that’s able to kick out 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque, while the 4Runner’s is a 4.0L V6 that can produce 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. As you can see, they’re both pretty evenly matched. Should you require an SUV with a bit more horsepower, you may want to consider the Highlander; and if you need more torque, maybe the 4Runner.

2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Toyota 4Runner: Decide for Yourself

Regardless of which one you pick, you’ll be getting a well-proportioned SUV that’s safe and powerful. To dive deeper into the details and figure out which of these awesome vehicles is the perfect one for you, all you have to do is get in touch with us at Mike Calvert Toyota. Simply give us a call on the phone, chat with us on our website, or stop by our showroom near Pearland, Sugarland, Houston, or elsewhere in Texas.

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