What are the Differences Between the 2018 Toyota Highlander & 4Runner?

By Product Expert | Posted in Cargo & Passenger Space, Comparison, Performance & Efficiency, Towing & Payload, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Highlander on Friday, October 26th, 2018 at 4:17 pm
Passenger side exterior view of a white 2018 Toyota Highlander on the left "vs" driver side exterior view of a white 2018 Toyota 4Runner on the right

Which SUV Can Tow More, the 2018 Toyota Highlander or the 2018 Toyota 4Runner?

When comparing two similar SUV options such as the 2018 Toyota Highlander and the 2018 Toyota 4Runner you simply want a side-by-side breakdown of all of their most important specs and features.  You already know that the Highlander and 4Runner are superbly styled and offer interior cargo and passenger versatility but you need to know the differences between their standard and optional equipment before you know which one to buy.  Find out the differences and similarities between the engine specs, towing capacity and interior cargo and passenger space of the 2018 Toyota Highlander and the 2018 Toyota 4Runner right here below.

Compare the Standard Drivetrains of the 2018 Toyota Highlander & 4Runner

2018 Toyota Highlander Versus 2018 Toyota 4Runner
2.7L 4-Cylinder Engine 4.0L V6
185 HP/ 184 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 270 HP/ 278 LB-FT
6-Speed Automatic Transmission 5-Speed Automatic
20 MPG City/ 24 MPG HWY Fuel Economy 17 MPG City/ 21 MPG HWY
1,500 Pounds Max Towing Capacity 5,000 Pounds

The 2018 Toyota Highlander also offers 3.5L V6 engine that delivers 295 horsepower, 263 lb-ft of torque, and a 5,000-pound tow rating.  The 3.5L V6 pairs with an 8-Speed Automatic Transmission for EPA fuel economy estimates of 21 MPG City/ 27 MPG HWY.  All-Wheel Drive is an available option for both the 2018 Toyota Highlander and 4Runner for confident driving over rough roadways and off-road capability but the Toyota 4Runner adds standard engine, fuel tank, front suspension, and transfer case skid plates.

Driver's cockpit of the 2018 Toyota Highlander

Driver's cockpit of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner

Looking into the rear cargo space of the 2018 Toyota Highlander from the front passenger seat

Man loading the rear cargo area of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner

Compare the Cargo & Passenger Space of the 2018 Toyota Highlander & 4Runner

2018 Toyota Highlander Versus 2018 Toyota 4Runner
8 People Seating Capacity 7 People
144.9 Cubic Feet Passenger Volume 97.3 Cubic Feet
13.8 Cubic Feet Standard Cargo Space 47.2 Cubic Feet
83.7 Cubic Feet Maximum Cargo Space 88.8 Cubic Feet

The standard seating capacity for the 2018 Toyota 4Runner is five people but has the option of a third-row seat that expands seating to seven passengers but decreases standard cargo volume to nine cubic feet.  The 2018 Toyota Highlander has the option of second-row captain’s chairs that reduce its seating capacity to only seven.

You can take both the 2018 Toyota Highlander and the 2018 Toyota 4Runner for a test drive today at Alamo Toyota in San Antonio, TX.  Alamo Toyota also offers easy-to-use online finance tools that help streamline the entire Toyota buying process.

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