2018 Toyota Highlander vs 2018 Toyota 4Runner

Split screen images of the 2018 Toyota Highlander and the 2018 Toyota 4Runner

Car shoppers interested in a midsize Toyota SUV will likely be researching the 2018 Toyota Highlander or the 2018 Toyota 4Runner models that sit below the full-size Toyota Sequoia and the near-luxury Toyota Land Cruiser in the Toyota SUV lineup.

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is a great choice for car shoppers that have a lot of family hauling obligations and need versatility to occasionally haul larger cargo items. Family-friendly features abound in the Highlander and drivers will appreciate options like a rear seat entertainment display for kids. The 2018 Toyota 4Runner will appeal more to drivers who spend a lot of time outdoors, especially if their travels take them on uneven terrain. Specialty features like skid plates, a full-size spare tire, and Crawl Control ensure that drivers can push their boundaries on each adventure.

2018 Toyota Highlander


2018 Toyota 4Runner

$31,030  Starting MSRP $34,610
20/24  Fuel Economy 17/21
8 Base Seating Capacity  5
83.7 cubic feet  Base Cargo Space 89.7 cubic feet

Seating Capacity and Cargo Space

Both the 2018 Toyota Highlander and the 2018 Toyota 4Runner have the ability to seat a generous number of passengers. The 2018 Highlander comes standard with seating for eight helping to make it a great choice for larger families. While adults can fit in the third-row seats of the 2018 Highlander it can get a little tight. We recommend using the third-row seats mostly for children.

The 2018 4Runner comes standard with seating for five. However, an available third-row seat will bump up that passenger capacity to seven. Like with the 2018 Highlander, we don't recommend using the available third row for daily adult use as things can get a little cramped. But, an occasional ride by adults or daily rides for smaller children should be just fine.

Car shoppers with occasional cargo hauling needs will find that the 2018 Highlander and 2018 4Runner offer ample space for a trip to the hardware store or some smaller pieces of furniture. The 2018 4Runner will offer a little bit more cargo room overall. Models equipped with two-row seats have 89.7 cubic feet of space in back with the rear seats folded. The 2018 Highlander offers a still-generous 83.7 cubic feet of space with the second and third-row seats folded.

Stop by the Rochester Toyota dealership in Rochester, MN to see the 2018 Toyota Highlander and the 2018 Toyota 4Runner in person. Our sales staff would be happy to talk to you one-on-one about which model is the perfect fit for you.