2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner

2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner
2021 Toyota Highlander


2021 Toyota 4Runner
$34,910 MSRP*

Starting Price

$36,590 MSRP*



Toyota Safety Sense™


Rows of Seating

2 or 3
21 mpg city / 29 mpg highway**

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

16 mpg city / 19 mpg highway**

The 2021 Toyota Highlander and 2021 Toyota 4Runner are both popular SUVs with Minneapolis and Edina shoppers, but which one is the better choice for your unique needs? Compare the Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner now with Rudy Luther Toyota to find out! We’re going to compare these two SUVs with regard to efficiency, power, seating capacity, pricing, and more! After reading, if you want to learn even more, contact us anytime!

Highlander vs. 4Runner: Trims & Pricing

For many Plymouth-area SUV shoppers, the price of a vehicle is the final frontier when comparing vehicles, and the difference between choosing one vehicle over another. That’s why we’re starting with the Highlander vs. 4Runner price in our comparison. While the Highlander offers ten trim levels and the 4Runner offers nine, the former SUV is also slightly more affordable. Learn more below:

  • Toyota Highlander Starting MSRP: $34,910*
  • Toyota 4Runner MSRP: $36,590*

Of course, it should be noted that for the price you pay for a 4Runner, you get more off-road capability, a bigger V6 engine, and amenities you won’t find standard in the Highlander, like a power driver’s seat and power tailgate with a retractable rear window.

Highlander vs. 4Runner: Performance & Efficiency

Compare the Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner with Rudy Luther Toyota, and you’ll notice that both SUVs are dependable and well-appointed. Both vehicles also come standard with V6 engines that make upwards of 250 horsepower (the Highlander makes 295 hp, and the 4Runner makes 270 hp).

That said, the 3.5L V6 in the Highlander is more efficient than the 4.0L V6 in the 4Runner. However, the Highlander can’t quite match the off-road performance of the 4Runner since the Highlander offers AWD but the 4Runner offers true 4WD. Here’s more information on the Highlander vs. 4Runner performance & fuel economy:

Toyota Highlander L FWD:

  • 3.5L V6 engine
  • 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic transmission
  • 21 city and 29 highway mpg**
  • 295 horsepower
  • 263 lb-ft of torque
  • 5,000 pound maximum towing capacity

Toyota 4Runner SR5:

  • 4.0L V6 DOHC engine
  • 5-speed Electronically Controlled automatic transmission
  • 16 city and 19 highway mpg**
  • 270 horsepower
  • 278 lb-ft of torque
  • 5,000 pound maximum towing capacity
2021 Toyota Highlander Rear Interior

Highlander vs. 4Runner: Interior Amenities

When you compare the 2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner where interiors are concerned, you’ll immediately notice that the Highlander comes standard with three rows of seating while the 4Runner has three rows of seating as an option but offers two rows standard. That’s because the 4Runner is a more traditional SUV built for off-roading, and it caters to a different kind of SUV buyer than the Highlander, which is predominantly a family-friendly SUV most often used on pavement.

Both SUVs do, however, offer some overlapping tech specs, like Entune™ Audio Plus, a backup camera with projected path lines, and a 6.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen. The below features are unique to each SUV, respectively:

Toyota Highlander:

  • 4.2-inch color LCD multi-information display
  • 60/40 split, sliding, and reclining fold-flat second-row seats
  • 6-way adjustable driver’s seat
  • 4-way adjustable front passenger seat

Toyota 4Runner:

  • 8-inch touchscreen display
  • Eight speaker audio system
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls
  • 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support
  • 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
2021 Toyota 4Runner Front Interior

Compare the Toyota Highlander vs. Toyota 4Runner at Rudy Luther Toyota!

Once you’ve had a chance to compare the 2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner across the spectrum, we invite you to visit us when safe at Rudy Luther Toyota here in Golden Valley for a test-drive! Meanwhile, you can always do more Toyota research online or browse our new inventory to find the perfect new SUV for you before applying for financing.

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*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $995 for Cars (Yaris HB, Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV, Supra), $1,175 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,365 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

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

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