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2017 Toyota Highlander vs 4Runner

As the web of automobiles clutters with new types of crossover and hybrid vehicles, the task of differentiating between cars and trucks, even from the same brand, is becoming increasingly difficult. Take the 2017 Highlander and the 4Runner as examples. They are both familiar names, but do you know which one is bigger? With an MSRP range of less than $4,000, is there even a difference between the two? Yes! 

The Highlander and the 4Runner may be similar in size, but they are actually built for two very different kinds of drivers. From the outside the 4Runner appears bigger, but it is actually about an inch shorter in length and slightly taller in height. This distinguishable factor is one of the biggest key incongruences between the two successful SUVs. The 4Runner is better suited for off-road applications, while the Highlander does its best work on the highway, which is also reflected by performance specifications and efficiency estimates.

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2017 Toyota Highlander VS 2017 Toyota 4Runner
192.5 in Length 190.2 in
68.1 in Height 71.5 in
3.5L V6 Maximum Engine Size 4.0L V6
295/263 Maximum Horsepower/Torque 270/278

Toyota SUV Engine Comparison: Efficiency VS Torque

The Highlander and the 4Runner are both available in four trims, but these trims actually couldn't be further apart. This is the other significant difference between the two vehicles. As a performance SUV, the 4Runner is one of the most popular off-road vehicles in Toyota history. This is especially true when the 4Runner is placed next to the Highlander, which sits lower on the ground and is built for comfort.

When it comes to the 2017 Highlander vs the 4Runner, the question comes down to whether you are looking for something you can have fun in or fall asleep in. Of course, we have nothing negative to say about either one, and millions of Americans would agree with us when we say these are two of the best sport-utility vehicles on the market today. If you have any questions about which Toyota SUV is the right fit for you, come to Fox Toyota today to try them on for size!

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