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2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner

2021 Toyota Highlander L


2021 4Runner SR5

Starting MSRP

3.5L V6 D


4.0L V6 Engine
21 city/29 hwy


16 city/19
Direct Shift 8-Speed Automatic


5-Speed Automatic Transmission


If you’ve narrowed down your desire for a new SUV to the Toyota Highlander and Toyota 4Runner, you may be wondering about their similarities and differences. Which model has the standard features and performance that is best for your budget and lifestyle? Find out in this 2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Toyota 4Runner comparison from Toyota of Naperville in Naperville.

Highlander vs. 4Runner: Price and Performance

If you are like most Aurora drivers, price is a significant consideration. When comparing the 2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 4 Runner, the 4 Runner costs more and is less fuel-efficient than the Toyota Highlander. Review the fuel economy, standard engines, and towing capacity specs for each model below.

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Toyota 4Runner

  • Engine: 4.0L V6 with 5-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Fuel Economy Ratings: EPA-estimated 16 mpg city and 19 mpg highway
  • Towing Capacity: 5,000 pounds

Plainfield drivers that want better fuel economy should consider the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The new Toyota 4Runner is not available in a hybrid configuration.

Highlander vs. 4Runner: Interior Features

When comparing the new Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner, surely the SUV’s interior amenities, high-tech features, and seating is probably essential to you. With both the Highlander or 4Runner, you’ll enjoy a backup camera and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to keep you connected. Explore some of the other unique features of the Highlander and 4Runner below to see which best meets your needs.

2020 Toyota Highlander

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

2020 Toyota 4Runner

  • 8-in. touchscreen
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support
  • 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
  • 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat

The Toyota Highlander interior also provides more seating with three rows of seating across all available trim levels, while the 4Runner comes with either two or three rows of seats.

Compare the Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner at Toyota of Naperville

Both the Highlander and 4Runner are incredible vehicles, and you can’t go wrong with either one. The best way to decide between the 2021 Highlander vs. 4Runner is to head into Toyota of Naperville to explore them in person. Let’s go for a test drive to Wheaton to decide for yourself which is right for you. Make sure to browse our new vehicle specials and then let us know how we can help. Contact us today!


*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $955 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), $1,120 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,325 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.

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