2020 Toyota Highlander vs Toyota 4Runner

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2020 Toyota Highlander


2020 Toyota 4Runner

Rows of Seating

2 or 3
21 mpg city, 27 mpg highway*

Max Fuel Economy

17 mpg city, 21 mpg highway*

Toyota Safety Sense™

2.7L 4-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6

Engine Options

4.0-liter V6

Leather-Steering Wheel


If you’ve narrowed down your SUV search to the Toyota Highlander and Toyota 4Runner, then congratulations are in order! These are both excellent choices. Unfortunately, you can only drive one SUV home, so which model has the interior space, standard features, and performance capabilities you want when you’re on the road in the Normal area? Find out in this 2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Toyota 4Runner comparison from Sam Leman Toyota Bloomington. 

Highlander vs. 4Runner: Engines and MPG

One of the first things that Morton drivers will compare are the performance specs of the Highlander vs. 4Runner. Review the available engines, fuel economy ratings, and towing capacity for each model below.

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota 4Runner

  • Engine: 4.0L V6 DOHC 24-Valve with Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) 
  • Fuel Economy Ratings: EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 21 mpg highway*
  • Towing Capacity: 5,000 pounds

If you want even better fuel economy, you may wish to 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, Springfield drivers will also want to take a look at each SUV’s interior amenities, tech features, and seating. With either the Highlander or 4Runner you’ll have access to Entune™ Audio Plus, a backup camera with projected path, and a 6.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen. Explore some of the unique features of the 4Runner and Highlander to see which is better equipped to meet 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

  • 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

It’s also important to note that the Toyota Highlander interior has three rows of seating across the available trim levels. The 4Runner is offered with either two or three rows of seating.

Test Drive the Toyota Highlander and 4Runner at Sam Leman Toyota Bloomington

Whether you opt for the Highlander or 4Runner, you can count on Toyota’s famous dependability. Make sure to browse our new vehicle specials and current Highlander lease deals. We also carry a fine selection of used Highlander and pre-owned 4Runner models, all in top condition and affordably priced. Please contact us if you have any questions.


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*Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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