2016 Toyota Highlander vs. 2016 Toyota RAV4

2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota RAV4

2016 Toyota RAV4

Looking for a rugged and powerful family SUV in South Jordan? You might be trying to decide between the 2016 Toyota Highlander and the 2016 Toyota RAV4. Both have their merits! But if there can only be one, Brent Brown Toyota can help you decide which of these fine vehicles suits your needs best in Salt Lake City.

Power and Performance

The 2016 Toyota Highlander features a choice of two powerful gasoline engines. The 2.7L 4-cylinder engine is standard on the basic LE trim. It uses a dual overhead cam shaft and dual variable valve timing with intelligence, which detects how much fuel your vehicle needs to reach or maintain your speed and opens and shuts valves accordingly. This gives you responsive performance that saves you energy, but without sacrificing any power when you need it.

The 4-cylinder engine produces 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, while the efficiency of the engine’s fuel-saving techniques mean you’ll get an impressive 25 mpg highway. The six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission includes ECT-i intelligence, ensuring your transmission responds to your speed and power changes with no sticking or hesitation.

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 uses just one type of gasoline engine. It comes with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, which uses a dual overhead cam shaft and the same dual variable valve timing with intelligence as the Highlander for optimal performance that helps boost fuel efficiency. This engine can produce 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque at a time. This might not seem as powerful as the Highlander’s engine, but the RAV4 is over half a ton lighter than the Highlander.

This power is more than enough to give you the speed you need with the RAV4’s lightweight chassis! It comes with a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence, and gets up to 31 mpg highway.

2016 Toyota Highlander Trims


The 2016 Toyota Highlander and the 2016 Toyota RAV4 both have plenty of features to keep you safe, engaged, and in control of your vehicle. See how the features you’ll get compare with this handy guide.

The 2016 Toyota Highlander includes:

  • Room for up to 8 passengers with the second-row bench with split-folding capability, or room for 7 passengers when you opt for captain’s chairs in the second row

  • Up to 83.7 cubic feet of cargo space when the second row and third row are manually folded into the flat cargo floor

  • Real buttery smooth leather seating

  • Driver and passenger cooled front seats with heated rear seats

  • Rear seat air conditioning with separate controls to keep your passengers cool and comfy

  • Driver information center that lets you see all your vital information at one time

  • Service interval warning that reminds you when you need an oil change or other maintenance

  • Power remote trunk release to make cargo loading simpler

  • In-vehicle CD player with MP3 capability

  • Twelve premium speakers with a standard amplifier

  • Two first-row LCD screens for your media, vehicle settings, and more

  • Toyota Safety Connect, which lets you connect to the Toyota adviser center with just the push of a button any time of the day or night for quick roadside assistance or emergency service response

  • Delay off halogen headlamps and door curb lights to help you get out of your Highlander and into your home even in the dark

  • Flip-up rear window that lets you load small items into your Highlander or retrieve objects easily without opening the entire power liftgate door

  • Rain sensing windshield wipers that ensure excellent visibility even at times of high precipitation

  • Available rear step bumper that makes it easy for even your shortest passengers to get in or out of the Highlander

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 adds features like:

  • Concealed cargo storage to keep your valuables safe

  • Firm and supportive sport seats with bolsters that help you keep in place even during performance driving

  • Rear seat entertainment system that includes DVD and digital media capability

  • LED low and high beam headlamps that cast a brighter and clearer light than traditional halogen headlamps, as well as LED brake lights for better visibility

  • Black body side moldings for an aerodynamic profile and scratch or ding protection

2016 Toyota Highlander Interior

Which Toyota is Right For You?

There’s no question that the 2016 Toyota Highlander is more powerful, but the 2016 Toyota RAV4’s fuel efficiency beats out the Highlander on energy use. The Highlander has more room for cargo and passengers, but all that space contributes to a heaver chassis than the RAV4. The Highlander is a great choice for drivers who have a lot of cargo or passengers to haul around, but the RAV4 might be your choice if you’re looking for a commuter car that’s rugged enough to take on vacation.

2016 Toyota Highlander Blue

Get Your Toyota SUV Today

If you still can’t decide between the 2016 Toyota Highlander and the 2016 Toyota RAV4 for your Draper driving, Brent Brown Toyota can help! Call us today at (801) 224-1320 or come see us at 1400 Sandhill Rd., Orem.