2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner

2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner

2021 Highlander

2021 4Runner

Starting MSRP

3.5L V6

Base Engine

4.0L V6

Toyota Safety Sense™

84.3 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

89.7 cubic feet
21 city / 29 highway

EPA-Estimated MPG

16 city / 19 highway

Trying to decide between the 2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner for your next SUV in Provo? Both models are tried-and-true favorites among Lehi drivers — which certainly doesn’t make it easy to choose just one! That’s why we’ve put together this head-to-head comparison of 4Runner vs. Highlander dimensions, features, and engines to help you make the call. 

2021 Highlander vs. 4Runner: Engine Specs

Both models offer the sporty, yet agile driving experience you expect from a well-designed midsize SUV. That said, off-road enthusiasts will appreciate the 4Runner’s aggressive exterior design elements and performance features like a locking center differential, a two-speed transfer case, a locking rear differential, crawl control, and a selectable terrain management system. Compare the Highlander vs. 4Runner  engine options below:

2021 Highlander Engine

  • 3.5L V6: 295 hp, 263 lb-ft of torque,  and up to an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway

2021 4Runner Engine

  • 4.0L V6: 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque, and up to an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city and 19 mpg highway

Interior Features

Next, we’ll compare Highlander vs. 4Runner comfort and convenience features. If you’re looking for an upscale driving experience, the Highlander’s plush interior is more your speed. Stitched console coverings, padded surfaces, and quality cloth upholstery bring a refined touch to every drive. The 4Runner is one of the last truck-based midsize SUVs on the market, and its interior is more focused on utility. Still, both SUVs are equipped with tech essentials like Entune™ Audio Plus, a backup camera with projected path, and high-resolution infotainment touchscreens. 

2021 Toyota Highlander: Key Standard Features

  • 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

2021 Toyota 4Runner: Key Standard Features

  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®
  • Fabric-trimmed 40/20/40 split reclining and fold-flat second-row seat
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth® hands-free phone and voice-command controls

2021 4Runner vs. Highlander: Size Dimensions

Your choice between a Highlander vs. 4Runner SUV may come down to how much space you need for gear and passengers to Draper. The 4Runner is available with 3-row seating and offers more cargo space than the 4Runner, and more than competitors like the Grand Cherokee. However, you’ll find nearly equal front legroom and headroom in both Toyota SUVs

2021 Toyota Highlander: Interior Dimensions

  • Front Legroom: 40.4 inches
  • Front Headroom: 39.9 inches
  • Rear Legroom: 41.0 inches
  • Max Cargo Volume: 84.3  cubic feet

2021 Toyota 4Runner: Interior Dimensions

  • Front Legroom: 41.7 inches
  • Front Headroom: 39.3 inches
  • Rear Legroom: 32.9 inches
  • Max Cargo Volume: 89.7 cubic feet

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