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2018 Toyota 4Runner vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

Finding an SUV can be a difficult task. They can be a great vehicle to drive, but if you continue to research, you might come to the conclusion that the 2018 Toyota 4Runner is better for off-roading, and the 2018 Toyota Highlander is more suited as a family vehicle. Why do we say this? Let’s find out!

For the purpose of this comparison, we will be taking the SR5 trim of the 2018 4Runner and the LE trim of the 2018 Highlander, so any information we compare for these two vehicles will be from those two trims. Now we can take a look at how these two Toyota vehicles differ by taking a look at the fuel economy, plus how much power and space they have to offer their potential drivers. Hopefully at the end of this comparison, you will have a better idea of what vehicle suits your lifestyle more.

2018 Toyota 4Runner exterior front fascia and passenger side on dirt vs 2018 Toyota Highlander exterior front fascia and drivers side going fast on road

2018 Toyota 4Runner


2018 Toyota Highlander

270 hp Horsepower 185 hp
17/21 mpg Fuel Economy (city/hwy) 20/24 mpg
47.2 cu. ft. Cargo Space 13.8 cu. ft.
5 Seating Capacity 8

Advantages of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner

If you are looking for a vehicle that can muscle its way through whatever obstacle you put in front of it, the 4Runner may be your best bet out of the two. Not to say that the Highlander isn’t powerful, but the 4Runner outpaces the Highlander by almost 100 horsepower.

As you might imagine, all that power comes with a price. The 4Runner does get a bit less gas mileage than the Highlander. Enough to make a difference when it comes to fuel economy, but not enough to be completely outstripped by the Highlander.

Cargo space is more readily available in the 4Runner, as it has 47.2 cubic feet while the Highlander only has 13.8 cu. ft. However, the 4Runner can only seat 5 people, while the Highlander can seat 8, so the Highlander is a better choice for any who regularly need to cart more people around.

While the 2018 Toyota Highlander is no slouch, the 4Runner is definitely the vehicle you’d want to take if you have any off-roading trips planned. However, if you are looking for a family vehicle with a larger seating capacity, then the Highlander would be the better choice. Either way, both vehicles possess qualities that make them a good option for all who are looking for a safe, sturdy vehicle.

Have any questions on either vehicle? Feel free to contact us here at Roberts Toyota. We are glad to help you find your future SUV.