2019 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Toyota 4Runner | SUV Comparison

A comparison of the 2019 Toyota Highlander & Toyota 4Runner

The 2019 Toyota Highlander and the 2019 Toyota 4Runner are two of the most formidable and dependable mid-sized SUVs on the market today. With proven performance and a long list of features, both the Highlander and the 4Runner provide attractive packages, making it difficult to choose between them. To assist you in your decision, our Fox Toyota experts crafted a Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner comparison page highlighting the best features and specs of both models.

For this comparison we will be using the 2019 Toyota Highlander Limited, starting at $44,090 MSRP, and the 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium, starting at $40,195 MSRP. After you've read through our Highlander and 4Runner comparison, check out our Highlander and 4Runner inventories and our corresponding lease deals. Our dealership, located in Rochester Hills, MI, has a smart and hardworking staff, so get in touch online or at (248) 731-0221 if you have any questions.

Performance Specs

You'll find that the Highlander and the 4Runner have similar performance figures, with slight variations between them. The Highlander sports a smaller engine but boasts better fuel economy, while the 4Runner puts down more torque with a larger engine tailored to its off-road nature. Check the table below for engine dimensions, mpg ratings, and towing capacity specs of each model.

2019 Toyota Highlander Limited

Model

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium

3.5L V6

Engine

4.0L V6

295 HP

Horsepower

270 HP

263 lb.-ft.

Torque

278 lb.-ft.

21 MPG city/27 MPG hwy

Fuel Efficiency

17 MPG city/20 MPG hwy

5,000 lbs.

Towing Capacity

5,000 lbs.

The interior seating of the 2019 Toyota Highlander
The dashboard of the 2019 Toyota 4Runner

Interior & Technology

While both the Highlander and 4Runner aim to keep you comfortable and connected, each model sports distinct interior and tech features. The luxurious Highlander is outfitted with plush interior trimmings, while the rugged 4Runner provides high-quality and durable upholstery. Check the table below to see the differences between Highlander and 4Runner interior and tech specs.

2019 Toyota Highlander Limited

Model

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium

  • Perforated leather-trimmed seats
  • 8-way power-adjustable
  • driver's seat
  • 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Heated/ventilated front seats
  • Seating for 7 with second-row captain's chairs & 60/40 split 3rd row seats

Interior Features

  • SofTex®-trimmed heated front seats
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • SofTex®-trimmed 40/20/40 split reclining & fold-flat

second-row seat

  • "TRD" red lettering on front seat headrests
  • Entune™ Premium JBL® Audio w/ integrated navigation, Entune® app suite, & 8-in. high-resolution touchscreen
  • HomeLink® universal transceiver
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Smart Key System w/ Push Button Start

Technology Features

  • Entune™ Premium Audio w/ integrated navigation, Entune® App Suite, and 6.1-in. touchscreen
  • HomeLink® universal transceiver
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
A black 2019 Toyota Highlander driving through a suburb
A red 2019 Toyota 4Runner offroading

Safety Features

Equally capable but functionally different, the Highlander and 4Runner keep you secure and alert through model-specific safety measures. The Highlander sports advanced sensor technology and several convenience features, while the 4Runner is equipped with a range of stability control and safety systems.

2019 Toyota Highlander Limited

Model

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium

  • Toyota Safety Sense™ P
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) & Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Rear parking assist sonar
  • Integrated rear view camera

Safety Features

  • Star Safety System™
  • Backup camera w/ projected path
  • Part-time 4WD system w/ Active Traction Control (A-TRAC)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Multi-terrain Select & Crawl Control (CRAWL)
  • Locking rear differential

A red 2019 Toyota Highlander driving down an open road

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