2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander | Which One is Right for Me?

A comparison image of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 & Toyota Highlander

2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. Highlander

Have you been searching for the perfect mid-sized SUV for your daily driving needs? The 2019 Toyota RAV4 and Highlander are two of the safest and most reliable SUVs on the market, with performance and design that's anything but boring. If you've landed on these two Toyota models in your research, use our Fox Toyota expert's guide to determine which is best for you.

For the purposes of this comparison, we will be looking at the 2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium, starting at $29,500 MSRP, and the 2019 Toyota Highlander Limited, starting at $43,890 MSRP. To view the new RAV4 and Highlander selection at our Rochester Hills, MI dealership, check out our inventory and, then scroll through our special offers. If you have any questions, please contact a Fox Toyota representative online or at (248) 731-0221.

Performance Specs

Whether you're looking for a fuel-efficient city cruiser or a powerful people-hauler, the RAV4 and Highlander have what you need. Look through the table to see performance figures for each model.

2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium


2019 Toyota Highlander Limited

2.5L Dynamic Force DOHC 4-Cylinder


3.5L DOHC V6

203 HP


295 HP

184 lb.-ft.


263 lb.-ft.

26 MPG city/35 MPG hwy

Fuel Efficiency

20 MPG city/ 26 MPG hwy

The dashboard on the 2019 Toyota RAV4 & the seating arrangement on the Toyota Highlander


Both the RAV4 and the Highlander provide spacious interiors with premium fabrics and intelligent design elements aiming to energize your driving experience. The table below details interior features you'll find on each model.

  • SofTex®-trimmed seats
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
  • Soft-touch dash and armrests, with stitched dash and center console accents


  • Perforated leather-trimmed seats
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • Gated shift lever with silver metallic/leather-trimmed knob, silver metallic shift bezel and LED indicator illumination
  • Soft-touch upper door trim with wood-grain accent
  • 7.0-in. Entune 3.0 Audio w/ 6 speakers, Scout® GPS Link and Siri® Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay® compatible


  • 8-in. Entune Premium JBL® Audio with 12 JBL®GreenEdge speakers
  • Integrated Navigation and Entune® App Suite
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support
  • 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
  • Integrated panoramic backup camera with dynamic gridlines
  • Smart Key System
  • Push Button Start
  • Remote keyless entry


  • 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory function and power thigh and lumbar support
  • 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Integrated backup camera with dynamic gridlines
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Smart Key System
  • Push Button Start
  • Remote keyless entry

A 2019 Toyota RAV4 cargo space

Cargo Space

If you're looking for the most cargo space, the RAV4 provides a large amount of functional and accessible storage at a moments notice; but if you need room for a full family, the Highlander is the clear choice. Specs on passenger and cargo space for each model can be found below.

5 Passengers

Seating Capacity

7-8 Passengers

98.9 cu-ft.

Passenger Space

59.9 cu.-ft.

69.8/37.5 cu-ft.

Cargo volume front/second/third-row seats

83.2/42.3/13.8 cu.-ft.

A blue 2019 Toyota RAV4 driving though an open field & a red 2019 Toyota Highlander driving through a city


The 2019 RAV4 and 2019 Highlander both come equipped with high-end safety technologies, designed to keep you safe and secure on the road. While there are slight differences in the packages offered on either model, you can rest assured that the RAV4 and Highlander provide the best possible safety systems. View the table below for full details on each model's safety features.

  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0)
  • Star Safety System
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) w/ Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking (RCTB)

Safety Features

  • Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P)
  • Star Safety System
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) w/ Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Rear parking assist sonar
  • Stop and Start Engine System (S&S)
  • Safety Connect®
  • Anti-theft system w/ engine immobilizer

Security Features

  • Safety Connect®
  • Anti-theft system w/ alarm and engine immobilizer

Schedule a Test Drive at Fox Toyota

Expand your horizons with the 2019 RAV4 and 2019 Highlander! If you already have your eyes on a certain trim, head to our Rochester Hills, MI, inventory and specials offers to secure a great value on a new Toyota SUV. For any further questions, please contact a Fox Toyota representative online or at (248) 731-0221.

A 2019 Toyota RAV4 parked in front of the ocean

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