You already know that the 2023 Toyota Highlander beats many of the SUVs in its category. However, it has a sister SUV in its category. It’s the 2023 Toyota 4Runner. In this article, we will want to find out if the 2023 Highlander also beats the 2023 4Runner or if there is a tie. To find out more, keep scrolling.

2023 Toyota Highlander Vs. 2023 Toyota 4Runner: What’s The Difference?

2023 Toyota Highlander Vs. 2023 Toyota 4Runner - What’s The Difference
2023 Toyota Highlander Vs. 2023 Toyota 4Runner – What’s The Difference

To compare the 2023 Toyota Highlander and the 2023 Toyota 4Runner, we will pay attention to the differences in their performance, gas mileage, towing, off-roading abilities, safety, passenger and cargo space, warranty coverage, reliability, and price.

2023 Toyota Highlander Vs. 2023 Toyota 4Runner: Performance

The 2023 Toyota Highlander offers two engine options: the turbocharged 2.4-litre inline-four engine that generates 265 horsepower and 309 lb-ft torque and its hybrid engine that produces 243 horsepower and 175 lb-ft torque.

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The 2023 Toyota 4Runner models are all powered by a 4.0-litre V-6 engine, which generates 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. The 4Runner has a higher maximum horsepower, but the Highlander has a higher maximum torque.

2023 Toyota Highlander Vs. 2023 Toyota 4Runner: Fuel Mileage 

The Highlander has an advantage in fuel efficiency. The gas-powered Highlander has an estimated fuel economy of up to 24 combined mpg. The Highlander Hybrid has a gas mileage of up to 36 combined mpg. The Toyota 4Runner has an estimated fuel economy of up to 17 combined mpg.

2023 Toyota Highlander Vs. 2023 Toyota 4Runner: Towing Capacity

The gas-powered 2023 Highlander and 2023 4Runner can tow up to 5,000 pounds on their towing capacity. However, the Highlander Hybrid has a towing capacity of just 3,500 pounds.

2023 Toyota Highlander Vs. 2023 Toyota 4Runner: Off-Road Capabilities

In off-roading, the 4Runner leads ahead of the Highlander. While the Highlander is geared for on-road driving, the 4Runner is one of the most highly capable off-road SUVs.

The Highlander offers a basic all-wheel-drive system; the 4Runner offers a more advanced four-wheel drive system with an available transfer case.

The 4Runner has higher ground clearance than the Highlander (up to 9.6 vs. 8.0 inches). Furthermore, unlike the Highlander, the 4Runner offers an off-road-focused model with the TRD Pro trim, which includes off-road features like all-terrain tires, an off-road-tuned suspension, and off-road drive modes.

2023 Toyota Highlander Vs. 2023 Toyota 4Runner: Safety

The Highlander has an advantage over the 4Runner when it comes to safety. The 2022 Highlander received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, the highest IIHS rating. But, the 4Runner did not receive any safety award from IIHS.

2023 Toyota Highlander Vs. 2023 Toyota 4Runner: Passenger & Cargo Space

2023 Toyota Highlander Vs. 2023 Toyota 4Runner back view
2023 Toyota Highlander Vs. 2023 Toyota 4Runner back view

The Highlander is slightly bigger than the 4Runner from the exterior. It has a longer wheelbase and overall length. The larger size also results in a more spacious interior for the Highlander. It has a total passenger volume of 141.3 cubic feet, compared to the 128.0 cubic feet for the 4Runner three-row model and 93.7 cubic feet for the two-row model.

However, the 4Runner offers slightly more storage space. It has a maximum cargo capacity of 89.0 cubic feet, and the Highlander has 84.3 cubic feet.

2023 Toyota Highlander Vs. 2023 Toyota 4Runner: Warranty Coverage and Reliability

For warranty, both the Highlander and 4Runner have the backing of a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. However, the Highlander is slightly more reliable than the 4Runner. It earned a J.D Power reliability of 82/100, and the 4Runner got 81/100.

2023 Toyota Highlander Vs. 2023 Toyota 4Runner: Price

The official price of both SUVs are not yet out, but following their 2022 prices, they’ll be slightly higher. We’ll keep updating you as we learn about their prices.

Which Is Better: The Highlander or The 4Runner?

Both SUVs by Toyota have their advantages over the others. But, the Highlander has stronger advantages than the 4Runner. However, it’s a better SUV in comparison to the 4Runner.

Conclusion

Before deciding on an SUV between the two, take your time to study their differences and similarities. This will give you a clue into what you’re looking for. However, if you have a specific need for an excellent off-roader, you should look at the 4Runner.

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