2017 Toyota 4Runner vs Toyota Highlander Comparison

2017 Toyota 4Runner vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

2017 Toyota 4Runner

Engine:

4.0 L V6

Horsepower:

270 hp

Torque:

278 lb-ft

Fuel Economy:

17 city / 21 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

5-speed shiftable automatic

2017 Toyota Highlander

Engine:

2.7 L I-4

Horsepower:

185 hp

Torque:

184 lb-ft

Fuel Economy:

20 city / 24 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

6-speed shiftable automatic

2017 Toyota 4Runner vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

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Modern SUVs are divided into two categories: rugged body-on-frame trucks and sleek crossovers. The former make great cars for those who find themselves in rough terrain, bad weather or off-road often, while the latter are great if you want a comfortable ride with plenty of utility space and towing capacity. Rather than have to try to design a jack-of-all-trades vehicle, Toyota has chosen one of each for its compact three-row SUV lineup: the Toyota 4Runner and the Toyota Highlander. The 2017 Toyota Highlander is a cutting-edge modern crossover, comfortable and filled with the latest technological features. The 2017 4Runner, on the other hand, is the result of years of tough evolution striving to build the best off-road SUV possible. However, despite their differences, both vehicles share in common excellent performance, beautiful styling and a dedication to safety. We’ve compared the two against each other to help you pick the right Toyota SUV for you.

Performance

Both Toyota SUVs are customizable when it comes to performance, but both focus on their preferred domain: the Highlander on-road and the 4Runner off-road. The Highlander comes with one of three engine options: a 2.7-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic generating 185 horsepower, a 3.5-liter V-6 with an eight-speed automatic weighing in at 295 horsepower - a 25 horsepower upgrade over last year - and a 306-horsepower hybrid powertrain. This easily gives it the power to take on most cars in its class. The sole powertrain on the 4Runner is a 4.0-liter V-6 that generates 270 horsepower and a five-speed automatic transmission, but it shows its versatility through an incredible selection of suspensions offered. Those range from fairly conventional on the SR5, to the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System on the TRD Off-road and X-REAS suspension on the Limited which improve both on-road and off-road performance by reducing body roll and improving maneuverability. The off-road model - the TRD Pro - features its own unique Bilstein-designed off-road suspension system designed to allow the 4Runner to go practically anywhere.

Appearance

The two cars represent very different lines of thought about the SUV class and communicate that very clearly through their excellent styling. The 2017 4Runner is a beautiful modern re-interpretation of the classic off-roader. Straight lines, large skid plates and wheel wells that evoke the vehicles of mid-century adventurers are accented by the roof rails, fog lights and oversized bumpers that clearly identify the 4Runner as the vehicle for adventure. Conversely, the 2017 Highlander fully embraces the modern aesthetic with wrap-around LED-studded headlights, a chromed grille and sharp angles in both the fascia and the roof line. Both cars, however, get the look they are going for perfectly, communicating exactly what they are to anyone who sees them whip past on the highway.

Safety

Both the 2017 4Runner and the Highlander make safety a priority, but, true to their roots, they go about it in very different ways. They both score well on crash testing, with the 2017 Highlander getting all top scores on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, while the 2017 4Runner got the top scores on all but one. However, the Highlander stands out thanks to its advanced Safety Sense P that includes forward collision warning with automated braking, lane departure alert, dynamic cruise control and automatic high beam control and is standard on all Highlanders. The 4Runner focuses on providing protection from the environment instead of other cars, featuring a tall ground clearance, plenty of skid plates and technologically-advanced suspension to get you over and around off-road obstacles.


The 2017 Toyota Highlander and the 2017 Toyota 4Runner couldn’t be more different vehicles, but they share the same Toyota commitment to quality and a great driving experience thanks to their great performance, styling and safety. We invite you to your local Toyota dealership, in Florence near Fort Mitchell, to try the two out and see which one is the right compact SUV for you. Call us today to schedule your appointment and start your adventure at Kerry Toyota.

* 2017 EPA-estimated city/highway mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

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