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2018 Toyota Highlander vs 2018 Toyota 4Runner

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Have you noticed that there are a lot of midsize utility vehicles on the road? There is a reason for that! Midsize utility vehicles offer plenty of room for on-the-go families who are also looking for sporty styling. Most drivers simply call these vehicles SUVs, but there are actually some differences between true SUVs and their crossover siblings that can make one more suitable for your lifestyle over the other. Toyota has both a midsize crossover (the 2018 Toyota Highlander) and a midsize SUV (the 2018 Toyota 4Runner) in its model lineup, and we want to share a helpful comparison between these two vehicles so you can drive away happy. 


2018 Toyota Highlander VS 2018 Toyota 4Runner
Midsize Crossover Vehicle Classification Midsize SUV

Sedan-Based; Unibody

Platform and Construction

Truck-Based; Body on Frame

7 / 8

Seating Accommodations

5 / 7

13.8 / 42.3 / 83.7 cubic feet

Cargo Space

9.0 / 46.3 / 88.8 cubic feet (3-row models)

47.2 / 89.7 cubic feet (2-row models)

What are the Key Differences Between the 2018 Toyota Highlander and the 2018 Toyota 4Runner?

Although the 2018 Toyota Highlander and the 2018 Toyota 4Runner are both classified as midsize models, there is a key difference in their construction.  

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is built on a sedan-based platform and features a unibody construction (frame and body are one piece). This allows for easy and nimble handling, which is something that many drivers love having in a larger family vehicle. The 2018 Toyota Highlander model's construction and available all-wheel drive allow it to easily handle a variety of road conditions – including rain, snow, and ice. 

The 2018 Toyota 4Runner, on the other hand, has a truck-based platform and its body is built on the frame. With that kind of construction, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner offers a stiffer handling  something that many drivers prefer. The 2018 Toyota 4Runner model's tougher construction and available 4-wheel drive make it very capable of getting off the road and on to rough and unchartered territory. 

To learn more about the 2018 Toyota Highlander and 2018 Toyota 4Runner, please visit us here at Headquarter Toyota. 

Six passengers sitting in the rear seats of the 2018 Toyota Highlander
Driver utilizing cargo area of 2018 Toyota 4Runner in the woods
Cargo area of 2018 Toyota Highlander with partially collapsed seats
Front dash and Entune infotainment system of 2018 Toyota 4Runner

Red 2018 Toyota Highlander on a highway
White 2018 Toyota 4Runner in the mountains