Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Highlander: Which Toyota SUV is Better?

New Toyota RAV4

New Toyota Highlander

If you're searching for a reliable and tough SUV near Glenside, Jenkintown, or beyond, then you've most likely already come across both the Toyota RAV4 and the Toyota Highlander. These two versatile SUVs are popular among the Willow Grove and Horsham crowd, with each choice including multiple benefits, options, and ready-for-anything attitudes. The hardest part is deciding which of these impressive SUVs would work best for you. Read through our comparison to find out. 

2021 Toyota RAV4 2021 Toyota Highlander
Highest Engine 2.5-liter four-cylinder 3.5-liter six-cylinder
Max Towing Capacity 3,500-pounds 5,000-pounds
City/Highway Miles-Per-Gallon 27/35 21/29
Max Cargo Space 69.8 cubic feet 84.3 cubic feet
Passenger Seats Up to five Up to eight

Toyota RAV4 Vs. Toyota Highlander - Performance

Deciding whether the RAV4 or the Highlander is better performance-wise depends on who you ask. If you're more concerned with the power behind the wheel, the Toyota Highlander takes the cake. Its 3.5-liter V6 DOHC engine produces up to 295-horsepower and 263 pounds-feet of torque and will have you hauling whatever you need with up to 5,000-pounds of towing capability. If you're looking for better fuel economy, the Toyota RAV4 is what you need. This peppy compact SUV comes with a 27/35 city/highway miles-per-gallon rating and will have you moving with ease around Ambler and beyond.

Both the Toyota RAV4 and the Toyota Highlander are also available as a hybrid. The RAV4 hybrid contains an up to 41/38 city/highway miles-per-gallon-equivalent rating, while the Highlander hybrid comes with an up to 36/35 city/highway miles-per-gallon-equivalent rating.

Toyota RAV4 Vs. Toyota Highlander - Interior Space

The Toyota RAV4 is a compact SUV, and the Toyota Highlander is a three-row SUV. The Toyota RAV4 is great for adventures around the city streets of Warminster and can hold up to five passengers. The Toyota Highlander is perfect for your large family and can hold up to eight passengers. Each model also includes a versatile cargo space, with the Highlander offering more room than the smaller RAV4.

2021 RAV4 Dashboard

2021 Highlander Dashboard

Toyota RAV4 Vs. Toyota Highlander - Trim Levels And Prices

Both the RAV4 and the Highlander come with a long list of trim levels and a fairly affordable price range. As the smaller of the two, the RAV4 is less expensive in every comparable trim. It's also available in 11 trim levels, including some hybrid versions, with the Highlander close behind with ten trim levels, including some hybrid versions.

Contact Sloane Toyota Of Glenside To Learn More About The Toyota RAV4 And Toyota Highlander

Whether you're interested in the smaller and easily maneuverable Toyota RAV4 or you'd prefer the larger Toyota Highlander, we suggest taking the short drive from Jenkintown, Willow Grove, Horsham, or beyond to our Sloane Toyota of Glenside dealership. Our team would love to offer our Ambler, Warminster, and Glenside area drivers a test drive in either model and are available to answer whatever questions or concerns you may have.


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