Comparison: 2019 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 4Runner

The 2019 Toyota Highlander and 4Runner are both great options for the more adventurous driver. Consider a few of the biggest differences between the two when determining which SUV is right for your driving needs. 
Exterior Design
The first difference that you are likely to notice between the 2019 Highlander and the 4Runner is the exterior design. The Highlander is slightly longer with projector beam LED headlamps and 18-inch standard wheels. The 2019 4Runner, built for off-roading, features a boxier stance with standard roof rails and an optional TRD logo. The 4Runner also comes with standard 17-inch wheels. Both have an optional power-tilted moonroof with power sunshade.
Performance
The 2019 Highlander is equipped standard with a 2.7-liter six-speed engine. Drivers can also upgrade to the available 3.5-liter V-6 eight-speed engine. The 2019 4Runner comes with one engine option which is a 4.0-liter V-6 engine with a dual independent variable valve timing system. The 2019 Highlander is rated as an ultra-low emission vehicle compared to the 4Runner which is a level two low-emission vehicle.
There are a few differences in capability that are also worth noting. The Highlander is only available in a front-wheel-drive powertrain while the 4Runner comes standard with a part-time four-wheel-drive system with active traction control and an optional upgrade to full-time four-wheel drive. The 4Runner also comes with additional off-roading features including higher ground clearance, hill start assist control, and a reinforced body-on-frame construction design.
Interior Design
The Highlander focuses on modern-day comfort, whereas the 4Runner aims to offer functionality. The interior of the 2019 Highlander is equipped with premium leather materials, ample space for up to eight passengers, and a series of advanced technology features. The 4Runner comes with an interior that is designed with the off-roading enthusiast in mind. It has supportive seats, a TRD shifting knob, and TRD PRO floor mats. As far as cargo space goes, the 4Runner has slightly more with 89.7 cubic feet of cargo space compared to the Highlander with a maximum of 83.7 cubic feet.
Safety Features
Toyota has earned a reputation as one of the best manufacturers in the auto industry in terms of vehicle safety. Because both the 2019 Highlander and 4Runner are Toyota-made, you can expect both to be a safe choice. However, the 2019 Highlander has earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) whereas the 2019 4Runner has a four-star rating.
Both SUV options come equipped with the Star Safety System and the standard Toyota Safety Sense program. These packages include safety features like traction control, an anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, road sign assist, automatic high beams, and lane tracing assist.
The Highlander offers many advantages to the daily commuter while the 4Runner is an ideal choice for off-roading adventures. Come by John Weiss Toyota Scion of South County today to check out the differences between the 2019 Highlander and 4Runner in person.

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