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Old 01-17-2020, 11:45 AM #16
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Here's how I compare the two.

-Looks (subjective)

-Off roading (4runner wins this one hands down)

-Reliability (slight nod to 4runner, but highlander is still toyota and should be just as reliable)

-Towing capacity (4runner I believe can tow more)

-Headlights (you will hate the 4runner headlights at night)

-Safety (highlander most likely scores better in crash testing)

-Fuel consumption (you'll most likely average 10mpg more in the highlander)

-winter driving (4runner limited = highlander > 4runner sr5/or/pro

So if you don't plan to off road I would choose the highlander. I think they get a redesign in a few months.

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Good problem to have. Lots of people suggesting highlander here, probably for good reason, but here is my input. My wife drives a 2017 Highlander Limited Platinum Hybrid and I have a 2019 TRD Offroad 4Runner. Both cars are excellent and safe family vehicles in all weather conditions. We have 2 kids under 2. Her highlander has the captain seats which would make for easier trips with more people, whereas our 4Runner is virtually worthless other than taking our immediate family. That said, my wife and I both prefer driving the 4runner. The drive is by far more fun, feels safer, better visibility by sitting up higher, and does better in snow. I don't think you should cross off the 4runner just yet. I do wish I had her heated steering wheel though. -15 tomorrow.
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My wife has the Highlander with the 3rd row, she loves it. We have 3 kids and it really is nice to have the extra space when a friend comes along. It is a little more spacious compared to my 4Runner, more kid friendly for sure. I love my 4Runner and we have taken road trips in it, but it is not as comfy as the Highlander for road trips. If it is your only family SUV, the Highlander is really the choice.
Have both as well (17 SR5 and 18 Highlander Limited) and completely agree. The Highlanders comfort and practicality as a family vehicle gives it the nod in my opinion.
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I own both. A 2011 4Runner Trail (for play), and a 2019 Highlander Hybrid
(for work).
No kids, so I can't answer any of that stuff.

The 4runner gets at best 16mpg on average, the Hybrid gets 27mpg.
Due to stupid small tanks sizes you get about the same total distance out of both.

Haven't had any weather to test the hybrid in, the 4runner is obviously excellent.

Both are fine vehicles for long road trips, I've done them in both many times.

I will keep the 4runner forever, the hybrid will be sold off in a few years if that helps any. It's a fine car but has zero sex appeal, personality or attitude. Basically a soccer mom's expensive mini van, without the mini van look.
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I've been in various Highlander models from different years and they are far more friendly to riders in regards to the interior layout. It feels far more spacious than the 4Runners. Everything else though feels far more solid and well built on the 4Runner.

If I ever decide the 4Runner though I would much rather go for a used Landcruiser than downgrade to a Highlander.
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In my opinion Highlander is a good choice, but to me it drives like a car or minivan. If I didn't test drive 4Runner I would have probably bought Highlander or Pilot, I think they are good family SUVs. But after I test drove 4Runner I knew that I didn't have any choice : )
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Hi everyone !
My wife has a 17 Lexus GS 350 ... I have a Benz 01 ..it old and it's a rusty ...
We being think to get a new car instead of Mercedes...
So I am trying to pick between Highlander and 4runner.
Just wonder.. I heard that 4runner has terrible anchors system for a child safety seats and its tight also ...
Is that true.. somebody has a child safety seat or have expirience with that ?
Personally I dont really like Highlander looks and style...its probably more for mom's...
We expecting baby soon so nust wonder what to get ...
But if I am going to buy 4runner i go for Limited trim ..cause a softer suspension..
Also heard that Highlander has more space ...
We planning to keep car for long time like 7 -10 years ..
Test drive both and bring a car seat. The anchors in the 4R are standard latch anchors, but are more difficult to access. But we have 4 kids with one in a latch carseat and one in a booster and we use the 4R to haul everyone on a regular basis. It's no minivan (which is our other vehicle), but it gets the job done, and it's not a burden on trips. In the end, neither the 4R nor the Highlander is a useful as a minivan, and they're not really like each other, so you need to decide what you want and which fits your needs best.

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wife loves her 4runner. i drove my buddy in his Highlander from Minnesota to AZ and i was impressed. More power, more room, quieter, better fuel economy, way more comfy. Everything about it is nicer and it's 2 years older than wife's minivan. BUT man they're ugly.
That's my biggest hang up as well is the subjective (Subaru) looks of the Highlander.
Otherwise, they have a lot going for them and certainly a strong option I have to consider as well. Now if I can only check my ego while shopping...
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Here's how I compare the two.

-Looks (subjective)

-Off roading (4runner wins this one hands down)

-Reliability (slight nod to 4runner, but highlander is still toyota and should be just as reliable)

-Towing capacity (4runner I believe can tow more)

-Headlights (you will hate the 4runner headlights at night)

-Safety (highlander most likely scores better in crash testing)

-Fuel consumption (you'll most likely average 10mpg more in the highlander)

-winter driving (4runner limited = highlander > 4runner sr5/or/pro

So if you don't plan to off road I would choose the highlander. I think they get a redesign in a few months.
Both can town up to 5K lbs and I believe the Highlander has a few more technical bells if that matters to you.
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Thank you guys ! It's kind of hard to buy a new vehicles...
Btw Highlanders have problems with transmissions 8-speed ..17 and 18 ..year .. not sure about 2019 year ...
Yeah 4runnes more reliable...
I always heard to stay away from new stuff....
Thanks again guys !
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IMHO, highway a lot, family, and better gas mileage, get the highlander. If you ever want to look more rugged, offroad, and take a beating, the 4runner.

I personally have decided if I needed to switch vehicles due to the 4Runners height being a little to high for my elderly Mom, I will get the highlander. My Limited is just a hair too high for her to get in easily.

I love the new 2020 Highlanders. Here is a Limited that just came in to my dealer.
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I would strongly consider cross-shopping the Subaru Ascent. When we bought the 4runner we already had a Subaru Outback and one of the things that steered us to the 4runner was that the Subaru and Highlander were very similar with the Highlander just being a little bigger and having a third row. We wanted something different and I prefer the truck-like driving experience so we went with the 4runner. When we replace my wifes Outback we will either be getting another one or the Ascent. The Ascent has similar exterior size specs to the 4Runner but a lot more interior room, and definitely more cargo room than the Highlander. Throw in the captains chairs, Subaru AWD, same towing capacity, almost 9 of ground clearance and Subaru safety and the Ascent is hard to beat unless you are looking for something to off-road on more than light duty trails and fire roads.
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I just got into a Highlander. a 2019 SE with all options.

Pros:

Gas mileage is substantially better than 4runner. I drive like a maniac and also have to drive into heavy headwinds and I still get 25+ mpg with the car loaded down. In 4 runner I get 15 mpg...so yeah a literal real world MPG difference is in realm of 10 mpg...

Power/acceleration. The 8 spd combined with the 290 hp it passes on highway conditions much better. I don't know why folks ***** about the 3.5, it seems like its got great power.

Space efficiency: Despite what the official numbers say for cargo room differences between the highlander and 4 runner, the highlander is more equitably laid out and has more real world space.

Second row/third row. The highlander has a better proportioned lay out for second row and third row. Way better.

Safety ratings: Highlander is a top IIHS pick.

Cons.

Its basically a 'chopped' minivan.
The step in height was too low for me at 5'11. I am always having to carefully step into the car.
Torque steer--I hate FWD vehicles. The torque steer is maddening. And with the steering being all electric and programmed its worse.

The 8 spd has a very annoying issue with hunting for the right gear. The things feels almost like it stalls.

I also detest the "auto start stop" feature. Whoever invented this and convinced manufacturers to put this in should be kick hard in the nuts.

The engine is also CRAMMED into a small space. As a do it yourself guy this was a drawback but not a deal breaker.

The cons outweigh the Pros for me.

I'll likely be getting back into a 4runner.

I think the limited is a better option for me. The seats in the limited were also more comfortable. The lumbar support was better in all 4runners I've owned or driven. The limited seats seemed much more compliant.

I have a kid, wife, and old dog and live in a fairly remote area. So I need occasionally to have some stout 4wd capability.

Overall I like the Highlander and I think its the best of all cross overs. But I just can't deal with the negatives of crossovers no matter what it is.

Note that in 2020 there is a whole new re-design. It is supposed to have a bit more interior space.

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If you don't intend to go off pavement then go with the Highlander. It will ride much better, get better fuel economy and has significantly more tech options. Also, the standard 20" wheels on the limited provide a stiffer ride.

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