2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2019 Toyota 4Runner

Black 2019 Toyota Highlander set against a white 2019 Toyota 4Runner

Have you noticed that there are a lot of midsized utility vehicles on the road? There is a reason for that! Midsized 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 midsized crossover (the 2019 Toyota Highlander) and a midsized SUV (the 2019 Toyota 4Runner) in its model lineup, and we want to share a helpful comparison between these two vehicles so you can drive away happy.  

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2019 Toyota Highlander VS 2019 Toyota 4Runner
Midsized Crossover  Vehicle Classification Midsized 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 2019 Toyota Highlander and the 2019 Toyota 4Runner?

Although the 2019 Toyota Highlander and the 2019 Toyota 4Runner are both classified as midsized models, there is a key difference in their construction.  

The 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 Toyota 4Runner offers a stiffer handling – something that many drivers prefer. The 2019 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. 

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White 2019 Toyota Highlander driving next to a lake
Red 2019 Toyota 4Runner on a gravel road
Red 2019 Toyota Highlander driving through a city
Blue 2019 Toyota 4Runner with open liftgate