2024 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

Picture of the 2024 Toyota 4Runner

2024 Toyota

MSRP*: $40,705 to $55,170
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2023 Toyota
Highlander Hybrid

MSRP*: $40,620 to $53,025
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MPG - City 16 MPG 35 - 36 MPG
MPG - Hwy 19 MPG 34 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 - 7 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 88.8 - 89.7 ft3 84.3 ft3
  • 270-hp, 4.0-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 243-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid)
Transmission Automatic Continuously Variable
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 270 hp 243 hp
Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 190.2 - 191.3 in 194.9 in
Exterior Width 75.8 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 41.7 in
Rear 32.9 in
Front 42.0 in
Rear 38.7 in
Head Room Front 38.6 - 39.3 in
Rear 38.6 in
Front 38.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.1 - 39.4 in

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Comparison Review

Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid than in the Toyota 4Runner, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Toyota 4Runner and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

With the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Toyota 4Runner, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Toyota 4Runner or the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, it's going to cost you about the same.

The Toyota 4Runner is about the same width as the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. When looking at overall length, the Toyota 4Runner takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

The Toyota 4Runner has the same turning radius as the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

When considering towing capacity, the Toyota 4Runner is clearly the choice over the Toyota Highlander Hybrid for pulling heavy loads. The Toyota 4Runner has a little more horsepower than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Due to its much higher torque, the Toyota 4Runner does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

The Toyota 4Runner has less seating than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, making the Toyota Highlander Hybrid the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Toyota 4Runner has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.