white toyota rav4 compared to red toyota highlander

2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 Toyota Highlander

Two of the most popular SUVs in their respective classes just so happen to be in the Toyota lineup. The Highlander is a stylish mid-size crossover while the sporty RAV4 is classified as a compact crossover. Other than their sizes, how else do these SUVs compare? Read on to learn more. 

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How does the 2018 Toyota Highlander compare to the 2018 Toyota RAV4? 

The difference in size between these two vehicles should be obvious. The Highlander stands at 192.5 inches tall and is 75.8 inches wide. Meanwhile, the compact RAV4 is just 183.5 inches tall and 72.6 inches wide. See what else is different in our table below. 


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Is the Toyota Highlander better than the Toyota RAV4? 

Yes and no. We’re sure that is the specific answer you were looking for. It all depends on what you personally consider to be “better.” The Highlander features a larger body and more powerful engine options, so if you are mostly concerned with performance and strength, the Highlander will be for you. The larger Toyota SUV features a base I4 engine of 2.7 liters and with 185 horsepower. Every trim level also comes available with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 295 horsepower. 

The smaller RAV4 comes with one engine option—a 2.5-liter I4 with 176 horsepower. Something the RAV4 clearly takes the edge in over the Highlander is efficiency. RAV4 drivers will average up to 30 highway MPG, 23 in the city, and 26 combined. The base Highlander averages only 24 highway MPG and 20 in the city. Come down to Salinas Toyota and check out these vehicles for yourself! See what technologies come with each one and take them for test drives so you know which one you like better. 

red toyota rav4 parked in front of trees

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