2017 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2017 Toyota Highlander: Head to Head

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Highlander vs. 4Runner: We Compare Toyota’s Midsize SUV Siblings

Though both are technically midsize 3-row SUVs, the Toyota Highlander and Toyota 4Runner could not be more different as that class of vehicle goes.

Each vehicle has roots in different ages; the 4Runner was born out of the original SUV craze of the 1980s and is based on a truck platform. The Highlander was created during the second phase of the ascendance of the SUV, and is built for how families truly use their SUVs – as a glorified minivan. The Highlander is better accommodated to handle a day in the life of a nuclear family, while the 4Runner is built to get where most other families can’t go.

The 2017 Toyota 4Runner sits in the bottom half of our midsize SUV rankings, while the Highlander is in the top five.

There’s no right answer – each vehicle fulfills the needs of a different SUV shopper. So which one is right for you? Read on to find out!

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