Toyota RAV4 or Toyota Highlander: Which is the Right SUV for You?

December 4th, 2017 by

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Are you in the market for a new Toyota SUV, but can’t decide between the compact Toyota RAV4 and spacious Toyota Highlander? We’re here to help with that:

  • If you need a compact crossover SUV with high fuel economy numbers and plenty of room for 5 adults, the Toyota RAV4 is a good choice.
  • If you’re after a midsize SUV that can accommodate as many as 8 with power to spare, the Toyota Highlander is an excellent option.

We’ve also compared some of these vehicles’ most popular specs to help you decide which SUV is right for your family in Georgetown.


Both the Toyota RAV4 and the Toyota Highlander offer drivers access to powerful, efficient engines but there are differences between the models:

2018 Toyota RAV4 2018 Toyota Highlander
2.5L 4-Cylinder Delivers 176 hp and 23 mpg/city and 30 mpg/highway 2.7L 4-Cylinder Engine Delivers 185 hp and 20 mpg/city and 24 mpg/highway
2.5L 4-Cylinder Hybrid Delivers 194 hp and 34 mpg/city and 30 mpg/highway 3.5L V6 Hybrid Engine Delivers 306 hp and 30 mpg/city and 28 mpg/highway
No V6 Engine Option 3.5L V6 Engine Delivers 295 hp and 21 mpg/city and 27 mpg/highway Fuel Efficiency
6-Speed Automatic Transmission Standard 6-Speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission Standard
CVT Transmission Optional Electronically Controlled CVT Transmission Optional
No 8-Speed Automatic Transmission Available 8-Speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission Available


Both vehicles offer drivers plenty of room for passengers and gear, but the dimensions vary slightly between the two:

2018 Toyota RAV4 2018 Toyota Highlander
Seating for Up To 5 Seating for Up To 8
73.4 Cubic Feet of Interior Cargo Volume 83.7 Cubic Feet of Cargo Volume
35.6 Cubic Feet of Minimum Cargo Capacity 13.8 Cubic Feet of Minimum Cargo Capacity
1,750 Pounds of Towing Capacity 3,500 Pound Towing Capacity

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