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2021 Toyota RAV4 vs Toyota Highlander

2021 Toyota RAV4 vs Toyota Highlander




In need of a new SUV near Harvey, New Orleans, or Metairie, LA? Two great options available to you at Bohn Toyota are the Toyota RAV4 and the Toyota Highlander. While both SUVs will perform well, there are some slight differences that could make one more appealing than the other based on your specific wants and needs.

Ready to learn more? Dig into this 2021 Toyota RAV4 vs. Highlander comparison!


Toyota RAV4 Engine Specs

Engine Performance & Efficiency

Visibly, the RAV4 and the Highlander are very similar: Both are sleek SUVs with innate style and design. When you get past their exterior appearance, though, you’ll find some differences. One important area that will differ between these two vehicles is found in their respective powertrains.

Under the hood of the RAV4, you’ll find a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that wields 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the Highlander features a 3.5L V6 engine capable of producing 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. While these figures differ, either model is sure to provide a sporty drive.

As powerful as these vehicles are, they’re both also impressively efficient. The Highlander earns an EPA-estimated 21 city/29 highway MPG, while the RAV4 earns an EPA-estimated 27 city/34 highway MPG.1, 2. So, these two SUVs will both save you time and money at those pesky gas pumps.


Toyota Highlander Interior Space

Interior Comfort & Amenities

When exploring an SUV, another key area you’ll want to evaluate is its interior, in terms of both space and technology. In terms of space, the RAV4 and the Highlander both offer versatility. In the RAV4, you’ll be able to seat up to five passengers, while the Highlander will seat up to eight passengers.

Beyond the space available, you’ll want to take a look at some of the technology that will keep you connected while on the go. In both vehicles, you’ll find the same audio multimedia system with:

  • Android Autoä
  • Apple CarPlayÒ
  • Amazon Alexa
  • BluetoothÒ
  • 6 speakers

However, the screen in the Highlander is a bit larger at eight inches. Meanwhile, the display screen in the RAV4 measures seven inches.


Toyota RAV4 Safety

Safety & Assistive Technology

Continuing with the trend of technology, it’s also important to evaluate the safety and driver-assistive technology at work in these two Toyota SUVs. Both vehicles will impress in this department, although there are a few differences.

The most notable difference between their two safety systems lies within their assistive technology. The RAV4 comes with Toyota Safety Senseä 2.0, while the Highlander comes with Toyota Safety Senseä 2.5+. While these systems are slightly different, they both come with a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and:

  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Road Sign Assist

Additionally, both Toyota SUVs come with the Star Safety Systemä that features other innovative technology, like Brake Assist and Smart Stop TechnologyÒ.


RAV4 vs Highlander: Test Drive Both

These Toyota SUVs both impress in this 2021 Toyota RAV4 vs. Toyota Highlander comparison. Similarly, both models will impress you when you see them for yourself and experience them firsthand. Visiting our team at Bohn Toyota for a tour and a test drive could be just what you need to determine which model suits you better!

Schedule a test drive to put either vehicle—or both—to the road test near Harvey, New Orleans, and Metairie, Louisiana, today!

1 EPA-estimated 21 city/29 hwy/24 combined mpg for 2021 Highlander; 20 city/27 hwy/23 combined mpg for 2021 Highlander AWD; 36 city/35 hwy/36 combined mpg for Highlander Hybrid. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.

2 EPA-estimated 27 city/35 hwy/30 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 LE FWD and Limited FWD; 27 city/34 hwy/30 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 LE AWD; 28 city/35 hwy/30 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 XLE FWD and XLE Premium FWD; 27 city/33 hwy/29 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 XLE AWD and XLE Premium AWD; 25 city/33 hwy/28 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 Adventure and Limited AWD; 25 city/32 hwy/28 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road; and 41 city/38 hwy/40 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XLE Premium Hybrid, XSE Hybrid, and Limited Hybrid. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.


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