Trucks & SUVs

Would You Be Happier With a Toyota RAV4 or a Highlander?

Crossovers and SUVs are the top choices for families, travelers, and anyone on the road who wants flexibility, and reliability all-in-one. Drive along the highway, and it won’t be long before you spot the Toyota badge. Both Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Highlander are among the best-selling models on the market. So what sets them apart from one another and which one is right for you?

Toyota RAV4
Toyota RAV4 | Toyota

Would You Be Happier With a Toyota RAV4 or a Highlander?

Since interior amenities and exterior styling are both reasonably easy to see. We’ll focus on other differences: safety, technology, and reliability.

Technology offerings: Toyota RAV4 and Highlander

RAV4 and Highlander deliver Toyota’s signature infotainment system. They begin with the base package, features a 6.1-in touchscreen display, six-speakers, and wireless charging. Both offer options to upgrade. The Highlander offers an 8-in touchscreen and the RAV4 delivers a 7-in touchscreen. 

2020 Toyota Highlander
2020 Toyota Highlander | Toyota

JBL Audio systems are the leading systems in both vehicles. The RAV4 receives 11 JBL speakers while the Highlander receives 12 JBL speakers. The Highlander also has the option of a 9-in display, rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system.

Safety Features: Toyota RAV4 and Highlander

No carmaker is as attentive as Toyota when it comes to standard and additional safety features. Safety should be standard, not an option. 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Top IIHS Safety Pick
2019 Toyota RAV4 Top IIHS Safety Pick | IIHS

Both the RAV4 and the Highlander come with a standard built-in backup camera with a projected path. This can upgrade to a 360-degree overhead camera in both drive and reverse. Additionally, both SUVs come standard with enhanced vehicle stability control, brake assist, and Toyota’s smart stop technology.

Both the RAV4 and Highlander include safety systems standard. This includes upgraded features at higher trim levels, and driver assistance systems standard. Offering this standard is a significant cost saving for buyers. Many other SUVs offer these safety features at an additional cost or they are simply not available at all.

The Highlander also offers an optional front and rear parking alert, with the Trailer Sway Control standard for your towing needs. This commitment to safety shows Toyota is serious about making roads safer and demonstrates industry leadership.

Outstanding Reliability

In addition to technology and safety, you can add the reassurance of outstanding reliability to both these vehicles. The Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Highlander are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the most reliable SUVs on the market. To know which one is right for you, visit your local dealership and compare these vehicles.

Do you want something compact and comfortable? The ease of the RAV4 would suit you well. Are you looking for more sophistication and spaciousness? Consider the Toyota Highlander to be more your style. Either is a good choice.