2023 Toyota Highlander vs. 2023 Toyota 4Runner: What’s the Difference?

2022 Toyota Highlander vs. 2022 Toyota 4Runner
2023 Toyota Highlander


2023 Toyota 4Runner
$36,620 MSRP*

Starting Price

$40,155 MSRP*
2.4L 4-cylinder

Standard Engine

4.0L V6
25 MPG combined

Fuel Economy

16 mpg city/19 mpg highway***
Not Available

TRD Configuration



8 Passengers

Max Seating Capacity

7 passengers


If you’re searching for a robust and capable new SUV to enhance your daily commute in Morgan City, look no further. At Morgan City Toyota, we take pride in offering a comprehensive range of Toyota SUVs and crossovers that cater to various budgets and lifestyles. So whether running errands or embarking on an off-road adventure near Houma, we are confident you can find the perfect fit in our inventory.



Among our quality selection, two standout options are the Toyota Highlander and the Toyota 4Runner. Both vehicles boast powerful performance specifications, premium features, and spacious interiors. So, which SUV is the right choice for your specific driving needs? Let’s dive into our comprehensive comparison guide of the 2023 Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner!

2023 Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner: Performance & Fuel Economy

To begin our comparison, let’s see how the Toyota Highlander and 4Runner stack up in terms of power and fuel efficiency. When it comes to performance power on Thibodaux roads, both the Toyota Highlander and 4Runner deliver exceptional capabilities.

The 2023 Highlander introduces a brand-new turbocharged engine for its gasoline-powered trims, while the 4Runner is equipped with a robust V6 engine. Let’s take a closer look at the specifications for the standard powertrains of both SUVs:

2023 Toyota Highlander

  • 2.4L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine
  • 265 horsepower
  • 24 MPG combined
  • FWD or AWD available
  • Towing capacity of 5,000 pounds

2023 Toyota 4Runner

  • 4.0L V6 engine
  • 270 horsepower
  • 16 mpg city/19 mpg highway
  • RWD or 4WD available
  • Towing capacity of 5,000 pounds

Highlander vs. 4Runner: Seating Capacity & Cargo Space

The 2023 Toyota 4Runner can seat up to eight with an optional third row, with the 4Runner’s max seating capacity being seven. However, it’s worth noting that the third row is best suited for children. Additionally, the 4Runner has a shorter overall length compared to the Highlander, resulting in slightly less interior space. Legroom, hip room, and headroom dimensions in the 4Runner are also more compact than those in the Highlander. Let’s check out the specific capacity and cargo space of the Highlander and 4Runner:

2023 Toyota Highlander

  • Seating capacity: 7-8 seats
  • Cargo space: 84.3 ft
  • Legroom: Front 42.0 inches, Rear 38.7 inches
  • Headroom: Front 38.4 – 39.9 inches, Rear 37.1 – 39.4 inches
  • Exterior length: 194.9 – 197.4 inches

2023 Toyota 4Runner

  • Seating capacity: 5-7 seats
  • Cargo space: 88.8 – 89.7 ft
  • Legroom: Front 41.7 inches, Rear 32.9 inches
  • Headroom: Front 38.6 – 39.3 inches, Rear 38.6 inches
  • Exterior length: 190.2 – 191.3 inches

2023 Toyota Highlander vs. 4Runner: Price & Trim Levels

Both models offer several trim levels, with the Highlander being more affordable due to its smaller size. However, as we explore further in this guide, the 4Runner compensates with superior performance capabilities and off-road prowess.

Below is the complete price list:

2023 Toyota Highlander

  • 2023 Toyota Highlander L: $36,620 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota Highlander LE: $39,020 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE: $40,620 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota Highlander XLE: $42,020 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE: $43,620 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota Highlander XSE: $43,615 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition: $46,380 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota Highlander Limited: $46,275 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited: $47,875 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota Highlander Platinum: $49,475 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum: $51,075 MSRP*

2023 Toyota 4Runner

  • 2023 Toyota 4Runner SR5: $40,155 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport: $43,015 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium: $43,215 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road: $44,000 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium: $46,580 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition: $47,720 MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota 4Runner Limited: $51,425MSRP*
  • 2023 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro: $54,670 MSRP*

Discover the Difference Between the 2023 Toyota Highlander and 4Runner at Morgan City Toyota

Still unsure about which new Toyota SUV to choose between the 2023 Toyota Highlander or 4Runner? The best way to make an informed decision is to experience them firsthand with a test drive. Contact our office today to inquire about availability; we’ll have you behind the wheel in no time. For more information about the vehicles in our current lineup and to compare other Toyota SUVs, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Morgan City Toyota near Lafayette.


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*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $1,025 for Cars (86, Avalon, Avalon HV, Camry, Camry HV, Corolla, Corolla HV, Corolla Hb, Mirai, Prius, Prius Prime, Supra), $1,215 for SUV/Van/Small Trucks (4Runner, Corolla Cross, C-HR, Highlander, Highlander HV, RAV4, RAV4 HV, RAV4 Prime, Sienna, Tacoma, Venza), $1,495 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,695 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

**2023 projected EPA-estimated mpg rating estimates as determined by manufacturer. EPA estimates not available at time of posting. 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.

***EPA-estimated 19 city/19 hwy/17 combined mpg for 2023 4Runner. 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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