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Compare Top-Rated and Family-Friendly Toyota Crossovers at Downeast Toyota

2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Toyota RAV4

With a host of class-leading options available to Brewer, ME drivers, the Toyota model lineup at Downeast Toyota can become overwhelming. In an effort to help drivers find the vehicles that best fit their needs and lifestyle, we have created a 2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Toyota RAV4 comparison. Highlighting top-rated and family-friendly crossovers in key categories will help you make a more informed car-buying decision.

Trim Levels and Price

Classified as a compact crossover and a pioneer in the segment, the versatile 2016 Toyota RAV4 starts at an affordable MSRP of $24,350. Available in four trim levels, the Toyota RAV4 offers everything from the sport-tuned RAV4 SE to the luxurious RAV4 Limited.

By comparison, the 2016 Toyota Highlander is priced starting at $29,990 and is classified as a midsize crossover. Four available Toyota Highlander trim levels each cater to a different lifestyle and offer a litany of innovative features.

Power and Fuel Economy Specs

When you opt for the Toyota RAV4, you can expect fun-to-drive performance that melds seamlessly with frugal fuel-economy ratings. Powered by a standard 176-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox, the Toyota crossover makes 31 mpg on the highway. An all-new Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain improves performance in all aspects, manufacturing 194 horsepower and 34 mpg in the city.

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On the other side of the comparison, the standard 2016 Toyota Highlander power core is a 185-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that yields 25 mpg on the highway. Drivers looking for an upgrade in performance can opt for the 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 that still achieves 25 mpg on the highway and will tow up to 5,000 pounds. Drivers looking for the best of both worlds, can take advantage of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, making 280 horsepower and 28 mpg on the highway.

2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Toyota RAV4 at Downeast Toyota-Bangor ME-Toyota Highlander Interior Dashboard
2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Toyota RAV4 at Downeast Toyota-Bangor ME-Toyota RAV4 Interior Dashboard

Cargo Space and Features

When it comes to family in the Brewer and Bangor area, crossovers and SUVs provide the cargo and passenger space you need. With room for five passengers and a cavernous 38.4 cubic-feet of cargo space behind the second row, the Toyota RAV4 is well equipped for day-to-day driving.

Drivers looking for more space will find that the Toyota Highlander checks all the boxes. Available in seven- or eight-passenger configurations, the Highlander is more adept at handling neighborhood carpools to school or hockey practice. When you add an available 83.7 cubic-feet of cargo space to the Highlander’s repertoire, you have an SUV that can transform into a more functional option.

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At the heart of each of these models, you will find a standard Toyota Entune infotainment system. Equipped with Bluetooth capabilities, a vivid 6.1-inch touchscreen and an integrated backup camera, even the basic system provides everything you need. Available with Toyota SofTex synthetic leather interior, luxury and affordability go hand in hand. The Driver Easy Speak feature is an additional asset for drivers who need to communicate with rambunctious kids in the third row.

2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Toyota RAV4 at Downeast Toyota-Bangor ME-Toyota Highlander Cargo Space
2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Toyota RAV4 at Downeast Toyota-Bangor ME-Toyota RAV4 Cargo Space

If you and your family have been considering a new crossover, our 2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Toyota RAV4 comparison explores two of the best. Offering everything you need, from athletic performance and frugal fuel efficiency to expansive cargo space and a litany of features, these models cater to any lifestyle. Armed with this new information, you can now find the Toyota model which fits you best. For more information on either of these Toyota crossovers, contact the Downeast Toyota sales team.