Are you and your family looking for a capable and versatile Toyota crossover? Does the all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 compact crossover fit the bill? Do you love the family-friendly 2019 Toyota Highlander midsize crossover? Find the Toyota crossover that best fits your family and budget with this in-depth 2019 Toyota RAV4 vs 2019 Toyota Highlander comparison.
After a complete redesign, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is set to arrive at dealerships in December 2018 and will be available in five trim levels – LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure and Limited – that will start at just $25,500. When you opt for the midsize 2019 Toyota Highlander, you will have a choice of five family-friendly grades – LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE and Limited – that will start at $31,330.
What Are the Differences Between the Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Highlander?
Family is the name of the game when you explore this 2019 Toyota RAV4 vs 2019 Toyota Highlander comparison. With room for five passengers and 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, the Toyota RAV4 fits the compact crossover mold to a T at Downeast Toyota. Families who need more room for friends and family can upgrade to the midsize Toyota Highlander, which makes room for eight passengers in standard configurations and seven when you add second-row captain’s chairs.
An all-new design comes complete with an all-new powertrain when you choose the 2019 Toyota RAV4, which employs a 203-horsepower 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine that pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission to make 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Entry-level Toyota Highlanders feature a 185-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder that pairs with a six-speed automatic to achieve 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
Toyota Highlander entries provide families with a power upgrade in the form of a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 power core that pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. With this combination under the hood, the Highlander will earn 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. No matter which Toyota crossover you choose in this scenario, you will have access to a hybrid powertrain. Toyota RAV4 Hybrids feature a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine and dual electric motors that pair with a Continuously Variable Transmission to make 219 horsepower and 39 mpg combined. Highlander Hybrid entries will earn 30 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with a 306-horsepower 3.5-liter Toyota Hybrid System.
Any and all Toyota entries will provide families with a smorgasbord of high-tech features and the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and 2019 Toyota Highlander are no exception to the rule. Toyota Safety Sense™ comes standard in the Toyota Highlander and will add a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Toyota RAV4 models provide an upgrade to Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 and will add Lane Tracing Assist and Road Sign Assist. When you choose the Toyota RAV4, you will gain access to a brand-new Toyota Entune™ 3.0 touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa and Wi-Fi Connect – features not available with the Toyota Highlander’s infotainment system.