2021 Toyota RAV4 vs. Toyota Highlander

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2021 Toyota RAV4 LE


2021 Toyota Highlander

Starting MSRP

2.5L 4-cylinder

Max Engine

3.5L 6-cylinder

City/Hwy MPG

37.6 cubic feet

Cargo Volume

83.7 cubic feet
1,500 pounds

Max Towing

5,000 pounds



Toyota RAV4 or Highlander: which will you choose? Compare the Toyota RAV4 vs. Highlander in detail with Pappas Toyota to see which of these SUVs is the right fit for your future drives in St Louis. Then, visit our dealership to set up a test drive of your favorite model and see how it feels behind the wheel.

Toyota RAV4 vs. Highlander: Affordability

If you’re trying to decide between the Toyota RAV4 or Highlander, then one of the first things you should consider is price. Here are the starting prices of each model by trim:

2021 Toyota RAV4

  • LE: $26,250 MSRP
  • XLE: $27,545 MSRP
  • XLE Premium: $30,250 MSRP
  • Adventure: $33,355 MSRP
  • TRD Off-Road: $35,980 MSRP

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Trim Levels

  • LE Hybrid: $28,800MSRP
  • XLE Hybrid: $30,095 MSRP
  • XLE Premium Hybrid: $32,800 MSRP
  • XSE Hybrid: $34,750 MSRP
  • Limited Hybrid: $37,330 MSRP

2021 Toyota Highlander

  • L: $35,085 MSRP
  • LE: $37,285 MSRP
  • XLE: $40,085 MSRP
  • XSE: $41,680 MSRP
  • Limited: $44,040 MSRP
  • Platinum: $47,240 MSRP

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Trim Levels:

  • Hybrid LE: $38,735 MSRP
  • Hybrid XLE: $41,535 MSRP
  • Hybrid Limited: $45,490 MSRP
  • Hybrid Platinum: $48,690 MSRP

As you can see, the RAV4 offers a lower starting price. No matter which model and configuration you choose, visit our finance center at Pappas Toyota to explore your options.

Toyota RAV4 vs. Highlander: Interior Dimensions & Cargo Space

Both of these luxurious SUVs offer ample space inside their respective cabins. However, the Toyota Highlander offers more seating capacity compared to the RAV4 model’s standard five-passenger seating capacity. See how much space you’ll have on your next O'Fallon road trip with each model:

2021 Toyota RAV4

  • Headroom(Front/Rear): 37.7 / 39.5 inches
  • Hip Room(Front/Rear): 54.3 / 47.7 inches
  • Legroom(Front/Rear): 41.0 / 37.8 inches
  • Shoulder Room(Front/Rear): 57.8 / 56.4 inches
  • Passenger Volume: 98.9 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume (Behind Front/Rear Seats): 69.8 / 37.6 cubic feet

2021 Toyota Highlander

  • Headroom(First/Second/Third Row): 41.2 / 39.4 / 36.1 inches
  • Hip Room(First/Second/Third Row): 57.2 / 57.0 / 45.6 inches
  • Legroom(First/Second/Third Row): 42.0 / 41.0 / 27.7 inches
  • Shoulder Room(First/Second/Third Row): 59.0 / 58.7 / 55.0 inches
  • Passenger Volume: 141.3 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume (Behind First/Second/Third Row): 84.3 / 48.4 / 16.0 cubic feet

Toyota RAV4 vs. Highlander: Performance

When it comes down to it, it’s all about which vehicle performs the way you want on your St Charles commute. Which will you choose: the RAV4 or Highlander? Compare the performance specs of each model:

2021 Toyota RAV4

  • 2.5L Dynamic Force DOHC 4-Cylinder Engine
  • 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic transmission
  • 203 horsepower
  • 184 lb-ft of torque
  • 27 mpg City / 35 mpg highway fuel economy

2021 Toyota Highlander

  • 3.5L V6 DOHC Engine
  • Direct Shift 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic transmission
  • 295 horsepower
  • 263 lb-ft of torque
  • 21 mpg city / 29 mpg highway fuel economy

Based on performance, the RAV4 offers better fuel economy, but the Highlander will deliver more engine power.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs. Highlander Hybrid

If you’re curious about how the Toyota RAV4 hybrid vs. Highlander hybrid compare against each other, then check out some of the highlights of each model:

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 

  • Starting Price: $28,500 MSRP
  • MPG: 41 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: 

  • Starting Price: $38,200 MSRP
  • MPG: 36 mpg city / 35 mpg highway

Compare the features and capabilities of all the RAV4 and Highlander models at Pappas Toyota when you set up a test drive at our dealership in St. Peters.

Choose Your Toyota SUV at Pappas Toyota

So, will it be the Toyota RAV4 or Highlander? Contact us to compare the Toyota RAV4 vs. Highlander in person when you visit Pappas Toyota today.


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