2020 Toyota RAV4 vs 2020 Toyota Highlander

Are you in search of a Toyota-brand family hauler in the Mesa area? Not sure which Toyota crossover is the right fit for you? With six Toyota crossover and SUV models to choose from, it can be difficult to find the perfect automotive fit at Earnhardt Toyota and we are here to help with a 2020 Toyota RAV4 vs 2020 Toyota Highlander comparison that highlights a pair of fan favorites.

The quintessential compact crossover, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 makes room for five passengers in six trim level grades – LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, TRD Off-Road and Limited – that start at just $25,950. Toyota RAV4 entries are born and bred for family adventures with 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Midsize 2020 Toyota Highlander models make room for up to eight passengers with a quintet of trim levels to choose from – L, LE, XLE, Limited and Platinum – that start at $34,600. Highlander entries provide 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row with 84.3 cubic feet of available storage space with the rear seats laid flat.

2020 Toyota RAV4


2020 Toyota Highlander

$25,950 Base Price $34,600
203-Horsepower 2.5-Liter Dynamic Force 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 295-Horsepower 3.5-Liter V-6
5 Passengers Number of Passengers 7 - 8 Passengers
Yes Available Hybrid Yes


What Are the Differences Between the Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Highlander?

No matter which Toyota-brand crossover you choose in this 2020 Toyota RAV4 vs 2020 Toyota Highlander comparison, you will enjoy an athletic ride and an impressive wealth of features and technology. To keep families safe, Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Highlander models come standard with a suite of Toyota Safety Sense™ systems. RAV4 and Highlander models keep families entertained with a standard Toyota Entune™ 3.0 touchscreen infotainment system that provides access to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Connect, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa capabilities.

Highlights of the 2020 Toyota RAV4 spec sheet vary by trim and include a standard 7-inch Toyota Entune™ 3.0 touchscreen display, LED headlights, Toyota SofTex® interior, a power sunroof, an optional 8-inch touchscreen display, a hands-free power liftgate, an 11-speaker JBL® sound system , heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel and a panoramic sunroof. Families who choose the 2020 Toyota Highlander will enjoy a list of features that can include tri-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, heated front seats, heated second-row Captain’s Chairs, a color Head-Up Display, a premium JBL® sound system and an available best-in-class 12.3-inch Toyota Entune™ 3.0 touchscreen display.

2020 Toyota RAV4 and 2020 Toyota Highlander Engine Options and Specs

Power and performance are hallmarks of 2020 Toyota RAV4 and 2020 Toyota Highlander models. Each model features a powerful, fun-to-drive standard powertrain that employs an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission and an available hybrid option. Dynamic Torque Control AWD is a highlight of the Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Highlander models that will upgrade performance without sacrificing fuel economy. When equipped for towing, the Toyota RAV4 will tow up to 3,500 pounds and the Toyota Highlander will handle 5,000 pounds with ease.

  • Toyota RAV4 – 203-Horsepower 2.5-Liter Dynamic Force 4-Cylinder – 8-Speed Automatic – FWD and AWD – 28 MPG City/35 MPG Hwy (FWD) 
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – 219-Horsepower 2.5-Liter Toyota Hybrid System - Continuously Variable Transmission – Electronic On-Demand AWD – 41 MPG City/38 MPG Hwy 
  • Toyota Highlander – 295-Horsepower 3.5-Liter V-6 – 8-Speed Automatic – FWD and AWD – 21 MPG City/29 MPG Hwy (FWD) 
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid – 243-Horsepower 2.5-Liter Toyota Hybrid System – Continuously Variable Transmission – Electronic On-Demand AWD – 36 MPG City/35 MPG Hwy 
Interested in a 2020 Toyota RAV4 or 2020 Toyota Highlander?
Man in Driver's Seat of 2020 Toyota RAV4
Cutaway View of 2020 Toyota RAV4 Interior
2020 Toyota Highlander Steering Wheel, Dashboard and Touchscreen Display
Rear 2020 Toyota Highlander Interior