Do you plan to purchase the Toyota Highlander three-row midsize SUV or the smaller Toyota RAV4 compact SUV? 

Check out our comparison of the 2023 Toyota RAV4 and 2023 Toyota Highlander to learn more about the differences between the two SUVs.

2023 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2023 Toyota Highlander: What are the differences?

We compared the 2023 Toyota Highlander and 2023 Toyota RAV4 in a number of categories. 

Performance, gas mileage, towing capacity, off-road ability, safety, passenger and cargo space, warranty coverage, and affordability are among these factors.

RAV4 vs. Highlander: Performance and gas mileage

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 has three performance-oriented engine choices: 

a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 203 horsepower, a hybrid with 219 horsepower, 

and a plug-in hybrid with the RAV4 Prime (308 hp). 

In contrast, the 2023 Toyota Highlander has two engine choices: a hybrid and a turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-four (265 horsepower) (243 hp).

The benefit of the RAV4 is its efficiency. The RAV4 hybrid gets up to 40 combined mpg in comparison to the gas-powered RAV4's up to 30 combined mpg estimated fuel economy. 

 Additionally, the RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid achieves fuel economy ratings of 38 combined mpg in hybrid mode and 94 MPGe in electric-only mode.

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