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2020 RAV4 Hybrid vs 2020 Highlander Hybrid

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

You’ve narrowed it down to the RAV4 Hybrid and the Highlander Hybrid. Both are excellent vehicles with that famous Toyota reliability. It comes down to a couple of questions, really. How much space do you need? What kind of fuel mileage do you want? Does seating capacity matter for you?

Today, we’ll compare the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the 2020 Highlander Hybrid to see which Toyota hybrid SUV is right for you.



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RAV4 Hybrid

Thanks to is 2.5-liter hybrid four-cylinder engine and its electronic AWD, the 2020 RAV4 Hybrid has excellent fuel economy. The EPA estimates it at 41/38/40 mpg. The RAV4 Hybrid has a seating capacity of five. With all seats in place, the cargo bay measures 37.5 cu-ft. With the rear seats folded down, however, available storage area expands to 69.8 cu-ft. Prices start at $28,350.

2020 RAV4 Hybrid cargo space
2020 Highlander Hybrid cargo bay showcase

Highlander Hybrid

The Highlander Hybrid has the same 2.5-liter hybrid four-cylinder engine found in the RAV4 Hybrid. It is a larger vehicle, though, so fuel mileage, while still great, isn’t as good. EPA-estimates fall around 35/35/35 mpg. The Highlander Hybrid can seat between seven or eight people, depending on which trim you get. Cargo space has three separate dimensions: 16.0 cu-ft, 48.4 cu-ft, and 84.3 cu-ft. Those measurements are behind the third row, behind the second row, and behind the first row, respectively.  Prices start at $39,800.

Which to Choose?

Both have their advantages. The RAV4 Hybrid is more fuel efficient and is cheaper off the lot. If saving money is your main concern, then the RAV4 is the way to go. However, if you have a big family, then the Highlander Hybrid with its seven/eight seating capacity and bigger cargo space might be the way to go.


Interested in the RAV4 Hybrid or the Highlander Hybrid? Perhaps both? Schedule a test drive to see which is right for your needs at Arlington Toyota in Palatine, IL.

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