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Old 01-05-2012, 11:48 PM   #1
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Rav4, Highlander or 4Runner?

Looking at buying a daily driver in the near future. I like my Tacoma so much I want to stay with Toyota. Looking at getting a small to medium sized SUV. My top 3 choices are the Rav4, Highlander and the 4Runner. My requirements are V6, AWD/4x4, and Auto. Not looking to do any offroading but I would like to be able to jump a curb here and there. What's your opinions?
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They're all decent, depends on your budget and how much room you need. If you're getting the V6, you'll probably have more luck finding one in the Highlander or the 4Runner. The Rav4 is small and does pretty well with the 4 banger. The 4Runner is just as big as the Tacoma so unless you need something that big, I'd stick with the smaller ones.
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I believe that the Rav4 with the 269hp V6 is currently Toyota's fastest vechile. My opinions were Rav4 Limited, Highlander SE and either SR5 or Sport for the 4Runner(09).
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I believe that the Rav4 with the 269hp V6 is currently Toyota's fastest vechile. My opinions were Rav4 Limited, Highlander SE and either SR5 or Sport for the 4Runner(09).
What's your criteria for a daily driver if you're keeping the Tacoma? You won't gain any MPG's with any of those (maybe the Rav4) and the 4Runner is just as big as the Tacoma. Most people who have a Tacoma, their daily driver is either smaller or more fuel efficient but it sounds like yours will be more of a second vehicle Any of those vehicles will jump a curb, it just comes down to size. They're all nice for what they are but they're 3 different classes of SUV, how big of a vehicle do you want? Kind of an apples and oranges comparison in my opinion vs. comparing say a 4Runner to an Explorer or a Pathfinder.
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If I was getting one of those as a DD it would be a 4cyl Rav4 sport. Although my overall Toyota pick would be a 4cyl Camry SE.
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The rav with a 6cyl is a rocket but your mpg will suffer over the capable 4cyl!
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When my wifes 02 4Runner needs replacing, we are going with a 4 cyl. Rav 4. We have had them as rentals on vacation quite a few times and they seem to be real nice and economical. I've never driven one in snow, but it looks like you don't need to deal that in Texas. They are pretty pricey new, that's the drawback. We will probably look for a used one.
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HIGHLANDER!!!! i had one and i loved it!!, it was the sport and it was pretty fast, confortable and good looking
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4cyl RAV4 ... that's what I've got in mind when my wife is ready to replace her Escape.
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We have owned a 07 4 runner & traded it on a 11 highlander, the 4 runner rode like a taco but the highlander drives more like a camry. Never driven a RAV4 but I know I miss my 4-runner when on a bumpy gravel road but I am glad I have the highlander on long trips its so comfortable to drive.
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Highlander=Avalon, Venza=Camry. As far as I know. I like the Highlander SE, personally. But the RAV4 is not bad either. I prefer it with the sport effects, or whatever, package... No spare on the rear. The 4Runner seems a bit large for a daily, especially if you already have a Tacoma for off-roading.
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I have test drove a Rav4 before and though it looked nice, it rode rough compared to the other Toyota SUV's due to the short wheel base, I would go with the 4Runner or the Highlander, just my opinion though good luck with your decision.
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Gas milage improvement over the Tacoma isn't a top priority. It would be nice. But most of my driving is in the city, having a DCLB some times becomes a pain in the ass when you have to park it in parking lot made more for something like a smart car. Being able to go over a curb is my way of saying, for some reason here, our roads are always under construction and having some thing that can easily get over a curb will help you get around a 2 hour delay.
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Gas milage improvement over the Tacoma isn't a top priority. It would be nice. But most of my driving is in the city, having a DCLB some times becomes a pain in the ass when you have to park it in parking lot made more for something like a smart car. Being able to go over a curb is my way of saying, for some reason here, our roads are always under construction and having some thing that can easily get over a curb will help you get around a 2 hour delay.
Based on that, Highlander or the Rav4. I wouldn't count out the 4-cylinder Rav4, they're pretty peppy. My girlfriend is currently looking for an AWD Rav4 and test drove a couple. I thought they rode pretty nice and had plenty of 'get up and go'. All the ones she test drove were 4 cylinders.
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4 runner for medium-large interior, highest towing capability, highest offroad capability

(08+) highlander for biggest interior, comfiest ride,

Rav4 (v6) for smallest size, fastest and best handling by far, good gas mileage.
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4Runner or Highlander for bumpy road daily driver

I know this thread is a bit older, but I'm wanting opinions/experience with 4Runner vs Highlander as a daily driver, given my "daily drive" includes at least 2 miles each-way of bumpy road (gravel, pot holes, etc ) from our house (live on a farm).
Am shopping now to replace a totaled '10 Camry
I know Highlander has a bit smoother ride, but wondering if 4Runner would be better suspension & durability on bumpy roads.
Looking at staying in $15K- $20K range max, so probably '08/'09 at newest & under 100K miles.
Have 4 kids (ages 7-19), so must have 3rd row.
Looking for leather & all options I can get for the money.
Put about 15K-20K miles a year on a vehicle, but will probably want to trade in about 3-4 years anyway.
Need to count on a few years of hauling active kids, friends, sports gear, etc.
Any comments? Thanks in advance!
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I know this thread is a bit older, but I'm wanting opinions/experience with 4Runner vs Highlander as a daily driver, given my "daily drive" includes at least 2 miles each-way of bumpy road (gravel, pot holes, etc ) from our house (live on a farm).
Am shopping now to replace a totaled '10 Camry
I know Highlander has a bit smoother ride, but wondering if 4Runner would be better suspension & durability on bumpy roads.
Looking at staying in $15K- $20K range max, so probably '08/'09 at newest & under 100K miles.
Have 4 kids (ages 7-19), so must have 3rd row.
Looking for leather & all options I can get for the money.
Put about 15K-20K miles a year on a vehicle, but will probably want to trade in about 3-4 years anyway.
Need to count on a few years of hauling active kids, friends, sports gear, etc.
Any comments? Thanks in advance!
This is going to be a "FIND" decision....What you FIND that fits price and options....a loaded up highlander will give you everything BUT the "curb jumping" abilities plus better MPG's while the 4-Runners speak for themselves it is based on a Truck idea....3rd row seat options should be looked at and tried as they do differ between them..

Good luck...
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If you are buying new you can score on the RAV4 since the new generation is out. There are still a fair amount available. If you want a V6 RAV4 then now is the time since it isn't offered in the new model. My wife's '08 V6 Limited is a rocket. She hates it when I drive because the throttle is touchy.

I am looking at a used '08 Highlander Hybrid Limited right now. I am still on the fence about a couple of issues but the MPG improvement would be a nice benefit.
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