The Toyota Highlander vs the Toyota RAV4

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There are a lot of mid size SUVs on the market these days, since the rise in gas prices have taken standard SUVs out of style. In fact, between seven to eight million cars are sold each year in the U.S. If you are having trouble sorting out the makes and models, and would prefer to just choose one of two options, then here are profiles of two popular mid size SUVs: the Toyota Highlander, and the Toyota RAV4.

Toyota Highlander

You don’t often hear the term “fuel efficient cars” and mid size SUVs in the same sentence, but with a hybrid option, the Toyota Highlander could fit your needs. In the hybrid model, the Highlander gets 28 MPG on the highway and in the city. It’s a decent rating for a crossover SUV that can seat seven. The 2010 base model features a key-less entry, cruise control, rear A/C, and of course power locks and windows.

Toyota has worked a “Star Safety System” into their newer vehicles which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, an Anti-lock Brake System, Smart Stop Technology, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and Brake Assist. Some models also include constant 4WD, and both uphill acceleration and down-hill braking assistance.

Toyota RAV4

If you are looking for mid size SUVs with decent mileage, without the hybrid features, then the RAV4 is one good option. With a 24/31 MPG rating, it beats out several other mid size vehicles, and boasts the same safety system as the Highlander. The base 2013 LE model features Bluetooth, a reclining second-row, rear view camera, A/C, and a touchscreen plus iPod and USB system. The RAV4 has the same Star Safety System as the Highlander, but it also has a Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert to make your all around driving experience safer.

Whether you choose a new or used Toyota, you’ve made a smart choice. More than 400 million cars have been produced by the Toyota Motor Corporation, and about 80% of all the cars sold in the last 20 years are still on the road. Toyota is well known for their safe, reliable, and well-designed vehicles. If you need some extra space and driving power, then choosing a new vehicle from these two mid size SUVs is a good way to solve your dilemma. Both are comparable, and so the decision truly comes down to a matter of preference over a matter of standards.

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