2016 Toyota Highlander Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on February 8, 2016 9:04 AM

Who Knew Practical and Safe Could Look so Good?

Roomy, comfortable, thoughtfully designed and stylish, the 2016 Toyota Highlander continues to be a segment benchmark highly regarded for its reliability and resale value. The third-generation Highlander offers seating for eight and a wide variety of family-friendly features, plus a choice of two fuel-efficient gasoline engines and a hybrid model. For buyers in search of a hassle-free 3-row people mover in the form of a midsize SUV, the Toyota Highlander remains a must-see.

Driving It

"At highway speeds, the Highlander is nearly as quiet as a Lexus SUV, and it remains stable and confident even in the face of strong crosswinds and rutted pavement. The Highlander's modest proportions and short overhangs make it easy to maneuver in crowded parking lots and packed city streets." Get more driving impressions in our 2016 Toyota Highlander review.

Cool Features

The Highlander has unique features like its in-dash shelf and Driver Easy Speak. The in-dash shelf comes exactly as advertised and can hold the usual smartphone, keys and wallet without issue. The shelf stretches from the driver's right knee all the way to the passenger's side door. Driver Easy Speak (DES) uses the integrated microphone to amplify the driver's voice through the rear speakers, making it easy to converse with passengers in the way-back without having to take your eyes off the road.

Ask the Owners

Highlander owner JuicyJ has this to say: "My biggest issue is with blind spots. The side mirrors and front windshield panels are so large it lends itself to huge blind spots...Comfort has been great and am able to move the seats to where I need that. Love, love, love the drop down mirror for the backseat. Great when you have kids to see what they are up to without having to readjust my regular mirror (THANK YOU!!!)" Read more Toyota Highlander consumer reviews here.

Build and Price

The 2016 Toyota Highlander starts at just over $30,000 and can climb to just south of $52,000 for the top-tier Limited Platinum Hybrid trim. Build and price your own Toyota Highlander to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more. For 2016, the Highlander is projected to offer above-average resale values, as is the Highlander Hybrid.

Other Midsize SUVs

The 2016 Toyota Highlander should be on the short list of every midsize SUV shopper, but check out our Midsize SUV Buyer’s Guide for the best view of all your choices.

Photo Gallery: Toyota Highlander Inside and Out


 


 

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