Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander

About Toyota Highlander

A thorough refresh keeps the 2017 Toyota Highlander ahead in a very tough game. Under the hood, a new V6 engine puts out more power and connects to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. A new suite of standard safety systems includes active cruise control and automatic collision avoidance, combining with Top Safety Pick + crash-test rating from the IIHS for peace of mind. There's also seating for eight passengers, with decent cargo space behind the third row. The interior design includes tons of clever features to make living with the Highlander easier, and the exterior gets a new grille that's, well, really big. Put it together, and Toyota's midsize SUV will continue to be a best-seller for all the right reasons.

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LATEST MODEL
2017 Toyota Highlander
What's new for 2017?
2017 Toyota Highlander

There's a new face, a new and more powerful V6 engine and a new 8-speed automatic transmission, a new SE model, and a new suite of advanced standard safety equipment for the 2017 Toyota Highlander. The Highlander Hybrid is also available in more trim levels, making it less of a budget-breaker.

  • Expert Rating: 9.0
  • Consumers Rating: 8.7
  • MPG 20|24
2016 Toyota Highlander
What's new for 2016?
2016 Toyota Highlander

For 2016, Toyota’s V6 Highlander crossover SUV adds a tow package to its standard equipment roster.

2015 Toyota Highlander
What's new for 2015?
2015 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander was all-new last year, so there aren't any really meaningful changes on deck for 2015.

2014 Toyota Highlander
What's new for 2014?
2014 Toyota Highlander

All-new for 2014, the Toyota Highlander boasts new features like Driver Easy Speak and a wonderful in-dash shelf. The base hybrid model goes away for the 2014 model year with the Hybrid Limited remaining as the only option. Exterior and interior restyling and optional seating for eight join the Highlander lineup.

2013 Toyota Highlander
What's new for 2013?
2013 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander's only change for 2013 is a rearrangement of standard equipment and trim-level packages. A new Highlander Plus package replaces what was the Tech package and adds some features, including a rearview camera.

2012 Toyota Highlander
What's new for 2012?
2012 Toyota Highlander

After a modest refresh last year, the 2012 Toyota Highlander Crossover carries on unchanged for 2012.

2011 Toyota Highlander
What's new for 2011?
2011 Toyota Highlander

For 2011, the Toyota Highlander receives new front and rear fascias, hood and bumpers, plus expanded availability of the four-cylinder engine and standard three-row seating with rear climate controls. The hybrid model gains a more powerful V6 engine, while the entire line has access to more high-tech features.

2010 Toyota Highlander
What's new for 2010?
2010 Toyota Highlander

For 2010, Toyota adds more options to the base Highlander models. The base four-cylinder Highlander can now be equipped with a power sunroof, while the base V6 offers a rear backup camera.

2009 Toyota Highlander
What's new for 2009?
2009 Toyota Highlander

A new 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine is added to the base two-wheel drive trim. Also, a number of stand alone options have been bundled into six new packages offering savings from $300 to $1,200, depending upon the model.

2008 Toyota Highlander
What's new for 2008?
2008 Toyota Highlander

Though still a "mid-size" SUV, the second-generation Toyota Highlander has been expanded and improved in every way and now boasts a softer, quieter highway ride and more usable third-row seat. All three trim levels are powered by a new 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 driving through a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.

2007 Toyota Highlander
What's new for 2007?
2007 Toyota Highlander

For 2007, front side-impact airbags and front and second-row side-curtain airbags are standard equipment. A new Sport trim joins the line and features an upgraded exterior, 17-inch wheels and a V6 engine, while four-wheel-drive models receive a sport-tuned suspension.

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Consumer Reviews

Very Intelligent SUV in this crowded segment

By on Saturday, March 4, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliability, Resale Value, Redesign, Comfort"

Cons: "lack of memory seating in XLS model"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I come from a Ford family, owning trucks most of my life. when the wife wanted an upscale SUV, I made sure I did my homework. we closely looked at the Explorer, Pilot, CX9 and MDX. I didnt consider the others (Durango, Grand Cherokee, Pathfinder, Hyundai.) My main objectives, were reliability, resale value, styling, comfort and gas mileage. When we test drove the Highlander, we were very impressed with the redesign. in addition, the cabin welcomed you with high-quality materials and four captains chairs. The dash was easy to navigate. The interior colors (grey leather w black carpet) were ideal for us. I highly considered the Highlander due to its Toyota quality and the tried and true 3.5 V6 engine. Other competitors had new engines, which I didnt want to be the guinea pig. Or other engines that were known to be gas hogs. Our test drive really sold the vehicle with very minimal road noise and comfort. Im glad I went with the Highlander. I must note that other makes and models make the SUV market, very competitive. To me,the MDX was a close second. I just couldnt absorb the fact that I would be paying for premium unleaded. The Explorer had a great ride, except the dash and the black interior was uninviting and the CX9 had a great interior with a new redesign, except it carried a new turbocharged 4 cylinder engine, which I hear they have already had recalls. I must add that Consumer Reports regarded the new Highlander (XLS model)as one of the best SUVS in the market giving the consumer The best bang for your buck. My humble advise, do your homework before you purchase. I did and it paid off. Very happy with our new Highlander XLS in Ocean Blue color!"

36 people out of 36 found this review helpful

best midsize crossover suv I know.

By on Saturday, March 18, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Build quality, comfort, right size for us."

Cons: "none yet."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this suv to replace my 2015 QX60 that was totalled in an accident. I considered everything from Audi Q7 (in the midst of a model change and more expensive) to MDX,Pilot,Lexus GX,etc. I like Infinitis but did not want to spend more on replacement after losing on the insurance payment in the accident. MDX is a close contender but smaller inside. The current Highlander seems far more refined, quiet, even more luxurious than earlier models. It is on a par with my QX60. Highlanders reputation for reliability and value were persuasive as well. Styling is much better than earlier models. V-6 without turbo (and therefore probably longer lasting), while still having ample power and using regular is a plus."

9 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Highlander - save 50% over a Lexus GX

By on Monday, September 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very quiet built for 250K miles"

Cons: "Does not have side sunscreens"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My wife and I have a Lexus GX470 and I traded a Mercedes CLK430 for a Highlander. We looked at the Lexus RX but I cannot stand the new Lexus styling. We test drove the Highlander and we were very impressed. We didn't want all the fancy electronics (like the radar) on the Highlander Hybrid and choose the XLE instead. The interior ride is exceptionally quiet. Everything works and I love the horizontal shelf built into the front dashboard. It doesn't have a wood steering wheel like our Lexus, but the build quality is great. I would highly recommend."

32 people out of 34 found this review helpful

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