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When you combine the 2013 Toyota Highlander's wide model range, exceptional resale value and strong owner-satisfaction figures, it may look hard to justify buying anything else.


If you need an SUV that can be taken off-road, or that can tow more than 5,000 pounds, a Toyota 4Runner or Dodge Durango with a HEMI V8 might be a better choice.

What's New For 2013

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.

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Used 2013 Toyota Highlander Expert Review

Toyota's 2013 Highlander crossover SUV continues to impress with its abilities, features and resale value. The vehicle that basically invented the segment, the Highlander established its beachhead and never let go. No longer the smallish tall wagon that it was originally, the 2013 version (still just the second generation) has grown considerably in size and sophistication. That growth translates into a roomy, 7-passenger SUV ideal for growing families. Sharing much of its architecture with the Lexus RX 350 luxury SUV gives the Highlander another leg up on its competition, as does the vehicle's impressive ability to hold its value over time. There is a hybrid model that attains best-in-class fuel economy without sacrificing power or interior space.

Driving the Used 2013 Toyota Highlander

Between full-time 4-wheel drive (4WD) and electronic traction and stability control, the 2013 Toyota Highlander is about as confidence-inspiring as you could want on slick, variable surfaces. The 270-horsepower V6 engine is smooth and responds instantly to the slightest request for more power. It moves the Highlander around smartly, and with EPA city/highway fuel-economy numbers of 17/22 mpg, the efficiency is there. Those willing to trade a little power and smoothness for even better mpg should check out the 4-cylinder, front-wheel-drive (FWD) models, whose fuel-economy figures are a frugal 20/25. If money is no object and you want the best in fuel-stretching technology, shoot for the Highlander Hybrid. Regardless of powertrain, the Highlander delivers the expected on-road experience. Ride and handling qualities are finely developed but conservatively targeted, meaning no one will be either inspired or let down.

Favorite Features

This clever feature allows the second row of seats to be converted from 3-across to 2-across seating, opening a convenient pass-through area to access the third-row seats. The central seat panel stows easily out of sight.

If you live in rolling terrain, you'll appreciate these features that prevent the Highlander from rolling backward at a stop on steep up-grades and controls downhill speed (on non-hybrid 4WD models) during slippery descents.

Used 2013 Toyota Highlander Interior

The 2013 Toyota Highlander SUV has an attractive if somewhat conservative interior. Big round knobs on the dash for the radio and climate control are easy to use even when wearing bulky winter gloves. There are loads of little storage spaces thoughtfully placed, and the rear-most occupants get their own climate controls. The Highlander features a sliding second-row seat that can move 4.7 inches fore or aft depending on where you need to maximize space. And a flexible center section can serve as a middle seat, a console, or fold away to create an easy path to the third-row seat.

Used 2013 Toyota Highlander Exterior

The 2013 Toyota Highlander has a sporty and dashing look to it. Rather than going for a macho and rugged SUV-like image, Toyota has targeted buyers who want the functionality of a big SUV in a vehicle that is both strong and intelligent. The Highlander SUV's profile is lower than a Chevy Traverse's or Dodge Durango's, which makes sense given it shares a common platform with the Toyota Camry. Large rear doors provide more space to easily access the third-row seat, and the flip-up tailgate opens high to minimize bumping your head on the corners.

Used 2013 Toyota Highlander Standard Features

The base front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2013 Toyota Highlander rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels and comes with halogen headlights, AM/FM/CD MP3/WMA-capable 6-speaker stereo, tilt/telescope steering wheel, clever second-row fold-away Center Stow seat and console, third-row 50/50 split-bench seat and an aerodynamic rear spoiler. Standard safety features include seven airbags, stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution. The 4WD versions include standard Downhill Assist Control. The Highlander Hybrid comes very well equipped, as what was the Leather Premium package is now the base spec.

Used 2013 Toyota Highlander Options

Options available on the 2013 Toyota Highlander are largely bundled into the Plus, SE and Limited equipment packages. They offer such niceties as an 8-way power driver's seat, a flip-up liftgate window, fog lights, upgraded seat fabric, automatic climate control, power moonroof, rear-seat entertainment system, power liftgate and a navigation system with premium audio, voice activation and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Four-wheel drive is available in all grades with the V6 only; the 4-cylinder engine, with front-drive only, is available in base and Plus configurations.

Used 2013 Toyota Highlander Engine

The 2013 Toyota Highlander crossover SUV uses a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine in FWD versions of the base, Highlander Plus and SE trim levels. A 3.5-liter V6 is optional on those, standard on the Limited, and mandatory with all 4WD applications. The 2.7 liter scores well on fuel efficiency and power, with 187 horsepower and upward of 25 mpg in highway driving. The 4-cylinder engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission while the V6 model makes do with an electronically controlled 5-speed automatic. The Highlander Hybrid teams the 3.5-liter V6 with two electric motors for a total of 280 net horsepower. The Hybrid's unique on-demand 4WD system uses a second electric motor powering the rear wheels, avoiding the need for transfer gears and a shaft.

2.7-liter inline-4
187 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
186 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/25 mpg (FWD only)

3.5-liter V6
270 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 mpg (FWD), 17/22 mpg (4WD)

3.5-liter V6/AC 650-volt permanent-magnet motors
231 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm (gas engine)/280 horsepower (net combined)
215 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/28 mpg (4WD only)

How Much Does the Used 2013 Toyota Highlander Cost?

The 2013 Toyota Highlander SUV starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just under $30,000 for a base, front-drive, 4-cylinder model, and about $2500 more for a 4WD, V6 version. The top-line Limited trim runs from about $38,700 to $43,000. The Highlander Hybrid starts close to $41,000 and tops out about $51,000. We expect our Fair Purchase Price values to reflect real-world transaction prices at or near sticker price. Toyota Highlander resale values typically are some of the strongest in its class. A Hyundai Veracruz, as an alternative, offers a lower price for a comparably equipped model but won't have the Highlander's strong resale value. The V6-powered Honda Pilot is probably the closest competitor in terms of price, features and resale.

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2009 Toyota Highlander

"Car has been bulletproof"

Great on road trips, handles very well
Brake pads dont last past 50,000 miles?
This vehicle has been absolutely reliable. it has been well maintained but other than tires, brakes and fluid changes, I have only had to replace a worn idler pulley for the fan belt at 140,000 miles. If I had purchased the extended warranty, it would not have been used. Used to get 24.5 MPG on long drives but lately only getting 23.3.
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2010 Toyota Highlander

"toyota is the best car ever used"

never leave me on the road
easy to fix
Already used five Toyota over six cars purchased
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Jose G.
2008 Toyota Highlander

"Best SUV"

Reliability and value
My wife bought this car new in 2008 and let me tell it's was the Best decision we made. We traveled long distances(1,000 Miles one way) many times with this car and it's comfortable,reliability and it's worth every penny. We always talk that after it dies will definitely by another Toyota.
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2010 Toyota Highlander

"Great car."

Great car. It’s reliable, sleek, stylish, and has really low maintenance costs
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2010 Toyota Highlander

"Great car."

Great car. It’s reliable, sleek, stylish, and has really low maintenance costs
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2013 Toyota Highlander Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.


  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Remote Engine Start
  • USB Port


  • AM/FM Radio
  • iPod Connector
  • MP3 Player
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • CD Player
  • Rear DVD Entertainment System


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Third Row Seat
  • Cloth Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front & Rear Air Conditioning
  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 17 mpg
  • EPA Class - Small Sport Utility Vehicles
  • EPA Hwy - 22 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 19 mpg


  • Horsepower - 270 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 6200 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.27 inches
  • Torque - 248 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4700 rpm


  • Cup Holder
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel


  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Conventional Spare
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Privacy Glass
  • Roof Rails
  • Side Steps
  • Spare Tire Type - Conventional
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P245/65R17
  • Wheel Type - Aluminum Alloy
  • Heated Windshield
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Trailer Hitch Receiver


  • Alarm System


  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 25000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 2 years
  • Scheduled Maintenance Miles - 25000 miles
  • Scheduled Maintenance Years - 2 years


  • Alternator Amps - 150 amps
  • Axle Ratio - 2.93
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - 4WD
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 6 cylinders
  • Displacement - 3.5 liter
  • Bore - 3.70 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 10.8
  • Fuel Induction - Direct Injection
  • Total no. valves - 24 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - V
  • Emissions Rating - ULEV
  • # of Speeds - 5 speed
  • CID - 211 cubic inches
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • Manual Mode - Sequential Mode
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Hill Start Assist

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 4266 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 145.7 cubic feet
  • EPA Total Interior - 156.0 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 19.2 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 40.6 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 36.3 inches
  • Height - 68.1 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 43.2 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 29.9 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 7
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 8.0 inches
  • Overall Length - 188.4 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 59.7 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 55.0 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 7 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - 5000 pounds
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 95.4 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 38.7 feet
  • Wheel Base - 109.8 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 75.2 inches
  • Payload Capacity - 1734 pounds
  • GVWR - 6000 pounds
  • Cargo behind second seat - 42.3 cubic feet
  • Cargo behind last seat - 10.3 cubic feet
  • Cargo with all seats down - 95.4 cubic feet
  • Head Room: Center Row - 40.1 inches
  • Leg Room: Center Row - 38.3 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Center Row - 59.5 inches
  • Hip Room: Center Row - 56.5 inches
  • Hip Room: Front - 56.7 inches
  • Hip Room: Rear - 42.3 inches
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2013 Toyota Highlander Safety

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2013 Toyota Highlander Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag


2013 Toyota Highlander Rankings

187 HP
MPG Combined
19 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.7 Rating
400 HP
2013 Toyota Highlander
187 HP

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