Used 2015 Toyota Highlander SUV
Toyota Highlander SUV
The 2015 Toyota Highlander serves up room, features, 8-passenger seating, a hybrid model, and a strong resale value to fans new and old.
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The 2015 Toyota Highlander is the standard bearer for midsize SUVs. More refined than ever, this newest Toyota Highlander goes up against tough competitors like the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer. Yet Toyota isn't resting on its segment leader's laurels. The 2015 Highlander seats up to eight passengers, offers a choice of 4-cylinder, V6 or hybrid drivetrains, and comes in either front- or all-wheel drive (FWD, AWD). It also comes with a cleverly laid-out interior with a pass-through cable organizer for your various devices, and Easy Speak, which amplifies the driver's voice so rear passengers can hear better. With a Top Safety Pick + crash-test rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Toyota Highlander's an obvious choice for families.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2015 Toyota Highlander is a safe choice, for all the right reasons. Comfortable, accommodating and feature-packed, with a variety of models for all budgets, the Highlander's a tough act to follow.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Highlander is a popular choice, and the me-too nature may be a turnoff for some. Additionally, if you find you often tow more than 5,000 pounds, or need real off-road capability, then you might want to take a look at the refreshed Toyota 4Runner.
What's New for 2015
The Toyota Highlander was all-new last year, so there aren't any really meaningful changes on deck for 2015.
Toyota says up to 90 percent of Highlander models will leave the lot with the 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, and it's easy to see why. The V6 offers considerably better acceleration than the 185-horsepower 4-cylinder, and only gives up a little in fuel economy. Of course, nobody buys the Toyota Highlander because it's a hot rod. Instead, Highlander buyers are looking for a solid, dependable vehicle that can handle a variety of road surfaces, from smooth suburban asphalt to concrete Interstate highways, to even the occasional light off-road duty. In each of these situations the Highlander excels, although any off-pavement driving should be reserved only for AWD models. At speed on the highway, the Toyota Highlander is relatively quiet, especially compared to the Honda Pilot, or even the previous-generation Highlander. Around town, the Highlander's relatively tidy proportions make it easy to maneuver in parking lots.
IN-DASH SHELF WITH EASY CABLE MANAGEMENT
The 2015 Toyota Highlander features a shelf on the dash that's deep enough to hold even the biggest smartphone. Stretching from the front-passenger door to the driver's right knee, there's a clever pass-through to the charging and audio inputs below, keeping the cables organized and out of the way.
FLIP-UP REAR HATCH WINDOW
Opening the rear glass separately from the hatch is one of those small touches that we love. You can quickly pop open the glass to toss in something small, or grab your groceries when you're parked facing uphill so they don't roll out onto the ground.
The 2015 Toyota Highlander follows the company's latest design trends for its interior, and we definitely approve. Not only are the front seats comfortable, but there are numerous features that make life inside the Highlander easier. A horizontal theme pervades, drawing your eyes from either end to the centralized multimedia screen. There, you'll find easy-to-use controls, including knobs for the main radio functions, and for the climate controls below them. A huge center console can hold 58 standard-size juice boxes, perfect for keeping anybody seated in the comfortable second row or kids-only third row adequately hydrated.
This 3rd-generation Toyota Highlander represents a departure from the somewhat anonymous styling of its predecessors. With a bold grille opening and more chiseled flanks, it's a sharp-looking take on the modern family wagon. If you think it's showing a little more machismo, that's no mistake, as Toyota is looking to attract more male drivers to its midsize crossover SUV. It also offers a fresh face among the more familiar faces of the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer, with a bit more character than the Nissan Pathfinder.
Notable Standard Equipment
If you opt for the base Toyota Highlander LE, you'll get the 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine, 8-passenger seating, a standard rearview camera, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, day/night rearview mirror, and three 12-volt auxiliary power outlets (two up front and one in the second row), and a 6.1-inch touch-screen display with Toyota's Entune audio system, Bluetooth and voice recognition. Outside, there are projector-beam headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels and color-keyed mirrors. Standard safety features include eight airbags, Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children (LATCH) points, stability and traction control, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution.
Notable Optional Equipment
As you move up the model ladder, the Toyota Highlander offers more and more features. Depending on what you're willing to spend, you can get high-end features like lane-departure warning, dynamic radar cruise control and automatic high beams. Heated 2nd-row captain's chairs are available – although you lose the 8-passenger capacity – plus a panoramic moonroof, heated steering wheel and a rear-seat Blu-ray and DVD entertainment system. There are also features like Driver Easy Speak, which helps amplify the driver's voice so rear-seat passengers can hear better, and 3-zone automatic climate control.
Under the Hood
Buyers of 2015 Toyota Highlanders have multiple drivetrain options before them. Base models come with a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine putting out 185 horsepower, but most Highlander buyers get the 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. Not only is it more powerful, but highway fuel economy is the same as the 4-cylinder, and you lose only 1 mpg in the city. Both engines are connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission, but only the V6 is available with AWD. True to Toyota's nature, there is a Highlander Hybrid available, but only on the top-tier Limited model. The hybrid pairs the same V6 engine with two electric motors to produce a total of 280 horsepower. It's more expensive, but the payoff is an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway.
185 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/25 mpg
270 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25 mpg (FWD), 18/24 mpg (AWD)
3.5-liter V6 + AC 650-volt permanent-magnet motors
280 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
215 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/28 mpg
The 2015 Toyota Highlander SUV starts with an estimated Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $30,300 including the $885 destination charge. That gets you an LE with a 4-cylinder engine and FWD; the LE V6 is about $32,000. On the other end of the spectrum is the top-trim Limited with AWD, which starts around $42,000. If you want to save gas you'll spend money, as the Hybrid Limited commands a $48,160 price tag. While pricey, the 2015 Toyota Highlander is in the same range as other midsize-crossover SUV models, like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder. For our money, we'd take the Highlander XLE, which offers plenty of features for the money, but at a reasonable price. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area paid. The good news is that the Highlander offers a resale value that's practically investment-grade.
Toyota Highlander Consumer Reviews
November 24, 2018
Will buy another
June 19, 2018
So easy to drive and love the back up camera
May 29, 2018
another quality vehicle from Toyota
My wife and I live in New England, we traditionally purchase Toyota and Subaru for their winter time drive-ability. This Highlander is...
April 09, 2018
All is Aweome but the Voice Recognition/NAV a ZERO
The ride, power and technology is awesome. But like I said in the Summary, I give the the Navigation and the Voice recognition a big fat...
February 23, 2018
Best SUV I have ever owned
This is my fourth SUV I have owned and by far the best. Quality great, Power (295 HP V6), Ride, handlels great and Quitness is...
December 25, 2017
Very Nice car, but few things... Entertainment system could be better..(no android or apple play) Automatic shift could have been...
November 15, 2017
Great ride and fuel economy is better than rating.
Smooth ride on Michelin tires and gets 24 mpg in town and 32 mpg on hwy with the 2.7 liter 185 horsepower engine. If drivers dont tromp...
October 31, 2017
Great car that I will miss.
I decided to switch to a Pickup. Hate to lose the great ride and reliability of the Highlander.
October 29, 2017
Excellent Ride. Handling, Technology&Acceleration.
I have had this 2014 Toyota Highlander LE Plus for two months. It has excellent room, 2nd row seats have various sliding seating...
September 11, 2017
Excellent car, but too big for my wife (age 79).
We are in our late 70s and bought this 2016 Toyota Highlander for trips to see our children and grand children. However, my wife has...