Toyota Highlander Features –
- Available All-Wheel Drive
- 5000 lb towing capacity
- Standard Backup Camera
- Available Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
The Toyota Highlander started the midsize crossover SUV category 15 years ago, so it had a head start on becoming a benchmark. The third-generation model, now entering its third year, offers room for up to eight, a choice of three powertrains and four model grades. It all adds up to the ideal family vehicle.
The Highlander didn’t need much to get even better for 2016, but Toyota went ahead and made the towing package standard on all V6 models. The package includes a heavy-duty radiator with engine oil cooler, 200-watt fan coupling, supplemental transmission oil cooler and 150-amp alternator and allows the V6 models to tow a trailer up to 5,000 pounds. Other powertrain choices include a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder in the LE front-drive model, and Hybrid Synergy Drive with 280 total system horsepower. The four-cylinder and the V6 are both teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission.
What are critics saying about the Toyota Highlander?
With so many people haulers out there, how do you know which one is right for you? Well, let’s start with your list of needs. Do you need room for up to eight people? A comfortable and quiet ride? Good performance and fuel economy? How about the option of rear seat DVD entertainment or even occasionally towing up to 5,000 pounds? If this reads just like your short list, then Toyota would like you to take a look at the versatile Highlander crossover SUV. It’s back after a thorough redesign last year and better than ever. Read More >>
Car and Driver –
Inconspicuous and sensible, the Highlander has what it takes to haul up to eight in quiet comfort. A 185-hp, 2.7-liter four-cylinder or optional 270-hp 3.5-liter V-6 both pair with a six-speed automatic; front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. A hybrid combines the V-6 with two electric motors for 280 hp. The Highlander provides an adequate driving experience with accurate steering and a well-controlled ride, but it’s more focused on interior niceties and storage. Read More >>
Motor Trend –
The 3.5-liter V-6 moves the crossover along briskly with good acceleration and passing power. Hybrid models and the extra weight it carries from its batteries worsen its performance despite having a total system output of 280 hp from its hybrid V-6 powertrain. Read More >>