2016 Toyota Highlander

Pros: Generously sized interior provides 8-passenger capacity and good cargo room behind the 3rd-row seats; quiet cabin; choice of smooth, economical hybrid powertrain; separate-opening liftgate glass is handy

Cons: Mediocre passing power with 4-cylinder engine; 3rd–row seating is tight for some adults; some audio controls are placed out of easy reach

CG Says: The 2016 Toyota Highlander is unchanged except that the towing package is now standard on all V6 models. This midsize-SUV Best Buy boasts a long list of strong points, including excellent passenger room in the first and second rows, flexible cargo space, thoughtful small-items storage spaces, and high-quality interior materials. The available Entune infotainment system offers a broad array of up-to-the-minute connectivity features, and the optional Driver Easy Speak feature, which utilizes the vehicle’s speaker system so front-seat occupants can easily converse with occupants in the 3rd row, is a unique convenience. Highlander is competitive from a dynamic standpoint as well, offering a comfortable ride and decent maneuverability for its size and heft. As it has been for several years, the Highlander is a must-see vehicle in the midsize-SUV class.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 7 or 8
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Toyota
Nation of Manufacture USA, Japan
Base Prices LE: $29,990
LE V6: $31,515
AWD LE V6: $32,975
LE Plus V6: $33,895
AWD LE Plus V6: $35,355
XLE: $36,815
AWD XLE: $38,275
Limited: $40,415
AWD Limited: $41,875
Limited Platinum: $43,030
AWD Limited Platinum: $44,490
AWD Hybrid Limited: $47,870
AWD Hybrid Limited Platinum: $50,485

Base Engine
2.7-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
185
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
270
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-25

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6/electric
Horsepower
280
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

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2016 Toyota Highlander