2016 Toyota Highlander Review And Release Date

If you are looking for the easiest way to describe 2016 Toyota Highlander and its predecessors, than we could say that this is Camry-platform mid-size SUV. This three-row crossover is being carried over for 2016 year model and only few minor cosmetic changes are in store for it.

Base LE model comes with 2.7 liter I4 cylinder engine which delivers 185 hp at 5800 rpm and 184 lb-ft of torque at 4200 rpm, while rest of the lineup which includes LE Plus, XLE and Limited models have 3.5L V6 engine with 270 hp at 6200 rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque at 4700 rpm. All models however have the same 6-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive. There’s another model of Highlander which is moved around by a 3.5L V6 hybrid engine with 280 hp of net system output.


2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota Highlander

Trapezoid grille up front and thin wide lower air intake are coupled with laid-back angular headlights and some pronounced wheel arches. Rear fenders are also protruded, unlike the bumper which is very low and flat. Big tailgate of the 2016 Toyota Highlander offers good access to the cargo bed, and trapezoid tail-lights serve as its beautification.

2016 Toyota Highlander Review

Inside, Highlander offers space for up to 7 or 8 people, depending on what type of second row seats you choose. Second row captain’s chairs with side table are standard on top grade and optional on XLE trim, while being unavailable on the rest of the lineup. All models offer different seat furbishes, from fabric cloth, over SofTex and leather, to premium perforated leather available in Limited models. First couple of grades comes with 6.1-inch touch screen, while top two models get high-resolution 8-inch touch screen with navigation. Also optional on latter two is a rear seat Blu-Ray disc entertainment system with twin 9-inch displays and two wireless headphones.


Safety options are abundant, there is no doubt that this is one of the best segments for the 2016 Toyota Highlander. You’ll get blind-spot monitors, lane-departure warning system, parking sensors, while tech package includes a pre-collision warning system and adaptive cruise control. Most of these will come only with more expensive models, while base ones will have to be content with standard airbag system, stability and traction controls and anti-lock brakes with brake assist.

Toyota Highlander Side

Toyota Highlander Side

Base Highlander achieves the fuel efficiency of 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, while the V6 is only marginally thirstier and lowers commuting numbers by a single point in FWD and by two points in 4WD, together with one point of highway ratings. Hybrid models however are rated at 27/28 mpg city/highway and are the most efficient in the lineup.

2016 Toyota Highlander Back

2016 Toyota Highlander Back


Even for the base version of the 2016 Toyota Highlander you will need almost $30,000, while Limited model with V6 unit and AWD costs around $41,500. Hybrid is priced at $47,500, but it does come away with best fuel efficiency after all also, have in mind that hybrid offers 10 hp more than the standard V6 powered model.

Release Date Of 2016 Toyota Highlander

The 2016 Toyota Highlander is a solid mid-size crossover with plenty of room for both passengers and cargo and very comfortable interior. Fuel economy ratings aren’t the best in class, but at least hybrid model does something on that field. However, sheer number of available options in powertrain department, and plenty of available features make this SUV a good choice. Expect this vehicle to be officially presented during the summer of this year while the deliveries should start from fall.

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