The present Highlander has actually been around considering that 2014 when it obtained an extensive, ground-up remake. Now in the 2016 model year, the Highlander soldiers on unmodified. That will not hold true for 2017, however, as Toyota will indeed offer the three-row crossover a light renovation to match the brand new 3.5-liter V-6 borrowed from the new Tacoma.
Still, the 2016 is a pertinent automobile, offering family members a reasonably priced vehicle when it comes to lots of all-around capability, consisting of sitting for seven, hauling approximately 5,000 pounds, and also the choice of a hybrid drivetrain as well as AWD. Exactly, what’s more, the Highlander offers these points at a reasonable fee, with rates beginning around $30,000. My tester, fitted with the mid-grade LE Plus package deal, listings for $34,795.
Because the Highlander is slotted therefore a family-friendly car, it exercised completely that I had the household in the area, demanding the requirement for a third-row seat. Though there are various other crossovers and full-size SUVs when it comes to jobs a lot more room, the Highlander appeared as much as the task. The third row did confirm to be rather restricting regarding legroom. However four grownups, as well as a four-year-old in a child seat, fit all right.
The Highlander is a handsome, yet somewhat dull personality. It’s massive front fascia, lengthy greenhouse, and also protruding taillights make it quickly identifiable. However, its form is rather featureless. I’m just happy my tester had not been off-white. The outside chrome accents do help brighten points up– along the grille, around the side windows, as well as the clear-lens taillights that imitate Chrome at a glimpse.
Toyota did its best to make the Highlander look like an SUV. There’s black cladding along the wheel wheels, along the rocker panels, and around the bottom edges of the bumpers. A tidy tuck in the sheet metal merely above the rocker panels offers the Highlander an aesthetically lighter appearance, though it does nothing to minimize its 4,244-pound visual weight.
There are numerous discuss the exterior that struck home when it comes to me. The 18-inch alloy wheels are rather attractive, thanks to painted gray pockets and machined-faced fronts. Furthermore, the plastic fender styles provide the Highlander’s flanks a more enticing appearance.
The inside of the Highlander is mostly fresh in regards to design. The shelf under the dashboard gathers the most interest, particularly from those who like putting nick-nacks in the mug owners. Toyota likewise created it as an ideal place to store mobile phone. There’s also a pass-through for billing cords. There’s lots of various other cubby holes and also storage space places around, consisting of map pockets behind both pole positions, large door pockets on the second-row doors, and also cup holders for the 3rd-row bench. There’s likewise storage space shots under the flooring in the freight area.
Mentioning cargo, the Highlander allows for some remarkable cargo-hauling abilities. With the second as well as 3rd rows folded up, they’re 83.7 cubic feet of room. That’s more than enough for a go to the neighborhood big-box store. Freight storage space does become tight with the 3rd row in place, keeping only 13.8 cubic feet of space. Still, that suffices for groceries or a couple of knapsacks.
Entry into the 3rd row is rather simple thanks to the folding as well as gliding the second row. Big sill steps additionally make the rearward trip much easier. When sitting, the 3rd row is very cramped, a minimum of for full-size adults. Legroom is one of the most egregious dimension. Thankfully Toyota supplies mug owners as well as air vents, making the 3rd row more comfortable.
2nd-row lodgings are much more adult-friendly, a minimum of when the 60/40 split bench is slid rearward. Because instance, legroom is generous and also the sloping seatbacks enable comfortable taking a trip. Second-row guests also have accessibility to a complete COOLING AND HEATING controls behind the center console. A folding center armrest with cup holders finishes the welcoming environment
Powering the Highlander is Toyota’s venerable 3.5-liter V-6. The transversely mounted engine functions are dual overhanging cameras with variable timing on both intake and also exhaust sides, adding it to achieve 270 horse power at 6,200 rpm as well as 248 pound-feet of torque at 4,700 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission, that in this instance, sends power to the front wheels. AWD is optional.
My tester is EPA-rated at 19 mpg city, 25 mpg freeway, and also, 21 mpg integrated. During my week of comprehensive driving, I matched the consolidated ranking. That’s not as well awful, but there are a lot more reliable crossovers on the marketplace, including the hybrid variation of the Highlander.
Driving sensible, the V-6 offers sufficient power for the majority of vehicle drivers. A smooth throttle allows for comfy around-town driving. Mat the pedal, and the V-6 awakens, sending its tachometer needle shrieking towards its redline. Thanks to the six-speed automobile, revs at highway rate are kept down, permitting comfortable long-haul trips.
Though the V-6 is adequate, Toyota is changing it for 2017 with the all-new 3.5-liter V-6 that debuted in the Tacoma pickup. It needs to give even more horse power and also torque, while its port- as well as direct-injection fuel system, integrated with its variable Atkinson and Otto combustion cycles, make it a lot more efficient. An eight-speed auto will additionally come specification.
Toyota Highlander Price
The 2016 Highlander is available in seven trim levels, consisting of both hybrid designs. The base LE Highlander starts at $29,900. For that, you get the 2.7-liter four-cylinder and FWD. Up from that is the LE Plus, like my tester. It starts at $33,895. Tacking on the $900 shipment fee brings the price to $34,795, matching precisely the as-tested rate of my tester.
The XLE starts at $36,815, the Restricted beginnings at $40,415, and also the Restricted Platinum starts at $44,490. Over that is the Restricted Hybrid and also Minimal Platinum Hybrid. When it comes to all the alternative boxes examined, it’s very easy to push the Highlander’s price over the $55,000 mark.
Toyota Highlander Conclusion
The Highlander proved to be an incredible individuals hauler– at least when it comes to when packed listed below full capacity. As claimed in the past, the third row ought to just be utilized in a pinch as opposed to as a daily spot for the tall or wide. Besides that, the Highlander makes a great instance for itself as an excellent family automobile when it comes to beautiful space in the initial as well as 2nd rows, a vivacious V-6, suitable energy economic situation, and attractive appearances.
It’s likewise great to see a moderately valued crossover offer all the capability located below. As a near-base LE Plus trim, my tester still included the eight-inch Entune touch screen, vehicle driver information center, power seats, keyless entrance, and also likable 18-inch alloy wheels. Certain, there are flashier, much better geared up crossovers available. However, it’s hard to complain regarding the LE And also’ worth for the dollar. As well as besides, isn’t really that exactly what most households are looking for