2012 Toyota Highlander Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$15,274 - $20,196
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17 City / 22 HWY
Horsepower
187-270
Seats
7
Color:  Blizzard Pearl
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$15,274 - $20,196
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17 City / 22 HWY
Horsepower
187-270
Seats
7

Ranks #8 By Owner Reviews

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.7 Overall Score
Performance 3.6 Comfort 4.0 Styling 3.6 Value 3.5

Editor's Overview

The 2012 Toyota Highlander is a family-friendly 7-passenger SUV known for its solid track record of dependability. Both the conventionally powered Highlander and its hybrid accomplice are equipped with a highly versatile interior, which includes one-touch folding levers for the rear seats and a configurable 40/20/40 split second-row.

Toyota Highlander Models & Trims

Base $15,849 - $18,006
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: 7
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SE $15,274 - $17,433
Horsepower: 187 hp - 270 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4, Gas V6
Standard Seating: 7
Standard Wheels: 19 x 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Limited $17,875 - $20,196
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: 7
Standard Wheels: 19 x 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.63

164 Reviews

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Love it hate it relationship.

Bought used. Comfortable car with ample room for first row and second row, third not for people with long legs, no storage room if third row is up. Third row seats are easy to pull up and down. Recall on the back tailgate because of motor issue with door, replaced and working now. Door lock issues with driver door, remote key does not work and have to use valet key. Navigation is outdated. Car has been reliable on multiple long distance road trips and has hauled a small U-Haul unit. Have not been able to connect by Bluetooth between car and phone.

- Jennifer W

My highlander experience!

I appreciate the back up camera and navigation system; however, I do not like having to pay a yearly fee for a map update. I love the way it drives, can turn on a dime, and is really good on gas mileage. I keep the back row seats down and use it for a trunk area, but occasionally put the seats up when all the grandchildren are around. First vehicle that had seat warmers ad I also use them as a heating pad when driving long trips!

- Faye I

Toyota highlander are the best cars!

I have a 2012 highlander and I love it. I had an Altima before but the highlander is amazing. It drives so smooth and not rough riding. I love the leather seats and also have heated seats! I also have a sunroof and perfect for the summer months. It also has 3 row seats and its great if you have 2 or more kids. :). You have a ton of room to haul stuff. It is an amazing vehicle and do not think I will ever drive anything else.

- Jennifer C

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$15,849 - $18,006
$15,274 - $17,433

Horsepower

Horsepower
270 (hp)
187 - 270 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L DOHC 24
2.7L DOHC 16
3.5L DOHC 24
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Not Available
Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Optional
Optional
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Optional
Optional
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.2 (in.)
43.2 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.6 (in.)
39.7 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38.3 (in.)
38.3 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
40.1 (in.)
40.1 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

AC
Standard
Standard

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
7
7

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional
Optional
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Not Available
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
Standard
Standard

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Optional
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
Not Available
Standard

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Standard

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/65R17
P245/55R19

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
109.8 (in.)
109.8 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
38.7 (ft.)
38.7 (ft.)

Length

Length
188.4 (in.)
188.4 (in.)

Width

Width
75.2 (in.)
75.2 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4266 (.lbs)
3946 - 4266 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
270 (hp)
187 (hp)

Torque

Torque
248 (ft. lbs.)
186 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
200 - 500 (.lbs)
150 - 500 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder, 4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
4 Wheel Drive
4 Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
19.2 (gal.)
19.2 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
20 (mpg)
21 (mpg)

City

City
17 (mpg)
18 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
22 (mpg)
23 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
Standard
Standard

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall
  • Front
  • Side
  • Rollover
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front
  • Side
  • Roof Strength
  • Driver-side Overlap Front N/A
*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall
  • Mechanical
  • Powertrain Quality
  • Body & Interior Design
  • ‌Features
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (0)

This vehicle has no recalls.

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