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$14,039 - $16,062
Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range

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Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range
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Base Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$14,039 - $16,062
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17 City / 22 HWY
Horsepower
270
Seats
7

Mechanical Features

  • 3.5L DOHC 24-valve VVT-i V6 engine
  • 5-speed ECT-i automatic transmission -inc: sequential shift, snow mode
  • Full-time 4-wheel drive
  • 4-wheel independent Macpherson strut suspension
  • Front & rear stabilizer bars
  • Electric pwr rack & pinion steering w/pwr assist (EPS)
  • Pwr ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes

Exterior Features

  • 17" 7-spoke machined-finish aluminum alloy wheels
  • P245/65R17 all-season tires
  • Full-size spare w/aluminum wheel
  • Color-keyed rear spoiler w/integrated lamp
  • Dark silver-painted grille -inc: lower grill w/chrome accent
  • Black lower rockers w/chrome accent
  • Projector beam halogen headlamps w/auto on/off feature
  • Color-keyed foldable pwr mirrors
  • Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear intermittent wiper
  • UV reduction glass windshield
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Color-keyed door handles

Entertainment Features

  • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: (6) speakers, aux input
  • Fender mounted antenna

Interior Features

  • Cloth front captains chairs -inc: 8-way manual driver seat, 4-way manual front passenger seat, adjustable active headrests, seat-back pocket
  • Cloth 40/20/40 2nd row fold-flat slide & recline seat -inc: Center Stow seat & console, one-touch right hand walk-in function, outboard armrests
  • Cloth 3rd row seat -inc: fold-flat into floor capability, folding headrests
  • Center console -inc: (6) cupholders, storage compartments, (2) 12V aux pwr outlets
  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • Optitron red-illuminated instrument cluster -inc: speedometer, tachometer, water temp, fuel, LCD odometer w/dual tripmeters
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver auto up/down, jam protection
  • Pwr door locks w/auto lock/unlock
  • Remote keyless entry system -inc: remote illuminated entry
  • Cruise control
  • Engine immobilizer system
  • Digital clock
  • Manual front & rear air conditioning -inc: 2nd & 3rd row AC vents
  • Rear window defogger
  • Day/night rearview mirror
  • Overhead console -inc: map lights, conversation mirror, sunglass holder
  • Dual visors -inc: vanity mirrors, sliding extensions
  • Cargo area 12V aux pwr outlet

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) -inc: brake assist (BA), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), Smart Stop Technology (SST)
  • Traction control (TRAC)
  • Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Downhill Assist Control (DAC)
  • Front & rear energy-absorbing crumple zones
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Daytime running lights
  • Driver & front passenger advanced airbag system w/occupant classification sensor
  • Driver & front passenger front seat-mounted side airbags
  • 3-row roll-sensing side curtain airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • 3-point shoulder belts in all seating positions -inc: drivers emergency locking retractor (ELR), automatic locking retractor (ALR) & emergency locking retractor (ELR) for all passenger positions
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners w/force limiters, adjustable belt anchors
  • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) system for outboard 2nd row seats
  • Child protector rear door locks
  • Direct tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Energy-dissipating interior trim
  • Collapsible steering column

2012 Toyota Highlander Owner Reviews

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190 Reviews
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This vehicle is a great family car and I would highly recommend it.

2012 Toyota Highlander Base

The Toyota Highlander is a great family car! I love how much space there is, especially since we have two children in car seats. I also love that there is an additional row of seating that can be used for two more people or simply left down for more cargo space. We have not used the navigation system that comes with the car so I can't comment on how well it works. It does have a CD player that holds 4 CDs which is great as well. There is a DVD player in the back that we have used on a few occasions. The one thing I don't like about the DVD player is that when it is opened it can make backing up or even looking out the back window more difficult. (That is not the reason we don't use it thought. We want our kids to be able to entertain themselves and not rely on DVDs to be entertained.) Overall, I would recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a family car.

- Jennifer J

Why the seat warmers in my Highlander are the best.

2012 Toyota Highlander Base

I've had my Highlander since 2012 and I love it. It's extremely comfortable. The seat warmers are fantastic. Especially on cold days. That is one of my favorite features. It's easy to drive and roomy for me and my two active children. Love the third row but have the seats down most of the time to use the space in the back. There is A LOT that can be fit in my car, which makes it great on road trips. And knowing I have that third row if I want it is a nice option. Regular maintenance is important to keeping it running smoothly. The look of my Highlander is sporty and sleek. . Even though it's a 2012 it still looks fantastic. It's one of my favorite models. I love my Highlander and I plan to drive it for another 7 years.

- Molly T

Spacious vehicle with three rows of seating

2012 Toyota Highlander Base

My car has about 280,000 miles on it but it is in great condition. It has been on several trips to and from California to Georgia with zero issues. It has three rows of seating and the seats are able to be laid down for extra trunk space. I love the back of the car because the trunk space is very spacious and can fit all of our luggage on trips. It is a pretty good size car and it drives really well. The only issue would be the passenger side window which needs a little help to be pushed back up. But other than that, it is a great car with zero performance issues.

- Courtney W

Great family vehicle, affordable and reliable

2012 Toyota Highlander Base

Extremely reliable and have had very few problems. A great vehicle to have if you need space and yet do not want to drive a monster of an SUV. I would prefer if it had a little more power but what it lacks there it makes up in handling. As it is a base model, it has just the basics, a simple radio and CD player. It would be nicer if the system was of better quality but at the time that I bought the vehicle, that was not the most important thing for me. I was looking for something affordable, reliable and enough space for the family.

- Brian O

Highlander trunk won't open automatically.

2012 Toyota Highlander Base

I absolutely love my highlander. I really have not had many problems with it. The only thing I've had to replace was the battery. Everything else I've had to do was standard maintenance such as oil change, plugs, tires, and brakes. There was a time I thought my automatic trunk system had died. However, there is a button in the glove box that can be easily hit and will turn the truck off.

- Leslie C

Very dependable and reliable.

2012 Toyota Highlander Base

I love my car. It is very reliable and as a single woman that is important. The only problem I have had is with one of the wheels had some sort of problem and it took them 3 tries to find it. After that it is no problem. I chose a bright blue. No losing it in a parking lot. I have 3 grandchildren and feel very safe with all three in the car.

- Deborah W

Toyota highlander - reliable.

2012 Toyota Highlander Base

My highlander has plenty of room, and little to no problems. My only complaint is that when it gets very cold, my tire pressure light engages and will not shut off until reset by a mechanic. Otherwise, my car is very reliable. I like the snow function in the winter. Recently, I avoided an accident by using this feature during an ice storm.

- Amber J

An interesting detail about the highlander is that they have power heated seats

2012 Toyota Highlander Base

The Toyota Highlander is great for towing, traveling, and hauling things. It has 3rd row seating and two bucket seats, the seats also have power heating. This model has a backup camera as well. The seats are super comfortable and can come in leather or cloth. I recommend buying this vehicle if you have a bigger family.

- kelsey R

Great SUV for a small family

2012 Toyota Highlander Base

I've own this vehicle for almost one year now. It's been perfectly reliable in every way. It's a great SUV for a small family. It offers plenty of room in all areas of the vehicle. Gas mileage seems pretty good for the size of the SUV which is a plus and one of the main reasons I purchased it.

- Josh L

Gray 2012 Toyota Highlander, spacious and safe SUV

2012 Toyota Highlander Base

The highlander drives smoothly, has a spacious interior that seats 7, and is very comfortable. It also comes in many colors. What some may consider a con is the 15 gallon tank and that the car is not super fuel-efficient, but this shouldn't be a surprise when purchasing.

- Stacie C

Still runs like it is brand new!

2012 Toyota Highlander Base

- Madison M

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