2013 Toyota Highlander Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$16,543 - $22,099
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17 City / 22 HWY
Horsepower
187-270
Seats
7
Color:  Magnetic Gray Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$16,543 - $22,099
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17 City / 22 HWY
Horsepower
187-270
Seats
7

Ranks #10 By Owner Reviews

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.7 Overall Score
Performance 3.5 Comfort 3.9 Styling 3.5 Value 3.4

Editor's Overview

Toyota's 2013 Highlander crossover SUV continues to impress with its abilities, features and resale value. It is a roomy, 7-passenger SUV ideal for growing families. Sharing much of its architecture with the Lexus RX 350 gives the Highlander a leg up on its competition. There is a hybrid model that attains best-in-class fuel economy without sacrificing power or interior space.

Toyota Highlander Models & Trims

Base $16,762 - $18,953
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 $19,260 - $21,555
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
Limited $19,744 - $22,099
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
Plus $16,543 - $18,742
Horsepower: 187 hp - 270 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4, 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

Owner Reviews

4.61

187 Reviews

5 star 64% 4 star 33% 3 star 3% 2 star 0% 1 star 0%

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

It is a spacious and sporty.

The only problem I have had with my highlander is the driver side window clunks when I shut it. I love how smooth it drives, the heated seats, how comfortable and cushy the seats are ( especially compared to a Honda that feels like sitting on cardboard)how roomy it is. I have no use for 3rd row seats because you have to be tiny to sit back there. I am always using the cruise control which is so easy. I love that you can convert captains chairs in back so 3 can sit there. The navigation and hands free system for phone. Love it and would but another one.

- Maria W

The highlander has plenty of legroom.

The 2013 Toyota highlander is a wonderful vehicle with many fun bells and whistles. I have two athletic children who need lots of room for equipment & plenty of leg room, which it definitely has whether you sit in front or the back. Also, having a third row is a plus. The ride in comfortable and smooth. If you have third row of seats up, the storage in the back is joke! The only problem that I have had with this vehicle is with the blower. For the air conditioner / heat. It either blows at very high or very low.

- Mo L

Love that there are 4 cup holders between the 2 front seats.

It gets decent gas mileage (21 - 22 mpg) on the highway. I have 2 boys who are quite tall for their age (10 and 12), and it fits the 4 of us very comfortably. My husband is 6’2”, and he loves the amount of headroom and legroom he has. The third row seat is also a decent size. I have had to sit back there occasionally and find it bearable for a 46 year old female. I would like to be able to open the back hatch with the remote which I cannot do. The trunk of the car is very roomy.

- Meredith P

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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
$16,762 - $18,953
$19,260 - $21,555

Horsepower

Horsepower
270 (hp)
270 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Not Available
Standard

Engine Type

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

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Not Available
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Not Available
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
Standard
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

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
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Not Available
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Not Available
Optional
Optional

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
Not Available
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

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Not Available
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
P245/65R17

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)
4045 - 4266 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
270 (hp)
270 (hp)

Torque

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

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
200 (.lbs)
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

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 (1)

Recall Mar 27, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Mar 27, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V148000
Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2013 Highlander vehicles manufactured March 13, 2013, through August 6, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the second row left hand seat may not lock in place when positioned in the forward front or second adjusting position. As such, the vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, "Seating Systems."
Consequence:
If the seat does not lock into the seat track, there may be an increased risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will modify the second row left hand seat so that it will lock into the seat track, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

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