2015 Toyota Highlander Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$21,073 - $30,870
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
18 City / 24 HWY
Horsepower
185-270
Seats
7-8

How 2015 Toyota Highlander Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.6 Overall Score
Performance 4.6Comfort 4.5Styling 4.4Value 4.4

Editor's Overview

The 2015 Toyota Highlander is the brand's family-friendly offering for the midsize crossover-SUV market. Offering 8-passenger seating, lots of family-friendly features like a rear-seat intercom, and clever touches like a cable organizer for your devices, the Toyota remains an attractive option against formidable contenders like the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer.

Toyota Highlander Models & Trims

chevronDown icon LE $21,073 - $23,556
Horsepower: 185 hp - 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4, Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon XLE $25,509 - $28,208
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Limited $28,053 - $30,870
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon LE Plus $23,438 - $25,983
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Limited Platinum $27,572 - $30,411
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

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Great family car. Just be sure and get that removable middle seat!

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I love the Highlander. It's a smooth ride that comes with all the little extra conveniences that make any trip with little kids that much easier! Like the built in sun shades or the keyless entry so I don't have to dig through my purse with two boys trying to run around in the parking lot. I wish that we got the removable middle seat because it's difficult to use the back row with 2 car seats blocking the entry. With that, it would be the perfect car for a family of 4 or more. Also, gas mileage is amazing

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Toyota Highlander... Built for safety and comfort!

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The 2015 Toyota Highlander is loaded with safety and comfort features. My favorite is the blind spot assist which lets you know if there is a car in your blind spot when you're trying to switch lanes. Also if you're going at a fast pace and the car senses you're about to collide into something it alerts you. The heated and cooling feature on the seats are wonderful as is the heated steering wheel. The moon roof spans all the way to the backseat which child passengers will love.

Shana G
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Comfy, solid and nice riding SUV.

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My Toyota highlander drives like a dream. Passengers have on more than one occasion commented how smooth the ride is. Mine is an all wheel drive, so I am not sure if that has to do with it or not. Comfortable seats, good view out the windows. At 47k I take it in for all of the service maintenance and haven't had any issues with the engine or the electrical system. Feels solid. The only thing I do not like is the gas mileage which is city 18 and around 23 highway. . .

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$21,073 - $23,556
$25,509 - $28,208

Horsepower

Horsepower
185 - 270 (hp)
270 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L V6 DOHC 24, 2.7L 4
3.5L V6 DOHC 24
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Not Available
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Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Not Available
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Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
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Standard
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Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
44.2 (in.)
44.2 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.7 (in.)
39.5 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38.4 (in.)
38.4 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.9 (in.)
39.6 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Entertainment System
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Not Available
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Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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Not Available
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Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Not Available
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AC

AC
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Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Not Available
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Not Available
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Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
8
7 - 8

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Not Available
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Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Not Available
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Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
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Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Not Available
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
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Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/60SR18
P245/60SR18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
109.8 (in.)
109.8 (in.)

Turning Radius

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

Length

Width

Width
75.8 (in.)
75.8 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4134 - 4398 (.lbs)
4310 - 4464 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
185 (hp)
270 (hp)

Torque

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

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
1500 - 2000 (.lbs)
5000 (.lbs)

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
150 - 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
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Standard
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder, 4 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

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

Combined

Combined
22 (mpg)
22 (mpg)

City

City
19 (mpg)
19 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
25 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Roof Strength
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Driver-side Overlap Front
A
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Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag and Passenger Cushion Front Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Rear Collision Warning

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (2)

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Steering > Electric Power Assist System Mar 12, 2015
Report Receipt Date:
Mar 12, 2015
NHTSA Campaign:
15V144000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2015 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, and Highlander Hybrid, and 2014-2015 Rav4 vehicles. A component of the electric power steering (EPS) electronic control unit (ECU) may have been damaged during the manufacturing process. Over time, this damage may result in failure of the electric power steering system.
Consequence:
An unexpected loss of power steering increases the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the serial number of the EPS ECU or steering column assembly. If the number is within the affected range, the EPS ECU will be replaced, free of charge. The recall began on May 7, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
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Electrical System Nov 26, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Nov 26, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18E107000
Summary:
Fujian Wanda Automobile Glass Industry (Wanda) is recalling certain aftermarket Replacement Windshields sold for use in 2014-2018 Toyota Highlander vehicles. The windshields have an attached wire harness that water may leak into, possibly causing damage to the vehicle's Engine Control Module (ECM).
Consequence:
The ECM damage may result in the engine stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Wanda will notify owners, and service centers will replace the windshields, and inspect the ECM for damage, having it replaced, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 10, 2019. Owners may contact Wanda customer service at 1-864-281-2760.

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