2016 Toyota Highlander Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$23,483 - $34,079
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
18 City / 24 HWY
Horsepower
185-270
Seats
7-8
Color:  Blizzard Pearl
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$23,483 - $34,079
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
18 City / 24 HWY
Horsepower
185-270
Seats
7-8

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.5 Overall Score
Performance 4.6 Comfort 4.5 Styling 4.3 Value 4.4

Editor's Overview

The 8-passenger Toyota Highlander SUV for 2016 continues to be a family favorite, offering a choice of models, including a hybrid, and a reliability record that's the envy of the industry. Clever features, such as a rear intercom system, help the family-friendly Highlander keep pace with newer rivals, such as the Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder.

Toyota Highlander Models & Trims

LE $23,483 - $26,132
Horsepower: 185 hp - 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4, Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: 8
Standard Wheels: 18 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
XLE $27,980 - $30,835
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: 7
Standard Wheels: 18 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 $31,068 - $34,079
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
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
LE Plus $25,416 - $28,101
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: 8
Standard Wheels: 18 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 Platinum $30,677 - $33,686
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
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

4.68

266 Reviews

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

My Toyota Highlander.....Perfect for Me

My Toyota Highlander is the perfect automobile for me. I love that it has seating for 7 in case I want to take my children and grandchildren somewhere with me. I like the heated and cooled seats. The seats are comfortable. It is a good sized vehicle but the handling is really like a regular car. I'm able to park it with ease and It's easy to back out of a space thanks to the backup camera. I wish it got better gas mileage but it is a big vehicle and that comes with the territory.

- Allison E

It drives very smoothly and has as much space as many larger SUV vehicles, like my mother-in-law's GMC.

There isn't a whole lot of room in the third row for legroom. There also isn't a whole lot of room behind the third row for storage. The speaker system to talk to whoever is in the back of the car doesn't really work so we don't use it. It's not as up to date with technology as other cars. It has a touch screen and all but in my old car, a dodge, you could pause sirius and replay songs and it had a digital screen over the steering wheel, but my Highlander doesn't have any of that.

- Ashley R

Really like my highlander, but it is not perfect.

My vehicle drives very smoothly and has a nice interior. It is very easy to handle. The exterior is also nice. I love the captain seats in the middle row, but the third row will not sit adults comfortably. The third row is sized nail for kids. Also, I wish there was a little more room in the trunk/back area. Finally, I do have issues with my stereo system. Although it is supposed to be top of the line (it is jbl), my Bluetooth cuts out sometimes.

- Amy T

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$23,483 - $26,132
$27,980 - $30,835

Horsepower

Horsepower
185 - 270 (hp)
270 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L V6 DOHC 24
2.7L 4
3.5L V6 DOHC 24
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
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
Standard
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
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
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Not Available
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Not Available
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Not Available
Standard

AC

AC
Standard
Standard

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Not Available
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Not Available
Standard

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
8
7 - 8

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

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

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
P245/60SR18
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.)
Mechanical Specs

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 - 5000 (.lbs)
5000 (.lbs)

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
150 - 500 (.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, 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
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary 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
*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall
  • Mechanical
  • Powertrain Quality
  • Body & Interior Design
  • ‌Features
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (3)

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.
Service Brakes, Hydraulic > Fluid Oct 23, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 23, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V775000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2016 Highlander vehicles manufactured May 26, 2016, to September 16, 2016. The brake fluid level sensor may not be connected to the wire harness, preventing the sensor from detecting the brake fluid level. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
Consequence:
If the brake fluid level is low and is not detected, the braking performance may be decreased, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, connect the wire harness to the sensor, free of charge. The recall began November 14, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this G03.
Equipment > Other > Labels Jun 8, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 8, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V420000
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2016 Toyota Camry and Highlander, 2015-2016 Toyota Tundra, Scion FR-S, and tC vehicles. The Load Carrying Capacity Modification Label may not reflect the correct added weight of the installed accessories. As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars."
Consequence:
An incorrect label may lead an owner to overload the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
SET will notify owners, and provide a corrected label for placement over the inaccurate label, free of charge. The recall began on July 14, 2016. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226.

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