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Starting at
$34,395
EPA - est City/Hwy
19/25
Engine
3.5L V6
Seats
8
Power
270 hp

2016 Toyota Highlander Overview

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There are some good reasons why the 2016 Toyota Highlander is a top pick for a large three-row crossover SUV. Our review of the 2016 Toyota Highlander includes pricing, specs, photos, safety ratings, incentives and local inventory.

The 2016 Toyota Highlander, which represents the third year of the model's current generation, remains a top contender among family-friendly crossover SUVs. For buyers repelled by minivans or those who don't need a V8-powered toy-hauling behemoth, the three-row Highlander hits the sweet spot, offering front- or all-wheel-drive, a choice of four-cylinder or V6 engines, and five distinct trim levels, each with a successively longer list of features. Regardless of trim level, the Highlander stands out by virtue of its spacious and comfortable cabin. Second-row seating is a choice of three-across bench seating or captain's chairs with a side table. The refined V6 and smooth six-speed automatic transmission deliver effortless acceleration and make the Highlander one of the quickest big crossovers around. There are also plenty of contemporary tech tools and smartphone-integrated services, anchored by an 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen display in the higher trim levels. For 2016, Toyota keeps the Highlander essentially unchanged. There's a new standard towing package that makes all V6 models capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds (previously this was an option). The Highlander packs enough goodness that we've made it one of our top picks for a three-row crossover this year. But it's not the only model worth checking out. The Highlander's main rival, the Honda Pilot, is fully redesigned this year and is more upscale and carlike than in prior years. The Ford Explorer is also updated this year and offers a similar range of prices and features plus a strong turbocharged V6 option. There's also the handsome-looking Dodge Durango or the three-row Hyundai Santa Fe, the latter of which stacks up nicely against the Highlander across the board. All of them are competent family vehicles, but the Highlander certainly earns its well-deserved reputation for all-around goodness.

Comfortable and pleasing to drive, the 2016 Toyota Highlander is a no-brainer pick for a three-row family crossover. It also earns our top rating.

The 2016 Toyota Highlander is essentially unchanged from last year's model. Minor upgrades include a standard towing package on all V6 models.



2016 Toyota Highlander Reviews From Owners
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By Jerry Townsend

on Oct/07/16

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By Donna D

on Oct/03/16

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Loving my Hybrid!

I love the quietness of the engine and the cost savings I am experiencing with my hybrid vehicle. The ride is so smooth and it handles well.

By Name Withheld

on Sep/15/16

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By Melinda Wilson

on Jul/09/16

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Bucket seats

The 2 row of seats are bucket seats did not care for that design.

By QK

on Jun/19/16

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Excellent road handling

This has very excellent road handling, very comfortable ride. so far I am getting around 20mpg combined.

By Kai Huang

on Jun/08/16

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By William Wolf

on May/27/16

2016 Toyota Highlander



Nice SUV

Meets it's write up

By TM

on May/26/16

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By Nikki

on May/08/16

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By Lucretia Franklin

on May/02/16

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By Julie B.

on Apr/28/16

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Love it!

Couldn't be happier with the car! Exceeds expectations!

By Mary Footman

on Apr/20/16

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By David Allyn

on Mar/26/16

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By Shawn Marshall

on Feb/29/16

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Early on

I've only owned it for 3 weeks so I'm just starting to feel it out. So far it's been very good with the interior being very basic.

By Kstanley

on Feb/23/17

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Highly recommend the Toyota Highlander!

We've had our 2016 Highlander for just under a year now, and we love it. We traded in our 2013 Corolla when we had our first child and we needed something with much more space for all the new things we had to tote around for baby. We researched 4 different brands of cars; Chevrolet, Jeep, Toyota and Ford. The Chevy and Jeep had poor reviews ranging from the Chevy Traverse catching on fire 2 days after having it and the Jeep Grand Cherokee having issues with also catching on fire and having an issue with it's parking brake not holding and rolling away. It came down to the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander or 4-Runner. The Ford was slightly less money but after I read the reviews on the Toyota (and being a previous Toyota owner and loved my old car) my husband and I agreed upon one of the Toyotas. There was even a review from a mom who said that she was t-boned by a drunk driver in her Highlander and the vehicle rolled, she and her two children survived and the drunk driver did not. Sealed my thoughts on what I wanted, but we test drove each one anyway. The 4-Runner drove nicely and was spacious, but it felt extremely bulky and top heavy to me. Probably more well suited for someone who wanted to take it off-roading or out in the mountains rather than drive their kids to school and do family things. Next we drove the Highlander and my husband told me that he was very impressed with how sleek it actually looked in person. He said he was expecting something more of a soccer mom van/wagon style and this didn't strike him that way at all. We had our 10 month old son in the car and he instantly fell asleep on the drive in the highlander. The drive was smooth, the interior wasn't as roomy as the 4-Runner but it had a third row seat which we wanted, back up camera, and touch screen audio and blue tooth controls on the wheel. We took this car to San Diego to stay with my inlaws for a few days and my nephew, husband, son, mother in law, father in law and myself all fit in the car comfortably. When we go out of town to San Diego or somewhere around that distance, we only fuel up once for the trip (assuming it's a few days and not a week or so). I drive this car to work every day, and around town, to the neighboring towns about once a week, and I only have to fuel up every other week or so. And now with baby #2 on the way, I have no doubts that this car will be able to continue safely holding all of my precious cargo without making us cramped for space.

By Larry Williams

on Feb/12/17

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2017 highlander

Very nice car. Rides incredibly smooth. Quiet

By JW

on Feb/11/17

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2009 Ford Flex, with over 100,000 miles.

No memory seat for drivers,no adjustable up, on passenger side, for short ladies, no hot power outlet ,ride not as great as hoped for.Mileage not as good as our other older Flex.

By Lee V

on Feb/05/17

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2016 Highlander

Shop around before buying. Different dealers have slightly different promotions and pricing.

By Wayne

on Feb/04/17

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Beware of the wind noise

The car runs well. However, if you are sensitive to noise, you will hate this car. On my car, a 2017 model, there is a wind intrusion, whistling noise on the passenger side window above 45 MPH; None on the driver's side. Dealer acknowledged the problem but said that it's a "normal characteristic" of the car until Toyota issues a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) on how to fix it. You can google the internet and see how many other people are having the same problem. I would not have bought this car had I known about this. The noise is very annoying and persistent. None of my other Toyotas (2014 Avalon, 2006 Sienna, 2003 Sequoia) have this problem.

By Chris Colbert

on Jan/28/17

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Very pleased

Only owned this new car for a few weeks but are very pleased with everything this car offers. Will be taking our first long road trip in a few weeks.

By Pjd

on Jan/28/17

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Cabin Noise is terrible

We set a decibel meter in the the cabin and at 70 mph the 93 db reading requires hearing protection by the federal government. You get engine noise at low speed and tire noise along with wind noise at speeds higher than 45 mph. The engine always seems to act as if it is working to keep up at the 55 - 65 mph and the fuel mileage on two long trips of Interstate in excess of 300 miles has not been above 19.7 miles per gallon, currently only have 4100 miles on auto. JBL radio speakers are poor and there is not a setting that will pair volume with increased sound so in town at 40 mph your radio volume is set at 12 for volume and on the highway at 70 mph you need to turn the radio up to a setting of 28. This is my forth Toyota and it will be my last.

By Jan

on Jan/28/17

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Highlander Wins Again

After hours of combing through Consumer Reports, various websites and test driving SUVs, we chose the Toyota Highlander. This is our 2nd Highlander. It is our main, family of 4, vehicle. We had a base model 2005 Highlander for 12 years & loved it. It was very reliable as we pretty much only had to do routine maintenance. Our 2016, we purchased, was previously a lease vehicle. The safety features are fantastic. The back seat has captain chairs which my 2, 5'10" tall, teenagers love. The 2nd & 3rd row has more leg room than our previous model. We only use 3rd row seat for short trips. Overall, the 2016 feels roomier than our 2005. I'm not a fan of the plastic cargo cover in the back. I'd rather have carpet to help keep things from sliding around. Also, the storage center between the front seats is awkward/bulky. The tech features are easy figure out & use. The ride feels smoother & is quieter than our previous Highlander. We test drove the 2017 Honda Pilot at least 4 times & liked it too, but the tech had zero knobs & was not as easy as Highlander to figure out. The Pilot seemed to sit lower than the Highlander & the steering felt looser. In the end we purchased the Highlander, because we know it will be reliable for years to come & we wanted a sportier look.

By Rebecca Haas

on Jan/14/17

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60 degree steep driveway Mountains of NC-ice-snow

A great value, safe car. I live on the side of a Mountain. The grade going up my drive is probably 60 degree along with a few curves. The car has amazing down hill assist to negotiate down steep hills and of course my drive. AWD and 4 wheel drive additional feature: just tried in the snow on my steep drive and did not slip once. I would highly recommend this car. I had 2 VW Touareg's, but they were not as reliable on the roads I travel as the 2016 Toyota in snow, ice and mountain terrain. The things I do not like about the car: I am 5'4 and getting positioned in the car means I am constantly moving the seat back and forth. When it rains, the configuration of the door and windows does not shed water when door is initially opened, steering is so fine tuned you don't feel the roughness of the road consequently ---takes a little getting use to...finally... I would like a more realistic back up camera (not a fish eye camera )- positioned where the rain drops and snow do not sit on camera lens distorting the backup view. But as far as safety, I will deal with the insignificant to enjoy the significant safety features. I need Safety first. The 2016 Highlander is a great value for the money and the safety features sold me 100%. .. " NC Mountains"

By Reuben Powell

on Dec/22/16

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So smooth

This car is way better then my last great ride smooth engine best decision I made in a car

By Bud Mudge

on Dec/13/16

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Miss my Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Although there were things on the Jeep I really like, the Highlander is fine. The Highlander driver-seat-belt arrangement is difficult to reach when starting a drive. I miss the handles of the Jeep: they were where the side-air-bags are located in the Highlander so have to use the steering wheel as a "grab" on entering. I prefer the 4wd selector in the Jeep as opposed to the method in the Highlander which essentially is front-wheel-drive with automatic traction transfer to the rear wheels as sensors determine. Gas mileage of the Highlander V-6 seems to be about the same as the "in-line-six" of the Jeep; around 27-28 hwy. I also miss the gauges of Jeep (oil, etc.) and "warning lights" may be just a tad too late. Had leather seats in the Jeep with seat-warmer; no need for seat warmer with the Highlander's fabric seats. Dragging myself, kicking and screaming, into the 21st Century so, I will eventually get used to the Highlander. In all, it has more bells and whistles than the Jeep and I driving with the manual on my lap at times.

By Janet Fisher

on Dec/05/16

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My Toyota Highlander

I really love the SUV, it handles like a nice sedan rather than a truck. I only wish Toyota would put "Leather seats" in more of their models. I have had those seats in all my vehicles for over 20 yrs and I miss that.

By Suspar

on Nov/21/16

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By Joe Schmoe

on Oct/30/16

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Really Smooth Ride

I'm used to truck-based SUV's having owned 2 Toyota 4Runners, a Mercedes G-500, and a bunch of first gen FJ-40 Landcruisers, so to drive the Highlander is almost effortless. The one thing I have to worry about is the long length and wheelbase, which is longer than any of the other cars that I have ever owned. On the other hand, if I keep the mindset that I'm driving a truck or bus, like I used to do for a living, I'll be OK. But I have have never driven anything as smooth and comfortable!

By Joe Galassi

on Oct/26/16

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Nice

Very nice vehicle, rides great and comfortable. looks great

By WB Arrant

on Oct/23/16

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By David Breuker

on Sep/30/16

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By Shannon Lasky

on Sep/26/16

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Affordable Luxury!

We love this car! Such a smooth, comfortable ride. The 3rd row seats 3, which is awesome when carting around the kids and their friends. The technology is easy to use and so convenient.

By Paul Birley

on Sep/22/16

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By Lorin Jacobs

on Sep/18/16

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What's Not To Love

I've had three Highlanders. And there is absolutely nothing NOT to love. Style, comfort, reliability...all good qualities of a nice SUV. No complaints at all !!!!

By Dan Sterrenberg

on Jul/05/16

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By Dave Moser

on Jun/22/16

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By EDDIE EDDAHBI

on Jun/21/16

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Highlander 2016

The car drives & handles very well ..I thought w the xle you expect more Options such parking sensor ..The leather seats quality is really not the best ..over all the car is worth the money !

By Robert Phaneuf

on Jun/20/16

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Oo laa laa

great car

By Josehums

on Jun/16/16

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Drives, handles an including looks -as advertised!

ride is quiet and smooth, and has an interior that really looks and feel roomy (have 2-row captain chairs). handsome styling too. handles good on the road.

By Aaron Barnard

on May/15/16

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Just bought our new suv! What an improvement!

Our first suv was a murano, and that was a nightmare. So many issues, including the head gasket blowing @ 90k!? Anyway, the Highland Performs better on every level. Looks great, feels great, we just love our new family vehicle.

By Austin Six

on May/10/16

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High on the Highlander

This is a solid buy. Comfy, adequately powerful, good road manners. Steering is a little vague with too much assistance, but not numb like domestic competitors. This Limited model has virtually all the bells and whistles. Recommended without question.

By Ernie Mcalister

on May/07/16

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By Wiola Aniello

on Apr/19/16

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By Hal Wickey

on Mar/22/16

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Due Diligence ; Your ticket To Ride

Compare it's features and price with similar vehicles by other respected manufacturers

By Dave

on Mar/15/16

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Third row rider

Back seat is ok, third row isn't o.k.

By Devon Harris

on Mar/07/16

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Great vehicle

I bought my Highlander a month ago from Toyota of Wilmington and it was a great experience and vehicles. I love the performance, features, and style of the highlander.

By GDS

on Jan/17/16

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By Gary Rainford

on Dec/25/16

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Highlander has read too many of its headlines

Overall the Highlander is a solid vehicle that will probably perform well over time & hold its value. However, don't believe the 18-24 fuel rating. I just took it on a 250 mile trip, drove conservatively on the highway & averaged a whopping 17.9 MPG. Also, the electronics are ok, but given this is a 2016 model, the user interface could definitely use some fine tuning.

By JM

on Dec/23/16

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I have a really bad back and am six feet two inches tall. This vehicle is very comfortable for me.

By Saeeda K

on Dec/11/16

2016 Toyota Highlander


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2016 Highlander Limited Platinum

Like the style of car. Hate that Toyota nickels & dimes you for everything. My only negative review is that the cabin is much louder than I expected on the highway. I came out of a 2007 Toyota Avalon & the difference in the cabin noise is surprising. I would definitely recommend test driving on the highway. Other than that, overall is good. Wish there was a way to have Waze as an app instead of toyotas nav system. It's not as efficient as Waze. The third row is definitely for kids. No adult would ever prefer to sit In the third row, let alone three of them wouldnt fit in the third row.



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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    109.8 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    191.1 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    68.1 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    8.0 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    4244 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    8
  • Front Leg Room
    44.2 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    59.3 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    38.4 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    59.6 Inches
  • Cargo Volume
    13.8 cubic feet


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    4.15 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    front wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Four-wheel
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
    Yes


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    245
  • Rear Tire Profile
    60



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front, Rear And Third Row
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front
  • Knee Airbags
    Driver Only


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    6
  • Cd Player
    Single CD Player
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Cd Mp3 Playback
    Yes
  • Radio
    AM/FM HD Radio


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Entry Lights
    Exterior Entry Lighting
  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes
  • Turn Signal Side Mirrors
    Turn Signal In Mirrors


Interior

Interior Features

  • Rear Heat
    Rear Ventilation Ducts With Fan Control
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Dual
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Automatic Climate Control
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    3.5l V6
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    independent
  • Fuel Capacity
    19.2 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

Vehicle Performance

XLE / AWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.1 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.4 sec @ 90.5 mph
  • Source
    Motor Trend

Limited / AWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.3 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.6 sec @ 91 mph
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    Car and Driver

LE Plus / FWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.1 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.4 sec @ 91.7 mph
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    Motor Trend

Hybrid Limited / AWD / CVT

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.4 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.6 sec @ 90.3 mph
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    Motor Trend

Hybrid Limited / AWD / CVT

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.6 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.8 sec @ 91 mph
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    Car and Driver

True Market Value

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edmunds The TMV® shows how much a car could be traded in for at the dealership. The TMV® price shown is always based on the style of the vehicle selected. Options and color adjustments are not taken into consideration. *

  • Trade In Price
    $26,686
  • Private Seller Price
    $28,335
  • Dealer Price
    $29,580
  • Original MSRP
    $34,395

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2016 Toyota Highlander
JD Power

  • Among the best

  • Better than most

  • About average

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INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. This study measures car quality by analyzing problems reported in the mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories.


  • OVERALL QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • OVERALL QUALITY - DESIGN
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - DESIGN
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - DESIGN
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - DESIGN

2016 Toyota Highlander Features


Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    19 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    25 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 5
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    5
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2016 Toyota Highlander Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    3 years / 36,000 miles
    2 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    4 years
  • CORROSION
    5 years / Unlimited miles
    4 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    2 years / 25,000 miles
    1 years

2016 Toyota Highlander Key Factors

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Pros

  • Smooth and strong V6 engine
  • Refined interior appointments
  • Quiet, compliant ride
  • Seating for up to eight, functional cabin design.

Cons

  • Lackluster four-cylinder engine
  • Third-row seat isn't as roomy as those in some other top rivals.


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2016 Toyota Highlander True Cost Of Ownership

Data provided by Edmunds

The TCO® is the total five-year costs of owing a vehicle. Seven cost categories make up the TCO® (depreciation, insurance, financing, taxes & fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs), also take into account any applicable federal tax credit.

ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,012$1,047$1,084$1,122$1,161$5,426
Maintenance$0$59$686$469$3,012$4,226
Repairs$0$0$111$269$393$773
Taxes & Fees$2,972$254$235$219$204$3,884
Financing$1,243$990$725$449$160$3,567
Depreciation$4,838$2,874$2,529$2,240$2,012$14,493
Fuel$1,928$1,986$2,045$2,107$2,170$10,236
True Cost To Own ®$11,993$7,210 $7,415$6,875 $9,112$42,605

*Warranty’s Cover 75% Of Anticipated Maintenance And Repairs.

**Prices provided by Edmunds True Cost to Own® (TCO®)



2016 Toyota Highlander NHTSA Service Bulletins

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Date Complaint Filed: 12/28/2015

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

When i purchased this 2016 toyota highlander le in mid december, i did not realize until i got it home, there was no interior rear door release. no release button on the dash and no interior door handle. i went back to the dealership, found my salesman and asked him if there was an interior door release. he told me there was not and "that's why they offer the le plus model which has a power rear door with inside release". every vehicle i've owned since 1998 has had an inside trunk or rear door release. it seems like a huge safety issue to me, how would anybody escape from the back in case of fire or other tragedy? aren't passenger vehicles required to be manufactured with an inside release/door handle?


Date Complaint Filed: 02/05/2016

Component(s): SEATS

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

We special ordered the 2016 toyota highlander limited platinum model. we purchased the vehicle in a town approx 180 miles away. i was the driver back home. i am 6' 1" and wife is 5' 3". we ordered the adjustable memory seats which are good. the safety problem we have experienced is the headrests. for shorter people they are tilted forward in a awkward position. other than and up and down position there is no way to properly adjust them. my wife has complained that she cannot be safely positioned or comfortable driving with the headrest in the tilted down and forward position. adjusting the seats does not resolve the problem either. this just makes the viewing more difficult creating blind spots. we paid over $52,000 for this equipment vehicle and expected comfort and paid for the extra safety features. however my wife is the primary driver (90%) of the time. her safety as well as others she may not be able to see is most important. i immediately contacted the dealer and expressed the details and safety concerns as well as requesting a workable solution. the service department said there was nothing they could do. the sales consultant we purchased the vehicle ffrom said he was aware of these headrest complaints. he recommended doing what other drivers have he told us to reverse the headrests? i removed and reversed them. this did not accomplish a safe resolution. instead the headrests sit back much farther enough that when there would be a collision the driver or front passenger could sustain severe neck injuries or worse possible paralysis or death. i can just place my head back enough to touch the headrests but i am then looking up to the roof. i immediately began a safety complaint and case with toyota, i was told they would contact me in 7 days. it's 23 days later. i researched the compliant and found there are many other dissatisfied owners ! unacceptable!


Date Complaint Filed: 02/23/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I purchased the top of the line limited platinum model in order to get safety features. however, the warning chines for lane departure, back up cross traffic protection etc. are very faint when compared to other cars that have these features. when the radio plays music they can not be heard at all rendering these protection features useless. furthermore, the volume of the warning chimes can not be adjusted which was confirmed by both the dealer and toyota.


Date Complaint Filed: 03/21/2016

Component(s): AIR BAGS

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Airbags deployed during an accident where the 2016 highlander hit the rear of the car in front of it that had slowed for a traffic light. this accident happened on 1-25-16 and the car was transported to a toyota auto body shop on the 26th. since then highlander has been totally repaired except for the side airbags. toyota motor in ca has no idea when airbags will be released for use in parts on 2016 model. it is now 3/21/16.


Date Complaint Filed: 04/18/2016

Component(s): FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM | STEERING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Brand new car in the shop twice during first week. following refueling (not topped off - stopped at first click) the car starts stalling at red lights or at low speeds. has done this a dozen times. on the highway car stutters, check engine light comes on and traction control becomes disabled. the dealership says this is due to overfilling the gas tank and changed the carbon cartridge for the evac this is definitely not the case. a second refill after the repair confirmed that the problem exists even when filling up very carefully. if gasoline is filling up this component then there is something seriously wrong with this vehicle and its dangerous to drive. again this car is only 9 days old and in the shop twice for the same reason. losing power at a busy intersection is dangerous as this has happened in areas where cars are moving quite fast. i was almost rear ended when my car stalled.


Date Complaint Filed: 06/29/2016

Component(s): VISIBILITY/WIPER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

We relied on consumer reports glowing reports of toyota highlanders when purchasing our new, 2016 model le highlander. however, we are very unhappy with this vehicle because driver front visibility to the sides is obscured by the overlarge side view mirrors and the window frames; and backup visibility is extremely poor because the rear window design with turned up bottom corners, low placement of rear wiper, and small window size severely reduces what the driver can see when backing up. the backup camera does not clearly show rear obstructions when the car is parked in shade or shadows, or the driver is wearing sunglasses. these are major, crash inducing problems, which we reported to toyota today. we narrowly avoided two collisions because we did not see vehicles approaching us from the side front of our vehicle; and we narrowly avoided backing into a parked car (in shade) which did not clearly show up on the backup camera. two of these incidents were in parking areas; the third was driving into a left bend on a road as another vehicle approached head on. all three of these incidents happened in broad daylight, with dry road conditions. we have had this highlander for only 7 months; and we are both very experienced adult drivers with excellent safety records, which our aaa insurance records will show. we are very surprised that toyota would market the highlander with these major safety design flaws. they seem to have placed vehicle appearance over safety with the 2016 highlander le.


Date Complaint Filed: 06/22/2016

Component(s): SEATS

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

When seated on front passenger right side the seat does return to normal shape. contacted toyota they refused to address the problem


Date Complaint Filed: 08/06/2016

Component(s): FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

July 3, 2016: we bought the car. july 23 5pm i filled up with gas at the chevron. drove to west la for 15 miles on the 10 fwy with my family in the car, no problem to visit my mom. 8:30pm we left her house to go home. we drove on the street for two minutes and we came to a stop light i braked to a complete stop, and the car died. the dash board screen said put your car in park and start the car. it was dark and many cars were behind me, waiting for me to start my car. we were afraid the car behind us would hit us. my daughters were sitting in the back seat, and my wife in the front passenger seat. i put it in park, tried to start. but it did not, so i pumped the accelerator, then it started. i drove onto the freeway on ramp, got on the 10 fwy heading east. traffic was good at first, everyone was going 60 mph. then suddently, the the freeway traffic was bumper to bumper and i had to brake to slow down quickly. when i did, the car died on me again. the dashboard screen said to put the car in park and start my engine. now, we all began to panic because the cars behind us were going fast, and they might smash into us. we were afraid we would die or be badly injured by the collision coming. luckily the car behind me stopped without hitting us. once again, i put it in park, pumped my accelerator, and the car started. at this point, i decided, no matter how slow the freeway traffic is, i will l not brake, because if i do, the car will stall, and we can get hit by the car behind us. so i drove very slowy until we got off the freeway, and arrived home. august 2, 2016: 6:30am i filled up the tank at the shell gas station near my house, being careful not to overfill it. then i tried to drive to work but the exact same thing happened.


Date Complaint Filed: 09/15/2016

Component(s): SUSPENSION

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Towing capabilities are not congruent with the specification per manual... rear suspension is very weak and cannot handle the weight of the cabin cargo and the weight of trailing up to 5,000 lbs safely... multiple pictures (1 attached) taken but did not drive on the road for safety reasons for it passengers


Date Complaint Filed: 10/29/2016

Component(s): AIR BAGS

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 1Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I had an accident on my car going 50 to 60 mph i the road curved and i did not i went into the top of the ditch hit front end and went airborn 30 to 50 feet in the air over the persons drivway. i landed on my back bumper which then propelled me back into the air and i flipped end over end landed on my tires. not one of the airbags deployed in this accident. the officer at the scene was shocked. i hit my head on the steering wheel the head rest broke i het it so hard and the b pillar of the car. i was on a highway.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/24/2016

Component(s): AIR BAGS

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 2Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I own a 2016 highlander limited platinum and after a major accident i have a serious concern about the safety claims. yesterday my wife was in a rollover (2 full rotations) accident in her 2016 highlander platinum. car was destroyed, her head hit both the steering wheel and the b-pillar, both have airbags. not a single airbag was deployed. driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver knee airbag, front passenger seat-cushion airbag and all-row roll-sensing side curtain airbags = all a total fail, none of that worked. the onstar lady did however sense the accident and dispatch an ambulance and police, that was excellent. whatever car i get as a replacement will defiantly have that. not real happy about the safety on this vehicle. one of the reasons that we purchased this vehicle was the iihs rating on the vehicle. right on there site it talks about the safety and the airbag roll system but the reality is in a rollover this did not work i will have the accident scene picture later today. i currently only have some of the vehicle after it was towed.








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