2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota Highlander is representing third generation, which started in 2013, when Toyota revealed its 2014 Highlander at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The production of completely redesigned Highlander began in December 2013, and went on sale early on 2014. Generation changes brought dimensions expansion, as well as more rounded and more modern appearance.

2016 Toyota Highlander Front

2016 Toyota Highlander changes and features

We do not expect much from 2016 Highlander. Mainly due to the fact that it just had a major redesign and it is still early for a facelift.  2016 Toyota Highlander will feature some alterations. Exterior changes could affect the front end of the vehicle. Its headlights and front bumper could be slightly changed, but without any major surprises, while lifted front fascia will also be noticeable.

Inside we can expect some feature boosts. Its interior style will probably remain the same, while its both optional and standard features will be upgraded and expanded. Optional packages will also be changed with some either shuffling or adding equipment.

2016 Toyota Highlander comes available in 5 trim levels, like its predecessor. Trim levels include LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum. This three-row, eight-passenger, mid-size crossover is packed with numerous features, even on the base trim. 2016 Toyota Highlander LE list of standards include 18-inch alloy wheels, auto on/off headlights, heated exterior mirrors, privacy glass, a rear spoiler, cruise control, a backup camera, manually adjustable both front seats, a sliding and reclining 60/40-split second-row seat, a 60/40-split third-row seat, a tilt/telescoping steering, Bluetooth connectivity (phone and audio), a 6.1-inch central touchscreen and a 6-speaker sound system with voice activated controls, a CD player, iPod/USB interface and AUX input.

2016 Toyota Highlander Side

2016 Toyota Highlander engine specs, mpg, towing capacity

There is no change regarding the performance. New Highlander continues to offer two power units. Standard engine is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder with an output of 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Base engine comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and front wheel drive.

Optional engine placed under the hood of 2016 Toyota Highlander is a 3.5-liter V6 with 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Transmission is the same as for base engine, 6-speed automatic, while V6 can be paired to either front- or all-wheel drive. Limited Platinum trim is mated exclusively to an all-wheel drive.

Fuel economy for 2016 Toyota Highlander with standard four-cylinder engine is rated at 20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined. EPA-estimated fuel consumption ford model with V6 engine under the hood are 19/25/21 mpg city/hwy/combined (FWD) and 18/24/20 mpg with AWD.

Towing capacity of 2016 Toyota Highlander with four-cylinder engine is rated at 1,500 pounds, while with V6 up to 2,000 pounds. However maximum towing capacity, for properly equipped models is rated at 5,000 pounds, which is more than average for a vehicle from this category.

2016 Toyota Highlander Interior

2016 Toyota Highlander competition

Toyota Highlander competes in tough category. Its closest rivals are Acura MDX, Subaru OutbackHonda Pilot and Mazda CX-9. However Highlander managed to keep its place among the best-selling SUVs on the market, thanks to its constant improvements and style updates.

2016 Toyota Highlander price and release

Japanese manufacturer will release its Highlander probably late on 2015. Its full specification will be released as we approach to its release, so will the price specs. Considering the amount of changes we do not expect any significant price boosts, and 2016 Toyota Highlander will probably stay in the same range as its predecessor. Starting price should be around $30 000.

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One Response to 2016 Toyota Highlander

  1. vacatola says:

    Can anybody comment on the seating vs trim arrangement on future Highlanders? Currently it’s not possible to have ventilated front seats AND seat 8. This just seems bizarre to me.

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