The Highlander is a larger than usual three rows crossover which has been on the market for quite some time now so Toyota had a lot of time on their hands at refining the design. The current model has only been out for a few years and the 2016 Toyota Highlander is just a small update of the original which has been released back in 2012. The car now comes with slight changes on the inside, a small exterior update but that’s about it. While it may seem a bit lacking in terms of updates, this is because Toyota will most likely release an all-new model in the next couple of years which is going to completely replace the current Highlander.
2016 Toyota Highlander Price and Release Date
The price is quite good for what it has to offer and the 2016 model makes no exception. It can be had for less than $30,000 while some dealers will even go as low as $27,000 which makes it an incredibly good value for money crossover. Unfortunately, the 2016 model will only start selling with the second half of 2016 and until then the 2015 model will be the only available choice. The top end models will only go to around $40,000 which is still quite a bit of money for an average crossover in terms of equipment and quality but it still is better than its Kia competitor for example.
2016 Toyota Highlander Exterior Design
Design wise the 2016 Toyota Highlander is not that stunning but despite that it offers a really nice balance of proportions. The car looks on par with any other premium crossover and while it will not win anyone’s heart, the design is quite nice. The front end features an imposing grille and Xenon headlights as standard, it is massive, especially when comparing it with some of its competitors, and on top of that, it has really clean lines which make for a car suited for anyone. The only drawback here is that the luggage compartment could have been bigger.
2016 Toyota Highlander Interior
The interior is nice as well and while some publications found it to be a bit too cluttered, in our opinion it is just perfect for what it is. The car offers three rows of seats with enough space on the first and second rows for up to five adults. The rear gets two smaller seats but the access to them is much better than in some other crossovers so it manages to redeem itself. There are plenty of storage spaces and even the base model comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, an infotainment system and leather inserts. The top end version adds a large rear LCD screen with a DVD player and two wireless headphones, USB charging plugs, leather upholstery as well as satellite navigation.
Under the hood of the 2016 Toyota Highlander, there are three possible choices. The base model comes with a less than adequate 2.7 liters naturally aspirated inline 4 which is good for 185 horsepower and little over 180 lb-ft of torque. However, most people will likely opt for the 3.5 liter V6 which offers a slightly more impressive 270 horsepower. Both of these comes as standard with front wheel drive and both of them can also be had with an all-wheel drive system. The only gearbox of choice for the two is a 6-speed automatic which is smoother than most.
The hybrid model on the other hand pairs an Atkinson version of the 3.5 liter V6 with a pair of electric motors so it manages to offer 280 horsepower and over 260 lb-ft of torque while being able to keep an average fuel consumption of 27 MPG which is only marginally better than the usual V6.