Best Bet
(4.8) 26 reviews
MSRP: $4,840$12,868
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 21-24
Engine: 155-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 5-7
2006 Toyota Highlander

Our Take on the 2006 Toyota Highlander

Our Take

Introduced in 2001, the car-based Highlander became the most popular member of Toyota's five-model sport utility vehicle lineup. Though it is structurally related to the more expensive Lexus RX 330, the Highlander has a different squared-off appearance and comes with fewer standard features.... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Lack of Low-range gearing
  • Uninspired styling
  • Hybrid ownership costs unknown
  • Premium price of Hybrid
  • Hybrid emphasizes performance over economy

Notable Features

  • Car-based construction
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available AWD
  • Up to seven-passenger capacity
  • New hybrid model


Our Expert Reviews

Consider the 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid.Anyone who has purchased a new-model hybrid gasoline-electric vehicle has probably based the decision on some or all of these things: fuel economy, environmental concerns, sociopolitical statements.Whether buying a hybrid makes a statement is debatable, but it can be scientifically demonstrated that they are cleaner vehicles than standard cars.Fuel eco... Read full review for the 2006 Toyota Highlander

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Consumer Reviews


Average based on 26 reviews

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Good Small SUV

by Texas Guy from N. Texas on June 15, 2010

This SUV is a good compromise between big car features and decent mileage. We're getting about 21 mpg. It is a little rough handling - a little more like a truck than my former Camry. I gave us some g... Read Full Review

9 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Highlander Base

Head Restraints and Seats

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Highlander Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Highlander Base

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Highlander Base

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 7 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

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