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  • (4.5) 44 reviews
  • MSRP: $9,363$20,639
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20-23
  • Engine: 187-hp, 2.7-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5-7
2010 Toyota Highlander

Our Take on the 2010 Toyota Highlander

The Highlander received a new four-cylinder base version last year. A 3.5-liter V-6 powers most trims. A gas/electric Highlander Hybrid is also offered. The hybrid is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section. Competitors to the five- or seven-seat Highlander include the Chevrolet Trave... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Some cheap cabin materials
  • Lackluster handling
  • Cargo room behind third row
  • Some confusing controls
  • Gets pricey with options

Notable Features

  • Base 187-hp four-cylinder
  • Available 270-hp V-6
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Seats five or seven
  • Seven airbags
  • Electronic stability system

2010 Toyota Highlander Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

When the redesigned Highlander debuted for the 2008 model year, Toyota didn't carry over the four-cylinder engine that existed in the previous generation; only a V-6 was available. For 2009, a four-cylinder engine was added, with benefits like a lower entry-level price and improved gas mileage over the V-6 engine. It sounds like a good formula, but I'm not completely sold. Yes, mileag... Read full review for the 2010 Toyota Highlander

Consumer Reviews

4.5

Average based on 44 reviews

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2010 Toyota Highlander

by Dotes from Indianapolis, IN on March 6, 2010

I recently purchased a brand new 2010 Toyota Highlander, fully equipped including tow package. Although only having driven it about 3000 miles, mostly long trips, I am totally in love with this vehicl... Read Full Review

9 Trim Levels Available

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2010 Toyota Highlander Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Highlander Base

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Highlander Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
A
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
A
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
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
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger 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.

Recalls

There are currently 11 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

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

24mo/25,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

24mo/25,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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