2012 Toyota Highlander consumer reviews

$28,240–$30,845 MSRP range
side view of 2012 Highlander Toyota
97% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.9
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High mileage club

We bought our 2012 highlander in 2021 with 220,000 miles on it. After taking it on a couple of trips the alternator has failed but it was the original. This suv was great in the snow this past year and the ac on trips last year made a great people hauler for the family.


Exactly the car that we were searching for.

Our minds were set on a Toyota Highlander due to the quality of the car and high mileage that we had on our Toyota Sienna (243,000). We did not need a mini-van yet still need room to haul. Honestly I expect to get 300,000 miles out of this jewel, and I will since I keep my cars serviced.


Great family car and weekend adventure machine

Seating for 7, comfortable, great in the snow, reliable, low/no maintenance cost, tons of cargo room. Factory cross bars are compatible with most rack systems. 2" hitch is a great accessory for bike rack.


At over 100,000 miles now, it's just breaking in.

We have a limited with the tow package. It has impressive acceleration and power. Our last family truckster was a 2009 4runner with the v8 option, and TRD lift kit/performance package. While this was awesome, our gas mileage suffered and we had ongoing suspension problems. It was not an every day driving car with 32x12 tires! It was my wife's vehicle- and when she test drove the highlander limited there was no going back- like a timex vs. A Rolex! It rides like a Camry (which it basically is frame-wise), but has AWD, and super luxurious. After doing a 2000 mile trip to myrtle beach in the 4runner and then in the highlander, there is no doubt the highlander wins hands down for comfort, performance, gas mileage and handling. It loves to run at about 78 mph at 2200 rpm for a solid 21 mph.


I own it

looks like there is problem in transmission. When I go up to 50 mph and engine speed is 1900-2000 rpm .. the can get rough sound . its goes away after acceleration.


Very well maintained

Excellent car for a family with the third row seating. This vehicle was extremely well taken care of. Has every option available. Was serviced regularly


Very reliable and spacious with great mileage

I own a 2012 highlander standard model since May2012 and till date it’s been very reliable vehicle. We have been to several vacations, longgg drives in it and not even once got any problem. I will definitely buy another highlander once I decided to sell it. Almost 100k miles on it and still everything works perfectly fine


Easy to drive

Size is perfect for family and business usage. Has all options except for cooled seats, rear entertainment system and heated steering. Overall a really good car!


Have had it only a fear weeks, so far excellent.

A friend of mine has a 2015 Highlander, loves it. It’s rated very high in Consumers Report. It is replacing a 2001 Pathfinder, which is about the same size. The 2012 Highlander fits our needs just fine.


My wife loves it, and so do I

We absolutely love this highlander. Beautiful inside and out. We will definitely buy another one in the future. We drove competitors cars, and none of them compare.