2015 Toyota Highlander

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Toyota Highlander. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Bold styling
  • Second-row room
  • Phone/media storage
  • Interior styling
  • Interior material quality
  • More space behind third row

The Bad

  • Tight third-row headroom for adults
  • Sporty
  • ride quality
  • Unrefined four-cylinder and hybrid engines
  • Increased cargo room is still small

Notable Features of the 2015 Toyota Highlander

  • Seats up to eight
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hybrid version available

2015 Toyota Highlander Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The  Toyota Highlander was all-new for 2014 with increased seating capacity and cargo room plus an-all new exterior and interior. The front- or all-wheel-drive midsize SUV has room for up to eight occupants and is powered by a standard four-cylinder engine, available V-6 and hybrid V-6 powertrain. The Highlander competes with the Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9 and Ford Explorer. A Highlander Hybrid is available.

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New for 2015
There are no other significant changes for 2015.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Increased visibility with redesign
  • Smoked-chrome headlamps
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Available 19-inch wheels
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available automatic high beams

Interior Highlights

  • 6.1-inch touch-screen
  • Available 8-inch touch-screen
  • Available panoramic moonroof
  • Available second-row sunshades
  • Available smart key
  • Available driver's seat memory
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available heated second-row captain's seats
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available DVD entertainment system

Under the Hood

  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • 2.7-liter four-cylinder
  • Available 3.5-liter V-6
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with V-6  

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Standard backup camera
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Available rear ...
Vehicle Overview

The  Toyota Highlander was all-new for 2014 with increased seating capacity and cargo room plus an-all new exterior and interior. The front- or all-wheel-drive midsize SUV has room for up to eight occupants and is powered by a standard four-cylinder engine, available V-6 and hybrid V-6 powertrain. The Highlander competes with the Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9 and Ford Explorer. A Highlander Hybrid is available.

(Skip to: Highlander Hybrid)
New for 2015
There are no other significant changes for 2015.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Increased visibility with redesign
  • Smoked-chrome headlamps
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Available 19-inch wheels
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available automatic high beams

Interior Highlights

  • 6.1-inch touch-screen
  • Available 8-inch touch-screen
  • Available panoramic moonroof
  • Available second-row sunshades
  • Available smart key
  • Available driver's seat memory
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available heated second-row captain's seats
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available DVD entertainment system

Under the Hood

  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • 2.7-liter four-cylinder
  • Available 3.5-liter V-6
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with V-6  

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Standard backup camera
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Available rear parking sensors
  • Available blind spot monitoring
  • Available lane departure warning
  • Available rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available collision warning

Highlander Hybrid
The Highlander Hybrid has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Its continuously variable automatic transmission has both and an Eco and an EV mode.
What’s Special

  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • 4.2-inch color LCD display for navigation, audio and hands-free incoming calls
  • Heated and ventilated front row seats
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • High Solar Energy-Absorbing glass on front and rear side windows
  • 19-inch alloy wheels

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Latest 2015 Highlander Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Minivan space wothout minivan looks

by Bxprtaino from Bronx, new york on August 25, 2018

My higlander exceeded my expectations its not only a beautiful SUV its also spacious and comfortable. It drives like a luxury sedan. Ive taken it off road and on roadtrips and my mica never gavme an ... Read full review

(5.0)

Loyalty to make and model

by Taximom from Olathe, KS on August 22, 2018

I really love this vehicle. I previously owned a 2012 limited XLE model and I loved it. Unfortunately someone ran into me and it was totaled and and I found myself in need of a new car. The 2015 ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Toyota Highlander currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Toyota Highlander LE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
acceptable
Retraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Toyota

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, Carfax vehicle history report, travel protection and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date ($50 deductible) Note: In AL, FL, GA, NC and SC, 7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage begins Jan. 1 of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles. Hybrid: 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on Factory HV Battery for Toyota Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Highlander received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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