2015 Toyota Highlander

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$29,765

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2015 Toyota Highlander
2015 Toyota Highlander

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

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

2015 Toyota Highlander review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2015 Toyota Highlander?

The 2015 Toyota Highlander is a mid-size SUV that competes with the Mazda CX-9, Chevrolet Traverse, Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer. It's available in LE, LE V6, LE Plus V6, XLE V6, Limited V6 and Limited Platinum V6 trim levels. Front-wheel drive is standard on every trim, and all but the LE can have all-wheel drive. There's also a hybrid version of the 2015 Toyota Highlander, covered separately on Cars.com.

What's New on the 2015 Toyota Highlander?

Fresh off a full redesign for the 2014 model year, there are no major changes to the 2015 Highlander.

How Does the 2015 Toyota Highlander Compare to Other Mid-Size SUVs?

The 2015 Highlander keeps the significant improvements of the 2014 redesign, but like its predecessor is saddled with a significantly harsher ride than many of its competitors. It's heavier, too; a V-6 LE tips the scales at 4,244 pounds, while a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe – which offers much more athletic handling – comes in at a comparatively light 3,933 pounds. Fortunately, the Highlander's efficiency holds up where its ride does not: With the V-6, the 2015 Highlander is rated as high as 19/25/21 mpg city/highway/combined with front-wheel drive and up to 18/24/20 with all-wheel drive.

The Highlander's interior channels the luxury-oriented Toyota Avalon to great, comfortable effect. But while the cabin is fairly plush, it doesn't offer the versatility of some of its competitors. Dedicated cargo volume behind the third row comes in at a scant 13.8 cubic feet, less than both the Ford Explorer (21.0) and Honda Pilot (18.0).

What Features in the 2015 Toyota Highlander Are Most Important?

The 2015 Highlander comes standard with front-wheel drive and a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A 3.5-liter V-6 comes on all but the base trim, with all-wheel drive available on every V-6 Highlander.

Significant standard features include 18-inch wheels, smoked-chrome headlamps and a 6.1-inch touchscreen. Notable available features include 19-inch wheels, automatic high beams, a power liftgate, an 8-inch touchscreen, second-row sunshades, a panoramic moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, driver's seat memory, smart key, a rear entertainment system and a heated steering wheel.

As is required in all new vehicles of this model year, the 2015 Toyota Highlander comes equipped with antilock brakes, front airbags and an electronic stability system. Every 2015 Highlander also comes with a backup camera, knee airbag and occupant-sensing front airbags. Optional safety features include lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, collision warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

Should I Buy the 2015 Toyota Highlander?

The 2015 Toyota Highlander looks good and offers solid interior space with great tech features. Its price is extremely competitive with other models in its class, including the Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe and Honda Pilot. It also boasts an extremely comfortable and inviting cabin. In short, there's a lot to recommend the Highlander – provided you can live with its comparatively harsh ride quality.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Highlander, Reliable, materials, like Lexus!!!!!

Toyota Highlander, Limited Platinum is gorgeous, materials, like Lexus. They did not cheap out like other car brands. Love the reliability, design, features, interior, is luxurious looking without the crazy price tag. This is the way to go, especially if you want a reliable, resale, dependable, value for the money, vehicle for the family. If your starting a family, this is the way to go. Would buy again!!!!

5.0

Good choice for me.

This car has been a good choice for me, because it fits me. It’s easy to drive, maneuver, and park. It can carry pretty much anything I want to take with me. People, luggage, furniture, groceries...no problem. So far I have had no mechanical issues, and I don’t anticipate that I will. Great purchase!

5.0

Great vehicle and I love it...

It drives and rides great, I'm really satisfied with it... I've always wanted one and I finally got it and love it...My color at that..

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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