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2015 Toyota Highlander

2015 Toyota Highlander

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$15,429 — $29,085 USED
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Sport Utility
7-8 Seats
21-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2015 Toyota Highlander exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Toyota Highlander
  • Seats up to eight
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hybrid version available

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2015 Toyota Highlander Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

What drivers are saying

4.7
176 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

Love the car!

by Babs from Bloomington, Mn on May 20, 2020

Spacious seating and ample room in the bank for transporting things. Four cup holders in the front. Gas mileage is decent. Rides smooth. Love the white color. Read full review

(5.0)

Very comfortable riding car

by Kathy from Salt Lake City on April 21, 2020

I love the comfort and power. Passengers love the captain seats. The only issue I have had is it didn’t steer right after 1 1/2 years. Estimate from Toyota was high. Had a mechanic try to fix and ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Toyota Highlander currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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