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2016 Toyota Highlander

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$20,588 — $31,708 USED
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Sport Utility
7-8 Seats
20-22 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 materials quality

The Bad

  • Tight third-row headroom for adults
  • Firm ride
  • Unrefined four-cylinder and hybrid engines
  • Cargo room
2016 Toyota Highlander exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Toyota Highlander
  • Seats up to eight people
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hybrid version available

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2016 Toyota Highlander Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The midsize Toyota Highlander SUV seats up to eight people and is powered by a four-cylinder gasoline engine, a V-6 gasoline engine or a V-6 hybrid powertrain. Competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer.

(Skip to details on the: Highlander Hybrid)

New for 2016
All models get a Tow Prep Package.

Significant Standard Features

  • 185-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 270-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • All-wheel drive
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Navigation system
  • Leather upholstery
  • DVD entertainment system
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Precollision system
  • Lane departure warning

Highlander Hybrid

The Highlander Hybrid is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 and electric motor mated to a continuously variable transmission, and it has Eco and EV modes.

What’s Special

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • 19-inch wheels

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Vehicle Overview

The midsize Toyota Highlander SUV seats up to eight people and is powered by a four-cylinder gasoline engine, a V-6 gasoline engine or a V-6 hybrid powertrain. Competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer.

(Skip to details on the: Highlander Hybrid)

New for 2016
All models get a Tow Prep Package.

Significant Standard Features

  • 185-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 270-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • All-wheel drive
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Navigation system
  • Leather upholstery
  • DVD entertainment system
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Precollision system
  • Lane departure warning

Highlander Hybrid

The Highlander Hybrid is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 and electric motor mated to a continuously variable transmission, and it has Eco and EV modes.

What’s Special

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • 19-inch wheels

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
155 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Good Family SUV

by Arnold from Alexandria on January 15, 2020

Spacious, powerful and techy. Runs like an 8 cylinder. Good value for the bucks. Would recommend to anyone. If you would like to have a problem free vehicle, buy it Pre-Owned certified. Read full review

(5.0)

A Serious Contender

by Matt C. from Excelsior Springs, MO on January 15, 2020

Of the six categories offered in this review I rated Performance and Exterior Styling as four stars (all the rest are five). Regarding performance, well, I'm used to some rather quick sedans and while... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Toyota Highlander currently has 3 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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