2016 Toyota Highlander

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Key Specs

of the 2016 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 materials quality

The Bad

  • Tight third-row headroom for adults
  • Firm ride
  • Unrefined four-cylinder and hybrid engines
  • Cargo room

Notable Features of the 2016 Toyota Highlander

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

2016 Toyota Highlander Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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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Latest 2016 Highlander Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(2.0)

Not impress with the brakes

by Edna from Surrey on July 19, 2018

I bought a Toyota Highlander in 2016, it was brand new. I noticed a problem right away though, every time I brake it shakes especially when its downhill, it is scary! Toyota claims there is no problem ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love this Automobile

by Highlander Happy 67 from Jefferson City Mo on July 14, 2018

This vehicle is everything I have ever wanted in a SUV. Comfortable, rides very smooth & it has a lot of horsepower. Not to mention the space for going on vacations. I love my Highlander! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Toyota Highlander currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Toyota Highlander LE

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

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
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
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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