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Toyota Highlander

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The Toyota Highlander debuted in 2001 as the fifth model in Toyota’s SUV lineup. The Highlander was an early example of a crossover vehicle -- an SUV based on a car rather than a truck platform. The design delivers carlike on-road handling, ride comfort and easy entry rather than off-road ability. Early Highlanders had two rows that would seat five, but by 2004 an available third row increased seating capacity to seven. When the third-generation Highlander arrived for 2014, maximum seating increased to eight thanks to a wider third row. Still, today’s Highlander trails key competitors in critical areas such as rear passenger and cargo room, as well as tech features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone interfaces.

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Large Families

Large Family vehicles seat six or more occupants in three rows.

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Towing

Towing vehicles can tow a minimum of 2,000 pounds (see specifications for maximum). May require specific trim level and/or optional features.

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3 Generations

Highlander - 3 Generations

2014–2019 Highlander

Redesigned in 2014
2014–2019 Highlander Generation, 2019 Toyota Highlander model shown Showing the 2019 Toyota Highlander Find out if this car is the best match for you

More adventurous styling, improved cargo space and available seating for eight were highlights of the Highlander’s 2014 redesign. The front-drive four-cylinder model and a pricey all-wheel-drive gas-electric hybrid were still available, and the most popular V-6 versions could be had with front- or all-wheel drive. The 2017 Highlander received several updates, including a restyled front end and a more powerful V-6 that paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

  • MSRP Range $31,330–$47,010
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  • Combined MPG 22-23
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  • MSRP Range $31,230–$46,860
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 259 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-23
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Notable Features in 2018
  • Seats up to eight in three rows
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic available
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • Hybrid version available
  • MSRP Range $30,630–$46,260
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 270 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-23
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Notable Features in 2017
  • More powerful V-6
  • New eight-speed automatic available
  • Restyled front end
  • Seats up to eight in three rows
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • Hybrid version available
  • Current List Price $25,281–$38,565
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 105 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-22
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Notable Features in 2016
  • Seats up to eight people
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hybrid version available
  • Current List Price $22,802–$35,438
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 135 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-22
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Notable Features in 2015
  • Seats up to eight
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hybrid version available
  • Current List Price $18,986–$32,434
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 83 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-22
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Notable Features in 2014
  • Redesigned for 2014
  • All-new styling
  • Now seats up to 8
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hybrid version available

2008–2013 Highlander

Redesigned in 2008
Showing the 2013 Toyota Highlander Find out if this car is the best match for you

The Highlander was redesigned for 2008, based on the longer Toyota Avalon chassis; it still offered seating for up to seven. Early in the generation, only V-6 engines were available; the traditional gas model came with front- or all-wheel drive, and the gas-electric hybrid was AWD only. Toyota added a front-drive four-cylinder model in 2009 and updated the exterior styling for 2011. 

  • Current List Price $13,875–$27,175
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 97 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19-22
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Notable Features in 2013
  • New Highlander Plus trim
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Split-folding third row
  • Available hybrid version
  • Current List Price $12,354–$23,598
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 71 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19-22
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Notable Features in 2012
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Rear climate controls
  • Split-folding third row
  • Available hybrid version
  • Current List Price $10,576–$21,104
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 66 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19-22
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Notable Features in 2011
  • Updated exterior
  • New rear climate controls
  • New split-folding third row
  • FWD or AWD, four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available Highlander Hybrid with stronger drivetrain
  • Current List Price $8,535–$18,851
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 58 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-23
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Notable Features in 2010
  • Base 187-hp four-cylinder
  • Available 270-hp V-6
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Seats five or seven
  • Seven airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Current List Price $7,436–$18,276
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 30 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-23
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Notable Features in 2009
  • New 189-hp four-cylinder
  • Available 270-hp V-6
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Seats five or seven
  • Seven airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Current List Price $6,544–$16,476
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 88 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-21
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Notable Features in 2008
  • Redesigned for 2008
  • 270-hp V-6
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Seats five or seven
  • Seven airbags
  • Electronic stability system

2001–2007 Highlander

Redesigned in 2001
Showing the 2007 Toyota Highlander Find out if this car is the best match for you

The 2001 Toyota Highlander started as a four-door, five-passenger SUV. For 2004, some versions offered three-row seating for seven. While most similarly sized SUVs of the time were built on truck frames, the Highlander was based on the Toyota Camry sedan chassis. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions were available with either four-cylinder or V-6 power, and a gas-electric hybrid version was added for 2006.

  • Current List Price $4,858–$12,550
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 40 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-25
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Notable Features in 2007
  • Car-based construction
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available AWD
  • Up to seven-passenger capacity
  • Hybrid model
  • Current List Price $4,418–$11,746
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 39 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-24
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Notable Features in 2006
  • Car-based construction
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available AWD
  • Up to seven-passenger capacity
  • New hybrid model
  • Current List Price $4,003–$10,955
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 49 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-24
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2005
  • Car-based construction
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available AWD
  • Five- or seven-passenger capacity
  • Current List Price $3,699–$10,523
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 31 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-24
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Notable Features in 2004
  • Car-based construction
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available permanent 4WD
  • Distinctive control layout
  • Five- or seven-passenger capacity
  • Current List Price $3,503–$9,483
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 31 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-24
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Read About the 2003 Model 2003 Highlander Articles
  • Current List Price $2,981–$8,929
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 28 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-24
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Read About the 2002 Model 2002 Highlander Articles
  • Current List Price $2,622–$7,926
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 22 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-24
  • Body Styles:

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