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2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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$22,389 — $33,245 USED
Sport Utility
7 Seats
28 MPG
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(5.0) 6 reviews

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
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  • Sporty&quot
  • ride quality
  • Unrefined four-cylinder and hybrid engines
  • Increased cargo room is still small
2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid exterior side view

What to Know

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

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2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

from the expert editorial team

What Is the 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid?

The 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a mid-size SUV that competes with the Lexus RX 450h and Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid. It's offered in Limited V6 and Limited Platinum V6 trim levels, both of which come standard with all-wheel drive. There's also a non-hybrid version of the 2015 Toyota Highlander, covered separately on

What's New on the 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid?

Hot on the heels of the 2014 model year's complete redesign, the 2015 Highlander Hybrid is essentially unchanged for 2015.

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

While the non-hybrid Highlander suffers from a harsh ride and generally unruly road manners, the Highlander Hybrid does not succumb to these problems; it offers strong, immediate acceleration and lacks the strange torque steer of its non-hybrid counterpart, perhaps because every Highlander Hybrid is equipped with all-wheel drive.

Unsurprisingly, fuel economy is a strength. The Highlander Hybrid is rated up to 28/28/28 mpg city/highway/combined, while the all-wheel-drive Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid comes in just lower at 25/27/26 mpg and the all-wheel-drive Lexus RX 450h virtually matches the Toyota at 29/27/28 mpg. The Highlander Hybrid can drive on purely electric power at low speeds.

In terms of cargo space, the Highlander Hybrid mirrors its non-hybrid counterpart with 13.8 cubic feet behind the third row, which is less than the Pathfinder Hybrid's 16.0 cubic feet. Folding down the Toyota's third row yields a more useful 42.3 cubic feet — less than the Pathfinder Hybrid (47.8) but more than the Lexus RX 450h (40.0).

What Features in the 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Are Most Important?

Every 2015 Highlander Hybrid comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with three electric motors, channeling power through a continuously variable automatic transmission. It offers ECO and EV driving modes.

Significant standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels, smoked-chrome headlamps, solar-energy-absorbing glass for the front and rear side windows, heated and ventilated front seats, three-zone climate control, a power liftgate, second-row pull-up sunshades, driver's seat memory, an 8-inch touchscreen, and a 4.2-inch color LCD for navigation, audio and hands-free calling. Notable available features include a heated steering wheel, heated second-row captain's chairs, automatic high beams, a panoramic moonroof, smart key and a rear entertainment system.

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

Should I Buy the 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid?

The 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is, without question, the best version of Toyota's mid-size SUV. The caveat is its cost: Since it's offered only in the top, Limited trim level, its price is in the same neighborhood as the Lexus RX 450h — far above more modest competitors like the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid. That price, however, also means it comes with loads of comfort, convenience and tech features. So if you can weather the sticker shock, the 2015 Highlander Hybrid is a strong choice.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Great Car

by The DON from Muncie, IN on May 14, 2019

Nice styling and easy to drive has all the bells and whistles. Good and gas and comfortable. I have worked in the auto industry for 50 years and Toyota is the best car company. Read full review


When ready there will be a 4th Highlander

by Loyal Highlander Owner from Lorton VA on December 23, 2017

This is our third highlander and there will be a 4th. It is roomy, stylist and a good value for the money spent. Maintenance cost are low and we can rely on it no matter what the road or weather ... Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings


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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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 Hybrid 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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