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Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander side view

Pros and cons

  • Standard high-tech safety features
  • All-wheel drive
  • Hybrid models available
  • Tight third-row seating
  • Dash design hasn’t evolved in recent years
  • Wide dash can make some controls difficult to reach
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags8

Specifications

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats7 - 8
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeHybrid or Gas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption6.7 - 13 L/100km
  • Highway consumption7.2 - 9.8 L/100km
  • Width1925 mm
  • Length4855 - 4889 mm
  • Trunk space385 - 391 L
  • Cargo space2339 - 2370 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Toyota Highlander 2014 - present is available in 5 trims:

LE Hybrid trim features and specs

Available with the LE Hybrid trim:
  • 3 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the LE Hybrid trim:
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the LE Hybrid trim:
  • Electric tailgate
  • Keyless entry
  • Start stop system
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the LE Hybrid trim:
3.5 L - Hybrid - 280 hp
City consumption:6.7 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:939 km

XLE Hybrid trim features and specs

Available with the XLE Hybrid trim:
  • 3 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the XLE Hybrid trim:
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the XLE Hybrid trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the XLE Hybrid trim:
  • Electric tailgate
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Start stop system
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the XLE Hybrid trim:
3.5 L - Hybrid - 280 hp
City consumption:6.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:931 km

LE trim features and specs

Available with the LE trim:
  • 2 climate zones (optional)
  • 3 climate zones (optional)
  • Air conditioning (automatic) (optional)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the LE trim:
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • Standard roof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the LE trim:
  • Anti-submarining airbag (optional)
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the LE trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Electric tailgate (optional)
  • Start stop system (optional)
  • Touchscreen
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • USB port for front passengers
2 engines are available with the LE trim:
3.5 L - Gas - 270 hp
City consumption:11.1 - 13 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.9 - 9.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:631 - 756 km
3.5 L - Gas - 295 hp
City consumption:11.8 - 12.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.7 - 9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:689 - 702 km

XLE trim features and specs

Available with the XLE trim:
  • 3 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the XLE trim:
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • Standard roof
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the XLE trim:
  • Anti-submarining airbag (optional)
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the XLE trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Electric tailgate
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Start stop system (optional)
  • Touchscreen
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • USB port for front passengers
2 engines are available with the XLE trim:
3.5 L - Gas - 270 hp
City consumption:11.5 - 13 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.2 - 9.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:631 - 729 km
3.5 L - Gas - 295 hp
City consumption:12 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:689 km

Limited trim features and specs

Available with the Limited trim:
  • 3 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Limited trim:
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • Standard roof
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Limited trim:
  • Anti-submarining airbag (optional)
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Limited trim:
  • 360 degree camera (optional)
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Electric tailgate
  • Front sensors
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Side sensors
  • Start stop system (optional)
  • Touchscreen
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • USB port for front passengers
3 engines are available with the Limited trim:
3.5 L - Gas - 270 hp
City consumption:11.5 - 13 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.2 - 9.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:631 - 729 km
3.5 L - Hybrid - 280 hp
City consumption:6.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:931 km
3.5 L - Gas - 295 hp
City consumption:12 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:689 km

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Learn about the Toyota Highlander

Summary

The Toyota Highlander is an affordable midsize SUV that comes with many standard active safety features, an extra row of seats, and above-average fuel economy for its class. For even better fuel efficiency, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a safe investment. The ride on the Toyota Highlander has been consistently rated smooth and comfortable, while the driver and front passenger have plenty of dashboard technology for their trip. You'll also find that the Toyota Highlander offers a lot more bang for your buck than many others in its class.

Safety

Since the end of 2017, Toyota Safety Sense has been standard on all Toyota Highlander base models. This package includes:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection to help reduce the likelihood of colliding with a car or a pedestrian
  • Lane Departure Alert, which warns you when the car is starting to sway into another lane
  • Automatic High Beams to help you drive better at night without disrupting other drivers
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which automatically adjusts the speed based on the car in front of you
  • Road Sign Assist, which detects road signs using a front-facing camera
  • Lane Tracing Assist to help keep you centred in your lane

Brake assist—a mechanism that helps you break faster in emergencies—and traction control are available across all Toyota Highlander models, including airbags for the driver and both front and rear passengers.

Interior

The Toyota Highlander makes travelling easy with its comfortable seating and interior features. Heated front seats are available on all models starting from 2010. Power windows and air conditioning are standard on all vehicles. More modern releases have cozy standard features like optional woodgrain trim and rear privacy glass.

Technology

The Toyota Highlander comes standard with quite a few bells and whistles. However, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not yet available on any of the trims. The changes to the dashboard infotainment system have been very slight since the 2017 refresh, and some drivers claim that the dashboard layout on the 2018 model is pretty straightforward to use but may be difficult to reach while driving. Nevertheless, the dashboard itself offers plenty, such as:

  • AM, FM and satellite radio
  • Touchscreen display
  • USB and auxiliary jack 
  • MP3/CD Player
  • Wireless cell phone connectivity for hands-free calling, texting and emailing

Space

If you're looking for more passenger spots, the 2014 Toyota Highlander redesign made a third row of seating available on base models— however, it does eat into your cargo space, and consequently, the third-row passengers don't have as much legroom as the second and first-row passengers. Besides the back row, the driver and other passengers appreciate plenty of leg, shoulder and headroom.

Comfort

You can expect any model of the Toyota Highlander to be a smooth and quiet ride. While not available in a 4x4, the optional all-wheel drive option gives you plenty of power and control. 

Frequently asked questions

Yes. Four-wheel drive (4WD) is available across all trim levels. Otherwise, Front-wheel drive (FWD) is the standard drivetrain option.

There are many factors that determine the lifespan of a hybrid battery. However, Toyota states that its Highlander Hybrid body is good for eight years.

The Toyota Highlander is considered a mid-size SUV. It offers elevated seating, a quiet cabin and comfortable passenger seating for the second row.

No. The body of the Toyota Highlander is built on a car frame and is based on the Toyota Camry body.

The Toyota Highlander can tow up to 1,500 pounds on the base trim engine. SE and Limited trim levels allow the Toyota Highlander to tow up to 5,000 pounds.