2016 Toyota Highlander review, changes, release date

After the launch of 2015 Highlander, Toyota is again ready to supply the auto world with a brand new version of this popular SUV. This upcoming model will get a stylish look and a durable body alongside a powerful and quite efficient powertrain. The new 2016 Toyota Highlander will represent the third generation of this SUV. The expected changes include dimension changes and a more modern appearance. It will be offered in five trims namely LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum.

2016 Toyota Highlander front

2016 Toyota Highlander: Redesign Exterior and Interior

2016 Toyota High;ander performance is expected to remain at its peak. It will come with improved gadgets to help boost its performance. This includes provision of sophisticated safety features, control units as well as entertainment features which will work in enhancing its comfort standards and drivability. This new three row mid-size eight passenger crossover comes with numerous features even in its base trim level. The LE version’s list of standard features include auto on/off headlights, 18 inch alloy wheels, a back-up camera, privacy glass, cruise control, rear spoiler, heated exterior mirrors, a sliding and reclining 60/40 split second row seat, Bluetooth connectivity, tilt/telescopic steering, manually adjustable all front row seats, 60/40 split third row seat, 6.1 inch touchscreen, a CD player, cruise control, iPod/USB interface with Auxiliary input. 2016 Toyota Highlander will go through various interior modifications especially in the high trims. The changes include the installation of more sophisticated features such as rear cross traffic, blind spot monitoring, pre-collision system, electric steering and heated seats. The cabin is also spacious and highly luxurious. With the 2016 Toyota Highlander high trims, the automaker will offer some of the best in class features like the 12 speaker JLB audio system.

2016 Toyota Highlander interior

Its exterior is expected to get minimal changes with the most notable one being installation of new set of wheels on the high trims, and slightly different bumper plus concealed exhaust pipes in the hybrid model. Its safety features will also not lag behind in terms of technology. Durability is a major concern in redesigning this new crossover. Its exterior is also going through reconstruction to improve its looks. Better modern high quality products will be utilized in its reconstruction. The wings and the headlights will be newly restyled. Even the fog lights are being redesigned and they are going to be made using the new LED technology. The materials to be used are said to be of superior quality which will be resistant to dents and harsh weather conditions.

2016 Toyota Highlander: Engine and Fuel Economy

This redesigned model 2016 Toyota Highlander will come with two engine options for buyers to choose from. The base engine is expected to be a 3.5 liter V6 while the second one is likely to be a 2.7 liter four-cylinder unit. The former unit will generate about 270 horses and 248 pounds-feet of torque while the later will generate about 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will be combined with a six speed automatic transmission. The Limited Platinum will come with an exclusive all wheel drive while the other models will utilize either the front or the all wheel drive mode. The fuel rating of 2016 Toyota Highlander for the 4-cylinder engine is rated at 20/22 mpg city/highway while the V6 engine’s ratings are at 19/21 mpg city/highway with the FWD and 18/20 mpg city/highway with the AWD.

2016 Toyota Highlander rear

2016 Toyota Highlander: Release Date, Price, Competitors

2016 Toyota Highlander falls under a very tough category where it will face competition from models like Subaru Outback, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9 and Acura MDX. Fortunately, this model has remained to be among the best SUV’s owing to automaker’s constant redesigns. 2016 Toyota Highlander price is anticipated to be between $ 30 000 and $ 38 000. The available information indicates that it will be unveiled at the beginning of 2016.

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10 Responses to 2016 Toyota Highlander review, changes, release date

  1. vacatola says:

    Can anybody comment on the seating vs trim arrangement on future Highlanders? Currently it’s not possible to have ventilated front seats AND seat 8. This just seems bizarre to me.

    • Jodi says:

      Strange right. We were wondering the same thing. Come on highlander 2016! Even the 4 runner has cooling seats.

      • ang pet says:

        Toyota won’t offer any tech package on its overpriced toyota line-up, unlike its Japanese king. Instead they will offer that on the more overpriced rebadhed toyota called lexus.

    • Dean haught says:

      Ah the 2015 highlander xle comes with ventilated front seats limited cooling and heated front seats and platnium package has ventelated bucket seats in mid row.

      Hope this helped

  2. Paul Bautovich says:

    Will a tow bar off a 2007 highlander fit a 2016 model.I am wondering if it is worth the effort to remove from my old car?

  3. Tabbeth Chikerema says:

    I own a 2004 Toyota Highlander, and I love it! I have almost 210,000 thousand miles on it, and drives just as good as it did when I bought it with 3 miles on it!! This car is amazing!!! Now, I want a new car, and of course I am buying another Highlander. I could have bought one in 2015, but I don’t like this new shape. What happened to that big 2010-2013 Highlander? Any plans on Toyota changing this 2015-2016 shape? I don’t like it!

    • c toney says:

      i agree the 2001–2007 highlanders is the perfect SUV with not so much stuff on it that runs the price up! the perfect gear ratio with that 4 cyl engine (2azfe) i think!
      i like the big back window glass.–please build a replica.–i would buy 2 of them today!
      got a 2001 w/209k miles.—thank you toyota!

  4. Griz Hunter says:

    I have a 2016 Highlander and love it! It has excellent ride quality, and handles better than the Honda Pilot, which I was planning on buying. The V6 is very adequate for this vehicle, it beats the Chevy Tahoe that it replaced by 6 mpg overall (combined city and highway driving), and is almost a second (0.9) quicker from zero to 60 mph than the Tahoe V8. It is a great traveling rig.

  5. Roger Karnopp says:

    Is it possible to buy a 2016 highlander limited with s bench seat for the middle row?

    Or, is it possible to buy an xle with the tech package?

  6. Bob says:

    My friend picked up a 2016 Highlander XLE, V6 with AWD last month. We went on a 4 day road trip (2 families) and took turns driving mainly on the highway. Both the ride and visibility are excellent (compared to our 2015 Venza), surprised at the quietness of the factory-equipped Toyo tires. Fuel economy is not too bad considering the car was loaded with 4 adults and 4 kids with a cargo box on the roof. Will definitely consider it for our next vehicle.

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