The 2016 Toyota Highlander is an ideal family SUV, due to its smooth ride, respectable performance and charming interior, auto writers say, though the base engine earns poor fuel economy.
The 2016 Toyota Highlander is ranked:
#3 in Affordable Midsize SUVs
#2 in Affordable SUVs with 3 Rows
#4 in Affordable Crossover SUVs
With its base four-cylinder engine, the reviewers think the 2016 Highlander offers adequate power. Still, most recommend the V6 model because it’s much more powerful than the four-cylinder model and gets nearly identical fuel economy.
The four-cylinder Highlander gets 20/25 mpg city/highway, which is below average for the class. The V6 model gets 19/25. Both engines come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional with the V6. Reviewers note that the Highlander has a smooth ride. The Highlander feels responsive during cornering, test drivers add, and they say it has precise steering.
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Automotive journalists praise the 2016 Toyota Highlander for its premium cabin materials, quiet ride and user-friendly dashboard controls. The Highlander has roomy first- and second-row seats, critics report. The third-row seats aren’t big enough to comfortably fit adults, reviewers say, but kids will have enough space. Test drivers love the numerous, large storage bins throughout the Highlander’s cabin, and overall cargo capacity is decent for the class.
Standard features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port and Toyota’s Entune touch-screen infotainment system. Options include heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a panoramic moonroof, a rear-seat Blu-Ray video system, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and Driver Easy Speak, which can broadcast the driver’s voice through the rear speakers.