2016 Toyota Highlander is a three row mid-size crossover. Toyota recently did a big redesign of this model, when Highlander started its third generation into production, back in 2014. For 2016 model year it will come with some minor changes. Few additional features and few more exterior color options are changes we can expect from the latest Highlander.
2016 Toyota Highlander trims and features
Just like its predecessor, 2016 Toyota Highlander will be available in LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels. Capable to accommodate up to eight passengers, popular SUV offers enough features and optional equipment to satisfy almost everyone’s demand.
Base trim LE comes packed up with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, heated exterior mirrors, privacy glass, cruise control, a backup camera, a sliding and reclining 60/40-split second-row seat, a 60/40-split third-row seat, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, a 6.1-inch touchscreen and a 6-speaker sound system with voice activated control, a CD player and an iPod/USB interface.
With higher trims, Toyota provided some of the best-in-class features: from panoramic sunroof to 12-speaker JBL audio system. Safety features found on the 2016 Toyota Highlander do not lack behind its tech and luxury features.
2016 Toyota Highlander engine and mpg
Base engine remains the same. It is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and delivers 20/25/22 mpg city/hwy/combined.
Second engine available for Toyota’s 2016 Highlander is a 3.5-liter V6 with 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Transmission is the same, while customers can choose between front- and all-wheel drive. With FWD and this engine 2016 Highlander is capable to deliver 19/25/21 mpg, while with AWD it delivers a mile less per segment.
2016 Toyota Highlander release, price, competition
Japanese producer will launch its 2016 Highlander by the mid 2015. The level of changes and competition create the price, so expect it to stay in the same range as its predecessor, although Toyota still didn’t release pricing specs. Its price will go from $29,500 up to $38,000, and it will be confronted with Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango and Honda Pilot, as closest competitors.
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