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Review: Toyota Highlander

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  • Comfortable and quiet
  • Attractive cabin with first-rate materials
  • Loads of innovative security amenities
  • An optional V6 engine is powerful and fuel-efficient

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Description and Review

The Toyota Highlander is a mid-sized near-luxury crossover competing inside a crowded segment where almost each leading vehicle producer carries a hat with the ring. What can make the Highlander thriving is its blend of technology, convenience and Toyota durability within the best-suited price tag? With plenty of custom options, moreover a variety of options, all wrapped in an interesting package, the Highlander stands out inside a crowded field.


The bottom product LE trim will come along with a 2.7L 4-cylinder motor building 185 horsepower. In such a guise, the Highlander is rated at 20 mpg inside of the metropolis and 24 mpg on the highway. An optional 3.5L 295-horse V6 improve is offered but normal on all other trims. A presented hybrid powertrain works by using an electric motor together with the V6 to produce 231 horsepower. The hybrid Highlander returns 30 mpg while in the metropolis and 28 mpg about the freeway, particularly impressive figures to get a car geared up with third-row seating. The Highlander comes commonly with the front-wheel drive however, all-wheel drive is surely a selection for those people who need to have it.

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Visually, the Toyota Highlander is  accented by an aggressively styled entrance end showcasing smoked headlights, stylish 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels, and LED taillights. New for 2019 is black rocker panel on LE, LE Plus, and XLE trims, whereas the top-of-the-line Limited retains body-color rockers and receives its update with chrome-trimmed LED fog lights.

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The Toyota Highlander is full of features.  Even the bottom LE is equipped with options like front and rear air-con, a power shifting gear, a flip-up rear window, leather-based and leatherette accents, triple-zone automatic weather handle, together with a powered driver’s seat.

To get a typical sunroof, consumers will need to purchase Highlander XLE, whereby they’ll also get an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, heated leather-based front seats, and second-row captain’s chairs that drop seating capability to seven. The SE is largely a cosmetic upgrade through the XLE, but the Litmited pulls out all the stops with ventilated entrance seats, a JBL audio structure, and a host of memory capabilities.

All Highlanders include things like Toyota’s Entune touchscreen infotainment product featuring Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Cost-free engineering. Updates, for example, satellite radio, navigation, including a 120-volt power outlet are reserved to the pricier types.  Apple CarPlay is accessible on the 2020 Toyota Highlander. Customers can enjoy rear entertainment platform that has a 9-inch display screen and wi-fi headphones.

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Over the safety features, the Highlander can maintain its leading postion. The virtually equivalent 2018 edition was named a Prime Safety Pick through the Insurance Institute for Freeway Protection (IIHS) and gained a 5-star ranking within the National Freeway Website traffic and Protection Administration (NHTSA). Toyota has geared up all 2019 Highlanders which includes a pre-collision warning program, lane-departure warning with steering aid, and intelligent cruise handle. Shift nearly the LE Furthermore additionally, the record grows to incorporate a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic warning, at the same time the Highlander Confined goes one step further with rear parking sensors, emergency assistance, stolen automobile tracking, and automated collision notification.

Since it strikes the market several years ago, the Toyota Highlander has shipped an appealing combination of performance and luxury, bundled with good gasoline economic climate and eye-catching styling. These are the things that place the Highlander among the market’s top crossovers.

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Our Score

9.5 Total Score
Best Family Mid-Size SUV

The Toyota Highlander is well-known for its purposeful, family-friendly nature, frugal gasoline mileage, constantly very good dependability, great resale value, and traditional enhanced basic safety attributes.

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  • Comfortable and quiet
  • Attractive cabin with first-rate materials
  • Loads of innovative security amenities
  • An optional V6 engine is powerful and fuel-efficient
  • The third-row seat isn't roomy
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    This is my second Highlander, (2012 was my first), and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this car. I bought it for all of the safety upgrades it offers that my 2012 didn’t have. It rides like your on a cloud, quiet as a church mouse, sips fuel at an average of 24 mpg since I have owned it, and plenty of room inside for my 6 ft stature. Controls are easy to operate and clear to understand. Handles perfectly and absorbs bumps in the road without notice.Now for the downsidesThe factory radio is less then perfectNo Apple carplay till next year.3rd row seating is not fit for adults.Having said that, I installed an aftermarket radio with carplay that works flawlessly.The 3 row seating was the same problem I had with my 2012, so I just never use it. If you have small children it might work for them.

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