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Toyota Highlander
2017
Toyota Highlander 2017 4-door SUV Trim Shown: 2017 XLE 4-door SUV AWD Automatic

The Toyota Highlander ranks among the best midsized, three-row SUVs, with a desirable balance of an absorbent ride, responsive handling, and generous interior space. A third row allows seating for eight in a pinch--seven with optional second-row captain's chairs--and folds flat easily for more cargo stowage. The punchy 3.5-liter V6 is matched to an eight-speed automatic for 2017 which got 22 mpg overall in our test. The Hybrid gets 25 mpg. It's a long reach to some controls, particularly the touch screen. The Entune system includes a larger 8-inch screen. A comprehensive suite of safety technology, including automatic emergency braking, is standard for the 2017 model year.

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2014-2016
2014 Redesign Year
Toyota Highlander 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 Limited

The Toyota's Highlander's appeal lies in its functional, family-friendly nature, frugal gas mileage, consistently good reliability, and good manners. Edgier styling marked the 2014 redesign. Handling became more responsive and sure-footed, although the Highlander falls short of being engaging to drive. Compared to the 2008-2013 Highlander, this version is slightly less plush inside, has a bit more interior noise, and lacks the same cushy low-speed ride isolation. Most Highlanders have a 3.5-liter V6 and a six-speed automatic transmission; we measured 20 mpg overall, two better than before. An expensive hybrid version returns 25 mpg overall. Inside, minivan-like second-row accommodations make good use of this generation's added length, although the third row seat remains suitable only for kids. Controls are simple and a backup camera is standard. 2014-2016 versions force you to get a top-trim Limited to get desirable features like blind spot monitoring and advanced safety equipment.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 N/A N/A
2015 $27,075 - $39,475 $24,300 - $36,350
2014 $24,550 - $35,375 $21,835 - $32,320
2008-2013
2008 Redesign Year
Toyota Highlander 2013 Trim Shown: 2013 Base

Redesigned for 2008, the second-generation Highlander grew in size, looking more like the midsized car-based SUV it is rather than an overgrown station wagon. Refinement dominates throughout, with a comfortable ride that isolates occupants from bumps and a very quiet interior. Driving the Highlander doesn't feel bulky in turns, but the artificial steering feel inhibits agility. Power from the 3.5-liter V6 is spirited; expect 18 mpg with all-wheel-drive. A four-cylinder was available, but only with front-wheel-drive. The hybrid delivers 24 mpg; a new engine, introduced for 2011, bumps fuel economy to an amazing 27 mpg. Controls are very simple, with giant knobs and buttons. Second-row seat accommodations are roomy and comfortable; the third-row seat remains cramped. Earlier versions have a third row seat that doesn't fold in sections, reducing cargo flexibility. Higher trim versions come with a standard backup camera and all have standard stability control.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2013 $19,925 - $28,575 $17,210 - $25,610
2012 $17,100 - $26,025 $14,365 - $23,020
2011 $14,750 - $23,750 $11,990 - $20,710
2010 $12,175 - $20,725 $9,490 - $17,745
2009 $11,025 - $18,200 $8,375 - $15,240
2008 $10,100 - $16,275 $7,475 - $13,305
2001-2007
2001 Redesign Year
Toyota Highlander 2007 Trim Shown: 2007 Sport Utility

Well-rounded and pleasant, the Toyota Highlander has long been an excellent choice. This mid-sized SUV is a tad roomier and less costly than its Lexus RX sibling. It's available with front- or all-wheel drive, and either a V6 or four-cylinder engine. The 2004 models added an optional third-row seat, standard stability control, and a more powerful V6. Expect 19 mpg overall. Quiet, roomy, and relaxing to drive, the Highlander has a very comfortable ride and easy-to-use controls. Access is easy and outward visibility is excellent. A hybrid version debuted for the 2006 model year, delivering quicker acceleration and 22 mpg overall. Reliability has been outstanding.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2007 $8,450 - $12,350 $5,890 - $9,540
2006 $7,600 - $9,950 $5,085 - $7,285
2005 $7,225 - $9,250 $4,720 - $6,620
2004 $6,600 - $8,475 $4,090 - $5,865
2003 $5,975 - $7,900 $3,490 - $5,290
2002 $5,475 - $7,000 $3,000 - $4,425
2001 N/A N/A