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Toyota Highlander

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2020
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2020 Toyota Highlander Ratings & Reliability
The all-new, fourth-generation Highlander looks like an extension of the current model, although there are evolutionary improvements throughout. It measures about 2.4 inches longer than the 2019, adding space to the cargo area. The Highlander offers two powertrains, a conventional 295-horsepower V6 and a 240-horsepower hybrid four-cylinder. The hybrid powertrain is said to deliver an EPA-estimated 34 mpg combined--a large step up from the previous hybrid's rated 28 mpg combined. Toyota has stepped up its infotainment game; All Highlanders come with Android Auto and Apple Carplay. The Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and the ability to read road signs.
2019
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2019 Toyota Highlander Ratings & Reliability
The 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 to increase cargo space. The punchy 3.5-liter V6 engine is now matched to an eight-speed automatic. Though this new transmission isn't as smooth as the previous six-speed one, it helped improve fuel economy to 22 mpg overall. The hybrid version gets 25 mpg overall. 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 forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, is standard.
2014-2018
2014 Redesign Year
Toyota Highlander 2018
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. That changed in 2017, when forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking became standard. That year also brought a new eight-speed automatic transmission. 
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $26,300 - $39,950 $24,440 - $37,690
2017 $23,875 - $35,750 $22,065 - $33,715
2016 $21,475 - $32,400 $19,565 - $30,280
2015 $19,275 - $29,475 $17,325 - $27,305
2014 $17,700 - $26,475 $15,140 - $24,295
2008-2013
2008 Redesign Year
Toyota Highlander 2013
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 $14,650 - $19,350 $11,700 - $17,240
2012 $13,150 - $17,675 $10,275 - $15,020
2011 $12,000 - $15,850 $9,125 - $12,775
2010 $10,325 - $13,775 $7,520 - $10,785
2009 $8,850 - $12,125 $6,130 - $9,220
2008 $8,500 - $11,300 $5,805 - $8,445
2001-2007
2001 Redesign Year
Toyota Highlander 2007
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2007 $6,250 - $7,825 $3,660 - $5,160
2006 $5,550 - $7,225 $3,010 - $4,585
2005 $5,900 - $6,600 $3,315 - $3,990
2004 $5,675 - $6,275 $3,085 - $3,635
2003 $5,425 - $5,850 $2,820 - $3,220
2002 $5,100 - $5,375 $2,500 - $2,750
2001 $4,850 - $5,100 $2,240 - $2,490