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Toyota Highlander 2006 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Sport Utility
The well-rounded Highlander is powered by a smooth 3.3-liter V6 that returned 19 mpg overall in our tests. Base models use the four-cylinder that also powers the RAV4 and the Camry. This SUV is quiet and refined, with a comfortable ride, easy-to-use controls, and good fit and finish. Cabin access is easy and the rear seat is very roomy, but the optional third-row seat is for kids only. Handling is sound and secure with the standard stability control, though it is not particularly agile. The Hybrid version is quicker and gets 22 mpg overall, but costs a $4,500 premium over the V6 Limited AWD model. Excellent crash-test results and outstanding reliability round out this highly rated, car-based SUV.

See Reliability page for the latest 2006 Toyota Highlander recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS standard. ESC available, standard from 2004. Side air bags available, standard from 2007. Head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2007. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2014, standard from 2017.

Road Test

This version of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid was our top-rated midsized SUV and one of the only vehicles in its class to earn an excellent overall score in our tests. It is an example of the then-new wave of hybrid vehicles using gas/electric powertr...


  • Acceleration, transmission, fuel economy, low emissions, ride, quietness, fit and finish, access, third-row seat.


  • Buyers interested in hybrids only to save money may be disappointed


2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (155 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 (215 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 hybrid (268 hp)