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Toyota Highlander 2012 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Base
The Highlander excels by delivering a very polished overall feel. It is a refined, roomy, comfortable, and fuel efficient SUV. The 3.5-liter V6 delivers solid performance and 18 mpg overall. A 2.7-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic are available on FWD versions. The Hybrid's 3.5-liter V6 returns an impressive 27 mpg overall. Its comfortable ride is cushy and isolates occupants from most bumps, while remaining steady and composed at highway speeds. Handling is sound and secure, but the SUV isn't particularly agile and the steering feels vague. It has roomy second-row seats and a tight but usable, third-row seat. The controls are easy to use, fit and finish is very good, and cabin access is easy.

See Reliability page for the latest 2012 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

The Toyota Highlander scores high for its refinement, quiet interior, ride comfort, power, fuel economy, and flexible and roomy second-row seat. It's one of our top-scoring three-row SUVs, but it is not without its drawbacks. The third-row seat is ti...


  • Powertrain, ride, quietness, second-row seat comfort, access.


  • Steering feel, tight third-row seat, intrusive head restraints.


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

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter 4 (187 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (270 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 hybrid (280 hp)