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Toyota Highlander 2015 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Base
The midsized Highlander SUV handles responsively, the ride is steady and absorbent, and interior space is generous. A wide third row allows seating for eight, or seven with optional second-row captain's chairs. The smooth and punchy 3.5-liter V6 is matched to a six-speed automatic. The Hybrid version uses the powerful V6 of the regular Highlander, shifts through a CVT, and adds a hybrid battery pack and three electric motors. In our tests the AWD V6 averaged 20-mpg overall; the Hybrid version got 25-mpg. It's a long reach to some controls, particularly the standard 6.1-inch touch screen. The Entune system includes a larger 8-inch screen. A backup camera is standard.

See Reliability page for the latest 2015 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

Toyota Highlander's appeal lies in its functional and family-friendly nature, frugal gas mileage and good road manners. Overall, the Highlander combines the practicality of an SUV with the refinement of a good sedan. Year after year, this fact has h...


  • Accommodating interior and simple controls make it easy to live with
  • Standard backup camera


  • Blind-spot monitoring and forward-collision warning technologies are only available with the top-level Limited trim
  • Some interior trim looks a bit low-rent

Best Version to Get

The XLE trim level offers the best combination of features and value, including standard leather upholstery, a moonroof, a navigation system, and a power tailgate. It also lets you choose between getting a second-row bench seat or captain's chairs. Our all-wheel drive XLE came to $38,941, which...


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

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter 4 (185 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (270 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 hybrid (280 hp)