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 helped it rank among the top SUVs we've tested, as well asl in our owner satisfaction survey. We heartily recommend it.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags 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 helped it rank among the top SUVs we've tested, as well asl in our owner satisfaction survey. We heartily recommend it.

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

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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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)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Toyota Highlander owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"The screen is not set back so is hard to see at times because they sun will hit it"

Peter O., CO (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"In virtually all bright light conditions the glare blocks use of display screen . This is dangerous when trying to use the backup screen function"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Screen is at angle on the dash, with no type cover to prevent glare from sun and daytime lighting which makes it difficult to read. Also, there is no separate dimmer control so at night, you cannot adjust the brightness down so as to not to ruin your night vision"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Can't see the display in the sunshine - it is at th wrong angle. Hard to see display all he time with my polarized sunglasses on"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Not visible if sun is entering car at certain angles"

Nancy A., FL (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Screen is useless in sunny conditions, which is often"

Scott I., GA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Screen is not compatible with polarized sun glasses. Must turn head in a most uncomfortable an dangerous angle in order to view display"

Larry K., NY (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"the display would freeze when using the navigation system the dealership replaced the display, radio, navigation component"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The system kept randomly rebooting. When I finally remembered to tell the dealer, their response was that it was a known issue and if I had complained sooner they would have fixed it. Now they won't because in trying to get it to respond, I pressed so hard the screen fractured aND so they refuse to even tell me how to get it fixed"

Laurel K., MD (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Screen freezes up"

Billie G., TX (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The system would simply freeze. Unable to adjust volume, change station, turn on or off. When using the nav system, this would simply freeze where the vehicle was located on the screen. The only fix was to hold the on/off button in a reset sort of move, o r wait until the system reset itself, usually about a half hour later. This was unacceptable while using the navigation system"

Timothy G., OH (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Ongoing problem that was eventually resolved with system update"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Screen freezes, cpu reboots, maybe once every 2 weeks. Dealer replaced in dash system"

Anonymous, LA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"This required a service visit for an upgrade"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Info center locks up and there is no control over it. It also reboots randomly"

B B., TX (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The multi function info display and center dash display have frozen more than once"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"GPS screen freezes up to many times"

Kenneth P., SC (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Entertainment center periodically resets. Navigation is lost and radio shuts off. Sometimes it comes back on and sometimes the car needs to be restarted (reboot) to get the system working again"

James G., ME (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Display screen freezes after 1st year. No applications and functions were available. Returned to dealer 3 times before they proved to themselves that it was a manufacture's defect and replaced it"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Toyota Highlander LE 3.5-L V6)

"Numerous problems including frequent crashes and failure to connect to recent-model iPhone. Eventually fixed via firmware update"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Occasionally while on radio it will freeze but more likely while using an iPod for music. Audio system has to be rebooted"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The radio did not work with Entune and the phone messages does not work with my iPhone 5"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Highlander LE Plus 3.5-L V6)

"Incompatible with iPhones but Toyota reports works as designed"

Richard G., TN (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Loud hum when radio is in aux mode to play a MP3. Toyota replaced the radio with no solution. Dealer then showed me a similar brand new Highlander with the exact same issue. Vechicle is now out of warranty and radio hums on"

James B., IL (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Has troubling connecting to the smartphone. After you drive for a minute or two it finally connects"

Claudia P., UT (2015 Toyota Highlander LE Plus 3.5-L V6)

"Was very unreliable until recent firmware update"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Display will occasionally freeze up while using iPod"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"voice directions from navigation system became scratchy and hard to understand"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"numerous times received "could not find " inputted address , However not a problem for Garmin device or Samsung galaxy phone"

Bernie K., NY (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Does not always take us to where we want. When we went to Fort Lauderdale it missed our turn off to the parking facility by 8 miles and cost us much confusion. It sucks. My hand held garmin is MUCH MORE accurate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Most useless in dash nav system I've ever used. I've had many new cars and this is by far the most user unfriendly. Waze and Google Maps works tremendously better"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Again, useless design, can't update route without stopping. should just mimic google maps and allow responsible drivers to use the tools"

James F., NY (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"the street names do not display, the location finder is not accurate, the voice directions are too long and too loud, the system recommends Subway when we ask for Arnauds Restaurant in New Orleans"

Angelyn T., MS (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Problem due to receiving wrong voice command from system"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Maps are seriously out-of-date and the cost of updating them is ridiculously expensive! I did not pay to update the maps. I use my iPhone for navigation instead"

Adrian L., CA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"On approximately 5 separate occasions the main dash electronics display (nav and entertainment) froze and then seemed to restart. The first time it happened it restarted multiple times in about an hours time. Since then when it happened again it restarted once on each occasion"

Michael K., NY (2015 Toyota Highlander LE 3.5-L V6)

"has never worked correctly and the map sizing does not allow street names to be displayed"

Angelyn T., MS (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"After updating the navigation system, the entire unit went into continuous re-boot, as previously described for the Bluetooth issue. In a nutshell, the audio/nav/display unit will not stop re-booting unless the Bluetooth on my Android-based phone is turned off (any pairing of the two systems immediately causes re-boot). Demonstrated not an issue with iPhone. Toyota has replaced the audio/nave/display unit with new, but problem persists. Toyota will now be replacing the nav module, having finall"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"This is the same issue I described in my comments about the Tacoma related to the high cost of GPS map updates"

Marty C., TN (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited Unsure)

"Not only do you have to change the car time to/from daylight savings, but you have to change the GPS clock to/from daylight savings (a real pain, twice a year0"

Kenneth P., SC (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"While driving using Nav the entire entertainment and nav system will freeze then reboot. Results in a factory reset"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Software updates way too expensive, screen display poor design"

Anonymous, ME (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE Unsure)

"Slow, sometimes inaccurate, requires frequent, costly map updates. It is not as effective as my phone"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Freezes sometimes; gps gets "lost" frequently; gps uses poor routing sometimes"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"System would shutoff while driving . would reboot after pushing several buttons. Dealer updated system and so far works OK"

Robert C., IL (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"System will not take verbale commands and dealer continues to claim it is our speech commands not being clear. Navigation system only works when manually typed in but you need to be stopped to do this"

Nancy A., FL (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Could not program route or location. Toyota replaced unit"

Steven L., NY (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"GPS SYSTEM IS NOT USER FRIENDLY, HARD TO SEE ROUTE THE SYSTEM HAS PROGRAMED. FINAL DESTINATION IS INCORRECT. GOOGLE MAPS ON PHONE IS MUCH MORE RELIABLE. MANY OTHER HIGHLANDER OWNERS AGREE WITH ME"

William H., IA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"We are very dissatisfied with the vehicle navigation system. We had to replace it once because it would lock up or restart over and over as we were driving, especially in cold weather. It cannot be relied upon for directions. Other features are useless, like voice commands, area restaurants, etc"

Anonymous, KS (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Logic used to calculate routes does not offer alternate corrected options but suggests returning to point of departure from original route! This could lead to backtracking sometimes 50 miles when there are several much shorter options! This is not a map problem!"

Anonymous, MB (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Very slow GPS processing"

Scott I., GA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"GPS Navigation System was intermittently failing. Dealership checked it out on two occasions and declared it OK. However, problem persisted and dealer removed and replaced it with a new unit admitting that there were numerous problems with one manufacturer of the GPS system"

Adrian D., ME (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Fails to work if car parked in sun when temperature is above 72 degrees outdoors. Once the interior temperature drops below 72 degrees the GPS system functions normally"

James D., WI (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"System would shut freeze up, shut down or reboot on its own at random times"

Larry K., NY (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"worked well for 5 months, now when you voice command to call someone, it keeps saying "try again later, phone book is loading" My dealer has no clue how to fix and I'm not happy"

Barry S., PA (2015 Toyota Highlander LE Plus 3.5-L V6)

"Phone pairing fails frequently with my iPhone 5s"

Anonymous, SC (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Will often not recognize my samsung galaxy S4 phone and will not pair with it. I will need to pull over, turn off the SUV and retry the pairing"

Aleksander K., IL (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Bluetooth doesn't pair properly to my cellphone, Samsung SM N910V. Shuts down whole navigation computer. It will work with phone as audio player however"

Anonymous, NM (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"After updating the navigation system, the screen unit went into continuous re-boot. Subsequently found that by not activating Bluetooth on cellular phone, everything worked fine. After several efforts by the dealer and Toyota IT, it was reported that there have been issues with Android-based phones (confirmed that iPhones do not have the same issue). Update to the full operating system corrected problem for 10 days, then back to continuous re-boot when paired with Android phone. Toyota recently"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The Bluetooth phone pairing system is limited to less than 300 phone contacts. If you have more than 300 contacts it overloads the system then reboots and possibly deletes all data. Additionally the voice command system can be totally FUBAR. For example sometimes the system just totally cannot understand the voice commands repeatedly, and its is not even close. You ask it to take you to an address and it tunes to an AM radio station. And then sometimes it works just fine. The system does not"

Milton C., SC (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The bluetooth will cut-off in the middle of phone conversations; not answer sometimes; would not pair correctly, even at the dealer. The dealer would not replace it because "a new one would do the same thing". Tried several different phones with the same result"

Theodore L., FL (2015 Toyota Highlander LE 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The phone always pairs up, but the contacts (even though there is a column for them) usually don't show up. They have shown up once in a while"

James G., CO (2015 Toyota Highlander LE Plus 3.5-L V6)

"very inconsistent in pairing - does not work more often then it does work"

Anonymous, MT (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The car doesn't automatically pair with a phone when you get in and you have to connect it manually. Sometimes, it won't even connect and you have to turn the car off and on again to get it to connect. Very sub par"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"The head unit was replaced as the sound would cut out after 30 minutes"

Neal C., PA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The radio loses sound settings when switching between paired phones"

Peter O., CO (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Radio constantly loses its presets that both my wife and I have set up. The preset are paired with our phones and when you switch the pairing you lose all but the first six presets. Makes it very annoying to search when you have XM channels"

Aleksander K., IL (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Poor reception and loud crackling noise in weak reception areas"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Reception especially AM is terrible, the worst of any car I've ever owned"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Radio when it rained would continue to reboot over and over"

Glen W., TX (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The stereo system is horrible. It would switch to the front two speakers only after a phone call and then remain. Even normally, it sounds like it's coming off of the glass instead of covering the whole car. It's been in 6-8 times and I even called Corporate Toyota and filed a claim. I checked it against another 2015 with the same stereo and the difference was stunning. The dealer and Toyota lied to my face as to what they had done and checked. I'm selling my Highlander and will never own"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Sound and quality varies as you're driving. Also have had problems with the gps and screen acting up"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Speakers

"JBL - higher end speakers that crackle and distort most of the music I listen to at a normal volume. Something is loose or there is a defect in several of the speakers"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"rear speakers vibrated"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"lack of adequate insulation in the rear door hatch caused annoying buzz and vibrations for the installed sub-woofer"

Stephen S., TX (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"especially making phone calls, if name is not recognized it offers up some other name very frustrating"

Bernie K., NY (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Microphone doesn't work, won't pick up our voices. Bluetooth phone connects we can hear person on call but they cannot hear us"

Jeffrey R., NC (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"nav system did not respond to voice commands"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Vehicle only allows voice control to utilize navigation system while driving. Voice recognition is the worst I have ever used. Results in useless navigation system while driving"

Mark W., MO (2015 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Voice recognition is very weak and so limited in scope that it misinterprets almost everything I ask. Definitely not on par with Suri or other voice recognition apps"

Anonymous, SC (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Total disaster, does not work at all Example: give address in Tucson, AZ Answer: what city in Maine do you want to go to, ie Ann Arbor or Detroit?"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited Unsure)

"Most voice commands are not recognized by the voice recognition system. System is mostly unUSble when the vehicle is in motion"

Gary G., ON (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Problem of voice command understanding command. Giving wrong address, etc. Even from other drivers/passengers"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Already commented. Only one vechile that I lease"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"the voice command feature has never worked. it can't understand simple commands. the map is terrible and does nothing to help with directions because street names cannot be viewed due to the map sizing. Bluetooth connection to a phone is worthless, because the sound quality is terrible when making calls"

Angelyn T., MS (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Terrible. No recognition of words spoken"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"During the 2.5 years of ownership, have been able to use voice commands maybe 2-3 times. It constantly says "I do not understand.""

Anonymous, IA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Voice commands don't work. We have trained it many times. It understands NOTHING. It is completely useless"

Anonymous, KS (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Sudden change from no issue to if you go into reverse before the audio/nav system has fully booted up the screen goes blank but audio still plays"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"the screen went blank, no navigation system"

Anonymous, NM (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"System reboots randomly"

B B., TX (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The system sometimes goes blank and I can't turn off the radio, the nav screen goes blank, etc. It's like I just lose the entire system. Sometimes it resets and comes back on by itself, sometimes I have to restart the vehicle to get it to come back on"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Screen goes blank without being turn off. Dealer still researching it"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"When the car is turned on, the screen is usually black. Until a button is selected, it will not change to display the screen"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"While on a trip tge navigation screen would go blank. I wouod have to reboot tgen stop car to input the address again"

Kay C., TX (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Problems were described in previous question"

James G., ME (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Screen goes blank and then it start up on its own. I continue to get messages that a oil change is due when it is not"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The screen would go blank from time to time. The system has been replaced under warranty"

Walter S., MD (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"It just started going blank then restarting itself several times throughout the day. I haven't taken it in for repair"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"It froze and required reset. Toyota replaced unit"

Steven L., NY (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

"When watching dvds on long trips, the system heats up and stops playing"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Air conditioning system always closes the vent when the car is stopped. There is a musty smell when first starting car in the morning. Toyota said they knew of the problem. I asked if the vent closure could be changed to open when engine was stopped and told only the factory can do that and that the user has to perform that function to eliminate the problem"

Wayne K., TX (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Leaks a lot of dust. Seals were replaced by dealer at no charge"

Dale H., ND (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"There is an intermittent rattle from under the front passenger seat or by the rear passenger door. Most annoying. Have not had time to take it in yet but checked and it's definitely not something of mine left there. Worrying and annoying for a new ca"

Eric T., CA (2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.5-L V6 hybrid)

"When starting the engine in cold weather it makes squeak and rumbling noise. The noise goes away when the engine warms up. It is then so quiet that we've try exiting the car with the engine still running"

Gabriel F., FL (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Rattles in dash and from seat belt retractor mechanism"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Toyota Highlander LE Plus 3.5-L V6)

"The rear seat rattle while laid down"

Andrew L., CA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Vibrating noise like windcatching driverside plastic cover underneath car. Had it in 3 times . Not fixed"

Fred M., SC (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Front dashboard vibration on certain road types and speeds. Nothing serious... just irritating"

Marc D., IL (2015 Toyota Highlander LE Plus 3.5-L V6)

"First attempt dealer repositioned exhaust shield and engine splash pan. Still not fixed. Will have to go back to the dealer"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Sounds like the heat shield is rattling. Very frustrating for a $48,000 car"

Clarence C., PA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Numerous rattles and vibration noises. Some seat anchors have been replaced and/or tightened. Sound deadening foam has been inserted into doors. Car is currently at the dealer's for the 3rd time for this problem"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"A rattle was in the front of the vehicle. The result was that the hood had been installed poorly and had to be completely removed and reinstalled to resolve the problem"

Anonymous, UT (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"rattle in area of dash radio"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"at certain speeds there is a constant rattle in the cab"

Tom E., MT (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Clunking sound in rear of vehicle at low speeds when stopping and restarting. Toyota admits a problem awaiting a fix. Something suspension related"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"At highway speed there appears to be a rattle in the driver door. Driver window squeaks when closing"

Larry O., AB (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"rear hatchback door developed a rattle, toyota fixed it under warranty"

Anonymous, KS (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"I can't believe that my new (back then) 2015 had more rattles and sqweeks than my 14 year old 2001 Highlander. I'm dead serious. My $45k car sounded like a cheap car. I've visited many online forums to make sure I wasn't being overly sensitive, and sure enough everyone mentioned the issues. Especially the rear captains chairs will shake and rattle like they are missing screws or something. I ended up putting a foam wedge against the side of the chairs and the C pillars to make enough pressure so"

Bruno C., MA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind noise on the passenger window. Have not taken in to repair"

Luann M., TX (2015 Toyota Highlander LE Plus 3.5-L V6)

"I think this is a problem that can't be fixed. Irritating"

Fred M., SC (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Loud wind noise"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited Unsure)

"The wind noise comes from the driver's and passenger's windows"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Both front door windows have very bad wind noise at highway speeds. Dealer says "too bad.""

Anonymous, UT (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger side mirror makes whistling noise at high soeeds"

Christopher C., NJ (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"There is constant wind noise when driving 40+mph"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Front bumper cracked very easily hitting hard snow on a cold day at a very low speed (5mph)"

Todd K., MD (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger side lower portion of front bumper has separated from top locks. Have not have dealer involved yet, a minor cosmetic problem"

Peter D., MA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"front of car had defective chrome trim that had to be replaced since it was peeling off"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Window trim has simply peeled away on two windows. Repaired numerous times"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Roof trim separated from roof ,dealer replaced ,no issues since"

Dennis R., IA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"I bought the basic Highlander. The molding on the top keeps coming lose when I take the car through a car wash. I have had it at the Toyota service to look at. It was explained that I am having this problem because I bought the basic model"

Linda T., TX (2015 Toyota Highlander LE 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Glove box came unhinged"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The passenger side seatbelt trim popped off and it took two trips to the dealer to get it fixed. After the second trip, it has been fine. No further issues"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Plastic seat surround was replaced"

Anonymous, OK (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Some interior trim is flimsy, and detaches/breaks easily"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The side facia of the drivers seat separated three times, exposing the seat control panel"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger door arm rest wrinkled"

J W., FL (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint doesn't match up, doors and rear quarter panel don't match"

Anonymous, SC (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"covered by overspray"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"three areas of the car have a blistered or bubbled area. small but none the less a blemish. one area (door) peeled during washing/waxing. now down to bare metal"

Anonymous, SC (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"I plugged an air pump into the outlet and it did not work"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"rear brake light failure"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Moisture in Taillights located in rear door"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The driver side door lock actuator failed. It took multiple trips to the dealership to get Toyota to acknowledge the problem. However I determined that this is a common failing and should have been easily diagnosed. Today a second lock actuator has begun to fail (the front passenger side). The problem is intermittent so it is difficult for the service writer to catch the part malfunctioning. At least this time they seem to be taking me at my word rather than talking to me the way you talk to s"

Milton C., SC (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Doors would not lock or unlock using wireless entry and or the internal door switches"

Anonymous, VT (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Driver's front door and Passenger front door - door actuators have both failed. One has already been replaced, and the other one has to fail the Toyota diagnostic before they will replace it"

Anonymous, KY (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"intermittent connection between fob and car"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) light kept coming on showing I had low pressure in one ore more tires. Annoyingly, it did not specify WHICH tire or what the pressures are! For the amount I paid, the car should show each tire and its pressu"

Eric T., CA (2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.5-L V6 hybrid)
Warning lights

"Stoplight calibrated incorrectly. Message flashed that brake and acceleration pedal pressed at same time and car would lose power for 5 seconds. And,under 20 degrees ignition system shut down. Both problems hard to diagnose but were fixed by dealer"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Toyota Highlander LE Plus 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"The intermittent wiper had two speeds, but only one speed was working"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Cruise control

"The light in the control was intermittent"

Hal S., AZ (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Heated driver's seat heats erratically"

Dan S., OK (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Electronic or air suspension

"have received recall for electric power steering electronic control unit. Will have to take in for recall work"

Anonymous, MO (2015 Toyota Highlander LE Plus 3.5-L V6)

"When you kick in the passing gear to pull out to pass someone the car gets extremely unruly. Almost dangerously so. Very unsettling"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering electronics are part of a Toyota recall that has NOT been resolved to date"

Frank K., TX (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Recall on electric power steering controller"

Robert B., GA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"safety recall by toyota"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Highlander LE Plus 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Shock was clunking since new. Replaced by dealer at no charge. No more problems"

Germaine M., NB (2015 Toyota Highlander LE 3.5-L V6 hybrid)
Bushings

"There was a klunk sound upon stopping while backing up"

Wayne N., MN (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

"High pitched "sqeaking" from right rear of vehicle and the normally pristine ride has become a bit "bouncy". This problem will be repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, SD (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

"Gasket for sun roof misaligned causing air noise"

Sharon W., KY (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rubber sealing gasket simply became unglued on driver's side. Pending repair by Toyota"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Would not close"

Anonymous, ME (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The windshield is heated and very expensive to replace. I have had to replace the windshield 4 times in two years. Not sure if this is a problem with the glass or the angle of the windshield. My other vehicles have driven the same roads without needed a replacement windshield for 7 years. Bad luck? Maybe, but it's unusual to have to go through so many windshields"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Windshield cracked from only a light pebble hit and had to be fully replaced"

Mike-Moye M., TX (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Top driver side mirroe fascia fell off while driving"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The trim fell off of the seat controls"

George B., NH (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery had to be replaced because of a bad cell"

Alexander W., DC (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The (original factory stock) Toyota battery died unexpectedly. I was able to have it jump started. I then drove the vehicle to the Toyota dealership from which it was purchased, where the battery was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Since the car only had 5,000 miles on it at the time, the battery was replaced by Toyota, at their discretion, because the alternator had failed and drained the battery so completely that they thought we should have a new battery"

Niles P., WA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Repeatedly, car would not start after sitting for between 4-7 days. Inconsistent with what owner manual states. Car would be driven for approx. 45 min. to obtain a charge, then not start after short intervals of time. Told by dealer to get a "battery tender" (put on life support). Unable to go to airport for week trip and plan to start car upon return. Toyota would not take auto back to factory for complete inspection (after request though NCDS for arbitration). Filed law suit under state Lemon"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery died and had to be replaced"

Chris S., FL (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Alternator

"We were driving north on Interstate 5 in April of 2016 when all the electronics suddenly failed. The engine died seconds after that. We had no power brakes, no power steering and no engine. We managed to coast off the the freeway, weaving through significant traffic in the process, and get to an off-ramp. We coasted to a residential neighborhood and stopped. We called Toyota roadside service, they picked up the car and took it to the nearest Toyota dealership, where is was repaired in 24 ho"

Niles P., WA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"foot pedal goes down a long distance befor braking action"

William W., OR (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Car was new but must have sat for a while since the brake pads were rusted onto the rotors"

Hilary K., NY (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The rotors were found to be warped and machined. The new pads were installed"

Satnam B., CA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Front calipers weren't releasing fully causing uneven brake pad wear. needed cleaning and lubricating"

William E., WI (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes were worn out at 80k but said due lack of regular lubrication"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Brake pads needed replacing at 14000 miles along with rotors. Excessive brake fade"

Phillip M., NY (2015 Toyota Highlander LE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Engine had a loud pinging/knocking sound and needed to be completely rebuilt at 300 miles"

Derek S., VA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Oil spot appeared on garage floor a couple of days after vehicle was purchased. Returned to dealer, residual oil removed thinking oil was spilled during mfg process & I agreed. Leak re-appeared. Returned to dealership, dye was added to oil to locate"

Don H., OK (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"took vehicle in for regular oil change and they found a leak in the seal which required removing the entire engine. After they fixed that they couldn't recalibrate some sensor in the steering wheel so had to order part over a holiday weekend. I was without my car for over a week even though it was under warranty and they gave me a rental car. Not happy because they were horrible in communication and I could not take my dogs to the vet etc"

Anonymous, NM (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Was a oil leak between the timeing chain cover and engine seal. Was told was not sealed properly at factory"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine had a major ping and needed to be completely rebuilt at 300 miles. A major disappointment to say the least"

Derek S., VA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"As I was driving on the interstate, my Highlander shut down. I had a check AWD light, I had minimal steering, and an engine light. I was able to get off the interstate. I turned off the car, turned it back on and smoke started coming out of the hood. I got my daughter and her friend out of the car- as we ran away flames were coming out of the hood. My car completely burned to the ground. It is with USAA- fire/electrical investigation is in progress"

Janice P., FL (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Head gasket

"The oil leak required the whole engine to be removed from the car and then taken apart. The front wheels and suspension had to be dropped to get the engine out. Didn't have the right tools or parts. A 12 day job"

Allen F., IL (2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Blower temperature erratic, warm when supposed to be cold"

Anonymous, AL (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The level of heat varies during operation. Cold drafts on my feet in cold weather. Even if I have the blow.er directed to my feet only"

Bernard M., MA (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Apparently a design issue...you can not eliminate the dash vents from blowing heat or AC air. Even when the floor and/or upper controls are set with supposedly nothing coming out of the dash"

Anonymous, SC (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Oxygen went out with less then 500 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"a pop from exhaust when first starting"

Gary K., KY (2015 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"its awful! poorly designed interface for the entire electronic of this vehicle, they'd be better off just mimicking your phone. Not worth the money spent on this expensive option"

James F., NY (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The whole navigation and entune system is very disappointing. the GPS is not accurate and hard to use, the entune apps have never worked, the HD radio never works, the presets are too hard to use; the controls are difficult to use and the apps don't"

Angelyn T., MS (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Fault detected (Check Engine light), AWD, Stability Control disengaged. Reset at dealer, could not reproduce"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Replaced by dealer due to water seepage"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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