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You're not drawn to the Toyota Highlander for its snazzy styling, exhilarating performance, or engaging driving experience. Its appeal lies in its functional, family-friendly nature, frugal gas mileage, consistently good reliability, and good manners. Overall, the Highlander combines the practicality of an SUV with the refinement of a good sedan.
Alerts
There are 3 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 Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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

You're not drawn to the Toyota Highlander for its snazzy styling, exhilarating performance, or engaging driving experience. Its appeal lies in its functional, family-friendly nature, frugal gas mileage, consistently good reliability, and good manners.

Overall, the Highlander combines the practicality of an SUV with the refinement of a good sedan. And year after year, that has helped it rank among the top SUVs we've tested and do well in our owner satisfaction survey. Reliability has also been above-average, so 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.

Read more about extended warranties
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 2016 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“Within two months of owning the vehicle, my Blind Spot Monitor error light came on. The dealer repaired it, but it came back on about a month later. This has now occurred three times, and I finally just had the dealer disable the feature”

Anonymous, OH (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The vehicle was only a couple of months old and the display screen would lock up. Toyota replaced the whole radio/navigation system a couple of times before the problem was fixed. They even gave me a loan vehicle for awhile”

Peter J., NY (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The system will freeze spontaneously and only come back after turning the car off”

Bruce M., MD (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The navigation display screen has frozen up several times”

Anonymous, IL (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“About every three days the infotainment is unusable as it reboots and takes about 20 minutes to come back on. Dealer says this is normal”

Anonymous, IL (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Screen goes blank from time to time”

Anonymous, SC (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Second Toyota with defective GPS. The antenna had to be replaced because unit did not receive a signal”

Mark L., OK (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Navigation does not mute the radio when giving verbal directions. I have never had an in dash navigation system that does NOT mute the radio when it is talking to you”

David B., NH (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The voice command system responds poorly. I have redone the voice pattern setting, tried alternate commands, altered speaking speed and clarity. The system does not match the performance of my portable Garmin Nuvi”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“doe not give you the shortest or fastest direction, fidelity of the screen makes it impossible to see street level unless you zoom all the way in”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Out of date map card. When purchased the data was 13 mo out of date. Now it is 25 months out of date with no available update”

Thomas M., NC (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Has frozen up several times”

Anonymous, IL (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Sometimes stops working. Usual GPS shows car on screen going up or forward. Mine sometimes shows going in opposite direction on screen”

Diane M., NY (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“System erroneously directed us off the main highway simply to bring us back (left turn, right turn, right turn & left turn again in Fl). System is locked when moving even when there is a sensor to tell the system that a passenger is available. When the system decides on a route it keeps wanting to take you back to that route or highway even though you have chosen or forced to take a differen route; for example in a case where there are two or three options for a bridge crossing or border crossi”

Edward E., ON (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The entune system is only fully compatible with nom apple phones. Which was not told to me when I purchased. So I often have problems using all features. The phone app also does not work properyl which you need to run the car apps. As for the navigation, the maps are confusing and often feel I will soon be in an accident because they do not adjust to the drivcerbamd the true direction the driver is taking. They stay oriented to where tru north is always and so to negotiate a direction looking a”

Anonymous, MS (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“sometimes won't pair with my phone”

Diane M., NY (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Inconsistent text message communication. Text messages will NOT always transfer to Entune system for readout. Dealer is unable to resolve this issue after multiple visits”

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Radio

“Radio reset the audio preference controls and sound settings... dealer said the amplifier was staying on after the car was turned off. The problem was intermittent and has lessened. Also, the USB port jammed with my Apple cables... all of them could not get removed”

Robert W., TX (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“AM reception is very bad and directional. Aerial embedded in rear quarter widows not satisfactory at all. Contact with Toyota was ignored - no real reply other than "looking into it"”

Anonymous, IN (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Radio will turn on by itself and flip through all the stations, stopping briefly and then continue flipping. You cannot turn it off. Has not been repaired . I have had to video tape to prove radio is defective”

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Toyota Highlander LE 3.5-L V6)

“Radio does not MUTE when the integrated navigation system is talking to me”

David B., NH (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Radio would randomly change channels”

Anonymous, IA (2016 Toyota Highlander LE Plus 3.5-L V6)

“I have not yet taken the car in for repairs to the radio. It just shuts down once or twice each day. After a minute or two, it comes back on. Only occasionally will it require a restart on the radio. I figure it's a loose connection”

Cindy R., IL (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Very poor reception for stations more than 60 miles away!!!”

Anonymous, MN (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

“It stopped working... jammed dvd will take next week for repairs”

Jose M., PR (2016 Toyota Highlander LE Plus 3.5-L V6)
Speakers

“Subwoofer in hatch began rattling immediately after I purchased vehicle. I would tell Toyota each time I went for oil change. They never tried to fix it”

Thomas J., TX (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“noise in driver side rear speaker”

Anonymous, VA (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The car is equipped with the jbl and they do not tolerate base, the speakers have blown on more than one occasion without the base even being elevated on the sound system. Just normal base on over the radio/satellite for a particular song will blow it. I am no longer able to consoder adjusting base because they are too sensitive without any change”

Anonymous, MS (2016 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

“water leaks into rigt floorboard-either from a/c or sunroof”

Anonymous, LA (2016 Toyota Highlander LE 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer installed roof racks improperly installed (no seals: $1.64 ea, $135 in labor). Separate dealer repaired. Leaked water into rear passenger compartment for a year prior to noticing. Then it was determined 'plugged drains to sun roof'... then it leaked again 4 mos later... and it was the roof racks”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Air leakage along edges of front passenger window”

Anonymous, NH (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“both front windows make loud squeaking noise as they close against top weather-stripping/seal. Dealer unable to correct to date”

Anonymous, GA (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Squeaks in weather-stripping in both front windows when going up or down”

Anonymous, TN (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“Rear suspension bushings had to be replaced due to rear noise when breaking that developed at 3000 miles of use”

Anonymous, NC (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“I am hearing a slight rattling noise that appears to be coming fron the right rear wheel. It only happens when accelerating and between 20 and 40 MPH”

Anonymous, GA (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“both front windows make loud squeaking noise as they close against top weather-stripping/seal. Dealer unable to correct to date”

Anonymous, GA (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Whole vehicle rattles and creaks when going over bumpy roads. Seems very poorly constructed for a car costing over $40,000”

Anonymous, IL (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rattles/vibration in driver's side door. Plastic trim pieces rubbed against one another in various spots. Resolved issue by lubricating with spray silicone where trim pieces met”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“I have had a squeak in the left rear wheel area for several months. dealer says they can not reproduce it. one of their employee said he heard but I was told later he did not. I still squeaks most of the time when I go through a dip in the road”

Robert H., VA (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Sounded like a vibration in the area of the front passenger seat/door. If sitting in passenger seat it sounded like coming from left of you. Many test drives and then searching internet it seems we found it. Two Mazda owners reported same type vibration/noise, also at speeds above 40 mph on roads/bridges with rough patches. . It seems to have been the dust cover underside of passenger seat area impinging on the frame by 1/8 inch or so. Toyota Manager (while I was under car with him), bent t”

Anonymous, MO (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

“Air leak around the passenger side window that was corrected by replacing door/window seal”

Anonymous, NV (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Wind noise on the driver's side. Took it in to the Toyota dealer and was told nothing could be done because it was a "design issue." Feel this was a ridiculous response; so I am taking the vehicle back for another review”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

“There is a whistling wind noise with the passenger side mirror. The car (purchased 12/16) has been back to the dealership several times for repair and the noise still exists. The dealership says it has done everything Toyota recommends and there is nothing else to be done”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Toyota Highlander Unsure 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

“plug malfuncted”

Anonymous, OH (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Could not lock car when parked”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.5-L V6)
Cruise control

“Stick light flickers when headlights are on”

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

“At times cruise control would not work”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Cruise control light flickering at night”

Anonymous, ON (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

“Headlight needed replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

“Don't know how to put in words”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Intermittent loss of light in cruise control stalk at night,”

Anonymous, IA (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

“It would not start - the dashboard said steering wheel locked and ignition on but could not shift gears. Remote car starter was the only way it started. It doesn't happen all the time so hard for mechanics to troubleshoot”

Diane B., NC (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Driver door would not unlock with keyless fob. Toyota said it was common problem but I went in after warranty had expired and had costly repair”

Thomas J., TX (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Well, it turns out that the whole idea is seriously flawed. If you do not drive the vehicle in over a week, it will not start. In addition, you cannot get the door open!!! The manual baby key did not work. So if you go on vacation, forget about driving your car home from the airport because you will not be able to get into the car, much less start it up”

Anonymous, MN (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited Unsure)
Remote engine starter

“The vehicle shuts off as soon as you open the car door. It is a big, huge pain in the butt. Seriously flawed”

Anonymous, MN (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited Unsure)
Tire pressure monitor

“Resetting the tire light requires me going to the dealer - inconvenience”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The light came on even though the tire pressure was fine”

Anonymous, MD (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 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

“The upper end of the door edge protector trim came off scratching the paint on the door opening”

Anonymous, IA (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Cosmetic piece of the mirror fell off”

Brett C., UT (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Black trim piece between passenger side door windows bowed up. Took it in for repair and it immediately did the same thing. The third time it worked when they glued it down”

Michael S., TX (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint easily comes off with minor trauma”

Anonymous, LA (2016 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Small area of peeling paint on left rear door. (It may be re-spray from body work.)”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Took it to the car wash and had a paint chip the size of a half dollar. Toyota was going to charge me $600 to fix it”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Shopping cart (we think) hit car in parking lot and took a small chip out of paint. Chip area started rusting soon after - rust was present as soon as we noticed the chip”

Anonymous, WA (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 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

Alignment

“Car would wander at highway speeds”

Albert W., FL (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“C at would wander on highway”

Albert W., FL (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“brand new car pulling to left , brought to the dealer, it required a alignment,now just fine!”

Anonymous, MA (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Squeaking rear shocks/struts/suspension”

Anonymous, VA (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

“squeaks all the time. Same as last entry”

Robert H., VA (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Purchased brand new. After driving our new Highlander we began noticing a loud pop sound and accompanying bump when stopping. The dealership service department along with their North American Toyota rep.thoroughly dissected what could be causing the issue. After several trial and error fixes, they finally replaced the front axle and many of the connected components. This apparently resolved the issue”

April O., AL (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Check engine light comes on if gas tank cap is not tightened to two clicks. Or so they say. But in our case it only tightened to one click. Even so, it should be closed tight or the oxygen sensor will think that there's a gasoline leak”

Richard F., OH (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

“FAULTY GASKET”

Anonymous, ON (2016 Toyota Highlander LE Plus 3.5-L V6)

“timing chain cover leak. took two trips to dealer to fix. they tried a simple fix first which didn't work. second trip took them 4 days to fix”

Peter M., CA (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Oil line was cracked. Had to have it replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6 hybrid)

“When they replaced the head gasket it leaked oil had to replace”

David C., NC (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Front cover plate had a little leak”

Frank B., PA (2016 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

Doors or sliding doors

“Door leak during hard rain”

Anonymous, LA (2016 Toyota Highlander Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Back latch did not work”

Dan D., CA (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

“Drain was not connected for moonroof at factory and it leaked when raining. Stained interior and smelled. Took three visits to make right”

Michael S., TX (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Automatic door lift & close mechanism Stopped working; door open warning light is stuck on”

Anonymous, CO (2016 Toyota Highlander LE 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)

“Had to replace battery”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Electronics (door controls, other electronics) began operating in odd ways or not at all. Took to dealer and they said the battery was bad and replaced it under warranty. Seems to have fixed the problem. It's been about 6 months”

Anonymous, IN (2016 Toyota Highlander 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

“The temperature is difficult to adjust. Typically it keeps the temperature about 5 degrees higher than it is set for”

Anonymous, IL (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“Popcorn like noise in the dash”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 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

Cylinder head

“The cylinder head was warped and required to be replaced at less than 2000 miles”

David C., NC (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 3.5-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Check engine light came on, Toyota dealership investigated and they decided to replace the short block because there was a problem in cylinder #6”

Robert S., TN (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 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

Fuel injection system

“It happened very soon after purchase. It was fixed by the closest Toyota dealership because the warranty would not cover towing it to our local dealership (about 50 miles). It was very inconvenient because it took several days to get it fixed and we weren't given a loaner car. It was fixed without a cost to us and we have had no further trouble with it”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“The transmission was faulty. It happened after using the vehicle for around 6 months. I had complained to the dealership and they told me it could be the transmission computer problem and they reset that. But that did not fix the issue. What used to happen is the engine used to rave all of a sudden to 3000-4000 rpm but the car would just stall and would not move fwd. The problem was eventually identified by one of the dealer in Georgia and they worked with Toyota to fix it. Unfortunately for us”

Chetan C., GA (2016 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

Electrical failure

“After initial movement and then coming to a stop the vehicle would not go forward although the engine was still running. This has happened about four times and will be brought to the dealers attention within the next month”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Toyota Highlander LE Plus 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

“When hitting the gas pedal, there is a one second lag before the RPMs increase and another one second lag before the torque increases. When in heavy traffic, this unresponsiveness is a safety concern”

Anonymous, PA (2016 Toyota Highlander Limited 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

Squeaking

“brakes squeak”

Anonymous, LA (2016 Toyota Highlander LE 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Went bad and caused multiple trips to the dealer before check engine light stopped coming on. When check engine light is on the display locks up until error is cleared”

Anonymous, MA (2016 Toyota Highlander XLE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

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