2016 Toyota Highlander Road Test - Consumer Reports
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.
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Toyota Highlander 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.

Most Highlanders come with a refined and punchy 270-hp, 3.5-liter V6; coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, it returned 20 mpg overall. While impressive when introduced, some newer rivals, including the Kia Sorento and Nissan Murano, can beat that figure.

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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. A backup camera is standard on all Highlanders,...
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