2016 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER XLE SPORT UTILITY 4D

Price: $33,750

Year 2016

Make TOYOTA

Model HIGHLANDER

Trim XLE SPORT UTILITY 4D

Drivetrain 4WD

Transmission AUTOMATIC

Engine V6, 3.5 LITER

Mileage 25,234

Doors 4

Exterior Color WHITE

Interior Color BLACK

VIN 5TDJKRFH5GS347864

Stock No. 4926

Vehicle Equipment

Vehicle Description

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The 2016 Toyota Highlander continues with a look that's perhaps a little more SUV-influenced at first glance, yet far softer inside, and with respect to the details, than this model has been in the past.

The Highlander remains in the gray area between SUVs and more rakish crossover wagons from the outside, but it's definitely closer to a truck look, with the maw-like grille and in the exaggerated wheel wells and sills. The shift plots it closer to the off-road-centric 4Runner in profile, and there's an SUV-ish style that runs exactly opposite to the trend in most other big crossovers (such as the Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Flex, and Chevrolet Traverse).

The 2016 Toyota Highlander offers 4- and 6-cylinder engines, and Hybrid models, with a choice between front- and all-wheel drive for much of the lineup.

Across that lineup, the Highlander has some similar driving traits: it's smooth and generally fuel-efficient, but nothing to get all that excited about.

We have a favorite among them, and it isn't the expensive (and heavy) hybrid V-6 model.

The base 2.7-liter inline-4 comes coupled to a 6-speed automatic and is offered only with front-wheel drive. It's smoother than you might expect from such a big-displacement four, and it makes a meaty 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque; yet that's really not all that much for a big three-row vehicle like the Highlander, and while it accelerates reasonably and smoothly, it can be taxed with a full load.

Most models will come with the 3.5-liter V-6, with 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque; it's also teamed up with a 6-speed automatic, but can be paired with either with front- or all-wheel drive. Even here, it's not the quickest choice in the class—you'll find a turbocharged Ford Flex or Dodge Durango V-8 is far quicker—but it's smooth, relatively strong, and surprisingly fuel-efficient.

It's around 191 inches long, with a wheelbase nearly 110 inches, which places it around the same length as a roomy mid-size sedan; yet there are three rows of seating—and space for up to eight in all.

The front seats in the Highlander are quite good, although the hardware for the cooled seats slightly interferes with comfort. And to get power adjustment on both front chairs, by the way, you'll have to spend for the priciest Limited edition.

A large tambour-covered console separated the front seats and back in row two you'll find either a three-person split-bench seat with a recline feature or a pair of captain's chairs. The standard power sunroof interferes with head room for those in the second row, so if you're tall you may appreciate the second row's recline adjustability.

For general cargo usability, we miss the "Center Stow" seat Toyota offered in the previous Highlander. It had a section in the middle bench seat that tucked away into the console, creating a pass-through to the third row. Now there's a flip-up cupholder tray to fill the space left behind between captain's chairs on models so equipped. The new seat's less functional in that way, but it slides on a track for good adjustability. It can either nibble away its own leg room or increase it, taking up space from the reclining third-row seat.

*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program. 



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