2016 Toyota Highlander Price

After a minor crisis and lower sales figures from several years ago, the Toyota Highlander SUV has been recovering steadily. The increasing sales are the result of a constant effort in improving the vehicle’s safety and quality standards. However, the Highlander’s hybrid version has been struggling lately. The 2016 Toyota Highlander will arrive by the end of 2015, eagerly anticipated by many car buyers that know what to expect from this great mid-size crossover SUV.

2016 Toyota Highlander Design and Changes

The Highlander is actually based on the same platform that underpins the Toyota Camry sedan. The Toyota’s popular SUV was first presented at the 2000 New York Auto Show and then went on sale in 2001. It has been available as the Toyota Kluger in Japan since 2000. The Highlander slots between the smaller RAV4 and the truck-based 4Runner SUV when it comes to Toyota’s vehicle lineup.

2016 Toyota Highlander hybrid

The 2016 Toyota Highlander will come as a model of the third generation that made its debut in 2013. Just like the first generation, the latest one was first revealed at the New York Auto Show. The new model is longer and wider than its predecessor, while the exterior styling is no longer boxy. So, the new design attempts to attract a broader customer base. As a matter of fact, much of its competition, such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder, features similar design cues. What sets the Highlander apart is its lower pricing, better fuel efficiency and the ability to carry up to eight passengers.

2016 Toyota Highlander Specs

The 2016 Highlander will be available with a large number of trim levels just like the outgoing model. As for the power department, there will be two gasoline engines and a hybrid system available. All of them will be offered with three different transmission options and both AWD and FWD configurations.

The 2016 Toyota Highlander LE starts at $29,665. As standard, there is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder DOHC 16-Valve with VVT-i engine. This unit makes 185 hp at 5800 rpm and 184 lb-ft at 4200 rpm paired with a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). An LE model with FWD, 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic gearbox costs $30,970. The same LE model with AWD configuration costs $32,430.

The 2016 Toyota Highlander LE Plus is fitted with a 3.5-liter V6 DOHC 24-Valve with VVT-i engine as standard. It generates 270 hp at 6200 rpm and 248 lb-ft at 4700 rpm. The model with a six-speed automatic transmission and FWD starts at $33,190, while the AWD version costs $34,650.

2016 Toyota Highlander interior

The 2016 Toyota Highlander XLE is offered with the same engine and transmission as the lower LE Plus version. The difference comes with a longer list of standard equipment. While the FWD model starts at $36,490, the AWD version costs $37,950.

The 2016 Toyota Highlander Limited offers the best equipment package. It also uses the same engine and transmission as the lower two trims. An AWD model starts at $41,550, while the FWD version comes slightly lower at $40,090.

As for the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid model, it is available exclusively with the Limited package and AWD. The hybrid system includes a 3.5-liter V6 Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) 24-Valve with VVT-i, two electric motors (front and rear) and a Ni-MH Traction battery. The system’s combined output is estimated at 280 hp, and it also offers EV and ECO modes. This powerplant is coupled with electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT) with a sequential shift mode and Electronic On-Demand AWD system with intelligence (AWD-i). In order to purchase this version, you will need $47,750.

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