2016 Toyota Highlander


Ranked #3 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP $30,490 - $44,990
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Key Spec of 2016 Toyota Highlander
fuel economy


fuel type

Regular Unleaded


185 hp @ 5800 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Commodious cabin

Budget-quality cabin material

Towing package is now standard on the 2016 Toyota Highlander

Smooth ride and handling

Base engine lacks power

Powerful V6 engine

Low towing capacity

High reliability and resale

2016 Toyota Highlander Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2016 Toyota Highlander model remains unchanged from the previous year other than a towing package now standard for all V6 powered models. The standard engine available on the base trim remains the anemic inline-4 unit, while the V6 engine is the real deal here, available on all trims as standard and as an option on the base trim. The price for the 2016 Toyota Highlander starts at $30,490 and goes up to $45,000. 

Over All Rating

8.2Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#3 in Midsize Suv

#6 in Suv


LE$30,490 onwards
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height-Adjustable driver's seat
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rearview camera
  • Toyota'S Pre-Collision System
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
LE$30,490 onwards
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height-Adjustable driver's seat
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rearview camera
  • Toyota'S Pre-Collision System
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
LE Plus$34,395 onwards
  • 8-Inch touchscreen
  • Foglights
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Power liftgate
  • Power-Adjustable driver seat
  • Satellite
  • Tri-Zone automatic climate control
XLE$37,315 onwards
  • Auto-Dimming rearview mirror
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Keyless entry & ignition
  • Leather third-row upholstery
  • Leather upholstery
  • Navigation system
  • Power-Adjustable passenger seat
  • Sunroof
Limited Platinum$43,530 onwards
  • 360-Degree parking camera
  • Automatic wipers
  • Front parking sensors
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Panoramic sunroof

Used Toyota Highlander For Sale

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Lincolnwood, IL

2015 Toyota Highlander XLE

XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Est. $270/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,324 Below market
RMV: $24,212
Mileage 116,388 mi.
Listed On 15 May 2022 (313 Days)
Price Drop, $1097
2 Jan 2023
Pompano Beach, FL

2016 Toyota Highlander XLE

XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Est. $202/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,175 Below market
RMV: $18,075
Mileage 154,987 mi.
Listed On 18 Dec 2022 (96 Days)
Price Drop, $2300
5 Aug 2022
Garden Grove, CA

2017 Toyota Highlander SE

SE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

Est. $352/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,509 Below market
RMV: $31,497
Mileage 58,253 mi.
Listed On 03 May 2022 (325 Days)
Price Drop, $611
11 Aug 2022
Alton, IL

2015 Toyota Highlander XLE

XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Est. $244/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,730 Below market
RMV: $21,715
Mileage 139,592 mi.
Listed On 02 Jun 2022 (295 Days)
Price Drop, $2552
18 Oct 2022
Manvel, TX

2016 Toyota Highlander LE

LE 4dr SUV (2.7L 4cyl 6A)

Est. $203/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,097 Below market
RMV: $18,088
Mileage 138,055 mi.
Listed On 31 Aug 2022 (205 Days)
Rahway, NJ

2016 Toyota Highlander LE

LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Est. $283/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,304 Below market
RMV: $25,204
Mileage 75,982 mi.
Listed On 21 Sep 2022 (184 Days)
Altus, OK

2015 Toyota Highlander Limited

Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Est. $271/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,112 Below market
RMV: $24,100
Mileage 113,431 mi.
Listed On 27 Feb 2021 (755 Days)
Price Drop, $251
22 Oct 2022
Murfreesboro, TN

2016 Toyota Highlander XLE

XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Est. $262/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,912 Below market
RMV: $23,212
Mileage 135,907 mi.
Listed On 26 Sep 2022 (179 Days)
Price Drop, $3004
18 Oct 2022
Dallas, TX

2016 Toyota Highlander XLE

XLE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Est. $284/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,255 Below market
RMV: $25,246
Mileage 95,264 mi.
Listed On 14 Oct 2022 (161 Days)

Colors and Styles

Build Car
Alumina Jade Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

For the price range, the cabin of the Toyota Highlander varies from acceptable to good in terms of material quality. If that is kept aside, the Highlander offers a well-put and sturdy cabin with a spacious first two rows. Although the third-row seats and the cargo space both remain tight on the Highlander as usual. Currently, the Highlander competes against the likes of Chevrolet TraverseJeep Grand Cherokee, and Dodge Durango.



The 2016 Toyota Highlander is offered in a variety of trims. First is the base LE trim which only comes in front-wheel drive configuration and starts for $30,490. Above that is the LE V6 trim that offers a 3.5L V6 engine with an asking price of $32,015 and an optional four-wheel drive configuration at a premium of $1,460. The LE Plus starts at $34,395, while the XLE starts at $37,315. At the top of the range sit the Limited and the Limited Platinum trims, which start at $40,915 and $43,530, respectively.




LE Plus



Limited Platinum















Key Features

185 hp, 2.7L Inline-4 engine

Adds or upgrades to ‘LE’

Adds or upgrades to ‘LE V6’

Adds or upgrades to ‘LE Plus’

Adds or upgrades to ‘XLE’

Adds or upgrades to ‘Limited’


18-inch alloy wheels

270 hp, 3.5L V6 engine

Flip-up rear hatch window


19-inch wheels

Panoramic sunroof


Automatic headlights

Optional four-wheel drive

Adjustable-height power liftgate

Roof rails

LED running lights

Rain-sensing wipers


Heated exterior mirrors


Tri-zone automatic climate control

Keyless entry and ignition

LED ambient interior lighting

Heated steering wheel


Rear spoiler


Upgraded upholstery w/ synthetic leather accents

Leather upholstery for the first and second rows

Second-row captain's chairs

Heated second-row seats


Cruise control


Eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar)

Heated front seats

Heated and ventilated front seats


Rearview camera


Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Upgraded driver information display

Four-way power passenger seat


Cloth seating


Satellite radio and HD radio

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

12-speaker JBL audio system


Manually adjustable front seats (six-way driver, four-way passenger)


Eight-inch display monitor

8-inch central touchscreen


Sliding and reclining 60/40-split second-row seat


Navigation system and smartphone app integration


60/40-split third-row seat


Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel


6.1-inch central touchscreen


Six-speaker audio system with voice control, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack


We Recommend

The XLE trim offers upscale features like an eight-inch touch screen upgraded infotainment system, leather upholstery on front and second-row seats, heated front seats, and also a sunroof, at a starting price of under forty grand with the all-wheel-drive configuration. We feel this is the best bet for those looking to buy the Toyota Highlander.

Engine and Performance


The base trim of the Toyota Highlander comes with a 2.7L naturally aspirated inline-4 engine that puts out 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, which to be honest, feels underpowered for such a hefty vehicle. However, the higher trims get a 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 that puts out 270 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which works perfectly with the V6 engine. The engine is extremely reliable and provides a strong pull throughout the rev range.


2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2016 Dodge Durango







3.5L V6 

3.6L V6

3.6L V6 

3.6L V6







6- speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8- speed automatic

8- speed automatic

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

270 hp @ 6200 rpm

281 hp @ 6300 rpm

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

293 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

248 ft-lbs @ 4700 rpm

266 ft-lbs @ 3400 rpm

260 ft-lbs @ 4800 rpm

260 ft-lbs @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.1 sec

8.1 sec

7.1 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter mile (sec)

15.2 sec

16.3 sec

15.4 sec

15.9 sec

Top Speed (MPH)

115 MPH

126 MPH

128 MPH

151 MPH

The acceleration figures are acceptable as the Highlander with the 3.5L V6 takes 7.1 seconds to go from 0-60 mph and 15.2 seconds to cover a quarter-mile. Although all the rivals come with a V6 engine, the Dodge Durango puts out the highest power and torque figures. Despite not having the best power and torque figures, none can beat the Highlander in either 0-60 mph or the quarter-mile runs. 

Fuel Economy


According to the EPA, the V6 powered Highlander returns gas mileage of 19 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined, which is impressive, however, with all-wheel-drive, the mileage drops by 1 mpg to 18/24/20 in the city/highway/combined, respectively. The inline-4 base engine is rated at 20 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. The 19.2-gallon fuel tank is standard across all the trims of the Highlander.


2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2016 Dodge Durango

MPG (city)





MPG (highway)





MPG (combined)





Fuel tank capacity (gal.)





Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

365/ 480/ 403

330/ 484/ 396

467/ 640/ 541

443/ 615/ 517

As for the rival SUVs, the Jeep Grand Cherokee manages to beat the EPA estimates of the Toyota Highlander by 1 mpg in both the highway and combined gas mileage. The Chevrolet Traverse is the least efficient among all with gas mileage of 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Among all, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango come with the biggest fuel tank capacity of 24.6-gallons.



The cabin is large and spacious along with great isolation from road noises as well. The materials used inside the cabin feel premium and well laid out as well. With a seating capacity of up to eight passengers, the Highlander is a great choice for large families. Although the seats are comfortable, the third row lacks a sufficient amount of headroom and legroom, making it cramped for adults, especially in longer journeys. The cargo capacity of the Highlander isn't the best in class at 13.8 cubic feet. With the third row folded, the cargo capacity increases to 42.3 cubic feet, and with both the second and third row folded, it increases to 83.7 cubic feet, which is a lot to haul stuff.


2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2016 Dodge Durango

Passenger capacity





Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

40.7/ 59.3/ 44.2

40.4/ 61.5/ 41.3

39.9/ 58.7/ 40.3

39.9/ 58.5/ 40.3

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

39.9/ 59.6/ 38.4

39.4/ 61.0/ 36.8

39.2/ 58.0/ 38.6

39.8/ 57.7/ 38.6

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.9/ 55.0/ 27.7

37.8/ 57.6/ 33.2


37.8/ 50.4/ 31.5

Cargo Capacity with rear seats up (cu.ft.)





If we compare the cabin space on offer in all the above SUVs, the Toyota Highlander is, without doubt, the most spacious in the first two rows, while the Chevrolet Traverse offers a much more spacious and adult-friendly third-row seat. Among the rivals, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the only exception that offers two-row seating. As for cargo space, the Chevrolet Traverse with 24.4 cubic feet of space behind the third row manages to beat all. The Highlander offers the least 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Key interior features include:

  • Fabric-trimmed seats
  • 60/40-split folding third-row seats
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Available three-zone automatic climate control
  • Available SofTex synthetic leather-trimmed seats
  • Available power-adjustable and heated front seats

How intuitive is the Toyota Highlander’s infotainment system?

The Toyota Highlander comes loaded with Toyota's Entune infotainment system that runs on a 6.1-inch touchscreen. Higher trims come with a much larger 8-inch touchscreen in place of the smaller unit. Overall the interface is easy to understand and navigate, although the touch response has scope for improvement. Along with the infotainment, few other features that tag along comprise a CD player, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, etc. Key infotainment features include:

  • 6.1-inch or 8-inch touchscreen
  • Entune infotainment system
  • iPod/USB ports
  • Auxiliary audio jack
  • Available satellite and HD radio
  • Available 12-speaker JBL sound system



To best define the look of the Highlander, one can say that it's in between a traditional SUV and a Crossover. From the sides, it looks like a crossover, while the front fascia resembles a traditional SUV. Overall the look is quite aggressive for a vehicle that is meant for large families. The aggressive design language is complemented by the shorter length and higher ground clearance than the competition, and because of that, the Highlander provides a commanding stance on the road.


2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2016 Dodge Durango

Curb weight (lbs.)




4, 913
















Ground clearance (in)





Wheelbase (in)





Although dimension-wise, the Toyota Highlander is dwarfed by the longest and widest Chevrolet Traverse and the tallest Dodge Durango. When it comes to ground clearance, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers 0.6-inches more than what the Highlander comes with. As far as the wheelbase is concerned, the Dodge Durango comes with a 10-inches longer wheelbase compared to the Highlander. Key exterior features include:

  • 18-inch or 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear spoiler
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Available sunroof
  • Available automatic high-beam headlights
  • Available LED daytime running lights



The 2016 Toyota Highlander is among the safest SUVs you can get in the segment. It got the ‘Top Safety Pick+’ award from IIHS and a rating of ‘Good’ in almost all its parameters. The NHTSA gave the Highlander a perfect score of five stars in the overall crash ratings, while front and rollover ratings stood at four out of five stars and the side crash test got five out of five stars. That said, most of the advanced driver-assist features are limited to the top trims, while the lower trims only come with a few standard active and passive safety features. Key safety features include:

  • Toyota Safety Sense
  • Eight airbags
  • Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Anti-lock Brake System
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution
  • Brake Assist

Final Verdict

The 2016 Toyota Highlander has been a staple in the segment of three-row crossover SUVs since its launch, however, the stiff competition in the segment has made life for the Highlander quite hard as the rivals offer more features, better cabin space, and better fuel efficiency at an attractive price. To counter this, the Toyota Highlander offers great reliability and practicality, especially for a large family. Also, the variety of trims Toyota offers for the Highlander helps buyers find exactly what they are looking for, which most of the competitors except for the Jeep Grand Cherokee are lacking.


vehicle bio

base price$33475

body style4dr SUV

engine type

displacement211 cu in

horse power270 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque248 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission6 speed shiftable automatic


length191 in

wheelbase110 in

width76 in

curb weight4398 lbs

height68 in

ground clearance8 in


passenger volume144.9 cu ft

cargo volume83.7 cu ft

passenger capacity5 Seats

fuel economy

city/combined/highway18/20/24 mpg

highway range 460.80 mi


basic warranty3 yr./ 36000 mi.

Toyota Highlander 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $44,601
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$1,682$1,352$1,002$626$227$4,889
Taxes and Fees$2,826$255$243$232$218$3,774
Total Cost-To-Own$10,674$7,801$7,533$9,238$9,355$44,601
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