2016 Toyota Highlander

MSRP $30,490 - $44,990

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8.6

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2016 Toyota Highlander Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 9, 2021

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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. 

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Pros

Commodious cabin

Smooth ride and handling

Powerful V6 engine

High reliability and resale

Cons

Budget-quality cabin material

Base engine lacks power

Low towing capacity

What's New?

Towing package is now standard on the 2016 Toyota Highlander


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30490

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

163 cu.in.

horsepower

185 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

184 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

191.1 in.

width

75.8 in.

height

68.1 in.

curb weight

4134 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

144.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

83.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1455 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/25 mpg

highway range

469.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LE$30,490 onwards

LE Plus$34,395 onwards

XLE$37,315 onwards

Limited$40,915 onwards

Limited Platinum$43,530 onwards

Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.3

Exterior

8.5

Safety

9.1

8.6

OVERALL RATING

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8.6

Overall Rating


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.


8.5/10
Features

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.3/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

9.1/10
Safety


2016 Toyota Highlander Features

8.5/10

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.

Trims

LE

LE V6

LE Plus

XLE

Limited

Limited Platinum

MSRP (FWD)

$30,490

$32,015

$34,395

$37,315

$40,915

$43,530

MSRP (AWD)

-

$33,475

$35,855

$38,775

$42,375

$44,990

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

Sunroof

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.

2016 Toyota Highlander Engine and Performance

8.5/10

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.

Models

2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2016 Dodge Durango

MSRP

$30,490

$28,700

$29,995

$29,995

Engine

3.5L V6 

3.6L V6

3.6L V6 

3.6L V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

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. 

2016 Toyota Highlander Fuel Economy

6.0/10

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.

Models

2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2016 Dodge Durango

MPG (city)

19

15

19

18

MPG (highway)

25

22

26

25

MPG (combined)

21

18

22

21

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

19.2

22.0

24.6

24.6

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.

2016 Toyota Highlander Interior

9.3/10

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.

Models

2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2016 Dodge Durango

Passenger capacity

8

8

5

7

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.)

13.8

24.4

36.3

17.2

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

2016 Toyota Highlander Exterior

8.5/10

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.

Models

2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2016 Dodge Durango

Curb weight (lbs.)

4,244

4,713

4,545

4, 913

Length(in)

191.1

203.7

189.8

201.2

Width(in)

75.8

78.5

76.5

75.8

Height(in)

68.1

69.9

69.3

70.9

Ground clearance (in)

8.0

7.2

8.6

8.1

Wheelbase (in)

109.8

118.9

114.8

119.8

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

2016 Toyota Highlander Safety

9.1/10

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

2016 Toyota Highlander 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.

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