The Toyota Highlander 2016 is a 3rd generation mid size crossover 5 door SUV built on the Toyota K platform and is also known as Toyota Kluger (German word for clever) when sold in Japan and Australia. It is a part of Toyota’s stable of SUV’s, the other being 4Runner and RAV4. One of its trims XLE is also used a New York City cab. The other trim levels are LE, LE Plus, Limited and Limited Platinum.
Toyota Highlander 2016 Exterior and Interior
The new Toyota Highlander which was first unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto show will most probably have no significant exterior changes save a new set of 18 inches alloy wheels on the more expensive trims or redesigned front fascia, wings and headlights. The main attention will be to make it more rugged and durable to take on adverse weather conditions without compromising on style, comfort and safety.
The Toyota Highlander 2016 comes with 3 rows and can take in eight passengers. Standard stuff include a telescoping steering wheel with a cruise control, reclining second and third rows, a rear view camera, privacy glass, heated exterior mirrors, auto headlights, 6.1 inches touch screen console featuring a six speaker music system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity and above all voice command support. The higher trims will probably feature the outstanding 12 speaker JBL music system and panoramic sunroof.
The safety features might include sophisticated installations like rear cross traffic, blind spot metering and pre collision system.
Toyota Highlander 2016 Engine Specs
The standard Toyota Highlander LE comes with a 2.7 litres four cylinder DOHC 16 valve VVT-i engine producing 185 HP @ 5800rpm and 184 lb torque@ 4200 rpm. This is associated with a six speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) with sequential shift and snow modes. Another LE trim has a 3.5 litres V6 engine and comes with the option of AWD and FWD with six speed automatic transmission. The AWD sends 100% power to front wheels during normal cruising but can do a 50/50 split lock in case of the wheels slipping.
The LE plus has a standard drive train of a 3.5 litres V6 DOHC 24 valve with VVT-i which delivers 270 HP @6200 rpm and 248 lb [email protected] rpm.
The Toyota Highlander 2016 XLE is also available with the same configuration with either AWD or FWD. The limited Platinum comes with an exclusive AWD.
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid propulsion system has a 3.5 litres V6 DOHC 24 valve with VVT-i, three electric motors and Ni-MH traction battery producing 280 HP and having EV & ECO modes. It has ECVT transmission with sequential shift mode AWD-i.
The fuel economy for the four cylinder engine is 20 mpg/22mpg for city/ highway ratio while the V6’ engine gives a mileage of 19 mpg/21mpg with the FWD and 18mpg/20mpg. The Hybrid delivers 28 mpg in combined of city and highway ratios.
Toyota Highlander 2016 Price amd Release Date
The Toyota Highlander 2016 LE may be priced at approx $30,000, LE with FWD V6 at approx 32,000. The LE plus FWD might be $33,000 and AWD $34,000. XLE and LE plus might come at appox $36,000 and $37,000. The limited AWD and FWD could be approx $ 40,000 and $41,000. The Hybrid could cost about $47,000.