New 2016 Toyota Highlander – Review

If you are looking for a mid-sized SUV that offers great value form money then look no further as the new 2016 Toyota Highlander is just around the corner and here you will find when it’s release date is scheduled. The car comes with a reasonable acquisition price, better engines and an awesome look.

2016 Toyota Highlander
2016 Toyota Highlander

The new 2016 Toyota Highlander will definitely come with an improved interior and exterior look that will keep it above the mid Sports Utility Vehicle competition. Similar to the previous version, the new Highlander will come riding on the same platform as its predecessor for obvious reasons.

However, the vehicle is going to shed off some unnecessary weight which will guarantee the vehicle a superb performance and fuel economy ratings. Rumors allege that it will come with 200 pounds weight reduction thanks to the extensive use of lightweight materials and smaller fuel efficient engines as well.

This third generation Toyota Highlander will be the ultimate choice for anyone who loves excellent performance. The following review will offer a comprehensive preview of what to expect especially after the concept debuted during the 2013 New York International Auto Show.

Interior Design & Changes

The new 2016 Toyota Highlander will come with enhanced features and gadgets that will cement the vehicle’s performance and ease of use. This includes provision of high-tech control and infotainment features.

These features are meant to ensure comfort standards and smooth driveability are released by the potential buyer. The vehicle will come with three rows and will include numerous standard features which will include 18” alloy wheels, auto on/off headlights, privacy glass, back-up camera, cruise control, heated exterior mirrors, and rear spoiler.

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2016 Toyota Highlander interior
2016 Toyota Highlander interior

Other roped in features include reclining and sliding 60/40 split second row seat, tilt/telescopic steering, Bluetooth connectivity, manually adjustable front seats, 60/40 split third row of seats, a CD player, 6.1” touchscreen display, iPod/USB interface with auxiliary input and cruise control.

Higher trims are expected to come with better features for the interior of the new 2016 Toyota Highlander. The vehicle will also come with tons of safety features which will include rear cross traffic control, pre-collision warning system, blind spot monitoring, electric steering and heated front seats.

The cabin is now more spacious and luxurious than ever before. The top trims will also get coveted features such as the 12 speaker JLB audio system.

2016 Toyota Highlander Price and Release date

According to the auto industry rumours, the new 2016 Toyota Highlander is expected to be released during the first quarter of next year (2016). The base price for the Highlander will be pegged at around $38,000 while top trims might come with a price tag of $48,000.

2016 Toyota Highlander release date
2016 Toyota Highlander release date

The new 2016 Toyota Highlander will come in five trim versions which include LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum. Prospecting buyers can also view all consumer discussions about the new 2016 Toyota Highlander on Edmunds. The vehicle was also offered on lease a while back.

2016 Toyota Highlander Exterior

The exterior of the new 2016 Toyota Highlander is expected to come with minimal changes in comparison to the interior changes. The most noticeable thing on the exterior of the crossover will be the installation of brand new wheel design for the upper trim version.

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2016 Toyota Highlander front
2016 Toyota Highlander front

The vehicle will come with some futuristic new looks which will rope in some of the latest designs in terms of aerodynamics and overall design. The Japanese based manufacturer has gone a long way to ensure that the new vehicle will appeal to new buyers and retain existing ones.

2016 Toyota Highlander rear
2016 Toyota Highlander rear

Buyers should expect new colors for the new Highlander and bigger and well-crafted alloy wheels as well. No changes are expected much on the front fascia, however, facelifts might be forthcoming.

The headlights, fog lights and taillights will all be redesigned and will come with LED technology. The materials to be used for this iconic vehicle will be resistant to dents and austere weather conditions.

2016 Toyota Highlander Engine

Under the hood of the new 2016 Toyota Highlander will be two engine options for buyers to choose from. The standard engine will be a 3.5L V6 which will be able to generate up to 270 horsepower and 248 pounds of torque.

2016-toyota-highlander-engine

The other option will be a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine that will be able to produce about 185 hp and 184 pounds of torque. These engines will come mated to 6-speed auto transmission unit. All other models apart from the Limited Platinum which will have an exclusive AWD will come equipped with either a FWD or AWD mode options.

The fuel ratings will be 20/22 mpg in the city/highway while the base engine’s V6 is rated at 19/21 mpg in the city/highway when mated to a FWD and 18/20 mpg in the city/highway when paired to an AWD.

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