2016 Toyota Highlander – Release Date and Info

2016 Toyota Highlander Release Date, Price, Specs, Interior – If you are searching for a mid-sized Sports Utility Vehicle that offers nothing but great value for your money, then its time you took a look at the upcoming new 2016 Toyota Highlander which is just around the corner. The vehicle comes with a fair manufacturers recommended price, improved engines and an awesome look.

2016 Toyota Highlander exterior, side view, silver color, alloy wheels

The new Toyota Highlander for 2016 will certainly come with an enhanced interior and exterior appearance that will keep it above the mid SUV competition. While carrying over some details of the previous version, the new Highlander will come riding on a similar platform as the model it is replacing.

2016 Toyota Highlander 
2016 Toyota Highlander


But, the vehicle is going to lay off some needless weight which will assure the crossover an amazing performance and better fuel economy. According to some rumours, they allege that it will shed up to 200 pounds of weight, thanks to the use of lightweight materials and smaller but fuel efficient engines.

2016 Toyota Highlander side view, taillights and tailpipe

This 3rd- gen Toyota Highlander will assuredly be the ultimate choice for everyone who appreciates excellence in performance which is going to be immense even with the rising competition. The cars that are going to rival the Highlander include 2016 Honda Civic, 2016 Nissan Pathfinder, but also the Ford Flex, Dodge Durango and 2017 Chevy Traverse.

The review that follows will offer an all-inclusive view of what to expect especially after the official debut of the vehicle some few months ago.

2016 Toyota Highlander Interior Colours & Exterior Photos

2016 Toyota Highlander side view, red color,alloy wheels, headlights

To start off with, the upcoming vehicle will still be a three row mid-size SUV that will be available in five trim versions: LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited, and the top-of-the-line Limited Platinum trim. The Japanese manufacturer could also make it possible to have the seven passenger capacity standard on the XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum.

2016 Toyota Highlander  interior
2016 Toyota Highlander  interior

According to our own assumptions, we expect the new 2016 Toyota Highlander LE model to come with 18-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, automatic headlights, privacy glass, cruise control, a rear spoiler, a rear-view camera, manually adjustable front seats, a sliding and reclining 60/40-split second-row seat, fabric seating, a 60/40-split third-row seat, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 6.1-inch central touchscreen and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD player, voice control, an auxiliary audio jack and an USB /iPod interface.

2016 Toyota Highlander  front
2016 Toyota Highlander  front

Deciding to pick the LE adds what the LE brings plus foglights, an adjustable-height power liftgate, a flip-up rear hatch window, tri-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), upgraded upholstery with synthetic leather (SofTex) accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, HD radio and satellite radio.

2016 Toyota Highlander side angle, white color, alloy wheels

The XLE further adds a sunroof, keyless entry, roof rails, and ignition, leather upholstery, an upgraded driver information display, a 110-volt power outlet in the second row, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, retractable second-row sunshades, an 8-inch central touchscreen, driver voice amplification for communicating with rear passengers, smartphone app integration (Entune App Suite) and a navigation system.

2016 Toyota Highlander  back
2016 Toyota Highlander  back

Nearing the top, the Limited comes with LED running lights, 19-inch wheels, second-row captain’s chairs, , LED ambient interior lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, a four-way power passenger seat, driver memory functions, a blind-spot monitoring system, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alerts and a twelve-speaker JBL audio system.

2016 Toyota Highlander interior, leather seats and dashboard

There will also be the Driver Technology package, which fits the Highlander with adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam control headlights, lane-departure warning, a frontal impact crash mitigation system, frontal collision warning and Toyota’s Safety Connect telematics (stolen vehicle location, emergency assistance, and automatic collision notification).

2016 Toyota Highlander trunk

2016 Toyota Highlander Engine Specs

Beneath the bonnet of the new Toyota Highlander for 2016 will be two engine options for buyers to choose from. The base engine will be a 3.5L V6 which will is capable of yielding up to 270 hp and 248lbs. of torque.

The other option that will be provided will be a 2.7L 4-cylinder powerplant capable of producing about 185 horsepower and 184 lbs. of torque. All the engines will come paired to six-speed automatic transmission system. Excepting the Limited Platinum, all the rest of the trims will have an exclusive AWD system.

2016 Toyota Highlander engine

The projected EPA fuel economy return should be around 20/22 mpg in the city/highway, while the base engine’s V6 is rated at 19/21 when paired to a front-wheel-drive and 18/20 mpg when mated to an all-wheel-drive.


Wheelbase: 109.8 in
Length: 191.1 in
Width: 75.8 in
Passenger volume: 139-145 cu ft
Cargo volume: 14 cu ft
Curb weight: 4200-5000 lb
Top Speed: 115 mph
0-60: 7.3 sec
MPG: 19/21 mpg (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metalli,c Chestnut Bronze Metallic, Dark Olive Metallic, Estoril Blue Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic, Jet Black …
Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs

Toyota Highlander 2016 Price & Released Date

According to rumors, the new Toyota Highlander is expected to be unleashed during the first quarter of next year with a base price pegged at around $38,000 while top-of-the-range trims might come with an MSRP tag of about $48,000.

2016 Toyota Highlander  release date
2016 Toyota Highlander release date




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