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.

Specifications

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

2016 Toyota Avalon- Release Date, News and Rumors

2016 Toyota Avalon Release Date, Review, Price, Specs – The following review is based on the 2016 Toyota Avalon which was showcased during the recently concluded Chicago Auto Show. For starters, the Toyota Avalon is a highly rated sedan at least on most popular websites and will be available in both petrol and hybrid powerplants. A novelty in Avalon models is the availability of more than one suspension configuration.2016-Toyota-Avalon-view-

The first set up will find itself under the hood of the new 2016 Toyota Avalon XLE model via the Limited variants and has been redesigned with the sole aim of providing a cozy driving experience. The other setup is notably on the fresh Touring trim and its main objective is to deliver more response and dynamic driving experience.

2016 Toyota Avalon side angle, exterior, alloy wheels

According to Toyota, both of the suspensions enhancements promise to be improvements to the current Avalon sole set-up. According to industry pundits, the current setups were a point of conflict between the comfort and sporting features but not anymore.

2016 Toyota Avalon rear view, red color, alloy wheels, taillights and tailpipe

Also, there will also be subtle changes for the 2016 Avalon model, although you will have to have a discerning eye in order to figure out the details in the differences. Exterior wise, the fascia has now reshaped lower trim signals and grille, whilst the Sportier 2016 Toyota Avalon Touring variant now gets its very own variation at the front fascia. The rear will also get refreshed taillamps.

2016 Toyota Avalon exterior, front view, headlights and grille

Important highlights include a standard navigation, Qi wireless charging and Entune apps, while standard features for the entire line-up is the larger Entune touchscreen interface.

Price & Release Date of the New 2016 Toyota Avalon

It might be too early to speculate about the pricing of the new 2016 Toyota Avalon as the details are still shrouded in mystery. However, experts speculate the base MSRP shouldn’t deviate much from the previous model’s which retailed at $31,590. We will be updating soon on the release date too.

Exterior Photos & Interior Colors – 2016 Toyota Avalon

2016 Toyota Avalon side view, silver color, alloy wheels

The upcoming new Avalon is exclusively provided as a 4-door sedan body configuration capable of seating five adults. Several trims have been made available for the petrol version: base XLE, mid trims XLE Plus and XLE Premium, and the top of the range Limited and Touring variants. As for the Hybrid, it will be made available in the base XLE Plus, mid-trim XLE Premium and top-of-the-line Limited variant.

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The top-of-the-line 2016 Toyota Avalon Limited with some few updates which includes 18” alloy Super Chrome wheels on gasoline models as well as 17” alloy Super Chrome wheels on the Limited hybrid variant.

2016 Toyota Avalon interior, rear leather seats

The Limited adds optional safety features which include Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, high-beam headlights, Lane Departure Alert and Pre-Collision System.

2016 Toyota Avalon trunk space

Engine Specs – Toyota Avalon 2016

No changes will be effected to the Avalon’s two available engines. The engines include the 3.5L V6 engine which is capable of producing 268 hp and 248 pounds of torque. The V6 should be able to return 21/31/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined. The above mentioned engine certainly makes it stand out in terms of speed.

2016 Toyota Avalon engine

The Hybrid, on the other hand, comes with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor and fed by truck-mounted batteries. The combo is able to generate 200 horsepower and should be able to return about 40 miles per gallon when combined, an outstanding figure for a full-size sedan.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 3 in. (111 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 3.3 in. (195.3 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 0.2 in. (72.2 in.
Passenger volume: 102-104 cu ft
Cargo volume: 16.0 cu.ft
Curb weight: 3461 lbs.
Top Speed: 129 mph
0-60: 6.4 sec
MPG: 21-40/31-39 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Cosmic Gray Mica, Blizzard Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, Creme Brulee Mica, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Ooh La La Rouge Mica…
Towing Capacity: 1000 lb

Competition

The new 2016 Toyota Avalon as we earlier said is the only vehicle to get an outstanding rating from reputable websites. However, we must admit that the Chevy Impala should give the Avalon a strong competition. It comes with a smooth ride, enormous trunk, excellent safety ratings, comfortable and quiet cabin, and excellent ratings.

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Its frustrating infotainment interface might be the only reason to make you think twice. Another alternative would be the Kia Cadenza. The Cadenza has leaned enormously in terms of isolation and luxury by providing user-friendly interior, sufficient performance, large cabin and comfortable ride.

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In case you are looking for something different, you might consider the stylish Chrysler 300 which comes with a unique aesthetic design configuration and tons of performance oriented features and equipment. It essentially compares differently to the 2016 Toyota Avalon in terms of the powerplant choice, although, it too features a V6.

2016 Land Cruiser Release Date and Review

2016 Land Cruiser Release Date, Review, Price, Interior – Provided that the 2016 Land Cruiser is out we also get a whole new set of features that come with it. The new vehicle is probably the best equipped Land Cruiser ever to be released. It can boast itself with an immense off-road package which is also usable for the suburban lifestyle of the car. Yet all of this comes at a price, an actual price, meaning that this is also the most expensive Land Cruiser to come out to date.

2016 Land Cruiser
2016 Land Cruiser

The new Land Cruiser is a perfect vehicle that will take you through various terrains and enable you to pass hard to reach parts of the world and make it look easy. Its off-roading ability is pretty high and very useful and allows you to thread through any kind of part of the world that was otherwise deemed unreachable. On the other hand, if you do decided to use it to use it for city and highway drives it works just as well as an oversized SUV, but consumes a lot of gasoline like that.

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser rear view, taillights, tailpipe, alloy wheels, white color

The past Land Cruiser vehicles were well known for their ability to travel to paths less traveled on, but the newest as well as for the modern versions have added a bit of luxury to the package. The car still has the ability to pass through any type of terrain available, but now does it with more style and luxury on the inside and more comfort and averseness to the passengers. Read about all the specs of the 2016 Land Cruiser vehicle in this review and make your choice.

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser side angle, alloy wheels

2016 Land Cruiser exterior

The new Land Cruiser’s exterior design can only be described as being big and massive. The overall look of the vehicle gives it an imposing image that you will see coming back on the road at you and will have a great impact on you when you see it driving on the street like that. The vehicle retains its corpulent look as before and even adds some beefiness to it this time, making it the largest and biggest SUV on the road like that. It is bigger than anything that Toyota has to offer, except the Sequoia of course, and is as luxurious-looking as the Land Rover or the Lexus LX 570 vehicle.

2016 Land Cruiser front
2016 Land Cruiser front

The car impresses of course with tits off-road ability as its primal function, but as they have strived to make the Land Cruiser a bit more suburban adaptable it has been given some very nice and very luxury lines to it. The result of this fine craftsmanship is that the car looks pretty handsome now and has a quality look to it. It still has the enormous off-roading ability which was not diminished in any way, but it is capable of doing that at a much higher level and looking very nice at the same time.

2016 Land Cruiser back
2016 Land Cruiser back

Interior

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser interior, lether back seats

There have been many advancements for the design of the interior of the 2016 Land Cruiser. The strive was to make the car as comfortable and as luxurious as possible on the inside and make the passengers feel much more relaxed than before. They have managed to produce some fine work on the inside but it is still not something that could be measured to the Lexus vehicles, for example. The Land Cruiser gets a similar treatment that was used inside the Toyota cars and has a plush inside rich with some good looking and comfy materials. The inside has been quite appropriately made and if they decide to keep the car moving in the same direction for the future it will get even more luxurious inside the models to come.

2016 Land Cruiser interior
2016 Land Cruiser interior

The technological upgrade was not left out here and the Land Cruiser received a respective tech package on the inside. It has a navigation screen matted top and center of the car, also the climate controls are there between somewhere while the off-road controls are placed below. It makes life easier with the technological advancements and makes the drive even more enjoyable with them.

Engine

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser engine

Controlling the 2016 Land Cruiser is going to be the 381-horsepower V-8 engine which carries its power to the four wheel drive. The FWD is combined with a locking differential and the rugged suspension design which allows the immense off-road ability of the car to happen. The engine now uses the newly added eight-speed automatic transmission which besides making better shifting for the car also keeps the fuel economy in balance as well. It keeps the EPA rating at a reasonable level for now and does not allow them to climb up, it also gives the car the ability to speed up from 0-60 mph in a couple of tenths of a second quicker than before and allows the Land Cruiser to have the ability to tow 5,700 pounds.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 4.2 in. (112.2 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 2.9 in. (194.9 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 5.9 in. (77.9 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 16.1 cu.ft. (max 81.7 cu.ft.)
Curb weight: 5815 lbs.
Top Speed: 129 mph
0-60: 6.5 sec
MPG: 13/18 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Blizzard Pearl, Blue Onyx Pearl, Brandywine Mica, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Midnight Black…
Towing Capacity: 5,700 lbs

Price and release date

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser exterior, front angle, headlights andgrille

As we said the 2016 Land Cruiser does not come cheap. All of the given characteristics and comfort enhancements for the car have also raised the price a bit and now comes to a total MSRP of 83,825 USD. The release of the car is scheduled for the upcoming year and you will get to see the Land Cruiser on the roads since April.

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser front view, headlights, grille and alloy wheels