We drove the 2016 Toyota Highlander a few weeks ago and were so sad to give it back. The kids loved it, I loved driving it, and my husband raved about how amazing the ride was. Let me tell you about it.
The 2016 Toyota Highlander is a family vehicle–it’s not a minivan, it’s a mid-size SUV that is the perfect size for our family of four.
Ready for the facts that make up the 2016 Highlander?
- Seating for up to 8 people
- 20 city miles and 25 highway miles per gallon
- Chromtec wheels
- Adjustable power liftgate
- Panoramic Moonroof – by far one of my favorite features!
- Rear-seat entertainment
- Three-zone automatic climate control
- Blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert system
- Lane departure alert
- Tire pressure monitor system
The specs above give a lot of useful information but driving the 2016 Highlander is something that’s more difficult to describe. The interior is made with insulation materials that make the road almost inaudible. Another new feature isn’t new, but improved–the cargo space on the Highlander has been increased. Plenty of vehicles talk about the increased space but try filling up the Highlander; you may have a difficult time. This picture is taken with the third row seats pushed down for maximum space. I can’t tell you how much I love the mat that covers the cargo area–is easily folds in half without bulk, allowing you to protect your interior from whatever you’re hauling around.
Other features of the Highlander are meant to help make life easier in little ways. One example is the conversation mirror that lets you clearly see the people in the backseat. Another little detail? The cushion height of the back seats. By lowering the cushions just a bit, you can easily get in and out of the Highlander.
The standard backup camera with projected path makes reversing a breeze and Star Safety System offers things like vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and smart stop technology.
To make things even easier, the Highlander comes in not two or even three different models, but five. You can choose from the LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and Hybrid Limited models. Each model offers a few of the same standard features like safety and design. However, the bigger differences will vary and mainly be noticed in engine size, type, and miles per gallon.
We were provided with a week-long test drive of the 2016 Toyota Highlander in exchange for our honest opinions.