The base Highlander starts with 17-inch alloy wheels, power windows, locks, mirrors and cruise control. Moving up to SE nets features like Bluetooth, leather seats and a backup camera. The Limited has a standard V6 and offers a navigation system and JBL audio. Every model comes with a full complement of safety features, such as front and side air bags for front passengers, curtain airbags for all three rows, driver's knee airbag and electronic stability control. All Highlanders also get front and rear air conditioning controls, a 40/20/40 split second-row seat and a 50/50 split third-row seat. The four-cylinder is rated to tow up to 3,500 lbs. with an optional towing package; the V6 will haul up to 5,000 lbs. All of this standard safety gear, versatile seating for seven people and respectable towing ratings make the Highlander a perfect choice to be a family's primary transportation.
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The Ford Explorer is loaded with optional technology features such as MyFord Touch and has a sophisticated four-wheel drive system that adapts to specific surfaces. But the Ford gets very expensive in higher trim levels. The Chevrolet Traverse is even larger than the Pilot and also offers seating for eight, as well as roughly twice the cargo space of the Highlander when the third-row seat is in place. But the Traverse can struggle with its 3.6-liter V6. The Dodge Durango offers a V8, unique among mainstream three-row crossovers. But the Durango's fuel economy doesn't match up with some of the more efficient crossovers.
In the competitive crossover category, the Highlander holds its own by offering a four-cylinder option on Base and SE trims as well as a smooth V6 and being a size that fits most people's needs.
The base Highlander kicks things off with front-wheel drive and a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and up to 25 MPG on the highway. A 3.5-liter V6 is optional and is available with either front or four-wheel drive. Even the most basic Highlanders get body-colored power outside mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, power windows and locks, privacy glass and headlights with auto on/off. Inside, there are air conditioning controls for rear passengers, a six-speaker audio system with AUX input and cruise control. An optional Towing Prep package brings towing capability up to 3,500 lbs. for the four-cylinder and 5,000 lbs. for the V6. The Cold Weather Package adds a windshield wiper de-icer and heated outside mirrors. The Tech Pack adds SiriusXM radio, USB input, multi-information dash display with trip computer function, Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls, 8-way power driver's seat, lift-up glass hatch, fog lights, black roof rails and engine immobilizer.
The Limited comes loaded with standard luxury features that nudge the Highlander into some premium territory. The 3.5-liter V6 comes standard, as do 19-inch alloy wheels, puddle lamps in the exterior mirrors, an anti-theft immobilizer and chrome roof rails. Inside, there's a three-zone automatic climate control, a 10-way power driver's seat and 4-way power front passenger's seat. The interior also gets woodgrain trim. Navigation and a DVD Rear Entertainment system are optional.
The SE gets more niceties that are popular with crossover shoppers. A power moonroof is standard, as is a power liftgate. This Highlander gets Bluetooth, backup camera, leather seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Both the 2.7-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 are available. A touchscreen navigation system is optional.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Toyota Highlander$26,988 | 1,424 mi
2012 Toyota Highlander$24,995 | 27,500 mi
2012 Toyota Highlander$29,988 | 32,375 mi
2012 Toyota Highlander$29,995 | 27,665 mi
2012 Toyota Highlander$33,390 | 22,517 mi
2011 Toyota Highlander$24,888 | 34,553 mi
2011 Toyota Highlander$25,888 | 65,301 mi
2011 Toyota Highlander$27,997 | 52,537 mi
2011 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER$29,492 | 35,317 mi
2010 Toyota Highlander$20,900 | 56,954 mi
2010 Toyota Highlander$22,988 | 23,031 mi
2010 Toyota Highlander$23,250 | 57,794 mi
2010 Toyota Highlander$25,495 | 31,488 mi
2009 Toyota Highlander$18,895 | 79,531 mi
2009 Toyota Highlander$21,488 | 35,774 mi
2009 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER$22,991 | 58,426 mi
2008 Toyota Highlander$14,988 | 103,743 mi
2008 Toyota Highlander$17,885 | 81,804 mi
2008 Toyota Highlander$17,990 | 67,409 mi
2007 Toyota Highlander$11,593 | 122,298 mi
2007 Toyota Highlander$13,995 | 104,290 mi
2006 Toyota Highlander$12,664 | 111,411 mi
2006 Toyota Highlander$13,995 | 95,505 mi
2006 Toyota Highlander$13,995 | 119,695 mi
2006 Toyota Highlander$15,295 | 99,827 mi
2005 Toyota Highlander$11,995 | 97,000 mi
2004 Toyota Highlander$12,050 | 102,770 mi
2001 Toyota Highlander$8,488 | 104,984 mi
Seats eight and has good fuel economy, but styling won't please everyone.
Offers advanced in-car tech, but can get very expensive.
Vast interior space comes with greater exterior bulk.
Offers optional V8 for superior towing ability at expense of fuel economy.