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Expert's Rating

4.9Excellent

MPG 18 City / 23 Highway
Pros
  • Good fuel economy for crossover SUV
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Many standard safety features
  • Configurable rear seats
Cons
  • Interior quality lags behind competitors
  • Handles more like an SUV than a car
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Simple yet handsome styling on the outside with versatile and well-thought on layout on the inside, the Highlander is one of the best-selling SUVs/Crossovers on the market.

Introduction

The Toyota Highlander began its journey in 2001 as a mid-size SUV that rode atop a uni-body construction. This afforded the Highlander a comfortable ride, but gave it a slight disadvantage in towing. This lack of towing was not a deterrent, as the highlander continues strong into the 2013 model year.

The 2013 Toyota Highlander is pretty much a carryover, save for a few minor changes. Likely the largest change of the model year is the addition of the Base Plus trim level, which gives buyers the choice of a more efficient four-cylinder with the upgraded features of the “Plus” package. Other than the new trim level, the Highlander received some movement in standard features and the addition of Entune as an available option.



The 2013 Highlander comes in six main trim levels, and they are: Base, Base V6, Base Plus, Base Plus V6, SE V6 and Limited V6. The Base model includes all of your basic amenities and a rather large-displacement four-cylinder engine. The Base V6 adds a V-6 engine to the mix and optional four0wheel drive. The Base Plus tosses in upgraded fabric seating and some other minor upgrades. The Base Plus V6 adds a V-6 engine and the choice of optional four-wheel drive to the Base Plus trim. The SE V6 adds some real luxury with its leather interior and upgraded exterior. Finally, the Limited V6 adds in all of the features expected of a premium SUV, like: perforated leather, nine-speaker audio with navigation and chrome accents throughout the cabin and around the body. In terms of towing, should you need to haul a trailer, all four0cylinder-equipped models can tow up to 1,500 pounds and all six-cylinder-equipped models can haul up to 5,000 pounds.

The Highlander lives in a crowded realm that is chock-full of competitors. First up on this long list is the 2013 Dodge Durango, which comes standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 with 290 horsepower, rear-wheel drive and a 6,200-pound towing capacity. Next up is the 2013 Ford Flex, which includes a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 285 horsepower, front-wheel drive and a 4,500-pound towing capacity. Finally, you have the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, which comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 190 horsepower, front-wheel drive and a six-speaker audio system.

As you can see, there is plenty of competition for the Highlander to face off against, so Toyota needs to develop a winner to overtake them all.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Toyota Highlander
Starting price
$20,000

2013 Toyota Highlander Base

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a larger SUV with good features and respectable mpg

The 2013 Toyota Highlander Base starts things off with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 187 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission that ships the power to the front wheels. On the outside, the Base trim level includes projector headlights with auto on/off for added low-light vision, color-keyed outside mirrors for added style, and 17-by-7-inch alloy wheels for a more luxurious look. Inside the cabin, this trim level includes front and rear A/C for all-around comfort, a six-speaker audio system with a 6.1-inch LCD display for your listening pleasure, cloth trimmed seats to save a little money, and cruise control to help get you through those long highway hauls.

2013 Toyota Highlander
Starting price
$20,000

2013 Toyota Highlander Base Plus

Recommended for: Buyers that live in cold regions or that have kids that spill a lot of things on the seats

The 2013 Toyota Highlander Base Plus takes the Base trim level and adds in some extra comfort and style features. On the outside, the 2013 Toyota Highlander Base Plus tosses in integrated fog lights for better vision in foggy weather, heated mirrors and windshield wiper de-icers for cooler climates, lift-up rear glass for easier access to the cargo area, and black roof rails for carrying cargo on the roof. Inside the cabin you get a backup camera, easy-clean fabric seats so spills are easily wiped away, metallic door handles for extra styling, cargo area tonneau cover to keep your valuables safely hidden away, and one-touch-folding second row seats for easy folding for rear access.

2013 Toyota Highlander
Starting price
$20,000

2013 Toyota Highlander Base V6

Recommended for: Buyers that need the extra power of a V-6 engine

The Base V6 trim level comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 270 horsepower that affords the Highlander a 5,000-pound towing capacity. This engine mates to a five-speed transmission that delivers power to the front wheels, but four-wheel drive is an available option. On the outside, the Base V6 trim level comes standard with projector-beam headlights with auto on/off, body-colored power mirrors and door handles for a smooth-looking body, and 17-by-7-inch wheels for a more luxurious look. Inside the cabin, the Base V6 includes front and rear A/C to keep everyone comfortable, a 6.1-inch touchscreen audio system with six speakers, fabric seating to keep you comfortable and to minimize cost, and cruise control to make long drives more bearable.

2013 Toyota Highlander
Starting price
$20,000

2013 Toyota Highlander Base Plus V6

Recommended for: Buyers that want the V-6 power and just a touch more luxury

The Base Plus V6 trim level takes the Base V6 trim and fills it up with some more luxury and styling. On the outside, the Base Plus V6 includes integrated fog lamps for safer driving in foggy weather, heated outside mirrors for buyers in cooler climates, lift-up glass on the hatch for quick and easy access to the cargo area, and black roof rails, so you can toss extra cargo on the Highlander’s roof. For the inside, Toyota adds in a backup camera for extra safety in reverse, easy-clean fabric seats to prevent stains from small spills, metallic door handles for a touch of class, and second-row reading lights so the rear passengers can pass the time by reading a book at nighttime.

2013 Toyota Highlander
Starting price
$20,000

2013 Toyota Highlander SE V6

Recommended for: Buyers that require the luxurious feel of leather seating and premium features

The SE V6 trim level carries the basic amenities you would find on the Base Plus V^, but it adds in some extra style and comfort pieces. On the outside, the SE V6 trim level adds in a power moonroof so you can enjoy a nice breeze on a warm day and a power liftgate for easy access to the cargo area. Inside the Highlander SE V6 you get leather front and second-row seating with an eight-way power driver seat and a four-way power passenger seat for added comfort, leatherette third row seating for a lowered cost and luxurious look, leather trimmed steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls for added comfort and convenience, and an auto-dimming mirror with embedded compass for added convenience.

2013 Toyota Highlander
Starting price
$20,000

2013 Toyota Highlander Limited V6

Recommended for: Buyers looking for the best that the Highlander has to offer

The Limited V6 trim level builds onto the SE V6 trim, by adding in even more luxury and comfort items. On the outside, you will receive side-view-mirror-mounted puddle lights for added safety when approaching the vehicle, touch-sensor lock and unlock feature on the door handles for easy access to the cabin, and 19-inch alloy wheels and chrome roof rails for a luxurious look. In the Highlanders cabin, you will see three-zone automatic climate control for added comfort, a nine-speaker audio system with built-in navigation and integrated backup camera, perforated leather seating for extra comfort, voice control for easier control of all of the vehicle’s features, and woodgrain trimming with metallic door handles to give the interior a top-end look.

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