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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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|Build & Price|
2013 Toyota Highlander$35,771 | 14,137 mi
2012 Toyota Highlander$29,995 | 22,215 mi
2012 Toyota Highlander$36,995 | 21,389 mi
2011 Toyota Highlander$26,500 | 74,865 mi
2010 Toyota Highlander$27,994 | 59,740 mi
2010 Toyota Highlander$28,850 | 31,166 mi
2009 Toyota Highlander$18,988 | 64,956 mi
2009 Toyota Highlander$22,884 | 61,995 mi
2009 Toyota Highlander$22,995 | 65,866 mi
2009 Toyota Highlander$23,983 | 80,704 mi
2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid$29,850 | 52,255 mi
2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid$19,995 | 98,715 mi
2008 Toyota Highlander$20,588 | 56,752 mi
2008 Toyota Highlander$20,977 | 58,700 mi
2008 Toyota Highlander$22,796 | 86,304 mi
2007 Toyota Highlander$13,988 | 79,796 mi
2007 Toyota Highlander$13,995 | 95,752 mi
2006 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER$19,995 | 106,997 mi
2005 Toyota Highlander$13,987 | 134,314 mi
2005 Toyota Highlander$19,999 | 75,467 mi
2004 Toyota Highlander$11,780 | 126,703 mi
2004 Toyota Highlander$14,995 | 93,796 mi
2003 Toyota Highlander$7,988 | 232,045 mi
2003 Toyota Highlander$8,900 | 171,096 mi
2003 Toyota Highlander$12,984 | 76,062 mi
2003 Toyota Highlander$15,999 | 64,395 mi
2002 Toyota Highlander$8,900 | 150,685 mi
2002 Toyota Highlander$10,999 | 104,789 mi
Powerful base V-6, still looks like an SUV and high towing capacity, but lower mpg and higher base price
Powerful V-6, well-equipped and optional turbocharged engine, but odd looking and high base price
Great mpg, low base price and powerful optional V-6, but low towing and underpowered base engine
Powerful base V-6 engine and rides like a car, but high base price and not the greatest base features