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.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Toyota Highlander$25,988 | 4,861 mi
2013 Toyota Highlander$29,495 | 1,650 mi
2013 Toyota Highlander$35,888 | 5,472 mi
2013 Toyota Highlander$36,229 | 14,770 mi
2012 Toyota Highlander$24,888 | 32,743 mi
2012 Toyota Highlander$25,495 | no mileage
2012 Toyota Highlander$29,595 | 27,310 mi
2012 Toyota Highlander$30,973 | 36,060 mi
2011 Toyota Highlander$24,264 | 73,473 mi
2011 Toyota Highlander$32,988 | 30,598 mi
2010 Toyota Highlander$18,989 | 21,855 mi
2010 Toyota Highlander$20,988 | 44,868 mi
2010 Toyota Highlander$23,888 | 47,190 mi
2010 Toyota Highlander$23,995 | 14,543 mi
2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid$26,988 | 65,811 mi
2010 Toyota Highlander$27,978 | 42,831 mi
2009 Toyota Highlander$23,998 | 77,471 mi
2008 Toyota Highlander$16,800 | 59,000 mi
2007 Toyota Highlander$15,988 | 66,251 mi
2006 Toyota Highlander$10,409 | 83,275 mi
2006 Toyota Highlander$15,488 | 78,646 mi
2005 Toyota Highlander$11,555 | 73,855 mi
2004 Toyota Highlander$10,950 | 91,446 mi
2004 Toyota Highlander$12,749 | 65,966 mi
2003 Toyota Highlander$7,598 | 113,351 mi
2003 Toyota Highlander$9,495 | 111,563 mi
2003 Toyota Highlander$9,988 | 64,996 mi
2003 Toyota Highlander$10,888 | 75,532 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