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2015 Toyota Highlander Overview

Zac Estrada
Automotive Editor - September 22, 2014

As one of the original midsize crossovers, the Toyota Highlander has long been a popular choice for those seeking the Camry of crossovers. Now in its third generation, the Highlander has become a more premium and spacious vehicle for those seeking lots of seats, all-weather capability, or a cavernous vehicle that does just about everything well.

What's New for 2015

Following a total redesign for 2014, there are no major changes to the 2015 Highlander.

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Choosing Your Toyota Highlander

Highlander equipment levels range from relatively basic to relatively lavish:


The base LE trim starts off with front-wheel drive and a 185-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 is optional, and this is the only engine with which all-wheel drive is available. Standard features include automatic headlights, power mirrors with turn signal indicators, 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear air conditioning, a backup camera, the Entune audio system with 6.1 inch touchscreen radio, Bluetooth streaming, USB input and iPod connectivity, split-folding second- and third-row seats, and remote keyless entry.

LE Plus

The LE Plus comes standard with the V6 and standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. It also adds fog lights, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, pop-up rear window hatch, a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, upgraded upholstery with an 8-way power driver's seat, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.


XLE trim adds more upscale features such as a moonroof, roof rails, a premium audio system with HD radio, navigation and the Entune app suite, a 4.2-inch multifunction display for the instrument panel, leather upholstery, heated front seats, keyless entry and start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Homelink transmitter, a 120-volt power outlet and the "Driver Easy Speak" loudspeaker for rear-seat occupants. Options include all-wheel drive, second-row captain's chairs that drop seating capacity from eight to seven, and a rear-seat BluRay entertainment system with 9-inch screen.


The top Limited model includes all of the luxury and safety technology the Highlander offers. This includes LED running lights, heated power mirrors with puddle lamps, 19-inch alloy wheels, guidelines for the backup camera, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, captain's chairs for the second row, woodgrain trim, blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic detection and rear parking sensors. All-wheel drive is optional, as is the rear entertainment system. The Driver Technology Package includes lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision system. The Platinum Package adds the driver tech equipment, as well as panoramic moonroof, heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats.

CarsDirect Tip

XLE has just about all of the equipment one would want for right around $40,000. It's a shame, though, that you have to pay more for a Limited to get safety technology most competitors offer on lower trim levels -- if those features are important to you, Limited is the way to go.

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