The 2016 Toyota Highlander is one of most impressive three-row models in the midsize crossover SUV segment, which means it competes against the likes of the Honda Pilot, Ford Flex and Chevrolet Traverse. As an all-round package for families, the Highlander is definitely one for the competition to beat.
One of the most important attributes of the 2016 Toyota Highlander is the impressive amount of space it offers for both passengers and cargo. This is a genuine eight-seater if you need it to be, but the seats can also be folded and configured in different ways to give copious amounts of space for cargo if necessary.
There are three engine options with the 2016 Toyota Highlander, which pretty much cover all the bases. First up is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine delivering 185 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The next option is a V-6 producing 270 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque, and the final option of the three is a hybrid with a net system rating of 280 horsepower. A six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with a sequential shift mode is standard in all but the hybrid, which instead features a continuously variable transmission (CVT). All models are standard front-wheel drive with all-wheel drive available as an option, except for the hybrid, which comes with an electronic on-demand all-wheel drive system.
Although some people assume crossovers like the 2016 Toyota Highlander are inherently safe due to their size and design, that's not necessarily true in every instance. However, the Toyota is proven as a truly safe family vehicle thanks to a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS and a full five-star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA.
With each generation of the Highlander, the cabins have become nicer, quieter, calmer and more luxurious inside, and this current model is no exception. Thick acoustic glass limits noise from the powertrain, while floor insulation cuts out most annoying vibrations, suspension chatter, and tire squawk. Soft-touch materials are heavily in evidence on the dash, with convincing wood grain completing what is a decidedly upscale feel to the Highlander's interior.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.