AboutThatCar.com: 2016 Toyota Highlander

Frank S. Washington | 4/18/2016, 11:54 a.m.
The Toyota Highlander birthed the midsize crossover segment. That’s what Toyota claims. We can think of a several other automakers ...
2016 Toyota Highlander

The interior was pretty comfortable. Our test vehicle was equipped with a moonroof; a panoramic roof is available. It had a smart key, heated and cooled front seats, Bluetooth, voice controls and a satellite radio which was attached to a premium audio system.

There was a rear seat Blu-ray entertainment system with wireless headphones. The second row also had captain’s chairs. Pull one lever and the second row seat back flopped forward, the seat slid up and that provided relatively easy access to the third row.

The 2016 Toyota Highlander has a fairly cavernous interior with up to 158.7 cu. ft. total cabin volume. That includes 13.8 cu. ft. with the third seating row in use. With the 60/40 split fold-flat third-row seats lowered, cargo space expands up to 42.3 cu. ft. and then up to 83.7 cu. ft. with the 60/40 split fold-flat second row also lowered.

The 2016 Toyota Highlander is a vehicle for all seasons. It can carry a bunch of people, a bunch of stuff or it can carry one individual who didn’t feel like he was being swallowed by the interior. It was a very manageable ride.

Our test vehicle’s base price was $47,870. Add on a couple of option packages and a $900 freight charge and the total came to $52,105 as tested. That does seem a bit pricey but you are paying for technology: the all-wheel-drive system as well as the hybrid system.

Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com.