Mid-size SUV market is deep and colorful, but Highlander, crossover made by Toyota offers more than most others. This versatile family vehicle entered third generation couple of years back and 2015 Toyota Highlander model will be carried over with almost no changes.
New model of Highlander will be offered in four trim levels that will be powered with gasoline engine: LE, LE Plus, XLE and Limited, plus a hybrid version. Entry LE model is the only one with available 2.7L 4-cylinder engine, good enough for 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Rest of the lineup, including the mentioned LE model comes with 3.5L V6 engine which gives 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. All models are available in FWD or 4WD mode and have 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i).
Third option we mentioned is the hybrid version of 2015 Toyota Highlander and this one brings combination of 3.5 liter V6 unit and electric motor. Total amount of power that this system delivers is 280 hp which is slightly more than a standard 3.5 liter V6. There is no doubt that this will be more than enough for all drivers while they will manage to significantly improve fuel economy. With 2.7 liter I4 unit you can get 20/25, V6 returns 19/25 while the hybrid comes with 27/28 mpg in city/highway drive condition.
2015 Toyota Highlander Review
As far as design goes, Highlander has both stylish and powerful look. Front end has inverted trapezoid grille with chrome stripe that connects the laid-back headlights. Roof falls back slightly and finishes with a spoiler, while rear end has quite big tailgate and tail-lights that match those up front. No matter from which side you are looking the 2015 Toyota Highlander it will give you quite powerful and tough look.
There’s room for up to eight people and it is no secret that Highlander offers more space for passengers and cargo alike than most of competitors do. Cabin trim comes in two-tone color scheme with plenty of chrome and wood-grain accents. Seat upholstery varies from trim to trim and comes as fabric cloth, SofTex, leather and premium perforated leather. Dashboard is quite big and heavy and taller people might have problems with legroom up front. Besides that, everything else seems to be in order especially when you consider that Toyota offered its standard 6.1-inch touch screen on all models. If that’s not enough for you, there’s an 8-inch high resolution upgrade which comes with navigation package.
Rear seats come with optional 9-inch displays and Blu-ray disc entertainment system. Eight cup holders and four bottle holders are yet another commodity you’ll find inside a new Highlander. There is a total of eight airbags inside it, and rearview camera comes as standard. Hill-start assist, blind-spot monitors, lane-departure warning system, parking sensors and pre-collision system are also available.
Price Of 2015 Toyota Highlander
The 2015 Toyota Highlander enters third year of production the way it is now. Needless to say, it doesn’t yet need a change since it offers sophisticated, yet aggressive design with luxurious, functional and above all, spacious interior. Competition is quite hard in this segment so it will be interesting to see what will they offer. Be prepared to pay almost $30,000 for entry model, while Limited trim model should cost almost $40,000.