Review: 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum

15 December 2017, Neil Parkhi


The Highlander is a well known SUV from Toyota. It is a midsize SUV, and is based on the platform from the Toyota Camry. The 1st Generation was introduced at the 2000 New York Auto Show. It was released in Late 2000. In Japan and Australia, thanks to the Hyundai Terracan, they were unable to use the name Highlander, so in those countries, it is known as the Toyota Kluger.


In 2005, Toyota introduced the Highlander Hybrid which had an efficient V6 hybrid engine. The second generation Highlander was introduced at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show. They became available in Late 2007 for the 2008 model year. The styling was a lot better than previously. It shared some of the components with the Toyota Camry. In 2010, the SE replaced the Sport model, and for 2011, there was a facelift for this generation. In 2007, they also made a compressed hydrogen gas vehicle for testing purposes only. The third generation seen here was introduced at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. It became available in December in 2013. At the 2016 New York Auto Show, Toyota introduced a refreshed version of the Highlander for the 2017 model year.


In terms of capabilities, the Highlander is indeed a great SUV. It has tons of capabilities and is reasonably priced. It is an SUV a lot of people have and love to buy. Most definitely an SUV that is worth the money.


Steering and Transmission
Steering Type Speed Proportional, Electric Assist, Rack and Pinion Power Steering
Transmission Type Contunuous Variable Automatic (CVT)
Wheels and Tires
Front Wheel Type 19 inch 5 spoke alloys
Rear Wheel Type 19 inch 5 spoke alloys
Front Tire Type 245/55R19
Rear Tire Type 245/55R19
Front Brake Type Disc
Rear Brake Type Disc
Front Suspension Type Independent MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Type Double Wishbone
Suspension Features Stabilizer Bars, Coil Springs, Gas Pressurised Shock Absorbers
Length (in, mm) 191.1in, 4854mm
Width (in, mm) 75.8in, 1925mm
Height (in, mm) 68.1in, 1730mm
Wheelbase (in, mm) 109.8in, 2789mm
Weight (lb, kg) 4861lb, 2205kg
Engine Specifications
Engine Type 3.5 litre Double Overhead Cam 24 valve Hybrid Synergy Drive V6
Power (bhp, PS, kW) 231bhp, 234PS, 172kW @ 5800RPM
Torque (lb-ft, Nm) 215lb-ft, 292Nm @ 4800RPM
0-60 mph (0-97 kmph) 7.2 seconds
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Fuel Tank Size (gal, L) 17.2 gallons, 65L
Fuel Type (AKI, RON) 87 Octane/AKI Petrol (92 RON)
City Fuel Economy (mpg, kmpL) 27mpg, 11kmpL
Highway Fuel Economy (mpg, kmpL) 28mpg, 12kmpL
Cargo Specifications
Cargo Space (ft3, L) 13.8ft3, 291L
Cargo Space with 3rd Row Seats Folded (ft3, L) 42.3ft3, 1198L
Max. Cargo Space (ft3, L) 83.2ft3, 2356L
Price Range
U.S. Dollars $50,485
Canadian Dollars $64,876