2015 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD

Price:
$23,917
Stock # :
21942C
VIN # :
5TDDKRFH5FS212671
Mileage:
78,360
Engine:
3.5L V6 Cylinder Engine 3.5 6 Cylinder
Exterior Color:
White
Body
Sport Utility
Transmission:
Automatic
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2015 toyota highlander

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.1
52 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (58%)
4 Star - (17%)
3 Star - (10%)
2 Star - (12%)
1 Star - (4%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.4
COMFORT
4.2
INTERIOR
4.3
RELIABILITY
4.5
VALUE
3.7

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

After last year's thorough redesign, the 2015 Toyota Highlander stays true to its no-nonsense roots. It remains a top choice in the three-row family crossover class.

What's New

The 2015 Toyota Highlander is essentially unchanged.

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PROS

Refined interior appointments; quiet, compliant ride; smooth and strong V6 engine; seating for up to eight; fresh technology offerings.

Introduction

With so many people haulers out there, how do you know which one is right for you? Well, let's start with your list of needs. Do you need room for up to eight people? A comfortable and quiet ride? Good performance and fuel economy? How about the option of rear seat DVD entertainment or even occasionally towing up to 5,000 pounds? If this reads just like your short list, then Toyota would like you to take a look at the versatile Highlander crossover SUV. It's back after a thorough redesign last year and better than ever.

The 2015 Toyota Highlander, now in its third generation, is a top contender in this family-friendly crossover SUV segment. Tossing out minivans and V8-powered toy box-hauling behemoths, the Highlander is likely the sweet spot for most. Offered in front- or all-wheel drive with a choice of four-cylinder or V6 engines, there are five distinct trim levels from which to choose, each offering increasing amounts of content with few factory options. This strategy makes the process of finding the right Highlander pretty easy.

No matter which one you're considering, know that you'll get a comfortable cabin with plenty of room for your family and their things. The Highlander's second row can be either a three-across bench or a double captain's chair affair with a side table. The Highlander is also pleasant and easy to drive, and with its refined V6 and smooth six-speed automatic, it's also one of the quickest SUVs out there (even among V8s). If tech is your thing, there's enough available high-end gear on the upper trim levels to keep you and your co-pilot "infotained" for days on end.

In light of all these qualities, we awarded a top "A" rating to the 2015 Toyota Highlander. Of course, that's not to say that Toyota's crossover is the best at absolutely everything. If you want a truly adult-friendly third row with easier access, for example, the Ford Flex would be a better bet. Another perennial favorite of ours is the Mazda CX-9, which is more fun to drive and offers more cargo space as well. There's also the handsome-looking V8-powered Dodge Durango or the three-row Hyundai Santa Fe, which stacks up nicely against the Highlander across the board. But the Highlander has history and the Toyota nameplate on its side, and it's one of our top picks for 2015.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2015 Toyota Highlander is a three-row midsize crossover offered in LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels. Eight-passenger seating is standard on the LE, LE Plus and XLE, while seven-passenger seating (featuring second-row captain's chairs instead of a three-person bench) is optional on the XLE and standard on the Limited and Limited Platinum. Note that the related Highlander Hybrid is reviewed separately.

The base LE gets things started with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated exterior mirrors, privacy glass, a rear spoiler, cruise control, a rearview camera, fabric seating, manually adjustable front seats (six-way driver, four-way passenger), a sliding and reclining 60/40-split second-row seat, a 60/40-split third-row seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 6.1-inch central touchscreen and a six-speaker audio system with voice control, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB interface.

Picking the LE Plus adds foglights, a flip-up rear hatch window, an adjustable-height power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, upgraded upholstery with synthetic leather (SofTex) accents, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio and HD radio.

The XLE further adds a sunroof, roof rails, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery for the first and second rows (SofTex for the third), an upgraded driver information display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 110-volt power outlet in the second row, retractable second-row sunshades, driver voice amplification for communicating with rear passengers (Driver Easy Speak), an 8-inch central touchscreen, a navigation system and smartphone app integration (Entune App Suite).

Nearing the top, the Limited comes with 19-inch wheels, LED running lights, LED ambient interior lighting, second-row captain's chairs, heated and ventilated front seats, driver memory functions, a four-way power passenger seat, a blind-spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alerts, rear parking sensors and a 12-speaker JBL audio system.

There are no factory options available for the LE or LE Plus trim levels. The XLE can be outfitted with the second-row captain's chairs. An optional rear seat entertainment package for the XLE and Limited includes a Blu-ray player with 9-inch display, RCA jacks and wireless headphones.

On just the Limited you can also select the Driver Technology package, which fits the Highlander with automatic high-beam control headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, frontal collision warning, a frontal impact crash mitigation system (with automatic braking) and Toyota's Safety Connect telematics (emergency assistance, stolen vehicle location and automatic collision notification).

Finally, the top-shelf Highlander Limited Platinum reaps all of the above as standard and further includes a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats.

Powertrains and Performance

The base Highlander LE starts with front-wheel drive and a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is a six-speed automatic. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined (20 city/25 highway), but that's barely better than the ratings for the stronger V6 engine.

That 3.5-liter V6 is optional on the LE and standard on all other trims. It's rated at 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is again a six-speed automatic that may be mated to either front- or all-wheel drive (Limited Platinum comes with standard AWD). The front-wheel-drive V6 configuration achieves an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined (19 city/25 highway), while the AWD V6 drops a tick to 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway). We easily met these estimates when we recorded a real-world 23 mpg on Edmunds' 120-mile mixed-driving evaluation loop in an XLE AWD.

At the Edmunds test facility, we recorded a 7.3-second 0-60-mph time in that same XLE AWD, which is about a second quicker than the average for this segment. A Limited with front-wheel drive still outpaced most competitors with a run to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds.

The four-cylinder Highlander LE is rated to tow up to 1,500 pounds. An LE or LE Plus V6 is rated up to 2,000 pounds. A properly equipped Highlander XLE or Limited (with standard heavy-duty radiator, alternator and supplemental oil cooler) can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Safety

The 2015 Toyota Highlander comes standard with traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, a driver knee airbag, a front passenger seat-cushion airbag and full-length side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is also standard.

The Limited trim gets a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, and its optional Driver Technology package (standard on Limited Platinum) adds a frontal collision warning and mitigation system (with automatic braking), lane-departure warning and Toyota's Safety Connect telematics (emergency assistance, stolen-vehicle location and automatic collision notification). Unfortunately, these items are unavailable on lesser Highlander trims.

In a simulated panic stop from 60 mph conducted at the Edmunds test facility, a Highlander XLE AWD managed a braking distance of 116 feet, a very good distance for this class.

In government crash testing, the Highlander received a five-star overall rating (out of a possible five), with four stars for total frontal impact protection and five stars for total side impact protection. During testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Highlander received the highest possible rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests. In the small-overlap frontal-offset impact test, the Highlander received the second-highest rating of "Acceptable." Its seat and head restraint design was rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

Interior Design and Special Features

Hard plastics that were once the bane of the Highlander have since been supplanted by supple surfaces with fancy stitching at the seams. The gauge cluster has a contemporary look thanks in part to the multifunction information display that sits in the middle (especially the XLE and Limited's larger color version). Although the base 6.1-inch central touchscreen is, well, a bit basic in both form and function, the available 8-inch unit is more satisfying with its improved graphics and functionality.

Toyota has baked a number of handy storage features into the 2015 Highlander's interior. There's a unique built-in shelf on the dashboard, for instance, that can serve as a resting place for phones and other small personal effects. The shelf's short height, however, can make it hard to fit your hand in there to place or retrieve those items. Vastly more spacious is the storage box under the console armrest that's big enough for a large purse.

If you're expecting big-time space in the way back, we should warn you that adults will still find it cramped relative to some rivals. Kids will be fine, though, and the three-across seating bolsters the Highlander's credentials as a minivan substitute. On the cargo-carrying front, the available height-adjustable power liftgate with memory height settings is a boon in garages with low ceilings. Maximum hauling capacity tops out at 83.7 cubic feet, which is an average figure for this class of vehicle.

Driving Impressions

Most 2015 Toyota Highlander buyers end up with the tried-and-true V6 engine, and it's easy to see why: You get almost the same fuel economy as with the base four-cylinder, along with an extra 85 hp and some of the smoothest acceleration in any crossover at this price. The six-speed automatic transmission works well and provides quick downshifts.

The meaty three-spoke steering wheel is precise, and if you drive quickly around a tight turn, the Highlander remains secure, with a decent amount of grip. As long as you're not looking for handling as athletic as the Mazda CX-9's, you'll likely find the Highlander sharp enough. Of course, the Highlander's bread and butter is ferrying passengers around in comfort, and here it excels. The cabin remains hushed at speed, and road impacts are generally shrugged off by the compliant suspension, though the Limited's 19-inch wheels don't do the ride any favors.

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Fog Lamps
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Keyless Start
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Mirror Memory
  • Multi-Zone A/C
  • Navigation System
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Liftgate
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear A/C
  • Rear Defrost
  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Security System
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Sun/Moon Roof
  • Sun/Moonroof
  • Trip Computer
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

Drivetrain & Engine

  • All Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel
  • Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • HD Radio
  • MP3 Player
  • Premium Sound System
  • Satellite Radio

Safety

  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Knee Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seat & Trim

  • 3rd Row Seat
  • Bucket Seats
  • Cooled Front Seat(s)
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • Rear Bucket Seats
  • Seat Memory
  • Woodgrain Interior Trim

Tires & Wheels

  • Chrome Wheels
  • Temporary Spare Tire
  • Tire Pressure Monitor

Value Added Features

  • Bluetooth Connection

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • 1385# Maximum Payload
  • 150 Amp Alternator
  • 19.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • 3 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Control
  • 4.154 Axle Ratio
  • Air Filtration
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Analog Display
  • Automatic Full-Time All-Wheel
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
  • Black Wheel Well Trim
  • Blind Spot
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Compact Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
  • Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Deep Tinted Glass
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Driver Knee Airbag and Passenger Cushion Front Airbag

 

  • Driver Seat
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Oil Cooler
  • Engine: 3.5L V6 DOHC 24-Valve w/Dual VVT-i
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Fixed 60-40 Split-Bench SofTex Leatherette 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Recline, Manual Fold Into Floor, 3 Manual and Adjustable Head Restraints
  • Flip-Up Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Front And Rear Map Lights
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Seat Mounted Armrest
  • Front Cupholder
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage, Conversation Mirror, 3 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Garage Door Transmitter
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • GVWR: 6,000 lbs
  • Heated/Ventilated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 8-way power adjustable memory driver's seat w/power thigh and lumbar support, 4-way power adjustable passenger seat,
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Headliner/Pillar Ducts
  • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shifter Material
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Locking Glove Box
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning

 

  • Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Passenger Seat
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • Permanent Locking Hubs
  • Radio w/Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Rear Collision Warning
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Roof Rack Rails Only
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Splash Guards
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Systems Monitor
  • Tires: P245/55R19 105S AS
  • Trailer Wiring Harness
  • Transmission w/Oil Cooler
  • Transmission: Electronic 6-Speed Automatic w/OD -inc: ECT-i, sequential shift mode and snow mode
  • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
  • Valet Function
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
  • Window Grid Diversity Antenna