2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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$34,610–$46,582 Inventory Prices
(4.8) 5 reviews

Key Specs

of the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Gas mileage
  • Cabin quality
  • Seat comfort
  • Cabin storage
  • Crash-test scores

The Bad

  • High price
  • Third-row space
  • Seat folding
  • Ride quality
  • Cargo space behind third row
  • Basic AWD system
2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

  • Seats seven
  • V-6 plus electric motors
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Standard nav system
  • Big fuel-efficiency gains
  • Available collision warning

2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Road Test

Kelsey Mays

The verdict: The 2016 Toyota Highlander is a very good family SUV with three rows of seats, but the appeal of the expensive hybrid version is limited.

Versus the competition: The pricey Highlander Hybrid improves gas mileage by roughly a third over most conventional three-row SUVs. It has no direct competitors, and $2-a-gallon gas means it probably won't for some time to come.

The Highlander Hybrid is based on the Highlander; stack the two up here. Go here to compare the 2015 Highlander Hybrid with the 2016, which carries over with few changes. The Highlander Hybrid has standard all-wheel drive and comes only in the Highlander's highest (Limited) trim level.

Exterior & Styling
Now in its third model year, the third-generation Highlander has aged well. Aside from some hybrid badging and a blue tint on the Toyota badges, the gas-electric version looks indistinguishable from a non-hybrid Highlander Limited. Fog lights, LED daytime running lights and 19-inch alloy wheels are standard.

How It Drives
The V-6 Highlander is no slowpoke, but the Highlander Hybrid is flat-out quick. Its drivetrain combines a V-6 and electric motors to drive the front and rear wheels for a total of 280 horsepower — similar to the regular Highlander's V-6 output. Thanks to the robust torque from its electric motors, though, it's even punchier in the passing lane. Head-to-head, the Highlander Hybrid could outrun a lot of sedans. And its fuel efficiency would rival them, too: ... Read more

2016 Highlander Hybrid Video

Today's cheap gas prices probably don't have you thinking a whole lot about hybrids, much less the $48,000-plus 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV. The hybrid gives you a hedge against higher gas prices tomorrow, but you're paying for it today.

Latest 2016 Highlander Hybrid Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

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Latest Reviews


Love this cat

by Sweetp from EGG HARBOR TWP on January 30, 2018

This car is a true family car, not a mini van. Love this suv, seats 7. Middle seats are captain seats so 2 different ways to access third row. One of my favorite sub, plus who doesn't love a toyota Read full review


One of the best SUV'S on the market

by buzanya from denver ,co on October 31, 2017

This truck is very reliable, good on gas, easy to operate! Love it! Used to have a Mercedes SUV. This one much better on gas. My family and friends enjoyed all the time Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid currently has 0 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited V6

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

5 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
4 Star
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.
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