2016 Toyota Highlander HybridChange Vehicle
of the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Gas mileage
- Cabin quality
- Seat comfort
- Cabin storage
- Crash-test scores
- High price
- Third-row space
- Seat folding
- Ride quality
- Cargo space behind third row
- Basic AWD system
- Seats seven
- V-6 plus electric motors
- Standard all-wheel drive
- Standard nav system
- Big fuel-efficiency gains
- Available collision warning
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
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.
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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
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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
The 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid currently has 0 recalls