After a recent redesign, the new and updated 2016 Toyota Highlander still stays true to its no-nonsense humble beginnings, and remains a top favorite among three-row SUVs.

Some of the highlights to expect from the new Highlander include fresh technology offerings, a refined interior appointment, a strong V6 engine, quiet and compliant ride, and a seating arrangement for up to eight occupants. Its release date details still remain under wraps but we are burning the midnight oil to bring you important updates.

For 2016, expect the Highlander to return almost unchanged. If you are currently shopping for a family crossover it’ll be nice if you waited a little bit longer for the Highlander. Well, this is why. It comes with a spacious interior that can generously accommodate eight passengers, it comes with a quiet ride even at top speeds, it can tow up to 5,000 pounds, and it comes with an optional aft seat entertainment screen, and offers the versatility of a modern vehicle.

Now in its fourth generation, the 2016 Highlander promises nothing short of luxury and high performance. It will prove its worth through tossing out V8 powered and minivans behemoths. Under the hood lies class leading powerplant that will not only offer you top performance but will also save you bucks each time you are at the gas station.

Whatever your needs are, the Highlander is there to provide be it a cabin with plenty of space or comfort and entertainment for your family. In light of all these praises, that’s not to say that the SUV comes with everything that everyone is looking for in a modern SUV. Other alternatives to consider include Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford flex, 2016 Dodge Durango, and Mazda CX-9.

Exterior Changes & Interior Pictures – 2016 Toyota Highlander

The three crossover offers up to five trims ranging from the sprightly equipped base LE to the well-equipped 2016 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum trim. Eight passenger configuration is available for the LE, LE Plus and XLE, while on the XLE you can expect optional seven passenger capacity, and standard for the Limited Platinum and Limited trims.

Expect the base 2016 Toyota Highlander LE to come equipped with premium sound system, 60/40-split folding rear seats, automatic headlights, a rear spoiler, 18” alloy wheels, voice control, manually-adjustable front seats, a 6.1” touchscreen interface, fabric seating, cruise control, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a CD player, rear privacy glass, an auxiliary audio jack, a rearview camera, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, and reclining and sliding 60/40-split second row seats, and USB/iPod interface.

2016 Toyota Highlander front side

Opting for the 2016 Toyota Highlander LE Plus gets you a satellite radio, automatic climate control, an 8-way power driver seat, foglights, a flip-up rear hatch window, leather wrapped steering wheel, synthetic leather accents, an adjustable height-power liftgate, and HD radio.

Picking the 2016 Toyota Highlander XLE gets you a 110-V power outlet, a navigation system, keyless ignition, auto-diming rearview mirror, smartphone app integration, driver voice amplification, an upgraded driver information display, an 8” central touchscreen, and retractable second-row sunshades.

The 2016 Toyota Highlander Limited, which nears the top comes equipped with JBL premium sound system, second-row captain’s chairs, LED running lights, 19” wheels, rear parking sensors, driver memory functions, perforated and heated front seats, LED ambient interior lighting, rear cross traffic alerts, and a blind-spot monitoring system.

2016 Toyota Highlander cargo space

Buyers of the above trim can also add the Driver Technology package. It comes with a frontal collision warning, automatic high-beam control headlights, emergency assistance, a frontal impact crash mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, and stolen vehicle location.

Lastly, the self-proclaimed king of the trim jungle – 2016 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum comes fitted with all of the above features and equipment as standard and tacks on a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, and heated second-row seats.

2016 Toyota Highlander interior

Engine Specs – 2016 Toyota Highlander

Expect a 2.7L engine good for 185 hp and 184 pounds of torque to come fitted on the base 2016 Toyota Highlander LE. A 3.5L V6 good for 270 horsepower and 248 pounds of torque on the LE, and optional on the rest of the trim line-up.

The LE comes with a towing capacity of up to 1,500 pounds, and 2,000 for the LE Plus V6. Expect up to 5,000 pounds for a properly equipped XLE.

2016 Toyota Highlander rear

2016 Toyota Highlander Price & release Date

The release date of the 2016 Toyota Highlander hasn’t ben release yet. As for the 2016 Toyota Highlander price, expect the base LE to go for sale with an MSRP starting from $29,765, and up to $42,680 for the Limited Platinum.

2016 Toyota Highlander grille

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