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The bigger, newer, 3rd-generation of the popular Highlander family SUV

This is the SUV Toyota fans have been waiting for...the all-new, bigger, 3rd-generation of the Toyota Highlander. Available with seating for either 7 (two captain's chairs in the middle row), or 8 (2nd and 3rd row bench seats), the new Highlander can take most of your Little League team to the game in style! In this test we take a complete, detailed look at the top-of-the-line Limited Edition, which has all the bells-and-whistles as standard equipment. Our favorites include the blind-spot monitoring system, electrically activated rear hatch, back-up camera, and the middle row captain's chairs (heated no less). Watch the video and get ready for a fun ride!


New 3rd-Gen Highlander Seats Eight!

As a part-time baseball coach for two teams, I really appreciated the space I saw when I opened up the rear lift gate of the all-new Highlander" many helmets, bat bags, and gloves can I fit back here?" I thought. And when the seats are all in the up position, I can drive myself and seven other kids to and from the game in style! That's key since there's always one or two parents who can't make it to the game and their kids need rides. With the new Highlander, you can carry the entire infield and half of the outfield!

We were very impressed not only with the bigger size of the Highlander (3 inches longer overall) but also with its more fuel-efficient V6 engine. We got an actual highway fuel eonomy of just over 30 MPG, which was 23.2% better than the EPA estimate of 25 MPG. Given the fact the Highlander has a 19.2 gallon fuel tank, that extra 5 MPG translates into nearly 100 additional highway miles you can drive between fillups.

Track Results
MPH 0 to 60 (sec) 8.1 sec Quarter Mile Time (sec) 16.3 sec
MPH 50 to 70 (sec) 3.8 sec. 70 to 0 MPH Braking Time (sec) 3.6
Quarter Mile Top Speed (mph) 91.2 MPH 70 to 0 MPH Braking Distance (ft) 182

Highway Results
Actual MPG 30.8 MPG Sound Level Hwy dB(A) 68 dBa
Estimated Hwy MPG 25 Turning Radius (ft)
Percent Change Actual vs. EPA +23.2%    

Interior Photos
Exterior Photos
Mechanical Specifications
Standard Engine 3.5-Liter V6 Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) 24-Valve with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence Transmission 6-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), sequential shift
Displacement 3.5 liters Suspension Front Independent MacPherson strut front suspension
Fuel System Gas. Hybrid model optional on Limited Edition Suspension Rear double-wishbone rear suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars
Horse Power 270 hp @ 6200 rpm Steering Electric Power Steering (EPS); power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Torque 248 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm optional Brakes Power-assisted ventilated 12.9-in. front/solid 12.2-in. rear disc brakes with Anti-lock Brake System

Overall Height (in) 69.3 Headroom 40.7/39.9/35.6
Overall Width (in) 75.8 Shoulder room 59.3/59.6/55.0
Overall Length (in) 191.1 Leg room 44.2/38.4/27.7
Wheelbase (in) 109.8 Seating Capacity 8
Bed Length (in) Off-Highway
Bed Height (in) Approach/Departure angle (degrees) 18.0/23.1
Interior front/second/third row seats Ground Clearance (in) 8.0

Weights and Capacities
Curb Weight (lbs) 4134-4354 dep on model Cargo volume (cu ft) behind front/second-row/third-row seats 83.7/42.3/13.8
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) (lbs) 5665 - 5840 dep on model Fuel tak (gal) 19.2

Tires and Mileage
Standard Tire All-season steel-belted radials Optional Tire
Spare Tire Temporary spare Fuel Economy EPA estimates (city/highway/combined) 19/25 V6