After a minor decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, the Toyota Highlander SUV again takes up its rightful place. Lately, this SUV records constant growth in sales. This is the result of improving vehicle, consistent quality and reliability. However, lately Highlander hybrid version of the model has a weaker sales. 2016 Toyota Highlander will be available by the end of 2015, and there is no doubt that this fantastic mid-size crossover SUV will offer customers an enviable quality and performance.
2016 Toyota Highlander – Design and Changes
As a basis for the Highlander, using the platform of the Toyota Camry sedan. This popular SUV appeared on the US market in January 2001. Before that was introduced at the 2000 New York Auto Show. Titled as Toyota Kluger, is sold to the Japanese market, and is available from 2000. In Toyota’s SUV lineup takes up a place between 4Runner truck based SUV and the RAV4 SUV model.
2016 Toyota Highlander belongs to the third generation model, which has been available since 2014. Like the first version, the third generation debut at 2013 New York Auto Show. The new model is longer and wider than the outgoing generation and its design has changed from its boxy look. The new design is an attempt to attract a larger number of customers. Namely, competitive models such as the Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Pathfinder have a similar design and vehicle line as a new generation Highlander model. An advantage which will have 2016 Highlander compared to the competition is greater fuel economy, lower cost, as well as a place for 8 passengers.
2016 Toyota Highlander – Specs and Price
Like the current model, the 2016 Highlander will be available with a number of trim levels. In addition, the offer of two petrol engines and hybrid drive system, the choice between 4×2 and 4×4 drive, and a choice of three different transmissions, provide a large number of different model variants.
2016 Toyota Highlander LE has a starting price of $ 29.665. As standard version, is offered with a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder DOHC 16-Valve with VVT-i engine. The engine develops 185 hp at 5800 rpm and 184 lb.-ft. at 4200 rpm, combined with a 6-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), sequential shift mode and Snow Mode and FWD. LE version with FWD, 3.5-liter V6 engine and 6-Speed Automatic Transmission has a price of $ 30.970. Highlander LE AWD with 3.5-liter V6 engine and 6-Speed Automatic Transmission costs $ 32.430.
2016 Toyota Highlander LE Plus, as a standard, has a 3.5-liter V6 DOHC 24-Valve with VVT-i engine. It develops 270 hp at 6200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. at 4700 rpm. Version with 6-Speed Automatic Transmission, and FWD cost $ 33.190, while the price version with AWD $ 34.650.
2016 Toyota Highlander XLE as the LE Plus versions are available with the same engine, same transmission and a choice between FWD and AWD. The difference is in the wider extent of standard equipment. Price for the FWD version is $ 36.490, while the AWD version costs $ 37.950.
2016 Toyota Highlander Limited has the richest package of equipment. Like LE Plus, and XLE uses a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine and 6-speed AT, and offers a choice of FWD and AWD drive system. AWD version costs $ 41.550, a FWD version costs $ 40.090.
2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is offered only with Limited equipment package and AWD. Hybrid propulsion system consists of a 3.5-liter V6 Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) 24-Valve with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), Electric motors (two, front and rear), and Ni-MH Traction battery. The power system is 280 hp, and has EV and ECO modes. The engine is combined with Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) with sequential shift mode and Electronic On-Demand AWD system with intelligence (AWD-i). The amount that should be set aside for this model is $ 47.750.