2016 Toyota Highlander

When Toyota Highlander was originally released in 2000, it became the first car-based SUV or crossover, which is more often used name nowadays. It belongs to the class of mid-size crossovers and along with RAV4, it is the company’s best-selling crossover. Current model is in its third generation, which was introduce last about an year ago and it seems that company already works on some modifications, which are planned for refreshed model, which should come in few years, probably as 2016 Toyota Highlander. According to rumors, this model will get not only improved design, but also many technical improvements.

2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota Highlander redesign

The 2016 Toyota Highlander will come with more aggressive stance. There are plenty of areas that will be modified, but most of the changes will be on the front end. Expect to see reshaped headlights, new grille and some other improvements on the front fascia. However, that won’t be all. The 2016 Toyota Highlander will also undergo some changes on the other part of vehicle, so you will see new taillights, reshaped wings and many other tweaks that will provide more aerodynamic look. When it is about interior, level of comfort and luxury will be raised. Company also plans to expand the list of standard features so expect to see things like heated second row of seats, heated steering wheel or 6.1-inch touch-screen already in base 2016 Highlander.

2016 Toyota Highlander side view

2016 Toyota Highlander engine

So far, there are no indications that current engines will be replaced. Current model is powered by two petrol engine and it is expected that 2016 Toyota Highlander will keep in same way. Those are 2.7 liter I-4 which comes only with FWD and 3.5 liter V6, which is available both with FWD and AWD. Both engines are paired with 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2016 Highlander will be also available in hybrid variant. Just current model, it will be powered by combination of 3.5 liter V6 and electric motor and it will use an eCVT.

2016 Toyota Highlander rear view

2016 Toyota Highlander release date and price

All indicates that new model will probably come in early 2016. It is expected that the price will remain in same range, which means that base 2016 Toyota will go around 38.000 dollars.

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