2016 Toyota Highlander Review, changes, release

2016 Toyota Highlander is a mid-size vehicle belonging to the SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) class, which is able to accommodate up to eight passengers as it has three rows of seats. The eagerly anticipated Toyota Highlander is set to be launched in the summer of 2015, and in addition to this, will be available from a base price of $38,000.

2016 Toyota Highlander Front

2016 Toyota Highlander features

Internally, the structure of the vehicle is set to consist of a more spacious, comfortable and luxurious cabin, with a steering wheel and second row seats that are heatable. The 2016 Highlander will have automated headlights, cruise control, a 6.1 inch touch screen display, 18 inch alloy wheels, and a CD player along with an iPod/USB interface. Furthermore, the higher trims of the popular SUV will comprise of all of the afore mentioned, together with a 12-speaker JBL audio system. 2016 Toyota Highlander will carryover its line-up and will have five different trim levels.

2016 Toyota Highlander Interior

2016 Toyota Highlander interior and exterior

The interior has also come fitted with a number of new safety features, such as a new system that monitors blind spots whilst the car is in motion and a pre-collision system, all of which make the Highlander a safer vehicle for the driver and accompanying passengers. With regard to the exterior, the Highlander will get a significant facelift. This will comprise of newly designed headlights, a lifted front fascia and reshaped wings. As a result of these changes, there will be a substantial improvement in the aerodynamic performance of the 2016 Toyota Highlander, making it simpler for the driver to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (miles per hour) in a shorter length of time. More so, the use of aluminum for the body of the vehicle has reduced its overall weight and marginally improved its performance.

2016 Toyota Highlander Rear

2016 Toyota Highlander performance

The supply of engines for this vehicle is set to come in two variants, both running on a six-speed automatic transmission, which allows the vehicle to generate more power. To begin with, the first is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine generating 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The end result amounts to solid fuel consumption figures of 20 to 25 mpg (miles per gallon).

The other variant is a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine which is able to reproduce figures of 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also mated to a six speed automatic transmission. It produces similar fuel consumption figures in comparison to other FWD (Four Wheel Drive) versions, although the figures for the AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) versions would be slightly greater.

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