2015 Toyota Highlander midsize SUV review

The 2015 Toyota Highlander is a three row midsize SUV that had its major redesign with 2014 year model. It will come with 4-, 6-cylinder and hybrid drivetrains and available FWD and AWD. The Toyota Highlander 2015 has top ratings from the Car Insurance Institute for Highway Safety which makes it a great midsize SUV for families.

2015 Toyota Highlander midsize SUV review

2015 Toyota Highlander reviews

Design

The 2015 Toyota Highlander comes in four trim levels: high-value LE, LE Plus, XLE and Limited. As Toyota officials said the LE and LE Plus grades comes without any optional equipment. The main reason for that is easy ordering. The LE models come with 18“ alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, seating for 8 passengers, Entune Audio with a 6.1“ touchscreen display, Bluetooth phone and music streaming and integrated rearview camera. Beside standard equipment LE Plus model comes with foglights, 8-way power driver seat with lumbar support, 3-zone automatic climate control, Entune Audio Plus with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD radio and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

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2015 Toyota Highlander midsize SUV interior

Upper trim levels offer more luxury like leather-trimmed seats, Smart Key, roof rails, moonroof, 4.2” color multi-information display and integrated sun shades on second row in XLE grade and LED daytime running lights, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Entune Premium JBL audio system with Navigation, Blue-ray DVD rear-seat entertainment system, Driver Technology package. There are 9 different Toyota Highlander 2015 colors available: Alumina Jade Metallic, Ooh La La Rouge Mica, Crème Brulee Mica, Nautical Blue Metallic, Silver Sky Metallic, Attitude Black Metallic, Predawn Gray Mica, Blizzard Pearl and Shoreline Blue Pearl.

toyota highlander 2015 colors

Toyota Highlander 2015 Hybrid mpg

The 2015 Toyota Highlander is available with three powertrains. The base LE model with FWD is powered by a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 185 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 184 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. This powerplant paired with 6-speed ECT (electronically controlled automatic transmission) automatic transmission has EPA estimated fuel economy rated at 22 mpg combined (20/25 city/hwy). Under the hood of all other trim levels is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that generates 270 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm. Better acceleration and fuel efficiency it gets through new 6-speed ECT transmission with manual sequential shifting and it is EPA rated at 21 mpg combined (19/25 city/hwy) with FWD and 20 mpg combined (18/24 city/hwy) with AWD. When it is adequate equipped 2015 Toyota Highlander towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.

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2015 Toyota Highlander midsize SUV review

Third powertrain is hybrid that pairs a 3.5-liter V-6 petrol engine with an electric motor-generator. This combination is able to produce 280 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 215 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. The 2015 Toyota Highlander hybrid is only available in the Limited trim level and it comes with electronic on-demand all-wheel-drive with intelligence (AWD-i). This 8 passenger midsize SUV has EPA estimated fuel economy rated at 28 mpg combined (27/28 city/hwy).

2015 Toyota Highlander midsize SUV review

2015 Toyota Highlander price

The 2015 Toyota Highlander price starts with reasonable $29,665 for base LE trim level and FWD. The Toyota Highlander 2015 with hybrid powertrain and Limited Platinum package raise price for this 7 passenger midsize SUV for over $20,000.

2015 Toyota Highlander MSRP
Trim level Drive Engine Transmission MSRP
2015 Highlander 2WD 4-cyl 6ECT $29.665
2015 Highlander LE 2WD V6 6ECT $30.970
2015 Highlander LE Plus 2WD V6 6ECT $33.190
2015 Highlander XLE 2WD V6 6ECT $36.490
2015 Highlander Limited 2WD V6 6ECT $40.090
2015 Highlander Limited Platinum 2WD V6 6ECT $42.580
2015 Highlander LE AWD V6 6ECT $32.430
2015 Highlander LE Plus AWD V6 6ECT $34.650
2015 Highlander XLE AWD V6 6ECT $37.950
2015 Highlander Limited AWD V6 6ECT $41.550
2015 Highlander Limited Platinum AWD V6 6ECT $44.040
2015 Highlander Hybrid Limited AWD-i CVT-E $47.750
2015 Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum AWD-i CVT-E $50.240
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