2015 Toyota Highlander is a mid-sized SUV that is characterized by family-friendly features. It competes with Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot. The 2015 Highlander is currently ranked among the most affordable SUVs in the US. It’s a comfortable ride with abundant cabin storage and spacious seating.
2015 Toyota Highlander
Exterior and Interior
Unlike its predecessors, Highlander does not keep a low profile. It has a distinct character that is definitely unmistakable. It redefines the concept of family wagon with its strongly defined lines. The grille opening is robust-looking while the flanks have been sculpted with emphasis. The exterior does look masculine and it is no accident. Toyota is aiming to attract more male drivers for this Highlander. In comparison with Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot, it has a new face for sure while it supersedes Nissan Pathfinder in terms of a striking character.
2015 – Toyota Highlander Interior
The interior clearly declares that Toyota wants to make it easier and more comfortable for families to travel in this Highlander. There is seating for 8 passengers that is very comfy. The design theme is horizontal that guides your eyes from either end in a leveled fashion to the center where the multimedia screen is placed. Climate control and radio function knobs are placed around it. Storage of around 58 juice bottles is possible in the central console. Standard features include rearview camera, Bluetooth, voice recognition, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, 6.1 touch screen display, 3 12-volt auxiliary power outlets and Toyota’s Entune audio system.
Rear View of 2015 Toyota – Highlander
Engine and Mileage
Highlander offers a plethora of drivetrain choices. The base trim is powered with 4-cylinder 2.7 liter engine that gives 185 horsepower @ 5800 rpm and a torque of 184 pounds-feet @ 4,200 rpm. Mileage available from this option is 20/25 mpg for city/highway. The other option is 3.6 liter V6 unit generating 270 horsepower @ 6200 rpm and 284 pounds-feet @ 4700 rpm. You will get mileage of 19/25 mpg and18/24 mpg for front-wheel and all-wheel drive respectively for city/highway. These two engines are mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota Highlander Engine – 2015
There is a hybrid choice too that integrates 3.5 liter V6 with 2 electric motors offering 280 horsepower @ 5800 rpm and a torque of 215 pounds-feet @ 4800 rpm. Mileage given by this combination is 27/28 mpg for city/highway.
Highlander is sold at the base price of $30,300 that can go up to $48,160 for the hybrid model. It will be released in the US markets in late 2015.
When you are looking for a fast, efficient family wagon, go for the mid-sized highlander. It offers three choices in drivetrains out of which there is a hybrid model too. 2015 Toyota Highlander has a neat and convenient interior with 8-passenger seating capacity.