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The Toyota Highlander is a safe and roomy SUV that's a great choice for families near Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, NY. Whether you're looking for great safety features, or looking for a spacious cabin that'll keep everyone comfortable, the Toyota Highlander is the ideal SUV.

To show you everything it has to offer, Maguire Toyota put together a series of Toyota Highlander reviews. Read on to learn more about Toyota Highlander reliability and various Toyota Highlander models.

Toyota Highlander Specs

The Toyota Highlander offers two capable powertrains, including a 3.5L V6 engine that gets up to 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. It also has a Hybrid powertrain, which is a 2.5L DOHC 16-Valve D-4S Injection Atkinson Cycle engine.

Both engines get efficient production thanks to Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i). Check out the kind of performance these engines provide:

Toyota Highlander Performance Specs

Hybrid 2.5L Engine


3.5L V6 Engine

243 combined net HP


295 HP

175 lb-ft


263 lb-ft

3,500 pounds


5,000 pounds

While front-wheel drive is standard, a Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive System is also available. Whichever drivetrain you choose, Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control and a Traction Control System come standard. Plus, with an 8-inch ground clearance, you can take it over all kinds of terrain.

Toyota Highlander Interior Dimensions

There's room for the whole family inside the Toyota Highlander. It has three rows of seats and can comfortably carry up to eight people. You'll even have a choice between a second-row bench seat or two captain's chairs.

Riders in every row can stretch out and relax with 42 inches of front legroom, 41 inches in the second row, and 27.7 inches of rear legroom. Check out more of the interior measurements:

Toyota Highlander Interior Measurements



Shoulder Room

Hip Room


41.2 inches

59 inches

57.2 inches


39.4 inches

58.7 inches

57 inches


36.1 inches

55 inches

45.6 inches

Behind the seats, you'll find a convenient trunk with 16 cubic feet of space. The interior is designed to be as versatile as the drivetrain though. With folding seats in both the second and third rows, you can get up to 48.4 cubic feet of storage behind the second seats, as well as 84.3 cubic feet of cargo room with both the second and third row folded down.

Toyota Highlander Interior Amenities

Getting to stretch out your legs in a spacious interior is nice, but the Toyota Highlander doesn't stop there when it comes to comfort. Available heated and ventilated front seats will keep you comfortable year-round.

Three-zone automatic climate control means that everyone will be comfortable, especially with the separate second row control panel. Your passengers will always find a comfortable way to sit as well, with reclining second and third row seats.

Toyota Highlander Technology

Up on your dashboard, the Toyota Highlander offers the easy-to-use Entune™ Audio infotainment system. You'll be able to control it through an 8-inch touchscreen or by using Siri® Eyes Free.

It's Bluetooth® compatible, so you can stream music and podcasts from your smartphone, as well as safely make hands-free phone calls. In addition, the Toyota Highlander also includes Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® capability, so you'll easily be able to blast all your favorites. You can even use voice control for the system, using Amazon Alexa. 

The system can also deliver an excellent soundtrack during your drive with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, HD Radio™, and 11 JBL® speakers, including subwoofer and amplifier speakers.

Plus, you can even keep your passengers entertained on your longest road trips. The available Wi-Fi hotspot will allow five devices to be connected at a time, so everyone in the car will be able to take advantage of it. Plus, nobody has to worry about their phones losing power, because the Highlander also provides five USB ports to plug into.

When you're about to embark for a new adventure, the available Dynamic Navigation is there to help you get directions to new destinations easily. It has the most up-to-date routes, points of interest, and other map info.

Toyota Highlander Safety

There's no doubt that the Toyota Highlander will provide you with an array of safety features. In fact, even your infotainment screen can be used as a safety feature. Whenever you shift into reverse, it switches its display to show you what the backup camera sees behind you.

It's just one of the many safety features that comes standard. The Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ system helps prevent accidents with a host of active safety features that were designed to keep you and your passengers safe.

Here are just a few of the features offered:

  • Pre-Collision System with Low-Light Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)-this feature will detect a vehicle or pedestrian in front of you and warn you with both audio and visual warnings. If you don't react, it automatically brakes for you to try to avoid a collision
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)-this safety feature uses distance control to help you stay a preset distance away from the vehicles ahead of you. It also helps you maintain a preset speed
  • Road Sign Assist-Using an intelligent camera, road sign assist will detect signs such as stop signs and yield signs. It'll then show them on the display for you so that you can easily see them

In addition to these, you'll also enjoy features such as the Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, which lets you know if it detects that you're about to leave the lane and your turn signal isn't on. It'll even provide corrective steering to make sure you stay in the correct lane.

The Star Safety System™ even includes extra safety features such as Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Traction Control (TRAC), and Smart Stop Technology®. Inside the cabin, you can have peace of mind knowing that your SUV will keep you safe with eight standard airbags.

Learn More About the Toyota Highlander

Check out our collection of Toyota Highlander reviews to learn more about this family friendly SUV. It offers lots of space and features for families in Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, NY.

From high-tech infotainment to a spacious cabin, the Toyota Highlander is an amazing vehicle. If it sounds like the right SUV for you, visit our team at Maguire Toyota and take a test drive.