The New Toyota Highlander on sale now at Napleton's Toyota of Urbana.

Now in its fourth-generation, the new Toyota Highlander, now on sale at Napleton's Toyota of Urbana, is a 3-row midsize SUV that is a best-seller, despite a heavy list of competitors. What makes it so sought after? Let's take a look.

What is the Toyota Highlander?

The Toyota Highlander is a seven- or eight-seat crossover SUV that utilizes the same platform as the Toyota Camry sedan. It is motivated by a choice of powertrains. The standard offering is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 295 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm and 263 lb-ft of torque. Second up is a hybrid powertrain system composed of a 2.5-liter inline-4 with two electric motor-generators and a total system output of 243 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. 

The V6 is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. Like many others on the market today, the Highlander hybrid powertrain uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT). All-wheel-drive is an available option.

The V6-powered Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds. With the hybrid powertrain, that figure drops to 3,500 pounds. 
Toyota Highlander Exterior

How does the Toyota Highlander look?

Through the years, there has been a gradual bit of growth in the Toyota Highlander size. In this case, bigger is definitely better. The new fourth-gen Highlander features a bold, distinctive design with LED headlamps, definitive character lines, sleek styling and more. It is clearly seen in the trapezoidal grille and the large under-bumper lower grille.

From an aerodynamic standpoint, the design is optimized for increased efficiency and as a way to prevent extraneous road noise from entering the cabin.

New this year, the Highlander XSE is a trim level that brings a new level of sportiness to the Highlander. The front fascia, grille and lower spoiler are exclusive to the trim level and lend an air of aggressiveness to the entire package.
Toyota Highlander Interior

What about inside the Highlander?

It's like inside the friendly confines of a famous legendary baseball field. The new Toyota Highlander interior is filled with user-friendly technology and comfort everywhere you look. Start with a standard 8-inch touchscreen display or the available 12.3-inch model. According to some critics, it is so refined that you don't need an advanced degree in software engineering to make it work.

The Highlander seats offer plenty of support and comfort regardless of whether they are covered in fabric or the almost Lexus-like high-grade leather found in the Highlander Platinum. They are the perfect place holders to keep you comfortable, whether driving across the town or across the country.

The Highlander interior can be configured to carry seven- or eight passengers. The Highlander carries eight passengers with the second-row bench seat, depending on trim level. The XLE and Limited models can be outfitted with a pair of captain's chairs in the second row, giving it a seven-passenger capacity.

Cargo space is cavernous. There are 16 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat, which grows to 48 cubic feet when the third row folds forward. Fold the second-row bench forward and that space grows further to over 84 cubic feet of storage space. That's enough room for four golf bags, a pair of rollaboard suitcases, a baby stroller, three sleeping bags and more. Clearly, we exaggerate, but hopefully, you'll understand this large and in-charge crossover can haul the family, and their things, too.
Toyota Highlander Trim Options

Favorite options.

There are a wide variety of available options to help you personalize your new Toyota Highlander. Here are a few of our favorites:
  • LE trim options include a power liftgate with adjustable height, blind-spot monitoring; HD radio; LED fog lights.
  • XLE trim adds heated and power-adjustable front seats; power moonroof; Toyota SofTex seating; 
  • The Limited model includes real leather with wood trim, heated and ventilated front seats, 20-inch alloy wheels and a premium JBL audio system.
  • Finally, the Platinum model steps up to give you a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, 360-degree camera system, heated second-row seating, a panoramic sunroof, and a traditional or digital rearview mirror. 
All-wheel-drive is a valuable option that is available throughout the range. It's just the thing if you are snow-bound for five- or six months out of the year.

Behind the wheel of the Toyota Highlander.

Driving along the interstate or through the city, the new Toyota Highlander will deliver an impressively smooth and stable ride. With a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering an impressive 295 horsepower, you'll find all the power you will need to carry your family or things with ease.

The standard front-wheel-drive arrangement will be sufficient to chirp the wheels, which is a testament to this award-winning engine's power. Opt for the all-wheel-drive system on the L, LE and XLE models to receive a crossover that can send up to 50-percent of its power to the rear wheels when wheel slippage is detected. Higher trim levels can take advantage of the Highlander's sophisticated torque-vectoring system that splits power between the rear wheels as needed.

If high-mileage and fuel-economy are more your speed, select the Highlander Hybrid instead. There aren't many crossovers or SUVs that can boast mileage estimates of up to 36 miles per gallon.

Toyota Highlander Near Me

We have only touched on a few of the new features of the Toyota Highlander. Contact the Highlander specialists at Napleton's Toyota of Urbana to find out more today!


Napleton's Toyota of Urbana

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