April 2, 2023

The Toyota Highlander is a midsize three-row SUV with seating for up to eight passengers. Midgrade trims and above swap the second-row bench for captain’s chairs, reducing capacity to seven passengers. All models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine (295 horsepower, 263 lb-ft of torque) that is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. All-wheel-drive is available on all trims as an option.

There are six trims: L, LE, XLE, XSE, Limited and Platinum. Note that some of the Highlander’s extra features on the upper trims are offered on supporting trims as options.

The base L trim comes well appointed with feature highlights that include:

18-inch alloy wheels
LED headlights
Heated mirrors
Keyless entry and ignition
Power-adjustable driver’s seat
Tri-zone automatic climate control
Second- and third-row 60/40-split folding seats
8-inch infotainment touchscreen
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa smartphone integration
Six-speaker audio system
Onboard Wi-Fi hotspot
Emergency communications (Toyota’s Safety Connect)

Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.5+ suite of advanced safety features:
Frontal collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
Automatic high beams
Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
Traffic sign reader

The LE trim adds a handful of convenience and safety features such as:

Height-adjustable power liftgate
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)

The seven-passenger XLE upgrades the Highlander with:

Roof rails
Wireless charging pad
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Simulated leather upholstery (SofTex)
Heated front seats
Power-adjustable passenger seat
Second-row captain’s chairs
Second-row sunshades
Larger digital driver information display

There are a couple of options for the XLE:

Second-row bench seat (no-cost option)
Navigation system

The XSE trim represents the sporty choice in the lineup. It builds off the XLE model and adds:

20-inch wheels
Unique sporty styling cues
Sport suspension
Chrome exterior trim
Dual exhaust tips
Interior ambient lighting
The XSE’s lone option package bundles onboard navigation with an 11-speaker JBL audio system.

Stepping up to the Limited trim adds plenty of luxury items that include:

Upgraded foglights
Puddle lights
Hands-free liftgate
Sound-reducing front side windows
Leather upholstery
Ventilated front seats
Memory functions for the driver’s seat
Heated steering wheel
Household power outlet
Intercom system that broadcasts the driver’s voice through the speakers
11-speaker JBL audio system
Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)
A second-row bench is optional for the Limited as a no-cost option. Also available is a 12.3-inch touchscreen paired with a 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Highlander and its surroundings for tight parking situations).

At the top of the range, the Platinum includes everything above, plus:

Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
Automatic wipers
Panoramic sunroof
Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
Digital rearview mirror (allows you to see out the back even with a fully loaded cargo area)
Heated second-row seats

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