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How Has the 2016 Toyota Highlander Changed?

2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2015 Toyota Highlander

Whenever a new edition to an old favorite is unveiled, everyone wants to know how has it changed? What is different? Which new feature will you be able to get your hands on now? A great way to figure out which model year gives you what you want is to compare the current model to the new rendition. With the recent unveiling of the 2016 Toyota Highlander we have matched it up against the current Toyota Highlander in our 2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2015 Toyota Highlander comparison to see what’s new.

In reality, not much has changed from one model year to the next, but one element that you will find exceptionally useful is a new standard tow package. When you opt for the 2016 Toyota Highlander powered by the 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6, you will have the benefit of a standard towing package that provides a 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity. In addition to a powerful towing capacity, the V-6-powered Toyota Highlander will make 25 mpg on the highway when in front-wheel drive. By comparison, the standard 185-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder will make 25 mpg on the highway.

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An added benefit that makes the 2016 Toyota Highlander and exciting possibility in the midsize SUV segment and a premier option is the availability of a Highlander Hybrid. Pairing a modified 3.5-liter V-6 with a high-torque electric motor, the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will net you an explosive 280 horsepower and 28 mpg combined. While gas-powered Highlander models are available with Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive, a useful feature for the 2016 Toyota RAV4, the hybrid variant comes standard with electronic on-demand all-wheel drive with intelligence.

A primary option that is tough to beat when it comes to family vehicles, the Toyota Highlander makes room for seven or eight passengers in a cavernous 158.7 cubic-foot cabin that is loaded with family-friendly features. More than 13 cubic-feet of cargo space behind the third row is ample room for groceries and other day-to-day errands and can expand to a massive 83.7 cubic-feet of cargo space with the second- and third-row seats laid flat.

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On family road trips, keeping kids entertained and in order can save your sanity and the 2016 Toyota Highlander can help in that regard. The Driver Easy Speak feature works in tandem with the standard Toyota Entune Audio system, allowing you to project your voice through the speaker system to maintain parental control. In addition to helping maintain order, the Toyota Entune system comes standard with access to your favorite entertainment, a 6.1-inch touchscreen and a rearview camera. A rear-seat Blu-ray DVD entertainment system will also help keep kids occupied on road trips.

We expect to see the 2016 Toyota Highlander arrive here at Allan Nott Toyota in Lima, OH later this fall and join our inventory of new Toyota models. Now, that you have explored our 2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2015 Toyota Highlander comparison, you have a better understanding of what you are getting and why the Highlander is a premier option. Stop in later this fall to schedule a test drive in a new Toyota Highlander.