2015 Toyota Highlander

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Toyota Highlander highlights

Customer rating


  • Smooth and strong V6 engine choice
  • Upscale-feeling interior


  • Third-row seats aren't quite as roomy as some others
  • Hybrid models typically priced higher than conventional V6

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 24 highway, 20 combined

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The 2015 Highlander is an easy, no-nonsense pick for a three-row crossover

Toyota's no-nonsense approach with the 2015 Highlander is what makes it so appealing. It might not be the biggest three-row crossover, but the Highlander's slightly more compact dimensions pay dividends on the road, where it feels a bit more agile and maneuverable than its rivals. Access to the third-row seats is easy, too, thanks to a second row that folds, slides, and reclines. The rearmost seats aren't the most accommodating, but they provide ample space for kids. The Highlander offers seating for up to eight, so you can carry your family and some friends, too.

The regular Highlanders are front-wheel-drive as standard, with an automatic transmission. The engine choices start with a base 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 185 hp, but we'd get the optional 3.6-liter V6, which has a more robust 270 hp. It benefits performance without sacrificing much in EPA-estimated fuel economy. If maximum efficiency is your goal, seek out the Hybrid, which adds electric motors to the V6 to up the EPA estimates significantly. But you'll need to save a lot on fuel to make up for the typical increase in price hybrids have over the regular models. You lose some choice, too: The Hybrid is only offered in top-level Limited and Limited Platinum trims, and it doesn't offer the eight seats of the regular models or tow as much. Trims for those are LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited, and a new-for-2015 top-of-the line Limited Platinum that adds a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, and heated second-row seats. The XLE trim is a sweet spot in standard equipment and price. All are worth exploring, and if you're in the market for a family-friendly large crossover, the Toyota Highlander is difficult to ignore.

All Toyota Highlander years

New for 2015

  • The LE Plus trim now comes with Entune as standard equipment.
  • The LE trim now comes with Entune as standard equipment.
  • The XLE trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

Explore Toyota Highlander details

Limited Platinum 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Entune
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • JBL Sound System
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Quad Seats
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Blu-ray Video System
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 44.2"/M 38.4"/R 27.7"

Head room

F 39.8"/M 37.8"/R 35.9"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

500/5000 lbs.



5 reasons to buy the 2015 Toyota Highlander

1. Interior details

2015 Toyota Highlander Review: Dashboard | CarMax

The 2015 Toyota Highlander's interior is appealing and refined all around. It's lined with thoughtful details that make for a pleasant ride for all passengers. Soft-touch materials cover most of the surfaces and the cabin has a luxurious look and feel, thanks to elegant stitching in various places, as well as two-tone color combinations.

2. Powerful engines

2015 Toyota Highlander Review: Engine | CarMax

Although an exciting driving experience is not the first thing that comes to mind when talking about midsize SUVs, it can't hurt to own one that offers great performance. The standard 2.7L, four-cylinder engine is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and generates 185 hp but the available 270-hp 3.5L six-cylinder will meet the needs of many driving enthusiasts. It can be paired with either front- or all-wheel drive and goes from zero to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 115 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new).

3. Great towing capacity

2015 Toyota Highlander Review: Exterior view | CarMax

Considering the size and the engines it comes with, it's no wonder that the 2015 Toyota Highlander is a great option for towing your toys. The base trim with a 2.7L, four-cylinder engine can tow up to an estimated 1,500 lbs when properly equipped and the LE Plus trim, powered by a 3.5L six-cylinder engine, can tow an estimated 2,000 lbs when properly equipped.

The top two trims—the XLE and Limited—with the 3.5L six-cylinder engine can tow up to an estimated 5,000 lbs when properly equipped, which will allow you to haul a pair of motorcycles, a rowboat or a fishing boat, a utility trailer, or a snowmobile, among other things.

4. Plenty of room for cargo

2015 Toyota Highlander Review: Cargo | CarMax

If you tend to travel often with your family or friends, you can rest assured that there will be more than enough room for everyone's suitcases and other essential items if you're driving a 2015 Toyota Highlander. There is 13.8 cu-ft of space behind the third-row seat, which increases to 42.3 cu-ft with those seats folded. The total cargo volume is 83.7 cu-ft behind the front seats, making it a great little hauler if you are moving and need to transport several large boxes across town.

5. Numerous standard features

2015 Toyota Highlander Review: Dashboard | CarMax

When it comes to equipment, the 2015 Toyota Highlander comes with quite a few standard features. For starters, there's Toyota's Entune® infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, ensuring a high level of connectivity and various entertainment options. A rear spoiler, automatic headlights, and heated exterior mirrors are also part of the standard equipment, as well as Bluetooth® connectivity and a USB port.

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Chevrolet Traverse

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Standard features on the Chevrolet Traverse model years 2017–2021 include:

  • Chevrolet MyLink interface

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity

  • Seven-inch touchscreen

  • 60/40 split-folding second-row bench seat

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2015 Toyota Highlander is a comfortable car with plenty of power. It has 3 rows with lots of room for a family of five. The Highlander has heated seats, a sunroof, snow traction, and heated mirrors, plus plenty of cargo space. It is a great car for long trips.

RepairPal gave the Toyota Highlander an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Toyota Highlander 3rd out of 30 among Midsize SUVs.

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2015 Toyota Highlander trims


LE Plus



Limited Premium

2015 Toyota Highlander FAQ

More about the 2015 Toyota Highlander

2015 Toyota Highlander Review: Available Colors | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Alumina Jade Metallic

  • Attitude Black Metallic

  • Blizzard Pearl

  • Champagne Mica

  • Moulin Rouge Mica

  • Nautical Blue

  • Predawn Gray Mica

  • Shoreline Blue Pearl

  • Silver Sky Metallic

Interior colors:

  • Black

  • Dark Gray

Interior description

The 2015 Toyota Highlander comes with a third-row seat for up to eight people. Access to the third row is easy thanks to the sliding second-row seats and while adults would feel cramped in the third row, kids could sit there quite comfortably. The 2015 Highlander comes standard with Toyota's Entune infotainment system featuring a 6.1-inch touch screen. When it comes to storage, there is a two-tiered console box, a mid-level dash tray, and a forward-console bin, all of which can come in pretty handy.

Child seat details

The 2015 Toyota Highlander has two sets of LATCH connectors for child seats. A tether-only connection that you can use to install two additional seats can be found in the middle of the third row. You can install infant seats, convertibles, and booster seats in both the second and the third row.


The base trim of the 2015 Toyota Highlander is powered by a 2.7L, four-cylinder engine with 185 hp, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. There is an available 3.5L, six-cylinder engine with 270 hp and a six-speed automatic transmission. It comes standard with front-wheel drive on all but the top-tier trim, where all-wheel drive is standard—though it's available on the others. Models with front-wheel drive and the 2.7L, four-cylinder engine get an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined, while the 3.5L, six-cylinder engine with all-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg.

The base model can go from zero to 60 mph in 10.3 seconds and develop a top speed of 112 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new).


According to EPA estimates, the front-wheel drive 2015 Toyota Highlander with the 2.7L six-cylinder engine has tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions of 398 grams per mile; this increases to 437 grams per mile with AWD and a 3.5L, six-cylinder engine.

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