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2015 Toyota Highlander

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2015 Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander highlights

Customer reviews

4.9 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

4 out of 5


  • 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)

20 city, 25 highway, 22 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.

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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.
5 Stars12
4 Stars1
3 Stars0
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1 Star0

RepairPal reliability rating**

RepairPal gave the Toyota Highlander an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Toyota Highlander 3rd out of 31 among Midsize SUVs.
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**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

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