According to various automotive industry analysts, Toyota Motor Corporation has one of the fines Sports Utility Vehicles in the business and is further set to enhance its huge SUV collection with the addition of 2016 Toyota Highlander. The model was initially introduced at the April 2000 Auto Show held in New York City as a midsized crossover SUV and was developed using the same traditional “Toyota K Platform” as utilized in Toyota Camry. It was also noted to be one of Toyota’s leading best sellers in the midsized crossover category. Also, it is marked under the name of Toyota Kluger in Australia & Japan due to the trademark issue with the Hyundai Terracan lineup.
2016 Toyota Highlander: Engine and Fuel Economy
2016 Toyota Highlander uses a primary inline four cylinder 2.7 liter engine that is capable of producing a total power & torque output of about 185HP & 184lbft. In addition to the above power train, the model will also features an optional alternate configuration that includes a 3.5 liter, V6 cylinder unit that is capable of generating about 270 HP of power & 248 lb ft torque. One should also take note, that next generation Toyota Highlander will also offer a much awaited hybrid power train with a very powerful battery unit.
Both engines in 2016 Toyota Highlander have been conveniently mated to an automatic six speed power transmission system that then relays the generated power to its front wheels. The model, thus, features a primary front wheel driving platform but also offers an additional all wheel drive mode that further helps to boost its overall performance & speed. Also, the car is noted to have an average EPA measured fuel economy of 21mpg along with an absolute economy of 19/25mpg on city & highway roads respectively. One should also take note that 2016 Toyota Highlander’s FWD system offers much larger fuel economy compared to its AWD model.
2016 Toyota Highlander: Redesign Exterior and Interior
Apart from a few minor modifications, 2016 Toyota Highlander features a relatively unchanged exterior compared to its predecessor. However, one should note that the model has been providing with a lot of color options including a complete interior makeover. Major exterior features include a panoramic sun roof, automated head lamps, 18 inch alloyed rim wheels, automatic heating mechanism for mirrors, etc. It can further accommodate comfortably a total of 8 adult passengers in a three row seating arrangement. Also, one should note that it has a split 3rd row seat that allows free movement between the two rows. Other standard interior accessories include advanced Bluetooth technology, tilt or telescopic electric steering, USB integration, an upgraded JBL 12 speaker system with an integrated touch screen interface, the heating mechanism for seats, etc.
2016 Toyota Highlander: Release Date and Price
According to most car experts & company insiders, 2016 Toyota Highlander is expected to hit the stores during the first half of 2016; however, company officials are yet to announce a final date of release. Similarly, there have been no major announcements regarding the model’s price ranges but most reviews estimate it to start from the mark of $ 38 000 which is highly reasonable considering its given specifications.