Toyota Highlander (XU70)

Toyota Highlander

Model Years Produced: 2020 to Current

Summary

The Toyota Highlander is about as “vanilla” as a vehicle can get for the midsize SUV class. Like most Toyota products, it’s designed to be little more than an appliance to shuttle its occupants between home, the grocery store, the soccer field, and wherever else they deem necessary to go.  To that end, the Highlander excels – it’s comfortable, has great ergonomics, comes with a good set of standard features, and has a smooth engine regardless of whether you opt for the V6 (replaced with a turbocharged four-cylinder for the 2023 model year) or the hybrid.

With proven reliability, the Highlander will dutifully shuttle its owners from point A to point B for mile after mile – just don’t expect an engaging driving experience.

Warranty - New

Information is as of 2022 model year

  • Limited: 3 years/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 years/60,000 miles
  • Safety Restraint System: 5 years/60,000 miles
  • Corrosion (Perforation Only): 5 years/unlimited miles
  • Emissions: 8 years/80,000 miles
  • Hybrid Components: 8 years/100,000 miles – covers battery control module, hybrid control module, and inverter with converter
  • Hybrid Battery: 10 years/150,000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 2 years/unlimited miles
  • Accessories: 3 years/36,000 miles – covers genuine Toyota accessories included with vehicle at the time of sale
  • ToyotaCare: 2 years/25,000 miles – covers all maintenance costs (e.g. oil changes)

Warranty - CPO

Information is as of 2022 model year

  • Repair Deductible: $0 per visit
  • Limited: 1 year/12,000 miles from CPO purchase date
  • Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date
  • Hybrid Components: 10 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date – covers battery control module, hybrid control module, and inverter with converter
  • Roadside Assistance: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date
  • Rental Car: Yes
  • Trip Reimbursement: Yes

Verdict

Pros

  • Good standard equipment even on the base trim
  • Upper trim levels feel like premium vehicles, verging on entry-level Lexus interiors
  • Great reliability

Cons

  • Boring to drive
  • Third-row seat is useless for anyone other than kids

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Specifications

All figures are as of 2022 model year.

  • Transmission:
    • Toyota 8-speed automatic for gasoline models
    • Toyota eCVT for hybrids
  • Drivetrain: FWD standard, AWD optional
    • 2-speed transfer case not available
    • Electronically locking center differential not available
    • Electronically locking rear differential not available
  • Base curb weight: 4145 lbs
  • Max cargo capacity: 84.3 cu ft
  • Seating: 3 rows
  • Rear leg room: 41.0 in
  • Towing capacity:
    • 5000 lbs for gasoline models
    • 3500 lbs for hybrids

Engines

Toyota 2GR-FKS - 3.5L V6

Base engine for model years 2020-2022

Power Figures

  • 295 hp
  • 263 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 24mpg combined
  • 21mpg city
  • 29mpg highway

Toyota T24A-FTS - 2.4L I-4 Turbocharged

Base engine for model years 2023+

Power Figures

  • 265 hp
  • 309 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 24mpg combined
  • N/A mpg city
  • N/A mpg highway

Toyota A25A-FXS - 2.5L I-4 FHEV

Powertrain of the hybrid

Power Figures

  • 243 hp
  • N/A lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 35mpg combined
  • 35mpg city
  • 35mpg highway