2016 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD – The Camry of SUV’s

2016 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD | MSRP (base model): $38,275 | Price as tested: $41,485

Engine: 3.5L; 270 h.p.; 248 lb.-ft. | MPG: 18 city / 24 hwy

Features: Star Safety System, Backup Camera, 8” Entune Audio System,

Rear-Seat BluRay DVD Entertainment System with Remote and Two Wireless Headphones, etc.

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The Highlander is truly the Camry of SUV’s as most people buy them for the reliability, flexibility and price range, and not for their looks or driving experience. As with the Camry you also have a lot of options for room in your vehicle. You can order up a basic 185 HP Inline 4 Highlander LE FWD for about $32K or a 270 HP V6 Highlander Limited Platinum AWD for around $46K. The basic LE is just a bit more than a fully decked out RAV4, and might be worth the jump for people who need the extra seats and room.

A 185HP one doesn’t look like a lot for a decent-size SUV, but if you look at the specifications you will find that the FWD LE only weighs 4100 lbs., which is less than some mid-sized cars. The performance of the smaller engine isn’t breathtaking by any means, but it will satisfy the needs of most for trips to the mall. Of course your tow rating drops from 5000 lbs. with the V6 to 1500 lbs. with the Inline 4.  If you are planning any long trips with the family, including luggage and toys, I would recommend spending a little bit extra for the V6.

The exterior look has been tweaked a bit, but still looks almost the same as it has for the past few years. I think it is a decent looking vehicle, but there just isn’t much to make it stand out in a crowd.

Now stepping inside you can really see where their investment was spent. This is a….

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