The new 2015 Toyota Highlander aims to transform this mid-sized crossover from dependable family car to a stylish sports vehicle. It carries over the bold redesign from 2014 that showcases the aggressive new styling that sets this model apart.
Whether seen from the front, side, or rear, the Highlander offers a sleek, modern look with a lower roofline and sculpted panels. An extra three inches in length and a half inch in width not only lead to the more aggressive stance, but it gives even more room for the driver, passengers, and cargo.
2015 Toyota Highlander Review
The new spaciousness is not the only improvement found in the interior. The new Highlander offers plenty of comfort. The materials are pleasing to the eye and soft to the touch with premium materials such as leather and simulated wood grain found in the higher trim levels.
All models feature the EnTune Infotainment system, but the upper trim models add on extras such as XM radio and an app suite. The new Driver Easy Speak may be one of the most exciting additions. Now the driver can talk through the car’s speaker system and project all the way throughout the cabin without yelling.
Safety continues to be a top priority for Toyota. The safety features packed into the Highlander ensures that safety won’t have to be a concern for the driver. Blind spot-monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning help drivers avoid running into other vehicles. Rear parking sensor makes backing into tight spaces worry-free. If that is not enough, the radar-based cruise control comes with a pre-collision system. Of course, all models come with standard air bags and the Star Safety System.
Changes For 2015 Highlander
The Highlander will continue to offer two engine choices for drivers. Both the 2.7L four cylinder and the 3.5L V6 are paired with a six speed automatic transmission that offers a smooth, quiet ride. Both engines offer drivers a choice of all wheel drive or front wheel drive. Fuel economy varies depending on engine type and drive choices, but generally fuel economy ranges from 19-20 mpg in town. Highway driving returns fuel economy of about 25 mpg for all options. The 2015 model should also offer drivers an environmentally friendly hybrid version.
Pricing for the 2015 Toyota Highlander is not currently available, but prices are expected to remain close to current levels. The basic LE model starts at just over $ 29,000 while the upper trim models approach $ 40,000. The expected hybrid model will only be available in the upper trim models and will add a premium for the hybrid technology.