Toyota Highlander review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid
Available colours:
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Introduction

What Car? says...

Remember the saying 'Go big or go home'? Well, the Toyota Highlander luxury SUV won't be sent packing any time soon.

Even in the supersized world of large sport utility vehicles, it’s a whopper at nearly five metres long, allowing it to carry seven adults with ease. There'll be no arguments over which engine to have under that vast bonnet, though, because there can be only one – a 2.5-litre petrol connected to a hybrid system. This can use energy normally wasted when slowing down to top up a small battery for limited electric-only running.

That simple approach extends to the versions available. Instead of a dizzying array of trims, equipment packages and individual options, there are just two models to pick from and a small selection of dealer-fit accessories. In other words, the hardest decision you’ll have to make is what paint colour to pick.

The Highlander won’t have an easy time of things, though; it's not at all short of rivals, many of which have far posher badges on their noses. For a start, there’s our long time class favourite the Audi Q7, its arch nemesis the BMW X5 and, of course, the Mercedes GLE.

If you don’t need a German whip (as the kids say), there’s also the capable Land Rover Discovery and talented Volvo XC90. If you’re less worried about having a premium badge, the Kia Sorento is worth a look, too.

But before you decide whether to buy a Toyota Highlander or another luxury SUV, we’d heartily recommend reading through this comprehensive review.

We’ll let you know about the driving experience, the interior and the boring stuff like running costs. And because we’ve driven all the Highlander’s rivals, we’ll also be able to tell you how it compares to them.

Whichever car turns out to be the right one for you, don’t forget that we can help you find tempting discounts on all makes and models. All you have to do is check out our free What Car? New Car Deals buying service, where you could find some irresistible Toyota Highlander deals.

At a glance

Number of trims2 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? hybrid
MPG range across all versions39.8 - 39.8
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty5 years / 100000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£3,601 / £3,639
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£7,201 / £7,279

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