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2015 Toyota Highlander: Seven-passenger luxury

Published on May 28 2015

The 2015 Toyota Highlander has not changed much this year, but that is just fine.

Completely redesigned last year, the new Highlander remains one of the most technologically-advanced and modern midsize SUVs available to consumers, and for families looking for a lot of interior space, it has a lot to offer. We mention in the title that the Highlander offers luxury for seven passengers, but that is not the whole story. The truth is that most versions of the Highlander can accommodate eight passengers. No question, there is room for the whole family.

Offered starting at $ 32,775, the 2015 Highlander is equipped with front-wheel drive out of the gate while all-wheel drive can be added. It comes standard with Bluetooth, a rear-view camera, air conditioning, cruise control, and of course Toyota’s patented and well-known Star Safety System. If you want the added stability of all-wheel drive, the base Toyota Highlander LE AWD starts at $ 35,275, a reasonable price when compared to the competition.

Inside, owners get a refined cabin that offers, as mentioned previously, room for eight passengers. In the top-of-the-line Limited AWD version, the middle seat bench is replaced by two captain seats which means it can only accommodate seven passengers, but the overall features and comfort of the Limited AWD model are above and beyond anything you would expect in this segment. Indeed, these captain seats are heated, they can recline, and they offer an armrest; and of course they offer their passenger plenty of elbow, head and legroom.

There is a total of 2 370 liters of cargo space inside the Highlander when the second and third row seats are folded down. When the second row is up, there is still 1 198 liters in the back. Even with all seats in place, the 2015 Highlander offers 390 liters, quite a significant amount.

Under the hood, there is only engine that proves to be powerful and fuel-efficient. The Highlander is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 270 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. That allows Toyota’s midsize SUV to tow up to 2 268 kg, or 5 000 lb. If fuel economy is your number one priority, then you can always turn to the Toyota Highlander Hybrid which ads an electric motor to help out the V6. Combined, the average fuel economy is 8.5 liters per 100 kilometers. Not bad given that the Highlander Hybrid offers 280 horsepower under your right foot.

To learn more about the 2015 Toyota Highlander, contact us today or book a test drive at Mendes Toyota!

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