A Look at the Toyota Highlander from 2009 to Date

A Look at the Toyota Highlander from 2009 to Date
October 27 14:30 2017 Print This Article

Toyota Highlander stands out among midsized SUVs due to its reliability, versatility, and family-friendly features. It enjoys high predicted reliability ratings and safety scores. For the past decade, the Highlander and the Highlander hybrid have received top rankings among mid-size SUVs. The 2016 version topped the list of the best vehicles in the category.

Toyota Highlander Baltimore auto dealers sell Highlanders that date back to 2009 and even earlier. It is evident that the model has undergone tremendous improvements in less than a decade. Below is a journey through these upgrades since the release of the second generation models.

2009 Highlander Model

The 2009 Toyota Highlander is a carryover of the 2008 version which was the first fully redesigned model since the 2001 debut version. It ranked among the best midsize crossovers. The base trim has a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission delivering up to 187 horsepower. It ranks among the competitive pocket-friendly midsize SUVs produced in the year.

2010 Highlander Model

It featured some improvements on the 2009 version. The 2010 Toyota Highlander hybrid is the best choice for used SUV hybrids. Vehicle enthusiasts noted the outstanding fuel economy of the base four-cylinder engine. Other features that make it preferable include high-quality interior upholstery, passenger and cargo space, and sunroof. All the V6 trims have rearview cameras.

2011 -2012 Highlander Model

The 2011 Highlander had an updated front outlook than made it score higher than the preceding versions. Third-row seating becomes a standard for all trims. It also featured the rear seat climate control system. It has since then become a ubiquitous feature in the Highlander. The 2012 Highlander sold in Toyota Highlander Baltimore shops has no significant difference with the 2011 models.

2013 Highlander Model

Toyota redesigned the available Highlander packages and introduced a new trim level, the Highlander Plus. It came with all features in the previous tech package, 3.5-inch touchscreen, and a backup camera. Besides these trim changes and package upgrades, there were no design differences between this model and the earlier ones.

2014 and 2015 Highlander models

The 2014 Toyota Highlander marked the beginning of the third generation models. It underwent a substantial redesign in nearly all aspects. It was longer, wider, spacious, and had a strong V6 engine. The 6-speed automatic transmission was also upgraded to offer better fuel economy. Other new standards in the 2014 Highlander included a rear-view camera, 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display, USB port, and Bluetooth.

The 2015 Highlander version had no significant difference from the 2014 Highlander.

2016 Highlander

It stands out due to the long list of base trim’s standard features. It also enjoys high safety rankings and predicted reliability scores. The main update in this model is the introduction of optional rain-sensing wipers. Highlander V6 models came with the towing package as a standard feature.



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