How do the 2016 Toyota Highlander trims differ?
The crossover SUV category was created 15 years ago in order to accurately describe the versatile Toyota Highlander. Today, the Highlander is still defining what it means to be a crossover SUV. With several trim options, drivers in the market for a crossover SUV might wonder: How do the 2016 Toyota Highlander trims differ?
LE: A Strong Start
Being the base model doesn’t stop the 2016 Highlander LE from delivering quality of the highest caliber. The LE, like all Highlander trims, is defined by its ability to fit a lot of usefulness into a relatively compact SUV frame. The 2016 Highlander can comfortably seat eight people across three rows of seating, which is something many much bulkier SUVs cannot claim.
The base Highlander trim should not be taken lightly. Despite being the entry level, it features high-end standard specs such as 18-inch alloy wheels, Entune Audio with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, an integrated backup camera, and second- and third-row 60/40-split seats. The LE feels more like a middle- or high-level trim than the entry level.
LE Plus: For Some Added Refinement
For the most part, the LE Plus resembles the LE. But that Plus does count for something: Fog lights, an adjustable power rear lift gate, an 8-inch display, three-zone climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. These few additions might not seem substantial, but they do make a huge difference in the overall luxury of the 2016 Highlander. It should also be noted that the LE and LE Plus are mono-spec (They’re well enough equipped to not need option packages). So if there’s a feature included in the LE Plus that you really want, it’s worth the upgrade.
XLE: Extra Extras
The 2016 Highlander XLE crosses into the realm of luxury crossover SUV. This comes in the form of leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, smart key entry with push button start, second-row integrated sun shades, a 4.2-inch color multi-information display, and Homelink. The Entune suite also includes an 8-inch touchscreen for the Highlander XLE. The luxuriousness of this vehicle can be further enhanced by opting for second-row captain’s chairs and Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment.
Limited: The Name Says It All
The 2016 Highlander Limited is the crème de la crème when it comes to trim options. This is truly as good as it gets when it comes to crossover SUVs. On the exterior, the 2016 Highlander Limited gets 19-inch Chromtec alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights. It also gets heated and ventilated front seats, as well as standard second-row captain’s chairs. But where the 2016 Highlander Limited really shines is in the safety realm. With standard Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and parking sonar, available Safety Connect, Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Alert with Automatic High Beam Headlights. All these incredible features make the 2016 Highlander Limited one of the most appealing crossovers of any make, model, or trim.
Hybrid: Making a Good Thing Even Better
Ironically, the 2016 Highlander Hybrid, with its 280 hp 3.5L V-6, actually boasts the most powerful engine of any of the trim levels. At the same time, it improves the Highlander to a remarkable 28 mpg combined fuel economy. For anyone looking for an SUV that boasts both power and efficiency, there’s none better than the 2016 Highlander Hybrid.
With so many trim options for the 2016 Highlander, it’s natural to want to know as much as possible about each one. To learn more about the 2016 Toyota Highlander, come in to Gale Toyota, or check out the online inventory.