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Used Toyota Highlander at Lustine Toyota

The pre-owned Toyota Highlander features a remarkable roomy and thoughtfully plush interior that is immediately likable, nevermind convenient. It has an available V6 engine that is worth looking for, responsive handling, strong safety scores, and plenty of room for cargo and/or passengers. The used Highlander has a turning circle of 38.7 feet, standard ABS, a ground clearance of 8-inches, and an overall length of 191.1-inches. It provides a bevy of amenities for driver and passenger alike, and is a well-liked model among not just Toyota fans but also the general population too. Seating inside can be had for up to eight people unless you have the captain's chairs inside in which case it becomes seven. Let's explore this model more, not just because it's one of the favorites of this decade, but because it is certainly an option for you to consider putting your time and hard-earned money into.

Engine Performance

  • 3.5L V6 can tow up to 5,000-lbs
  • Payload capacity for V6 is 1,455-lbs in certain models
  • Standard 2.7L 4-cylinder gets 185-hp and 184 lb-ft torque

Safety Features

  • Standard STAR Safety System
  • Available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Driver/front passenger 'Whiplash-Injury-Lessening' seats

Vehicle Design

  • Ground clearance of 8-inches
  • 7.5" x 18" wheels, Limited has 19"
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) available

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What powers a used Toyota Highlander?

There are two engines for a used Toyota Highlander: a standard 2.7-liter 4-cylinder with 185-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque and an available 3.5-liter V6. The 4-cylinder sees 20 mpg city & 25 mpg highway while the V6 has numbers very close to that at 19 city & 25 mpg highway-- plus the V6 brings impressive towing and passing capabilities with 270-hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. There is also a hybrid version of the Highlander, so keep an eye out for that model. As far as transmissions go, the FWD 2.7L as well as the 3.5L will be partnered to a 6-speed automatic, with the difference being that the V6 version also can be purchased as an AWD-configured vehicle. The V6 model acquires a Tow Package that allows up to 5K-lbs in towing and between 1,385- to 1,455-lbs in payload capacity, contingent upon the model and drivetrain configuration. The 4-cylinder LE model still can tow a hefty 1,500-lbs and also reaches 1,455-lbs in payload capacity.

Going through the models, what are some of the features to look for?

A pre-owned Highlander tends to have five trims: LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum (& the Hybrid). Going through all that it has to offer would take quite a while, but here's a summary of the essential features along with the model level. On the outside, the LE model sees standard items such as privacy glass, 18-inch split five-spoke alloy wheels, and a color-keyed rear spoiler. On the inside owners will enjoy seating for eight occupants, a day/night rearview mirror, and a 3.5-inch LCD Multi-Informational Display Screen. Moving over to the LE Plus reveals a flip-up rear hatch window, integrated fog lights, 3-zone AC, Bluetooth, and a power liftgate with jam protection! The XLE model increased the info-display screen size to 4.2-inch color LCD, installs a 2nd-row 120V auxiliary AC power outlet, an available Rear-seat Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system with 9-inch display, and a power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade. The Limited models are where one sees luxury and refinement edge in, and the Limited model sports 19-inch five-spoke Chromtec alloy wheels, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with an on/off switch, 2nd-row captain's chairs, and even blue LED ambient lighting on the interior of the front & rear doors, as well as the in-dash shelf! Not enough for you? Consider then the Limited Platinum which incorporates accommodations like a heated steering wheel, heated 2nd-row captain's chairs, safety radar, plus, the comprehensive Entune Premium JBL Audio with In-Vehicle Navigation and App Suite system presented on an 8-in hi-res touchscreen with split-screen capability!

In terms of safety, how does the used Toyota Highlander fare?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a Top Safety Pick+ recently and gave it a rating of Good, the highest it goes, in all 5 IIHS test categories. In addition to that, the used Toyota Highlander saw a 5-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A rearview camera is standard, as is the LATCH system, a Tire Pressure Monitor System, a Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System and on the LE/LE PLUS, an engine immobilizer. Continuing standard is Toyota's well-rounded STAR Safety System, which brings features like Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (Enhanced-VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), ABS, Brake Assist (BA), and even Smart Stop Technology (SST)! Assistive and preventative tech inside extends into available features such as 'Safety Connect' which rocks Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Roadside Assistance and Automatic Collision Notification. Also gettable are Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and a Rear Parking Assist Sonar.

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Final Thoughts on the Used Toyota Highlander

Finally, this vehicle comes with an exciting array of fantastic colors, like Alumina Jade Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, Ooh La La Rouge Mica, and Crème Brulee Mica to name just a few. Overall though this is an incredible vehicle, and even after being broken in by a few years, certainly warrants a good look and some true consideration. This is especially true when you have Toyota's long-term reliability packaged with a sturdy cargo and people transporter, not to mention strong towing capacity coupled with a high benchmark for fuel economy in the class. Why not stop by Lustine Toyota to see what we have in stock-- we're ready at your convenience!

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