Consumer Reviews Summary
38 of 39 (97%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Toyota Highlander Overview
The 2013 Toyota Highlander is a modern answer to a modern question. Families who live in areas that don’t necessarily require the ruggedness of an SUV but like the utility and convenience they provide have created a market for something called the crossover and the Highlander is the foremost example of this new breed of car.
The exterior of the new 2013 Highlander is nondescript, but handsome. It won’t win any contests and styling is conservative all around, with body panels stretched over flared fenders and smooth edges instead of sharp lines. Overall, the look is well-balanced and streamlined, mature some would say. Its exterior features are equally grown-up. Automatic projector headlights, color-matched door handles, 17-inch alloy wheels, and UV filtering glass are all standard on the Highlander.
The interior is similar to the exterior, it’s functional and understated. Standard features include air conditioning, a central touch-screen to control the audio system, and nifty 40/20/40 folding rear seats. Spruce up the interior even more with options like automatic climate control, a rear-view camera, leather trim, navigation system, Entune, and a rear entertainment system.
Under the hood, the 2013 Highlander offers a pair of engine options with different intentions. The standard engine is a 187-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder that pumps out 186 pounds-feet of torque and focuses more on efficiency that power. Paired with front-wheel drive, this setup is best for those who will use the Highlander for school runs and errands. It returns 20/25 mpg city/highway. Optional is a 270-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 with 248 pounds-feet of torque that is available with either FWD or four-wheel drive and provides plenty of punch for passing maneuvers. Surprisingly, the V-6 Highlander achieves about 17/23 mpg city/highway with FWD.
The 2013 Highlander is a very safe car, as evidenced by its IIHS Top-Safety Pick award. Standard safety features include seven airbags, whiplash-reducing active headrests, side-impact door beams, and all manner of electronic traction and brake control systems. In addition, the brake discs are massive – 12.9 inches front and 12.2 inches rear – which give the Highlander good stopping power, helpful for avoiding accidents.