The Toyota Highlander is a midsize crossover SUV that was introduced to the North American automotive market in 2001. The Highlander was built on the platform of the Toyota Camry, giving it a car-like feel, with the capabilities of a sport utility vehicle.
It has been a popular nameplate in Toyota’s lineup since it was first introduced, and the SUV continues to impress with multiple awards and recognition. The Toyota Highlander offers seating for up to eight passengers, and features a third row of seating to accommodate its full capacity.
The 2015 Toyota Highlander was named one of the 15 Best Family Cars by Kelley Blue Book, giving the SUV a clear advantage in the family-vehicle segment. Drivers who seek to save money at the pump can opt for the high-end Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited, featuring Toyota’s advanced hybrid technology.
Both the gas option, as well as the hybrid option of the Highlander, feature some of the most advanced safety features, making it one of the safest vehicles on the road today.
Kelley Blue Book recognized that the 2015 Toyota Highlander was a great choice for families from the very start. The three-row crossover SUV caught the attention of the publication with it’s unique offering of standard features, convenient size, and interior comfort.
Check out some of the small reasons why KBB thinks that the 2015 Toyota Highlander is the best family SUV on the road today:
A front conversation mirror helps mom and dad keep an eye on the kids in the back seats, without taking their eyes off the road. Tucked discreetly beneath the rearview mirror, this feature is as convenient as it is safe.
The utility and storage capacity in the 2015 Highlander is detail-oriented, keeping clutter out of the way. The in-dash shelf in the front helps corral keys, cell phones, chapstick, and other small items that tend to easily get lost. The center console is oversized, and can easily accommodate larger items like a purse, or small bag. The two rows of back seats can easily fold down to house larger items such as bikes, lumber, and camping gear.
The Highlander features a uniquely quiet ride, with a strong V6 4-cylinder engine that has enough power, without sacrificing efficiency.
Families can opt for the base LE, which is the most affordable option starting at just $29,665. For those who want a fully-loaded Highlander, the top of the line Limited Edition starts for only $40,090. Two other options sit between the base and the high-end Highlander model, ensuring that there is something for every budget.
The 2015 Highlander has won many other awards, as it continues to impress both critics and buyers alike. Check out a small sampling of other accolades earned by the SUV for 2015:
2015 Best 3-Row SUV for Families by U.S. News & World Report
2015 Best Hybrid SUV for Families by U.S. News & World Report
2015 Best Buy of the Year by KBB.com
2015 Best Overall Value of the Year by IntelliChoice
2015 Lowest Operating Costs by IntelliChoice
2015 SmartChoice Retained Value by IntelliChoice
2015 Highest Retained Value by IntelliChoice
2015 Lowest Fuel Costs Winner by IntelliChoice
2015 Lowest Ownership Costs Winner by IntelliChoice
The 2015 Toyota Highlander earned two of the most prestigious and sought-after safety awards around. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2015 Highlander a Top Safety Pick+ with optional front crash prevention technology.
The government’s very own National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also recognized the high-safety standards of the 2015 Highlander, giving it a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating.
Check out some of the elements incorporated into the Highlander that helped it earn its high safety ratings:
Star Safety System: This suite of six active safety features help ensure total safety while on the road. With enhanced vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and smart stop technology, the 2015 Highlander is equipped for whatever lies ahead.
Ventilated Disc Brakes: To keep braking discs cool, the Highlander’s front brakes feature a ventilated design, helping to dissipate heat, and ensure that the vehicle will always stop when it should.
Advanced Airbag System: This dual stage driver and front passenger airbags, a driver knee airbag, a front passenger seat cushion airbag, and roll-sensing side curtain airbags for all rows - help keep your most precious cargo safe.
The 2015 Highlander Limited goes a step beyond standard safety, offering drivers the option to add the Platinum Package, which features the following advanced safety technology:
Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Lane Departure Alert
Automatic High Beam headlights
2015 Highlander Hybrid Limited Offers Efficiency with Luxury Amenities
For families seeking the space and convenience of an SUV, with the fuel economy of a midsize sedan, the 2015 Highlander Hybrid is the perfect choice. One of the only hybrids on the market to feature all-wheel drive, the Highlander Hybrid is the cutting-edge SUV for environmentally-conscious drivers.
The most efficient Highlander model also happens to be the most luxurious in the lineup. Featuring a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an electric motor, the Highlander Hybrid boasts an impressive 280 horsepower, and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The interior has enough room for seven passengers, and comes standard with plenty of luxurious amenities, for a starting MSRP of $47,750.
Check out some of the interior amenities below:
Heated front seats
10-way power driver seat
Sunroof with express open/close
12 JBL GreenEdge speakers with amplifier
Steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls
Three power outlets
HomeLink wireless control system garage door opener
Entune internet access
The 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a great choice for families who seek to stay ahead of the technological curve, save money at the pump, and take advantage of Toyota’s high-end trim level - all for one great price.