Sanford Toyota Dealer Researches the New Highlander
When it comes to three-row crossovers, the Toyota Highlander is always a solid choice. It's been over 15 years since the Highlander began the midsize SUV segment, and today it continues to be a leading option in the growing class. Now in its third generation, the 2016 Toyota Highlander comes with a few updates for the new model year that further expands its appeal. The Towing Package is now standard on V6-equipped models and the Platinum Package gains an extra feature. Take a look at our 2016 Toyota Highlander review below to find out more details about the model's fresh offerings and its powertrain options.
To ensure the Highlander is equipped to tow anything and everything at any moment, Toyota outfitted all V6 models with a standard Towing Package this year. Giving the 2016 Toyota Highlander in Sanford the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds, the package comes with a 150-amp alternator, heavy-duty radiator with engine cooler, supplemental transmission oil cooler and 200-watt fan coupling. In addition to this package option, the SUV's existing Platinum Package, which offers a heated steering wheel, heated second-row captain's chairs and panoramic sunroof, now also comes with rain-sensing windshield wipers. This newly added feature greatly benefits drivers in the event of a rain storm.
Both a 2.7L four-cylinder and a 3.5L V6 are each offered on the 2016 Toyota Highlander in Sanford. Generating 185 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2.7L engine comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that delivers optimal performance. The 3.5L V6 churns out a generous 270 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque, while also matched with a six-speed automatic. Both displacements produce close to the same EPA ratings, making them each great choices for buyers.
Want to learn more about the latest Highlander? Continue reading about the SUV in the remainder of our 2016 Toyota Highlander review below.