The 2016 Toyota Highlander: Release Date, Pricing, and Features

A reader named Stephanie recently asked about the forthcoming availability and pricing of the 2016 Toyota Highlander:

My husband and I are shopping for a Highlander. We have been looking at the 2015 model, but debating if we should wait for the 2016. Any good insight that you’ve read about regarding the pricing and release dates for the 2016 model?

Unfortunately, Toyota hasn’t released any info, and I don’t have any special insights. As always, however, I’m more than happy to speculate! 🙂

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Models & Pricing
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Towing Capacity of the New Toyota Highlander

In response to my previous post about installing a trailer hitch on the Toyota Highlander, a reader named Jorge asked about the Highlander’s max towing capacity. This is a great question. The answer is: it depends.

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Performance & Specifications
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Installing a Trailer Hitch on a New Toyota Highlander

I’ve had a number of questions about installing a tow hitch on the Toyota Highlander, so I thought I’d write something up. While there are a number of options out there, I’ll be focusing here on the Toyota trailer hitch.

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Accessories (OEM & Aftermarket)
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Parking Brake Release Noise on the New Toyota Highlander

A reader named Eric asked the following:

“I’m wondering if any of your readers have had any issues when releasing the emergency [parking] brake? I’ve noted a definite, metallic ‘clank’ coming from the right rear end when I release the brake. Should I be worried?”

I’ve noticed the same thing, and have been meaning to mention it…

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Complaints & Troubleshooting
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Breaking Into Cars With Keyless Entry Systems

A reader named Josh recently e-mailed to share a news story about how thieves have been breaking into cars equipped with keyless entry systems. Apparently there’s been a rash of break-ins with no signs of forced entry.

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News & Rumors, Technology & Infotainment
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Chrometec Wheels on the New Toyota Highlander

I’ve had a couple of questions recently about the wheels on the Highlander Limited/Platinum. For example, a reader named Michael asked:

“We’ve ordered a Highlander Limited. Can you tell us if the 19″ wheels have hubcaps or are they solid rims?”

The short answer is neither, or both, depending on how you look at it.

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Performance & Specifications
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Another Entune App (Suite) Update

In case you missed it, Toyota recently updated their Entune mobile app. And, while they were at it, they also updated the Entune App Suite software that resides in your Highlander’s head unit.

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Technology & Infotainment
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Replacing the Rear Door Lock on Our Toyota Highlander

Well, shortly after posting about the door lock problems we were having with our Toyota Highlander, I figured out the cause. It seems that the lock on the rear driver’s side had stopped working and needed to be replaced.

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Complaints & Troubleshooting, Maintenance & Repairs, Technology & Infotainment
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Replacing the Battery in Your Toyota Highlander Smart Key

Does the battery in your Highlander’s key fob need to be replaced? Well, I have great news for you… It’s really easy to swap it out. Just grab yourself a CR2032 coin-style battery and keep reading…

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Maintenance & Repairs
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Toyota Highlander Door Lock Problems

A month or two ago, I started having problems with our Toyota Highlander’s automatic door locks. As I’d walk away, I’d click on the “lock” button on the key fob, but it didn’t always work. Or at least that’s what it seemed like.

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Complaints & Troubleshooting, Technology & Infotainment
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