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2016 Toyota Highlander Trim Comparison in Modesto, CA

Which Highlander Trim Should You Make Your Own?

In terms of choosing the right three-row family crossover, going with the Toyota Highlander at Modesto Toyota was an easy choice. You love the powerful V6 engine, and your family loves all of its roominess and features. Since the Highlander comes in four trim levels, you may be unsure what each offers, and which one makes the most sense for you. With our 2016 Toyota Highlander trim comparison in Modesto, CA, you can be sure of your decision.

Highlander LE

The Highlander starts with the LE base model, which gives you projector-beam halogen smoked-chrome-accent headlights that make the most of the Highlander's aerodynamic and sleek look. The 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels take turns in style, and the color-keyed power outside mirrors with folding capabilities and turn signal indicators ensure other drivers know your next move, and that you can always fit into your over-crowded garage.

Step inside, and you’ll find seating for eight with cloth-trimmed second- and third-row bench seats, each with a 60/40 split to reveal 83.7 cubic ft. of cargo space1 when folded flat. The tilt/telescoping steering wheel gives you Bluetooth®2 controls for audio streaming3 and hands-free phone calls, so your hands can stay safely on the wheel. Up front, the 6.1-inch touchscreen is where you’ll find the backup camera4 and the Entune™ Audio system.

Highlander LE Plus

Next up in our 2016 Toyota Highlander trim comparison in Modesto, CA, is the LE Plus. You’ll have prime visibility during inclement weather with the integrated fog lights, and you can easily access all of your cargo with the adjustable power liftgate with jam protection. Don’t want to open the entire liftgate when grabbing something small? Take advantage of the flip-up rear hatch window.

Inside this trim level of the 2016 Highlander, you and your passengers can cool off with the tri-zone automatic climate control, and enjoy new tunes with HD Radio™5 and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio6. There’s also a luxurious leather-wrapped steering wheel. 

Highlander XLE

When you are behind the wheel of the Highlander XLE, you can fill your cabin with Vitamin D when you open the sunroof, and take additional cargo along for the ride with Chromtec® roof rails. The upgraded 8-inch touchscreen now boasts Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation7 and App Suite8 for lots more entertainment options. For convenience, enjoy the Smart Key System9 with Push Button Start and Driver Speak Easy. Just press a button, and your voice will stream through the rear speakers, so you no longer have to shout to get the attention of your little ones in back.

Highlander Limited

The top trim level is the Limited, which takes corners on stunning 19-in 5-spoke Chromtec® alloy wheels, and  everyone will see you coming with LED Daytime Running Lights. In terms of safety, the rear parking assist sonars10 come in handy when reversing in crowded parking lots, and the Blind Spot Monitor11 takes the guesswork out of changing lanes.

Inside you’ll have seating for seven with second-row captain’s chairs, and the JBL® sound system with 12 speakers. Long road trips won’t seem so bad for your little ones, as they can enjoy the Blu-ray Disc™ rear-seat entertainment system on the 9-inch display screen.

It’s clear that each trim level of the Highlander has a lot to love, and we hope our 2016 Toyota Highlander trim comparison in Modesto, CA, has helped you see which option is right for you. When you want to take a trim level for a test drive, or all four, visit your local Toyota dealer, Modesto Toyota! You can schedule a test drive on our site, or by giving us a call at 209-529-2933.


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1 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

2 Concentrating on the road should always be your first priority while driving. Do not use the hands-free phone system if it will distract you. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Toyota is under license. A compatible Bluetooth®-enabled phone must first be paired. Phone performance depends on software, coverage and carrier.

3 Apps/services vary by phone/carrier; functionality depends on many factors. Select apps use large amounts of data; you are responsible for charges. Apps and services subject to change. See toyota.com/entune for details.

4 The backup camera does not provide a comprehensive view of the rear area of the vehicle. You should also look around outside your vehicle and use your mirrors to confirm rearward clearance. Cold weather will limit effectiveness and view may become cloudy.

5 Be sure to obey traffic regulations and maintain awareness of road and traffic conditions at all times. HD Radio™ Technology manufactured under license from iBiquity Digital Corporation U.S. and Foreign Patents. HD Radio™ and the HD, HD Radio, and "Arc" logos are proprietary trademarks of iBiquity Digital Corp.

6 SiriusXM services require a subscription after 3-month trial period. Subscriptions governed by SiriusXM Customer Agreement available at www.siriusxm.com. If you decide to continue your SiriusXM service at the end of your complimentary trial, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. Fees and programming subject to change. Available only to those at least 18 years of age in the 48 contiguous United States and D.C.

7 Be sure to obey traffic regulations and maintain awareness of road and traffic conditions at all times. Availability and accuracy of the information provided by the navigation system is dependent upon many factors. Use common sense when relying on information provided. Services and programming subject to change. Services not available in every city or roadway; updates may be available at an additional cost from your dealer. See your Navigation System Owner’s Manual for details.

8 Be sure to obey traffic regulations and maintain awareness of road and traffic conditions at all times. Apps/services vary by phone/carrier; functionality depends on many factors. Select apps use large amounts of data; you are responsible for charges. Apps and services subject to change. See toyota.com/entune for details.

9 The Smart Key System may interfere with some pacemakers or cardiac defibrillators. If you have one of these medical devices, please talk to your doctor to see if you should deactivate this system.

10 Certain vehicle and environmental conditions may affect the ability of the sensors to detect an object. Even the shape and composition of the object can be a factor. Refer to the Owner’s Manual for a list of conditions that could affect the system.

11 Do not rely exclusively on the Blind Spot Monitor. Always look over your shoulder and use your turn signal.  There are several limitations to the function, detection, range, and clarity of the monitor. For a complete list of limitations and directions regarding the use of the monitor, please see the Owner’s Manual.

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