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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
Stepping up to a Sport or Limited brings a much broader spectrum of add-ons...
Kelley Blue Book
Base Highlander lineup comes fairly well equipped...
Car and Driver
...A navigation system, JBL premium audio, a backseat DVD player, [and] a moonroof...
Options include a sunroof, DVD entertainment...
The Highlander is pitched primarily toward two crowds: busy parents and families, and empty-nester types looking for extra passenger and cargo space when it's needed.In catering to both groups, the 2013 Highlander covers a pretty wide range of prices and equipment, with four different trims and a price span of about $12k, up to a fully-loaded, $42k Highlander Limited.
New for 2013 is a Highlander Plus grade that price-wise slots in between the base model and the mid-range SE. Base versions still include a lot, with power windows, locks and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; a tilt/telescoping steering wheel; and a new display audio system with a USB port, Bluetooth audio streaming, and Bluetooth hands-free calling connectivity. Extra equipment on the Plus includes a multi-information display with trip computer; second-row reading lamps; a rear backup camera; black roof rails; a cargo cover; a lumbar adjustment for the driver's seat, and one-touch second-row seat folding.
The Highlander SE adds on more audio functions--satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming, a USB port--along with leather seats for first- and second-row chairs. It also sports a moonroof, a power tailgate, and a power driver seat, as well as a 3.5-inch LCD monitor in the dash that's used to display vehicle functions. Spend up to the Highlander Limited, and the convenience scale tips with leather-trimmed power seats, 19-inch wheels, three-zone automatic climate control, dual power front seats, and the Center Stow Seat, as well as woodgrain trim.
The standard Hybrid equals the base gas-powered Highlander's features, while it adds UV-reducing glass and the 3.5-inch LCD display, which is used for the rearview camera's readouts. It also comes with Bluetooth, XM satellite radio and a USB port. The Hybrid Limited tops off the Highlander range with 19-inch wheels, more chrome trim, and a power liftgate. There's also a Leather Premium Package available on the Hybrid, wrapping a power moonroof, leather front- and second-row seats, heated front seats, a universal garage-door opener, and an engine immobilizer into the base Hybrid package.
Major options include a JBL premium audio system, touch-screen navigation (SE), and a rear-seat entertainment system.
The Toyota Highlander has a thoughtful set of standard features, and upgraded infotainment keeps the 2013 model in the good graces of busy parents.