2013 Toyota Highlander Photo
/ 10
On Styling
$18,599 - $36,595
On Styling
The ubiquitous 2013 Toyota Highlander doesn't have much styling at all, but it looks functional.
6.0 out of 10
Browse Toyota Highlander inventory in your area.


STYLING | 6 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

Substantially larger, roomier and more powerful than its predecessor...
Kelley Blue Book

Large, easy-to-read gauges and high-mounted audio and climate controls...

...The layout and detail of the instrument panel tilt toward the functional, with larger dials and clear labeling of controls...
Popular Mechanics

...More aggressive and muscular styling...
Car and Driver

...The control layout remains simple and easy to understand...

While Toyota has honed in on interior practicality with the Highlander, it appears a little unfocused on the outside--and missing distinctiveness.

The current version of the Highlander, with us now since 2008, has looked a bit derivative--or at the very least, drawing a little too literally in equal parts from Toyota's car and truck sides and ending up with an appliance that lacks any real flair of its own. We tend to think that it looks a bit like the previous-generation Subaru Forester, sized up a notch. That said, there's a certain honest, straightforward charm about the Highlander--if you can get past its lack of flair.

A couple of years ago Toyota gave the Highlander a very minor facelift, with a somewhat different front end and a little more chrome trim, plus a few more angles and creases. That gave it a little more interest--at best, it's a little more handsome--and side creases that connect the outer edge of the headlamps to the taillamps help visually lower the design a bit.

Hybrid models are distinguished from the gas-only Highlanders, only if you look close enough. Mostly, it's differently shaped fog lamps, some blue plastic and chrome trim that draw the visual line between the versions.

There's little doubt the Highlander is unexciting on the outside; and for the most part the same rings true inside. The Highlander's well-built, well-equipped cabin puts all the controls where they need to be, without all that much heed to fashion or flair. A simple binnacle covers the primary gauges, which are tucked into cut tubes of plastic, and Toyota's traditionally large buttons and knobs drive the climate and audio controls. The top Limited edition gets some unconvincing woodgrains, with a band of metallic plastic trim, while its leather upholstery warms up the interior immensely. Screens for the new Entune multimedia infotainment system ar4e located top and center, interrupting what's a somewhat slab-like dash.



The ubiquitous 2013 Toyota Highlander doesn't have much styling at all, but it looks functional.

« Prev: Overall Review Next: Performance »
Other Choices Read More
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
Used Cars
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

© 2016 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by Internet Brands Automotive Group. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Read Our Cookie Policy.