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Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Toyota Highlander Hybrid has a score of 8.2 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.0
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2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

The 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has plenty of easy-to-use, family-friendly features. However, most rivals have better safety scores and lower total costs of ownership, which pushes this SUV to the middle of the midsize SUV pack.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy for the class
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Numerous standard features
  • Touchy brakes

2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a good midsize SUV for large families, offering plenty of seating space in the first two rows and an upscale interior packed with user-friendly technology. Just note that you’ll probably pay more for this hybrid than most of its competitors – including the nonhybrid Highlander.

Used 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Performance and Interior

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid has a V6 engine and three electric motors that together make 280 horsepower. It moves quickly but has overly sensitive brakes. All-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission are standard. With an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, the Highlander Hybrid earns some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class.

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The Highlander Hybrid seats seven in three rows. The first two rows have plenty of space. However, the third row – like in many 3-row competitors – isn't very roomy for adults. The quiet cabin offers upscale materials and handsome styling that would be fitting inside a luxury SUV. There are upper and lower LATCH child-seat connectors in the second-row outboard seats, while the second- and third-row middle seats each offer an upper tether anchor.

The Highlander Hybrid comes with more features than most competitors, which is appropriate given its steep price tag. The dashboard controls are logically arranged and the cabin technology is user-friendly. Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch-screen Entune infotainment system, navigation, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Driver Easy Speak, which uses a microphone to project the driver's voice to rear riders. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a rear-seat Blu-ray player, and some active driver assistance features.

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Used 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Prices

On average, a used 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited base model costs about $38,700. For a used Highlander Platinum, the average price is slightly higher: about $39,400. Your final price will depend on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 22 Reviews Analyzed

To help you decide whether the 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the right used SUV for you, we've analyzed 22 professional reviews alongside crash test results, reliability ratings, EPA fuel economy estimates, and total ownership costs. Our analysis of this data provides used car shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of the Highlander Hybrid's place in the class.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid?

The Highlander Hybrid has a reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is slightly above average for the market as a whole. 

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How Safe Is the Highlander Hybrid?

The 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid underwent five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests and received the highest rating of Good in four of them. It earned the second-best rating of Acceptable in the fifth test – the small overlap front crash. The IIHS also named the Highlander Hybrid a Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Highlander Hybrid a perfect five-star rating overall and in the side crash test. The Toyota earned four out of five stars in the NHTSA's frontal and rollover crash tests. 

The Highlander Hybrid comes standard with a rearview camera, while some models may have adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, or automatic high beams.

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Should I Consider Another Used Highlander Hybrid?

The Highlander Hybrid's third generation starts with the 2014 model year and includes the 2017 model. You may save some money by choosing a 2014 Highlander Hybrid, which is nearly identical to the 2015 model.

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Which Used Toyota Highlander Hybrid Is Right for Me?

There are two trims available in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid: Limited (base) and Platinum. The Highlander Hybrid Limited's standard features include a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, heated and ventilated front seats, push-button start, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, a USB port, navigation, Bluetooth, satellite radio, smartphone app integration, and Toyota's Entune infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. The Highlander Hybrid also comes with Driver Easy Speak, which features a microphone to amplify the driver’s voice for those sitting in the back seat.

The Platinum trim adds a heated steering wheel, second-row captain's chairs, and advanced safety systems like pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high beam headlights.

You should also check out Toyota's certified pre-owned vehicles. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

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2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and Other SUVs to Consider

If you're shopping for a midsize SUV with a hybrid powertrain, the Highlander Hybrid is your only option. It earns class-leading fuel economy, but a few rivals' estimates aren't too far behind. Aside from the Buick Enclave, the Highlander Hybrid has the most expensive base price in the class.  

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid or 2015 Mazda CX-9?

If you're after fuel savings, the Mazda CX-9's numbers come closest to the Highlander Hybrid's. It earns just 1 mpg less on the highway and 7 mpg less in the city. The CX-9 is also one of the most agile and maneuverable SUVs in the class. Additionally, it boasts an upscale interior and a much lower average cost than the Highlander Hybrid.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid or 2015 Honda Pilot?

The Honda Pilot is the better choice if you need more space; it seats eight and is one of the few midsize SUVs with lots of room in all three rows. The Pilot also has a smooth, comfortable ride. It typically costs less than the Highlander Hybrid, but you get what you pay for. The Pilot’s cabin is less luxurious, its engine is underpowered, and it offers few active safety features.

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