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2016 AWD Toyota Highlanders Rental Review 29/08/2019
2016 AWD Toyota Highlanders Rental Review
The 2016 AWD Toyota Highlander is a family-friendly, functional, and consistently reliable with frugal gas mileage and good manners. The 2014 redesign introduced edgier styling where handling became more sure-footed and responsive. The only down side is it falls short of being engaging to drive.

How the 2016 Highlander Differs with the 2008-2013 Models
When compared to the 2008-2013 Highlander, the 2016 AWD Toyota Highlander is less plush inside and has a little more interior noise. It also lacks cushy low-speed ride isolation.
Most Highlanders have a 3.5-liter V6 and a six-speed automatic transmission. An expensive hybrid version returns 25 mpg overall. Inside, minivan-like second-row accommodations make good use of this generation's added length, although the third row seat remains suitable only for kids. Controls are simple and a backup camera is standard issue in each 2016 AWD Toyota Highlander.
The 2016 AWD Toyota Highlanders version forces you to get a top-trim Limited to get desirable features like blind spot monitoring and advanced safety equipment.
A Bigger SUV
If you’re looking for a bigger SUV, we now offer 2016 AWD Toyota Highlanders Rental in our fleet. These 7-seater petrol SUV's are very well spec'd, roomy, have plenty of power with the 3.5L V6, climate air conditioning and are a dream to drive.
Numbers are limited so an early booking is essential and a great value rental.
Here is Today’s Pricing (note prices are seasonal and subject to change without notice):
Winter19 Rental Time Daily Price
01 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019 24 hours NZD $105.00
01 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019 2 - 6 days NZD $95.00
01 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019 7 - 12 days NZD $90.00
01 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019 13 - 18 days NZD $87.00
01 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019 19 - 29 days NZD $82.00
01 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019 30 - 45 days NZD $77.00
01 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019 46 days plus NZD $72.00
Rates on these vehicles include unlimited mileage, GST, and our standard insurance with the option to reduce this down to zero. We can also rent you a GPS or child seats at a very affordable price.

A Midsize SUV
The 2016 Toyota Highlander is a midsize SUV that features a spacious, upscale cabin and an available fuel-efficient V6 engine. However, its average reliability score keeps it in the middle of the highly competitive class.
  • Strong available V6
  • Composed ride and handling
  • Top-notch cabin materials
  • Third-row seats aren’t adult-friendly
New for 2016: Towing package is made standard in V6 Highlanders.
Please note that although this vehicle has 7 seats the 2 rear seats are smaller and more suitable for children, if there are more than 5 adults you probably need a different vehicle. You should also be aware that once the rear seats are up there is not a great amount of luggage space in the vehicle.
A Good Midsize SUV
The 2016 Toyota Highlander is a good, but not great, midsize SUV. There's plenty of space for transporting passengers and their cargo. Additionally, the Highlander comes with a number of standard high-tech features, like a 6.1-inch touch screen dashboard and Bluetooth for phone and music streaming.
Choose the Best 2016 Highlander for You
The 2016 Highlander has five trims: LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum. Toyota also has the Highlander Hybrid. If you want all-wheel drive or plan to tow, look for a Highlander model with the V6 engine – these include a heavy-duty towing package and are the only models available with AWD.
One of the best values in the Highlander lineup is the LE Plus trim. It comes with tri-zone automatic climate control, seats trimmed with synthetic leather, navigation, a flip-up rear hatch window (for quick and easy access to the back), and an adjustable power liftgate.
2016 Top Safety Pick+
The 2016 Highlander scored well in crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ and gave it a rating of Good, the highest possible, in all five test categories. It also earned a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Highlander received five stars in the side crash test, and four stars for the rollover and frontal crash tests.
The Highlander has a myriad of driver assistance features, although most are only offered in higher trims. The only standard feature is a rearview camera. Among the available features are adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring.
How the 2016 Toyota Highlander Drives
A 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine comes standard, and a 270-horsepower V6 engine is available. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with either engine.
Power and Acceleration
The four-cylinder Highlander earns an EPA-estimated 20/25 mpg city/highway whereas rivals offer similar fuel economy and more horsepower. The V6 Highlander gets 19/25 with front-wheel drive and 18/24 with all-wheel drive, which is typical for the class.
Test drivers say the four-cylinder has sufficient power. However, most recommend the optional V6 because it's more potent and nearly as fuel efficient. The Highlander's automatic transmission provides swift downshifts.
Handling and Braking
The 2016 Toyota Highlander comes standard with front-wheel drive while all-wheel drive is optional on V6 models. Test drivers say the Highlander has responsive handling for the class overall. Although some say it isn't quite as agile as more sport-oriented midsize SUVs. Reviewers also appreciate the Highlander's accurate steering and smooth ride.
Hiring a car in Auckland? Check out our fleet of rentals and choose the car you want from a vast array of vehicles to fit your needs and budget. Our pricing strategy is to offer the newest possible cars at the lowest possible rental rates and, to date, that strategy has proven to be very popular with a number of our customers returning year after year. We hope that once you have experienced the James Blond difference, you will also become a regular customer. Family-operated, feel the difference as your satisfaction is our number one priority.

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