The 2010 Toyota Highlander hits the sweet spot for capability and comfort in a mainstream, family SUV. It offers a strong towing capacity, and it’s also civilized enough to offer heated leather seats.
A midsize SUV, the 2010 Highlander has a standard five-place cabin with two rows of seating. An optional third row increases seating. Beyond the base model, Toyota offers Sport and Limited trims. There’s also a Highlander Hybrid, which comes in base and Limited trim levels. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. The Sport and Limited trims have a five-speed automatic with a different engine. The Highlander Hybrid trims rely on a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). Toyota provides all-wheel drive for all Highlander trims.
For 2010, Toyota has added more options to the entry model’s content list.
Thanks to its large, muscular fenders, the 2010 Highlander has sophisticated contours along its sides. The Highlander’s profile also features strong shoulder lines and a sloping roofline. The result is a sporty look that’s complemented by the Highlander’s relatively modest grille size.
The Highlander comes standard with a nice mix of basic and uplevel cues. These include reflector-style automatic halogen headlights, an LED center high-mounted stop lamp, a rear spoiler, power-adjustable mirrors and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. As for options, here you’ll find a blend of the practical and the premium. That means equipment like a power moonroof, fog lights, heated mirrors with puddle lamps, a chrome exhaust tip, 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a power tailgate and a flip-up rear window.
More smooth shapes are on display in the Highlander’s cabin. A prime example is the sleek, molded dashboard that gently flows up to house the infotainment section of the center stack. A 40/20/40-split folding second row is standard. If you prefer second-row captain’s chairs, the middle seat can be removed entirely and replaced with a console. A fold-flat third row is available for the 2010 Highlander. When all rear seats are folded, the Highlander’s 95.4 cubic feet of rear storage tops what you find in a 2010 Honda Pilot.
The 2010 Toyota Highlander provides a competitive level of standard equipment. This includes fabric-trimmed seats, a manually adjustable front row, air conditioning, power windows, power locks, cruise control and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column. The upper trims can supply leather trim for the first and second rows, multi-stage heating for the front seats and, for the driver, a 10-way power-adjustable seat and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel. A dual-zone automatic climate system with second- and third-row vents is another welcome option for the Highlander.
The base Highlander is equipped with a standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. A 3.5-liter V6 is optional for the base model and standard for other gas-only trims. That engine makes 270 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with the four-cylinder engine, while the V6 is matched with a five-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard for the gas-only Highlander. All-wheel drive is optional for the V6 base model and standard with the Sport and Limited trims. The Hybrid powertrain includes a 3.3-liter V6, two electric motors, a CVT and electrically enabled all-wheel drive.
The Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds with its 3.5-liter V6.
For the lineup’s top fuel efficiency, the Highlander Hybrid is rated at 27 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. The four-cylinder entry trim is the most fuel-efficient gas-only Highlander. It has EPA ratings of 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
The 2010 Toyota Highlander offers a standard six-speaker audio system. The setup packages an AM/FM stereo, CD player and auxiliary input jack.
A backup camera can be incorporated into either a 3.5-inch multifunction display or a navigation system with an 8-inch touch screen. A number of audio upgrades are also available. They include a JBL sound system that includes Bluetooth, satellite-radio capability, a four-disc CD changer and nine speakers. For back-row passengers, the Highlander can be outfitted with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
"We are very pleased with our Toyota. We bought it new and have put about 75000 miles on it including a trip to Missouri from Virginia. It does not have all the bells and whistles, just the basics. For a 4-cylinder, this car has plenty of get-up-and-go which I like a lot."
Plenty of cargo space.
For a 4-cylinder, this car has plenty of get-up-and-go which I like a lot.
"After 230,000 miles , no issues really no flaws its been a great SUV.
I will look at a new 2020 when they come out later this year.
It still drives like new but its getting worn had to replace the front seat leather due and middle consul but that was after 200k and having a small dog; whom travels with me."
Very Functional only issue is with the power plug by coffee holder.
Almost like new
if i drive 62 to 63 get the best MPG for my hybrid.
Or if i am in stop and go traffic the battery kicks in.
But when its cold out in winter MPG goes down.
Only issue is the 3rd row seat small adults or children.
Wish it got better MPH for a hybrid on colder weather.
I am now at 230,000 miles and its still drives like new.
I will try out the new 2020 hybrid highlander when it comes out.
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2010 Toyota Highlander Pricing
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The price range for the 2010 Toyota Highlander is $8,499 - $13,691.
The average selling price is $11,030.
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$25,855 - $34,670
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$8,499 - $13,691
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