The Toyota Highlander offers car-like handling, a spacious interior and towing capabilities. Add in the automaker’s stellar record for reliability, and you have a recipe for a highly desirable family vehicle.
The 2013 Toyota Highlander is a three-row, midsize sport utility vehicle with room for seven. It comes in four grades: standard, Plus, SE and Limited. Front-wheel drive and a four-cylinder engine are standard. A V6 and all-wheel drive are available. Toyota markets a Highlander Hybrid model separately.
Changes for 2013, the last model year in the second-generation style, are minor. They include trim level shuffling and the introduction of the Plus model.
The Toyota Highlander offers a style common to this segment with its long hood and generously apportioned greenhouse area. Conservative lines dominate, with minimal chrome embellishments present except for the top grade.
Standard equipment includes projector beam headlights, power side mirrors, roof rails, a rear spoiler and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Available equipment includes a power moonroof with sunshade, power liftgate, heated side mirrors with a folding option and puddle lamps, chrome roof rails and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
Toyota makes excellent use of the Highlander’s interior with a 2-3-2 seating arrangement. The 40/20/40 second-row seat folds flat, reclines or pushes forward to provide ease of access to the third-row 50/50 seats that also fold flat.
Fabric-trimmed seats are standard; leather seats are available. All models come with a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, cruise control, full power accessories, front and center seat consoles, three 12-volt outlets, cargo area tie-down hooks and more than a dozen cup and drink holders.
Available equipment includes power-operated front seats with lumbar support, heated front seats, three-zone climate control, wood and leather trim, and a cargo area tonneau cover.
Standard cargo space is smaller than what you’d find in such competing models as the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse and Dodge Durango, measuring just 10.3 cubic feet. Fold the third-row seat, and that space more than triples to 39.6 cubic feet and jumps to 81.6 cubic feet behind the first row.
Two engine choices accompany the 2013 Highlander. A 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine comes with front-wheel drive models only, generating 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A standard 1,500-pound tow rating expands to 3,500 pounds with the tow package.
A 3.5-liter V6 engine with 270 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque also is available and is mated with a five-speed automatic transmission. This model offers a 2,000-pound tow rating, or 5,000 pounds with the tow package.
The 2013 Highlander with the base engine delivers an EPA-estimated 20/25 mpg city/highway. The V6 with all-wheel drive achieves a 17/22 mpg city/highway rating.
All models have a 6.1-inch color touchscreen display and a rearview camera, except for the base model. Bluetooth and a six-speaker audio system with a CD player, audio jack and a USB port also are included.
Highlander Limited models feature a nine-speaker JBL audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio and navigation. Available with the Limited is a rear-seat DVD entertainment package with a 9-inch screen, two wireless headphones, RCA jacks and a 120-volt outlet.
On the safety front, every model comes equipped with a full complement of airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag; brake assist; hill start assist and downhill assist control.
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CARFAX Info for 2013 Toyota Highlander
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2013 Toyota Highlander Deals on CARFAX
Percentage of 2013 Toyota Highlander for sale on CARFAX that are Great, Good, and Fair Value deals. Values are determined by whether the selling price is above, below, or the same as the history-based CARFAX Value.
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2013 Toyota Highlander Pricing
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is the "sticker price" for this vehicle, including optional equipment, when it was new.
The price range for the 2013 Toyota Highlander is $12,800 - $18,500.
The average selling price is $15,553.
The data below is updated daily, based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
Price range and average selling price are based on the median selling price while CARFAX Value is a VIN-specific value based on the vehicle's history.
$29,020 - $39,400
This is the price range for the 2013 Toyota Highlander based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
$12,800 - $18,500
Average Selling Price
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