Both the Highlander and Highlander Hybrid received five-star ratings from the NHTSA. In the IIHS review of the Highlander, the 2022 model was named a Top Safety Pick+, which is the highest award available. These Toyota Highlander ratings are not limited to a specific model and apply to the entire range.
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
The Highlander boasts all of the necessary traditional safety items, including eight airbags with a driver's knee bag, traction and stability control, a reverse camera, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Toyota's Safety Sense 2.5+ suite is also standard, and groups together various driver-assist technologies. It includes pre-collision with pedestrian detection and intersection support, road-sign assist, full-speed radar cruise control, lane-departure alert with steering assist, and automatic high beams. The top trim boasts a ten-inch color head-up display.
In previous years, the Highlander was awarded a Top Safety Pick award. These safety features elevated more recent iterations of the Highlander to class-leading TSP+ status, which is hugely important in this family-oriented segment.
|Toyota Highlander Trims||L||LE||Hybrid LE||XLE||XSE||Hybrid XLE||Limited||Hybrid XLE Bronze||Hybrid Limited||Platinum||Hybrid Platinum|
|Rear Parking Aid||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||S||N/A||S||S||S|
|Blind Spot Monitor||N/A||S||S||S||S||S||S||S||S||S||S|
|Lane Departure Warning||S||S||S||S||S||S||S||S||S||S||S|
|Lane Keeping Assist||S||S||S||S||S||S||S||S||S||S||S|
|Tire Pressure Monitor||S||S||S||S||S||S||S||S||S||S||S|
Like most Toyotas, the Highlander leads a relatively trouble-free existence. At the time of writing, zero recalls had been issued for the 2023 model. The 2022 model was recalled just once for a minor issue, whereby an illegible capacity label could lead to the vehicle being overloaded. For 2021 and 2022 hybrid versions, a second recall involved the stability control system that could be deactivated when the car is started.
The Highlander's trouble-free nature is bolstered by its J.D. Power Survey score of 82 out of 100 overall and 81/100 for quality and reliability in 2022, the last time it was rated. This places it near the top of its segment compared to other SUVs like the 2022 Kia Telluride (84/100 overall).
Every Highlander model is backed by a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and a two-year/25,000-mile maintenance plan. An eight-year/100,000-mile warranty covers the hybrid system and a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty applies to the hybrid battery.