2012 Toyota Highlander

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2012 Toyota Highlander Ratings


Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
J.D. Power
Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

Not Rated
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Best Midsize SUV of 2012

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Midsize SUV
#1 Toyota Highlander

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2012 Toyota Highlander after 90-days of ownership.
  • Vehicle acceleration
  • Ease of getting in and out of the vehicle
  • Smoothness of vehicle's ride

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2012 Toyota Highlander during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Comfort of the 3rd row seats
  • Quality of the interior materials
  • The vehicle's audio system

Performance Specs

MPG City

17 - 20


22 - 25


187 - 270


5 speed, Automatic, 6 speed, Automatic


Gas I4, Gas V6


4-Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2012 Toyota Highlander Review

The 2012 Toyota Highlander where everything counts. Highlander’s exterior lines add a touch of style to this versatile SUV. Inside Highlander’s available 3.5 liter 270 Horse Power VVT–I V6 provides smooth power and excellent gas mileage. Variable valve timing with intelligence optimizes power and fuel efficiency by continuously varying the time valves open and close. Highlander’s instrument panel is a well-ordered composition of comfort and convenience. Thoughtful features like steering wheel audio controls and the available rear-seat DVD entertainment system exemplify Highlander’s refined accommodations. And find a new route with Highlanders available DVD navigation system. Highlander is versatility! By folding flat the 60/40 reclining split second-row seats and folding the available third-row seat flat you open up over 94 cubic feet of cargo space. Highlander offers the comprehensive safety of driver and front passenger advanced airbags front and second row sensing side curtain airbags and many other features in the Toyota Star Safety System. The 2012 Toyota Highlander discover life in an SUV that is defined for you.

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