2013 Toyota Highlander Consumer Review: Built to Tow

2013 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Review

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SE 4dr SUV (3.5L V6 AWD 5-speed Automatic)

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Built to Tow
By osos2 on


2013 Toyota Highlander SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


We bought our 2013 SE 4WD in January '14 to replace our '11 Murano as we had bought an Escape 17B trailer. It weighs appx. 2600 lbs. loaded, and the Murano wasn't really built for it.
All SE's have the tow package included- a must for anyone towing regularly to properly cool engine & trans oil. Ours also came with hitch.

The experience in towing is night and day. On paper both vehicles are somewhat similar, however with the 4WD (AWD really), and its extra curb weight. It pulls our trailer easily. Also, the Murano has a CVT trans, and am not sure about the durability of it with significant towing.

Best Features

This is our first All Wheel Drive vehicle, and really like how it handles and steers. It tracks. Also like the heated seats- that was a non-negotiable for us after having it in our last 2 cars. Last- we prefer the 5-speed vs. 6-speed the '14 has. Didn't like it in our Enclave as it was hunting constantly- especially around town. I resorted to paddle shifting it. Wife didn't want to.

Worst Features

A tad more bling inside. Murano had it, but that is rare in this price range. Would prefer to have not to have a black dashboard, but can live with it.
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