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2016 Toyota Highlander repairs by problem area

Engine (3%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (17%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (34%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (17%)

Other (10%)

Chart based on 29 repairs.
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2016 Toyota Highlander repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (6%)

$100 - $499 (17%)

< $100 (78%)

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Chart based on 18 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2016 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Sep 2016 - Jun 2020
Mar 2017

9000 mi
Replaced window trim piece along bottom of passenger front window. Was catching wind and whistling while driving. Required part to be ordered again and another trip to get it correctly installed. 
Dec 2017

25000 mi
Rear shock needs to be replaced. Dealer ordered part but has not contacted that part is in. 
May 2020

70000 mi

US $100
Replaced battery 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Nov 2016 - Jun 2018
Dec 2016 I had 125 miles on the car and the transmission jolted...I couldn't get the car past 1st gear (auto trans) . They towed it to the dealer. Check engine light was on. Dealer said it was 1.5 quarts low on trans fluid. This car was brand new. 
Feb 2017

1000 mi

US $75
Rear passenger tire side wall started separating. Dealer and Toyo Tire company said it wasn't their fault and they said it was road damage. , but the separation clearly wasn't road damage as there was no other marks or damage on the tire. The tire company agreed to a one time "good will" settlement of 75% coverage of the cost . I paid $75.00 out of pocket . 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

10000 mi
Cruise control stalk light would flicker occasionally. Handled under Toyota TSB, no charge. Took about an hour once parts were available. 
Toyota Highlander in South Carolina, United States
Oct 2016 - Nov 2018
Aug 2017

7000 mi
Cruise control stalk illumination would flicker, only detectable at night. Replaced/repaired ground wire. 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Aug 2016 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

12000 mi
Front left speakers intermittent, this turned out to be problem with wife's iphone 
Oct 2017

24500 mi
Clunking noise from front left wheel . Left front brake caliper replaced and CV axle nut was found to be loose Brakes work well, but clunk when applying after moving in reverse 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Sep 2019 - Mar 2020
Nov 2019

126778 mi
Clicking when steering and wheel forces itself back to center when turning. Dealer diagnosed as failed electric power steering motor and column, both replaced. AutoNation extended warranty covered all costs. Invoice shows total parts and labor equal to $2,227.86. Works like new now. 

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2016 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Toyota Highlander in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2016 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

1000 mi
L front passenger window not operable from driver side, only partially worked from passenger side; L sideview mirror puddle light did not work, power mirror did not work, door lock did not work electrically. 
Nov 2016

2800 mi
wind noise R side mirror--attempted repair, not successful 
Dec 2016

4000 mi
front passenger side door wind noise 
Toyota Highlander in New Brunswick, Canada
Apr 2016 - Mar 2018
Aug 2017

14880 mi

C $75
Wheel Alignment 
Toyota Highlander in Colorado, United States
Nov 2015 - Mar 2018
Aug 2016

8300 mi
Something in the driver seat is moving and "popping" out of place. Irritating when driving. Dealership then broke side of seat trim and needs to replace it. And now the original "fix" is already not working again. 
Oct 2016

11500 mi
Seat was doing same "popping" as before, this time the dealer disassembled the seat in house and diagnosed it as the lumbar needing grease which they did and solved it (so far!). 
Toyota Highlander in Ohio, United States
Feb 2017 - May 2019
Apr 2018

33500 mi
Infotainment system was locking up on startup. Dealer updated the software. 
Apr 2019

49000 mi

US $550
Replace front pads and rotors. Normal wear maintenance. 
Toyota Highlander in Maryland, United States
Mar 2016 - Dec 2017
Sep 2016

4000 mi
The automatic rear hatch does not reliably open using the inside button. The repair was unsuccessful and will have to go back. Update: We discovered that it was happening because you first have to unlock all doors of the vehicle before the tailgate will raise. If you are used to having a sedan and someone wants you to pop the truck, you just pull the lever. However, in the Highlander, you have to first unlock all doors then push the tailgate button. Seems unnecessary to me, but so be it. 
Toyota Highlander in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2016 - Jan 2019
Feb 2018

25000 mi

US $300
Front Passenger brake pad had premature wear and signs of rotor overheating. 3 other wheels were fine. 
Jun 2018

28000 mi
Rear hatch pistons needed to be replace. Premature rusting and noisy when opening. 
Jan 2019

37000 mi

US $450
Premature front brake "Warping". Brakes were only 1 year old. Something went wrong! 
Toyota Highlander in Virginia, United States
Jun 2016 - Dec 2017
Mar 2017

9000 mi
Cruise control stalk light was going in and out TSB existed and repairs were made under warrantly 
Toyota Highlander in Alabama, United States
Feb 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

19190 mi
Entune software update per T-SB-0103-16 Cruise control stalk illumination intermittent operation repair per T-SB-0031-16; replaced (1) flange bolt, (2) plate washers, & (1) repair w/ wire terminal 
Nov 2017

25825 mi
Replaced OEM battery (bad cell in Johnson Controls p/n 28800-03044 582A/125RC) with Toyota (Interstate) TruStart 575CCA/130RC 
Toyota Highlander in Idaho, United States
Jan 2017 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

100 mi
Light came on and was reset by dealer. 
Toyota Highlander in Manitoba, Canada
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

2480 mi
A pump in the fuel system turns on and runs for extended periods when vehicle has been sitting without use for days. Concerned over possible fire hazard with vehicle being in attached garage. 
Jun 2018

6820 mi
Right rear shock absorber leaking fluid, leaving puddle on ground. Required two trips to dealer, one to see problem then second to install replacement, as there are no parts stocked in Winnipeg for Toyota and they have to be ordered from Toronto. 

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2015 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Sep 2016 - Jul 2018
Sep 2017

32000 mi
Window motor malfunction. 
Toyota Highlander in Hawaii, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Jul 2016

3200 mi
A/C not functioning due to low refrigerant. No leak could be found. System recharged. 
Mar 2017

5000 mi
Found leak in AC expansion valve. Ordered part. 
Apr 2017

5000 mi
Install AC expansion valve. 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

11000 mi

US $135
Car would not start, after repeated jumpstarts, determined battery needed to be replaced. 
Mar 2018

24500 mi
Driver's door power window was making a strange sound when closing. Dealer replaced power window motor under warranty. 
Toyota Highlander in Ohio, United States
Sep 2014 - Jun 2018
Sep 2017

42000 mi

US $160
Cell in battery went bad. Basic warranty was over and it was not covered. 
Toyota Highlander in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2015 - Apr 2020
Oct 2019

30000 mi

US $500
Rear hatch powerlifters were making a bad binding sound on opening & closing. Lubrication did nothing, replacement of both lifters was required. 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
May 2015 - Jun 2018
May 2016

11700 mi

US $100
Bad smell from air vents 
Toyota Highlander in Tennessee, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2018
Jul 2017

58000 mi

US $100
Rubber window trim came out of door frame when window rolled down. Dealer replaced for labor cost only 
May 2018

85000 mi

US $450
Passenger door lock switch failed 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Jan 2015 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

2100 mi
cigarette ligher didnt have power. 
Toyota Highlander in Alabama, United States
Nov 2015 - Jul 2020
Jun 2016

28000 mi
fuel gauge and odometer worked sometimes and not others 2 days in a row. took it in to dealer they ordered part should get back tomorrow. 
Jul 2020

205000 mi

US $650
Struts front and rear 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Sep 2014 - Jun 2020
Feb 2017

24000 mi
Front Doors Lock actuator replaced 

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2015 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Toyota Highlander in Oregon, United States
Apr 2015 - Sep 2018
Jan 2018

55000 mi

US $850
Right rear wheel bearing failed. Loud humming noise during driving. Replace under warranty at 55,000 miles. Right rear brake caliper was stuck. Inside pad worn down to ~ 0mm, outside pad still at 6mm 
Toyota Highlander in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2014 - Sep 2017
Dec 2014

7000 mi
After only 5000 miles the center console is showing wear through on the finish. Ours has a tan interior so the wear shows a darker plastic under the paint. Dealer says they'll replace it when it's worse or closer to end of warranty. 
Mar 2015

14000 mi
There was a popping sound heard on harder bumps. Dealer could not replicate it. It may have gone away now that the weather has warmed up. 
Mar 2016

37000 mi
When going over bumps there was a clunk sound. Turned out to be a loose plastic shield. Filled with foam and sound is gone. 
Apr 2017

61000 mi
The Entune navigation and audio system began to occasionally freeze and do a self-restart. Other oddities accompanied these issues as well. They installed an update to fix it. Time will tell if it is, in fact, fixed. 
Toyota Highlander in Alberta, Canada
Oct 2014 - Jun 2018
Sep 2015

19840 mi
The settings for bass and treble would keep resetting to default in a day or two, Toyota updated the software and all is well.  Also had a squeak in the drivers door card, they removed and added a sound deadening kit, this took care if it. 
Toyota Highlander in Arizona, United States
Sep 2015 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

24000 mi
Battery died; replaced under warranty 
Toyota Highlander in Virginia, United States
Apr 2018 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

28500 mi
Replaced driver's seat cushion. 
Toyota Highlander in Quebec, Canada
Nov 2014 - Nov 2019
Nov 2018

34100 mi

C $500
Rear caliper 
Jun 2019

34100 mi

C $300
Front brake (pad and rotors) 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

29450 mi
car engine not turning over 
May 2018

32860 mi
door panel wrinkled discoloured 
Toyota Highlander in Colorado, United States
May 2015 - Jun 2018
May 2018

43000 mi

US $445
Coil Spring replacement 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Oct 2014 - Jun 2018
May 2015

4000 mi
Heater is erratic in behavior temp control takes 30 minutes to stabilize. A/c controls normal Door locks do not always respond to key fob and unlock, rear hatch get stuck in open position requires manual closing (this SUV is not made for manual closing have to overcome the force of the actuator) 
Toyota Highlander in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2015 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

36580 mi
water pump gone 
Jan 2018

41540 mi

C $600
pads and drums for front wheels worn out 
Toyota Highlander in Arkansas, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2016
Nov 2015

12000 mi
The cruise control light on the knob went out. 
Dec 2015

15000 mi
The driver side window makes a squeaking noise when being rolled up. 
Nov 2016

26900 mi
Window strip on driver side began rubbing against the window after being repaired. Would have needed repair again, had I kept the vehicle. 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2016

29000 mi
Noticed water in driver side tail light. Dealer order new part under warranty. Waiting for part to come in. 
Mar 2018

46000 mi
The left tail light was half filled with water. Was worried that it would short out. Dealer said it was out of warranty. I told him it was a common problem with these cars. He laughed and said I would have to pay for the tail light and installation. 
Toyota Highlander in Maryland, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2017
May 2015 AWD system warning light came on and disabled AWD system. Dealer cleared the code, and couldn't reproduce error. They believed when dealership filled up gas, they didn't tighten the cap. 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

10000 mi
Battery needed replacement after just 9000 miles and 23 month's 
Toyota Highlander in Alberta, Canada
May 2015 - Jun 2018
Dec 2015

9300 mi

C $12
Blew two fuses for auxillary plugs, after attempting to run small air compressor. Replaced fuses no other issues. 
Toyota Highlander in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2017 - Sep 2017
Sep 2017

89000 mi

US $3900
crankshaft pulley shattered breaking my serpentine belt, water pump, alternator, and put a hole in my radiator. 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Sep 2014 - Sep 2017
Sep 2017

44000 mi

US $500
Front rotors badly warped 
Toyota Highlander in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2015 - Dec 2019
May 2017

13020 mi

C $175
Car would not start, battery was dead. I call the dealer and did not requirer an appointment drop in the next day after I boosted my car with another battery. They replace it at no charge. 

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2015 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

231-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Dec 2014 - Nov 2017
Nov 2015

13000 mi
Update to Bluetooth connection system. 

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2014 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Oct 2014 - Jun 2018
Apr 2015

7700 mi
Head unit constantly reboots Coin compartment door broke 
Jun 2015

11000 mi
Sunroof kept retracting on closing.would not close, as if obstructed. 
Oct 2015

16200 mi
Rubber boot on sunroof fell off and tore. 
Dec 2015

18000 mi

US $18100
Head unit constantly freezes and reboots. Dealer states nothing can be done until they witness it. 
Feb 2016

22000 mi
Rear hatch electric struts were replaced after originals completely failed. 
Toyota Highlander in Alabama, United States
Apr 2014 - Jun 2018
May 2016

34000 mi
software upgrade 
Toyota Highlander in New Mexico, United States
Feb 2017 - Apr 2017
Feb 2017

11000 mi
Power lift-gate intermittently failed to open. Dealer replaced lift-gate control module and door struts as per service bulletin. 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Apr 2014 - Jun 2018
Feb 2015

9600 mi
Battery had a bad cell and was dead. Could not jump start so had to tow. 
Dec 2015

24000 mi
GPS/Radio Locked up repeatedly and required a hard restart each time. Became more frequent over the last 3 months 
May 2017

48000 mi

US $600
Brake pads were wearing and needed to be replaced as well as the 2 rear rotors. 
Toyota Highlander in Arizona, United States
Mar 2015 - Apr 2017
Jul 2015

16500 mi
AC condensate drain line was installed improperly and was blocked and all AC condensate was collecting under flooring/carpet on the passenger side of the car both front and back seats. All flooring was soaked and smelly & had to be replaced. 
Toyota Highlander in Tennessee, United States
Mar 2016 - Jul 2018
May 2018

92000 mi

US $2000
automatic powergate stopped working 
Toyota Highlander in Virginia, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2017
Jun 2017

35000 mi
Automatic rear lift gate did not function correctly. Sensors, computer, and more components (unknown) had to be replaced 
Toyota Highlander in California, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

54015 mi

US $550
Replace front and rear brake rotors and pads. 

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2014 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Feb 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2015

30000 mi
Bolts that hold the struts to the window on the tailgate were starting to rust and we're repaired under warranty 
Apr 2018

64000 mi
Right door speaker blown 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
Feb 2014 - Jun 2018
Sep 2014

10000 mi
Entune keeps dropping Bluetooth calls. Had to get it updated to newer version @ dealer which included the fix. 
Toyota Highlander in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2014 - Jun 2017
Feb 2015

10000 mi
Radio speaker rattled 
Sep 2015

17000 mi
Rattling stereo speaker, fixed for the 3rd time in 1.5 years. Bad retainer clip. 
Dec 2015

20000 mi
Rattling speaker. This was the fourth time. 
Apr 2016

25500 mi
The radio would freeze ( not accept volume or channel changes) then cut off while driving, followed by a safety screen for the backup camera which would display for about 60 seconds. Afterwards, the radio would return to normal. 
Jan 2017

23500 mi

US $46
PCV cracked. They replaced it with a new one. 
Toyota Highlander in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2014 - Feb 2019
Jan 2016

34780 mi
Headlights replaced due to manufacturing defect. Marks on the inside of both lenses. Faint now but I wasn't sure they wouldn't get worse over time. 
Feb 2016

25160 mi
Roof rail gasket shrunk, dealer replaced roof rail and gasket. 
Jul 2016

29740 mi
Head unit would lock up/reboot and lose all navigation POIs. Started happening weekly, dealer replaced head unit. 
Feb 2017

38440 mi
Rear window struts rusted and were replaced. 
Dec 2018

63240 mi

C $200
I thought the battery was low because it started hard in the morning. Went to have my oil changed and it died in the garage, which was the best possible place to have it fail - considering it was December 31. They changed the battery and I was good to go. 
Toyota Highlander in Florida, United States
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

39000 mi
Oil change, tire rotation 
Toyota Highlander in New York, United States
May 2014 - Dec 2015
Jan 2015 Problem with electric tailgate 
Toyota Highlander in Indiana, United States
Jan 2016 - Mar 2018
Aug 2016

31700 mi

US $48
Touch screen problem, entire radio unit replaced. 
Toyota Highlander in South Carolina, United States
Jun 2015 - Nov 2016
Jan 2016

32800 mi
sun roof drain tube was crimped and had been leaking for awhile into the car under the carpets. All seats and floor carpet removed, mold killed on floor, replaced headliner, carpet and drain tubes. 
Toyota Highlander in Texas, United States
Dec 2014 - Jun 2018
Jul 2015

15500 mi
the car keep rolling back with the parking brake Driving over 60mph rattle and side trim came off. The trim was installed from the factory incorrect and then Toyota installed it incorrect.  
Sep 2015

18000 mi
Toyota decide to take it to a body shop to fix the trim. It got fixed by the body shop four time visit. 
Dec 2015

22000 mi
Bluetooth issues and tire repair 
Jun 2016

29000 mi

US $1
again the side trim came off. second time. also the sunroof trim 
Dec 2016

38000 mi
The trim came apart again. They had to take it to a professional Body & Shop repair place. Still not right. 
Apr 2017

41000 mi
The power lock on rear right door have stop working with the remote and manual door unlock/lock power. I have not taken into repair yet 
May 2017

42154 mi
The NAV would restart on its owned. Also it would blank out and nothing would work. I think this a software or Bluetooth problem. 
Mar 2018

55000 mi

US $1000
Both door actuators would not open. Toyota replace both under my extended warranty that I bought through Toyota. 
Apr 2018

58000 mi
liftgate struts. Update: I have to go back to Toyota to get struts replace because it finally failed and I cant close the liftgate properly. Also the door actuator have failed on three doors. It seem that the designs of the door actuator are known problem when calling the extend warranty. 
Toyota Highlander in Virginia, United States
Nov 2015 - Dec 2016
Nov 2015

23000 mi
Automatic rear hatch brought in to dealer twice for malfunction. After second trip, dealer replaced mechanism. Works better now, but is very slow to open and close. 

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2014 Toyota Highlander 4dr SUV

231-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid CVT AWD

Toyota Highlander in Colorado, United States
Jun 2014 - Jul 2018
Jan 2015

5200 mi
Trunk power liftgate wouldn't close all the way. Replaced actuators 

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