2015 Motorist Choice Award Winner: Toyota Highlander
This year’s winner of the Motorist Choice Awards in the premium mid-size crossover SUV category is Toyota Highlander. Designed to make family life easier, this vehicle wins the favor of people who require comfort, safety, and beauty. Every year vehicles compete for the favor of new car buyers on 50 key attributes. AutoPacific consumer survey data brings together feedback from over 66,000 individuals and combines that information with cost of ownership numbers for more than 2000 model trimlines from IntelliChoice over five-year time period. The results of this research combined with survey responses offer a great way to learn which vehicles speak to the emotional, physical, and financial needs of consumers. Check out all of the 2015 Motorist Choice Award winners here.
2015 Toyota Highlander
The 2014 Toyota Highlander received a complete overhaul and the 2015 model offers the same top-shelf features. With three rows of seating and space for up to eight passengers, this crossover SUV produces the same interior space as its larger competitors while maintaining a compact and easy to maneuver profile. Consumers love luxury integrated standard features like the flip-up rear hatch window, Entune Audio with Bluetooth connectivity, and integrated back up camera.
The 2015 Toyota Highlander V6 is also recipient of the SmartChoice Ownership Costs award in the Full-Size Utility class. This award takes into account seven areas of ownership cost including maintenance, repairs, retained value over five years, fuel, overall operating costs.
It’s hard to beat mileage like 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway with a 4-wheel drive, 8-passenger vehicle. Toyota Highlander does it while keeping in mind style, grace, and practical considerations like legroom. Winning praise for a quiet cabin and a dependable 270-hp engine, the optional gas-electric hybrid system is a popular and transparent option.
Even Highlander’s small details make day-to-day tasks easier. A roomy bin under the center arm rest offers a spacious compartment to store electronics while parked. With the push of a single lever, the second-row bucket seats travel far enough to please any passenger and the third row seats recline. A large shelf below the dash offers extra storage and a convenient pass-through for cables to keep cords organized.