2016 Toyota Highlander XLE – Best SUV for Teens

We don’t have any teen drivers just yet, but as far as passengers go, this was ranked the best SUV for teens in our house–or driveway? The 2016 Toyota Highlander XLE has features to please just about any age but kids and I agree. This is one sweet ride. I was able to use this vehicle for a week to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

2016 Toyota Highlander XLE - Best SUV for Teens

2016 Toyota Highlander XLE

Because kids are kids, their first reaction was “it looks cool.” Which, let’s face it, no matter how old you are, this is an important characteristic when deciding how you want to spend that chunk of your monthly income. The 2016 Toyota Highlander XLE doesn’t just look sharp; it’s sexy, tough, safe, and loaded with luxury features.

First, I’m going to point out all my favorites and then I’ll get to the kids’.

Favorite features of the 2016 Toyota Highlander XLE - Best SUV for Teens

A. Large screen for all your maps, media, and reverse camera viewing. It’s super easy to find what you’re looking for and within easy reach without being right up in your face.

B. I LOVE having knobs for climate control. I don’t like when these options are only available within the touchscreen because it can be distracting while driving to find these options when you just want to throw on the defrosters.

C. This is the first dash I’ve seen with this sleek storage slot. It’s the perfect slot for your phone, sunglasses and whatever else you may need within reach. Plus, it looks neat.

D. Here are all the buttons for hauling, 4-wheel drive, traction, and all those other awesome engine/drivetrain features that a mom like me doesn’t use too often. But I love knowing they’re there.

E. If you’ve read any of my other car reviews, you know I’m obsessed with cup holders. This beautiful chariot is equipped with 14. FOURTEEN?! That’s freaking outstanding. No one shall spill one tiny drop because every liquid has a home.

More favorite features of the 2016 Toyota Highlander XLE - Best SUV for Teens

F. Sunroof. Need I say more? There’s seriously nothing better on a warm, spring day than having the sun and warm air sweeping across your head.

G. This enormous center console has room for a ton of cargo. I even stuck my entire purse in there–which is saying a lot. It’s also where the headsets and remote live for the DVD entertainment system in the back.

H. Heated seats. Who on earth can live without these?! Even if you’re in a hot climate, when I have cramps or just aches and pains because aging sucks, the best feeling is putting on the AC and heating my sore back.

I. The seat adjustments are not just electric, but you can make your seat a custom throne. I pumped up that lumbar support like no one’s business! AWESOME!

Best SUV for Teens

As you can see, the driver is spoiled rotten up front, but the passengers in back certainly aren’t suffering. Sun in your eyes? Oh, don’t fret, just pull up the pocket screen on the window to shield your eyes. Want to have a milkshake and a bottle of water? No worries, you’ve got 2 cup holders to your side and one still in the door.

2016 Toyota Highlander XLE - Best SUV for Teens

Can’t bear to look out the window any longer? Throw in your favorite movie and relax. Mom or dad can still listen to their favorite tunes while you wear your headphones.

Backseats of the 2016 Toyota Highlander XLE - Best SUV for Teens

Seriously, the teenagers are spoiled rotten with this vehicle! Kids of all ages would agree, but mine are all old and vocal about their opinions. They piped up about how much they love this 2016 Toyota Highlander XLE.

2016 Toyota Highlander XLE - Best SUV for Teens


I love that there is still plenty of space in the trunk area for groceries when you’ve got all the seats full of humans. But when you’re not entertaining a hoard of teenagers, you can easily fold down the 3rd row (and the 2nd if needed) for plenty of room to haul stuff.

Fold-down 3rd row seating in the 2016 Toyota Highlander XLE - Best SUV for Teens

While this isn’t in our budget for a first car, I’d be happy letting my kids drive it (when they’re old enough, obviously) because it’s got great safety ratings and features. So, it’s a great family car to have and then possibly hand down to the teens when they’re ready.

What do you like best about the 2016 Toyota Highlander XLE? Do you think it’s the best SUV for teens?

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  1. Looks like a great family vehicle. I guess if the teen is being chauffeured it sure is a great ride but if the teen is driving it’s a lot of car. But maybe that’s a good thing? I don’t have children and I am far removed from my teen years. heh

    1. I like it so that they are big on the road and easily seen. 🙂 Plus, that’s lots of room for all the grocery runs I plan on delegating! 😀

  2. I dont know about teens, but I wouldnt mind this vehicle. I honestly dont know anyone who could afford to give a teen something like this brand new, but to each their own if they want to go into debt. I love all of the features. I would feel like a queen, this beats my Ford Ranger all to pieces.

  3. Looks like a great SUV for teens and ME 🙂 I love it. I am thankful for the way you labeled the different areas you were talking about, it was nice to better understand where things were located.

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