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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,372 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2015 Toyota Highlander body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2015 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 012016


  • 15,000 miles


Intermittent closing problems with automatic rear hatch. More often than not the rear hatch will begin to close but stop about 8 inches from fully closing. The door must then be closed manually which requires effort. This issue happens both inside our garage and outside in numerous locations. It happens when the vehicle is on a level surface as well as an incline.

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

problem #4

Aug 042016


  • 14,600 miles
While driving on a lightly traveled highway, we heard a loud explosion and our sunroof exploded. There were no other cars near by and no overpasses. The temp was 85. The sound was so loud I almost lost control. Fortunately the visor was shut.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #3

Mar 042016


  • 15,000 miles
Vehicle was in motion on a city straight going through a green light when a vehicle traveling the opposite direction attempted to make left-hand turn and struck the front of the Toyota Highlander 2015. Both cars were in motion when the collision occurred. When the Toyota Highlander 2015 was brought to the body shop to be repaired the appraiser indicated that the air bags should have deployed and they needed to be investigated for defects.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 292015


  • 11,562 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Toyota Highlander. While driving approximately 65 mph, the subframe fractured due to the rear bolts on the frame being too tight. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear bolts were not properly installed from the factory associated with the torque. The dealer inspected the subframe and stated that it did not need to be replaced. The dealer replaced the rear hybrid drive motor, rear differential, the entire exhaust system from the motor to the muffler, and the driver side suspension control arm. The contact stated that the subframe needed to be further inspected and replaced. The contact also waited longer than two weeks for the parts to receive the repairs due to the failure. The vehicle was repaired and the contact took the vehicle to another dealer who inspected the frame. The second dealer, a manufacturer's technician, further inspected the vehicle and stated that the subframe was cracked. The technician stated that the contact had the option of receiving a repair of the frame being welded or various parts would need to be removed to replace the subframe, which was an extensive repair. The contact was uncertain of the best course of action to permanently repair the condition. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 11,562. Updated 06/14/16

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #1

Dec 012014

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 700 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that during inclement weather, water leaked inside the vehicle through the molding on the front driver and passenger doors. The contact stated that the molding was not sealed properly to prevent water from leaking in. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where the technician stated that the vehicle was working up to specifications. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 700.....updated 07/22/15 updated 9/21/2015

- Elmhurst, IL, USA

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