2011 Toyota Highlander Limited 4WD First Test — Truck Trend

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One may have predicted to be an unlucky model year for the second-generation Toyota Highlander. a few months prior, Mazda’s CX-9 debuted for the ’07 year, and shortly thereafter won a test against the Acura MDX and GMC Obviously, the Highlander had stiff before it even hit the street. matters worse for Toyota, the got better for ’08, thanks to a powerful 3.7-liter V-6 that the initial 3.5. In our 2008 of the Year contest, both the and CX-9 competed — or less against each as each is a seven-passenger midsizer with the results heavily toward the Mazda. (It was the unanimous of the Golden Calipers.) Unlucky Not exactly.

Looking at sales numbers for and 2009 and through August the Toyota has outsold the Mazda 4 to 1. Some of the discrepancy is attributable to the and hybrid versions of the Highlander the two account for roughly 21 percent of the mix), for which the CX-9 have competitors. But that leaves more than V-6 Highlanders to more than CX-9s. Chalk up the sales to a variety of reasons, including the established nameplate, Toyota’s dealer network, and higher recognition. But let’s not

forget that the Highlander is a capable, and well-built crossover in its own And for 2011 it just got better.

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Mechanically, nothing has changed for the I-4 or V-6 Only the hybrid, which a new 3.5-liter V-6 that supplants the old boasts any hardware updates. however, the V-6 Highlander receives upgrades. Our Limited 4WD tester fresh sheetmetal from the forward and featured such new as projector beam headlamps, rocker panels, and chrome for the beltline, rocker panels, and fascia, all of which give the Toy a trimmer look. The taillamps, are redesigned, as are the 19-inch wheels, wear 245/55 Toyo A20 Country all-season tires.

The refresh continues inside, our tester sported black and floor mats (Toyota got about light-hued carpets too much dirt); revised, faux wood trim; leather-trimmed seats; and a 50/50-split third row that replaces the one-piece unit. Being a our pre-production sample also with a 10-way power seat, 3-zone automatic control, pushbutton start, and steering wheel and shift Options included the top-tier JBL system, power moonroof, and

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