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Toyota Highlander



By Katrina Ramser

San Francisco

The Auto Channel

INTRO TO THE VEHICLE I believe this SUV remains a popular choice for seeking a 3-row ride for one reason: Evergreen style. the 2011 model sees revised exterior styling, new user technology and a stronger V6 for the Hybrid version, the Highlander has possessed a stable presence and yielded its shape to keep up trendy looks.

I drove a Toyota Highlander Limited the 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine a 5-speed automatic transmission, 4WD and independent suspension. Available in trims – Base, SE, Limited and – my Limited came standard 19-inch alloy wheels, liftgate (with separate glass hatch), leather with wood trim, front seats, 10-way seating for driver, 3-zone control, multi-info display and screen, and second-row seats fold over in one touch. packages included: a $2,650 touch-screen navigation system an upgraded 9-speaker audio and Bluetooth capabilities; a $220 package; and a $315 cargo/carpet Total vehicle price to $39,600.

If 19-MPG gas mileage is what you out about owning an SUV like the take note Toyota now the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine the base model to the SE trim (in 2WD so consumers can get 20-city/25-highway driving Of course there is always the option, which garners but costs a pretty penny at a price of $37,490.


Stylish But Comfortable Results: The new for SE and Limited (and optional for features a USB port, integrated XM Radio and Bluetooth. The Base gets an optional new Leather that includes leather-trimmed seats with front heaters, leather-trimmed steering and shift knob and power (makes you wonder what the of a Base is if you can dress it up to be as nice as the trim up). I actually was a overwhelmed at how small I felt in the seat, which was an unexpected I had preconceived notions I would in love with the fit of this and it just didn’t happen. row is cramped and a bit difficult to get to – best for

Toyota Highlander

Reliability Safety Factor: The model made the Top Safety with The Insurance Institute for Safety (IIHS) for having ratings of “Good” in all areas. In since 2008 the Highlander has extremely well with the The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) gives the model 4-stars in frontal and crashes and 5-stars in side

Cost Issues: The Highlander is one of the higher-priced 3-row SUVs on the (omitting luxury brands, of Even if you go with the Hybrid at $37,490, you’re still to come up short: After years of ownership, despite you are saving on gas, you still be in the red with the car because of the price

Activity Performance Ability: The is smooth and effortless under the V6 those 19-inch wheels on my trim really create a feel. Acceleration is instant zero hesitation (I doubt that live in a mountainous would sense the same under the 4-cylinder). If you are curious the Hybrid, a new and more powerful V6 replaces the previous 3.3-liter V6. The 4WD under the Hybrid generates power with a separate motor (MGR) that additional drive torque on

The Green Concern: Don’t let the 19-MPG dissuade you. The 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine an EPA average of 25-highway MPG. And able to select a Hybrid despite its near-$40k cost of is also a nice alternative. The version delivers 28-MPG is excellent for a 3-row SUV.


The 2011 Highlander remains a popular and 3-row SUV if you go with the Hybrid or option. But at around $40k for a loaded Highlander with you might want to check out the competition offers for a comparable – but which can end up saving you about

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