For 2011, Highlander includes a number of changes. All 2011 Highlander designs obtain a fresh look with a brand-new hood, fenders, grille as well as front fascia, plus fine-tuned taillamps. The Crossbreed has its very own grille. Highlander versions come much better furnished for 2011, though rates have actually risen, likewise. Standard on all 2011 Toyota versions is Smart Stop Technology, which immediately reduces engine power when the brake and accelerator pedals are applied all at once under certain driving problems. 2011 Highlander SE and Limited models include Bluetooth, XM Satellite Radio, as well as a USB port, and also a rearview camera is readily available for base versions.
Toyota Highlander 2011
Highlander has a choice of powerplants. The base 2.7-liter four-cylinder makes 187 horse power and also 186 pound-feet of torque, and supplies EPA gas economic situation rankings of 20/25 mpg City/Highway. It's matched with a 6-speed electronically controlled automated overdrive transmission, and also is readily available only with two-wheel drive.
The 3.5-liter V6 is exceptionally smooth and supplies 270 horse power as well as 248 pound-feet of torque. Likewise smooth is its 5-speed transmission, which downshifts seamlessly to provide ample strike for passing. Front-wheel-drive Highlanders with the 3.5-liter V6 are EPA-rated at 18/24 mpg City/Highway; Highlander AWD all-wheel drive models are rated a little reduced at 17/22 mpg, which is about just what we entered the AWD V6 we drove, including a 300-mile freeway run.
The 2011 Highlander Crossbreed makes a big advance with more power and far better gas mileage, together with an upgraded audio and also innovation plan. The gas/electric powertrain makes use of 3 electric motors and a digitally controlled continually variable transmission (ECVT). For 2011, its gas engine expands from 3.3 litres to 3.5 liters, boosting total horse power from 270 to 280 hp, while its EPA-rated gas mileage enhances to 28 City and 28 Freeway from 27/25 mpg. We located it hard to achieve that during our winter season examination drive utilizing power accessories full blast.
The Highlander is a crossover SUV, indicating it's developed more like a vehicle than a truck, while really feeling nice as well as huge like a vehicle SUV. It's based on the platform of the Toyota Camry midsize sedan.
Highlander uses a peaceful cabin as well as a comfortable flight, while being a pleasant method to carry a group of people, with charitable room for travelers and also cargo. A versatile cabin adds to its good looks as a household lorry. The second row could slide forward and back, as well as the third-row seat benefits kids and efficient in lugging grownups. Getting in and also out of the very first two rows is simple, as well as Toyota offers both a walk-through and also a fold-and-slide-forward second-row seat to alleviate accessibility to the third row.
The 2011 Toyota Highlander provides a selection of 3 powertrains, 3 trim levels as well as front or four-wheel drive. The base Highlander comes with the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine ($ 27,390) or a 3.5-liter V6 ($ 28,545). Highlander SE features either the four-cylinder ($ 31,995) or 3.5-liter V6 ($ 33,150). Highlander Limited ($ 34,895) comes standard with the V6. All these designs are front-wheel drive.
The all-wheel-drive models all have the 3.5-liter V6, and are offered in base ($ 29,995), SE ($ 34,600), as well as Restricted ($ 36,345) trim. Highlander Crossbreed models come typical with all-wheel drive and also are offered in base ($ 37,290) as well as Restricted ($ 42,945) trim only.
Highlander comes standard with cloth furniture; 40/20/40 second-row seat with a removable center area that can be stored under the first-row facility console; 50/50 third-row seatsing with climate control; AM/FM/CD with six audio speakers and MP3/WMA playback; air conditioning, power home windows, door locks, folding mirrors as well as remote keyless entry; cruise ship control; variable recurring wipers front and rear; rear defogger; back looter; tilt/telescope steering wheel; two front as well as one cargo-area 12-volt power electrical outlets; and also 245/65R17 tires on alloy wheels.
Hybrid designs come with keyless entrance and beginning, and a 3.5-inch multifunction display screen that includes a back backup electronic camera, a clock, tire-pressure display, air conditioning readout, and also outside temperature and also journey computer details, along with all the hybrid-related functions.
Highlander SE adds leather seats with warmth for the front row, tri-zone automated environment control, power tilt/slide moonroof, 6CD changer, Homelink universal transceiver, heated up outside mirrors, daytime running lights, and also a tow package.
Highlander Limited versions upgrade with a 10-way power motorist's seat, four-way power front guest's seat, Smart Entry, haze lights, a multi-function display screen, leather-wrapped wheel with sound and display controls, lighted vanity mirrors, visor extenders, second-row reading lights, opening up glass in the rear hatch, a rear tonneau cover, as well as a bar in the freight area to fold the second-row seats. The Minimal versions are identified with even more chrome as well as bright trim compared to other designs, and strong 19-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels using 245/55R19 tires. Hybrid Limited models include the exact same attributes as the Limited.
Choices consist of a power tilt/slide moonroof, a multi-information display, power-adjustable vehicle driver's seat, rear a/c, tow package, winter package consisting of a windshield-wiper de-icer grid and also heated outdoors mirrors, and also power liftgate. Higher-level designs use a JBL audio system with 9 audio speakers and also a Bluetooth hands-free cellular phone web link, with or without navigating ($ 2,625), and also rear DVD home entertainment ($ 1,780).
Safety attributes on all versions include double front air bags, front side-impact airbags for thorax defense, head-protecting curtain side air bags that cover all three sitting rows, a chauffeur's knee airbag, energetic front headrests, tire-pressure screen, antilock brakes, grip control, antiskid control, as well as hill-start help. Downhill assist control is common on AWD models.
The Toyota Highlander remains in the heart of the midsize crossover SUV market, as well as is about the same dimension as the Honda Pilot. Highlander's 95.4 cubic feet of cargo room is greater than just about a handful of rivals in the preferred midsize class.
The Highlander fits in the center of Toyota's four-pronged midsize SUV schedule. It showcases softer designing compared to the 4Runner midsize SUV and also the retro-styled FJ Cruiser. Truck-based systems, tough suspensions and also low-range transfer cases make 4Runner and FJ Cruiser highly qualified off roadway. The Highlander is based upon the exact same architecture as that of the Camry as well as Avalon cars. Highlander's all-wheel-drive systems are made for taming slippery pavement and icy problems, except climbing up rocks and also passing through harsh terrain. Likewise, the Toyota Venza is a mid-size vehicle that further obscures the line between wagon and also SUV. Likewise based on the Camry platform, the Venza is much more carlike than the Highlander.
The style of the Highlander is clean, and also highlighted on each side by a character line that leads into pronounced wheel arches. The look is a lot more SUV compared to station wagon, and also the available 19-inch alloy wheels add to the muscular stance.
For 2011, all Highlander models obtain a fresh look, with a brand-new hood, fenders and front fascia with foglamps. The Crossbreed has its own grille, which looks extra like an Acura (circa 2008) than the regular Highlander grille, which looks a lot more like a Subaru Tribeca. Both are plastic, as they almost all are nowadays, yet the Highlander grilles are plainly so. The foglamps on the V6 have strange silver brows that appear turned around, as they take a trip towards the facility of the auto. Makes you want to switch the lights from left to right.
The Highlander has a quality, high end cabin. The seating position is means up high, as well as forward visibility outstanding, without any shedding the edges of the cars and truck. The seats fit on three-hour journeys, but they're rather flat as well as might make use of a lot more body shape.
Fit and coating are exceptional and also the style is eye-catching. There are extra hard plastic finishes compared to in a Lexus, however those plastics are well grained and constructed with care.
The second controls are easy to spot, and also they move with precision. A 3.5-inch multi-function display at leading center on the dashboard shows the journey computer system and also climate control details; it's optional on the base design and also requirement on all others. This very same display presents the image from the back back-up cam whenever you move into reverse. It's the smallest rearview cam screen we've ever before seen, besides those tiny ones in the rearview mirror. We viewed it thoroughly as we backed towards a chainlink fencing around a driveway one dark night, and if we had not quit as well as examined our shoulder to verify, we would certainly have backed right into the fencing despite the rearview electronic camera.
With the optional navigating system, the camera is projected into the bigger navigation display, making the image a lot easier to see. This is a correct rearview camera. This screen also presents some of the audio controls, including an additional step or two when altering stations, and also adding disturbance. The voice navigation screwed up big time, when we utilized it. It misdirected us past an easy highway interchange we understood by heart. As well as it repetitively and annoyingly disturbed our radio listening, to warn of traffic hold-ups ahead that really did not exist. Overall, nonetheless, the Toyota navigation system works much better compared to a lot of.
Hybrid designs have some exclusive interior touches. The determines are trimmed in a calming blue instead of raspy red, and a power meter changes the tachometer. Displayed either on the little multifunction screen or the navigating display are Intake and also Power Screen information. The Consumption display displays fuel economic climate in real time and also five-minute increments, and the Power Monitor display employs a schematic to show when the gas engine as well as electrical motors are in use. It might be fun to view these screens, however be careful due to the fact that they could sidetrack attention from the road.
The Highlander's elevated ride height and upright seats placement provide it that desirable SUV quality but with easier step-in than older, truck-based SUVs.
The front seats fit, as well as exposure is good to all edges. Head and also leg room are generous in the very first and 2nd rows.
The second-row captain's chairs fit, and the Highlander has a handy removable center seat that can be changed by a center console. The area in between the second-row seats can additionally be exposed to give a walkthrough to the typical third row. Either the center console or the center seat can be stowed below the front seat facility console.
Third-row seating is helped by second-row seats that could slide ahead. Adults can fit, but the seat cushion is set low, so it's still not optimal for long journeys. Accessibility to the third row is easy from the traveler's side, as the 2nd row captain's chair turns and slides ahead in one movement. The vehicle driver's side chair folds up flat, but doesn't move forward far sufficient to permit travelers to go through.
For cargo room, the second- and third-row seats fold up level to open a really useful 95.4 cubic feet. Tethers as well as levers are provided in the cargo location to make folding and unraveling the seats a wind. The readily available different opening back glass is a wonderful comfort, as well as the lots elevation is reduced for an SUV, making it easier to pack groceries, duffle bags, and also various other freight. Cup holders are plentiful, with 10 mug owners scattered throughout the cabin, with bottle holders in the doors. There's a lot of storage for small products.
The Toyota Highlander is an enjoyable vehicle to drive. A lot of noteworthy is the trip top quality, which is lavish or soft, relying on your viewpoint. Despite the available 19-inch wheels, the suspension smoothes just about the most jarring bumps. There is a bit of undesirable float on highways as well as on winding roads, however, as well as some folks discover it too soft. Hybrids have a little more roadway feeling, but are still quite comfy, making them a much better choice for those that discover the conventional suspension also soft.
The suspension emphasizes a soft trip over taut handling. All versions lean when cornering and also braking. Guiding feel is light, yet the response is somewhat slow. We would not describe the Highlander as nimble. The Nissan Murano provides better handling. Traction control and also electronic security control come requirement on the Highlander.
The 3.5-liter V6 moves the Highlander front-wheel-drive models from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7.6 seconds, 7.8 secs with all-wheel drive. A hand-operated change entrance enables selecting the gear you desire. From inside the cabin, the V6 could hardly be heard, giving off only a fine-tuned grumble under difficult acceleration. In all versions, wind sound is well-checked, and also the only noteworthy interior sound is some tire hum on harsh pavement.
The all-wheel-drive system in the gas versions provides a full-time 50/50 front/rear torque split. In Hybrid versions, the AWD system is front-drive biased, but when it spots slippage, the rear-mounted electric motor could start to deliver up to 25 percent of the available power to the rear wheels. Both systems will help you obtain the kids to college on snowy days, and we did just that.
We checked a Highlander in the Pacific Northwest in the middle of the wintertime. We drove around for 2 days on icy roadways with our Crossbreed, and also it executed wonderfully, both to provide grip and also to quit the vehicle safely. We took on steep icy hills and also the all-wheel-drive did its thing to maintain moving the automobile ahead without visible sliding. We charged down those icy hillsides as well as floored the brake pedal, and the ABS stopped the Highlander as rapidly as possible. We checked the guiding during ABS stopping by making S turns while it was moving on the ice. The Highlander's control was ideal.
It was fitted with Toyo A20 Open Country HT tires, P245/55R19, not also the Open Country snow tire. They featured the $1020 choice for the handsome 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels. We advise wintertime tires for the very best traction on snow.
We additionally hung it out in icy curves (at relatively slow speeds), and the security control maintained the Highlander true to its desired path. Just what a remarkable sensation of security on those icy roads: whether speeding up uphill, tough stopping, or around curves, the Highlander covered us.
We likewise drove a V6 Highlander Limited, on the very same icy roads a couple of days later on, as well as it also took whatever in stride. It made use of similar 19-inch Bridgestone tires, the Dueler H/L brand name, not the winter season Blizzak tires. The anti-lock brakes in the Minimal were rougher than on the Crossbreed, with even more sound and also pedal vibration. At one factor moving down a high icy hillside at 3-4 miles per hour, ABDOMINAL totally engaged, we attempted to steer far from the snow-covered ditch at the side of the road, but the front wheels continued to slide as well as not guide; apparently there is a limitation, when they say you could guide with ABDOMINAL engaged. So we touched the DAC switch by the change lever, and also Downhill Assist Control began. It's conventional tools on AWD models. We totally took our feet off the pedals, the guiding in the front wheels came back, and we maintained that risk-free crawl to the bottom of the icy hillside. Look Ma, no feet.
Mentioning ice, it covers the rearview cam lens.
The Hybrid powertrain, called Hybrid Harmony Drive, companions a 3.5-liter V6 with three electric motors for a total of 280 horsepower, up 10 horse power from last year. The powertrain is a little rougher than the typical V6 yet is still fairly improved. The transmission is a constantly variable automated that regularly adjusts gearing proportions instead of altering equipments.
Like all crossbreeds, when you initially turn the key, absolutely nothing seems to happen. But it prepares and operational. The gas engine simply does not begin up until it's needed. Nevertheless for us it was needed virtually at all times. We drove our Hybrid around community in cold weather for a week, as well as the gas engine was had to power the accessories. Quit at a redlight, at the drive-through home window at the bank, anywhere: the gas engine kept running. We balanced 18.2 miles each gallon for that week, hardly ever reaching 35 mph. If the EPA gets 28 mpg in the city, their city should include a lot of 25-mph zones without any traffic lights.
Under the appropriate problems (full battery charge, warm day, not using warmth or a/c), you can push the EV switch as well as drive the Crossbreed as much as 2 miles at less than 25 mph on electrical power only. For example, trying to find a garage at the mall. The Highlander Hybrid is the initial Toyota crossbreed to supply an EV button in the United States. We recommend utilizing it around town, more than we evidently must have.
The constantly variable transmission feels all-natural. It has a common drive mode, which allows the Hybrid to freewheel down hillsides, in addition to a B mode, which uses much more engine compression to reduce the car when the driver's foot is off the throttle, while charging the battery pack extra aggressively.
The Toyota Highlander provides generous area for individuals and also freight, a choice of powertrains, ample performance as well as respectable fuel gas mileage. The V6 engine with 5-speed transmission is incredibly smooth, as well as with fuel mileage virtually like the four-cylinder at a price only $1150 even more, it's good worth. The Hybrid design supplies a proven powertrain with raised fuel mileage and reduced discharges. With Toyota's reputation for integrity and resale worth, the Highlander makes good sense for active households.