2011 toyota Highlander

2011 Toyota Highlander - The Toyota Highlander is a midsize SUV that's smooth and also quiet underway, with a versatile cabin that seats seven.

For 2011, Highlander features a variety of modifications. All 2011 Highlander designs obtain a fresh look with a brand-new hood, fenders, grille as well as front fascia, plus tweaked taillamps. The Crossbreed has its own grille. Highlander versions come better furnished for 2011, though rates have actually gone up, also. Criterion on all 2011 Toyota models is Smart Quit Technology, which instantly decreases engine power when the brake and also accelerator pedals are applied all at once under specific driving conditions. 2011 Highlander SE as well as Limited versions include Bluetooth, XM Satellite Radio, as well as a USB port, and also a rearview electronic camera is available for base models.

2011 Toyota Highlander

Highlander comes with a choice of powerplants. The base 2.7-liter four-cylinder makes 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, and also delivers EPA fuel economy rankings of 20/25 mpg City/Highway. It's matched with a 6-speed online managed automated overdrive transmission, and is offered just with two-wheel drive.

The 3.5-liter V6 is exceptionally smooth and also supplies 270 horsepower as well as 248 pound-feet of torque. Likewise smooth is its 5-speed automatic transmission, which downshifts effortlessly to provide sufficient punch 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 designs are rated somewhat reduced at 17/22 mpg, which has to do with what we got in the AWD V6 we drove, including a 300-mile highway run.

The 2011 Highlander Crossbreed makes a big development with even more power as well as much better fuel mileage, in addition to an upgraded audio as well as technology plan. The gas/electric powertrain makes use of 3 electric motors and also an electronically controlled continually variable transmission (ECVT). For 2011, its gasoline engine grows from 3.3 liters to 3.5 liters, enhancing total horsepower from 270 to 280 hp, while its EPA-rated gas mileage enhances to 28 City and also 28 Freeway from 27/25 mpg. We discovered it hard to attain that throughout our winter test drive making use of power accessories full blast.

The Highlander is a crossover SUV, meaning it's built more like an auto compared to a truck, while feeling good and large like a vehicle SUV. It's based on the system of the Toyota Camry midsize car.

Highlander offers a silent cabin and also a comfy flight, while being an enjoyable means to bring a group of individuals, with generous room for passengers and freight. A versatile cabin contributes to its appearance as a family members vehicle. The 2nd row can slide forward and back, and the third-row seat benefits youngsters as well as with the ability of carrying adults. Getting in and also from the very first two rows is simple, and Toyota gives both a walk-through and also a fold-and-slide-forward second-row seat to alleviate access to the third row.

Version Lineup

The 2011 Toyota Highlander provides a selection of three powertrains, three trim levels and also front or all-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 has either the four-cylinder ($ 31,995) or 3.5-liter V6 ($ 33,150). Highlander Limited ($ 34,895) comes standard with the V6. Every one of these models are front-wheel drive.

The all-wheel-drive versions all have the 3.5-liter V6, as well as are available in base ($ 29,995), SE ($ 34,600), as well as Restricted ($ 36,345) trim. Highlander Hybrid designs come typical with all-wheel drive and also are available in base ($ 37,290) and Limited ($ 42,945) trim only.

Highlander comes standard with fabric upholstery; 40/20/40 second-row seat with a detachable center section that can be stored under the first-row center console; 50/50 third-row sitting with environment control; AM/FM/CD with six audio speakers and also MP3/WMA playback; a/c, power home windows, door locks, folding mirrors as well as remote keyless entry; cruise ship control; variable periodic wipers front as well as back; rear defogger; back looter; tilt/telescope guiding wheel; two front as well as one cargo-area 12-volt power electrical outlets; and also 245/65R17 tires on alloy wheels.

Hybrid designs feature keyless access and also beginning, and a 3.5-inch multifunction display screen that consists of a rear backup video camera, a clock, tire-pressure display, air conditioning readout, and also outside temperature and trip computer details, along with all the hybrid-related features.

Highlander SE adds natural leather seats with warmth for the front row, tri-zone automatic environment control, power tilt/slide moonroof, 6CD changer, Homelink universal transceiver, heated outside mirrors, daytime running lights, and a tow bundle.

Highlander Limited versions upgrade with a 10-way power driver's seat, four-way power front guest's seat, Smart Entrance, fog lamps, a multi-function display screen, leather-wrapped wheel with audio and also screen controls, lighted vanity mirrors, visor extenders, second-row reading lights, opening glass in the rear hatch, a rear tonneau cover, as well as a bar in the cargo area to fold the second-row seats. The Limited versions are identified with even more chrome as well as bright trim compared to various other models, as well as vibrant 19-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels using 245/55R19 tires. Hybrid Limited versions feature the exact same functions as the Limited.

Alternatives include a power tilt/slide moonroof, a multi-information display, power-adjustable motorist's seat, back cooling, tow bundle, cold weather bundle containing a windshield-wiper de-icer grid and also heated outside mirrors, and also power liftgate. Higher-level designs supply a JBL stereo with 9 speakers and a Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone web link, with or without navigating ($ 2,625), and also back DVD enjoyment ($ 1,780).

Safety and security functions on all models consist of twin front air bags, front side-impact airbags for thorax security, head-protecting curtain side airbags that cover all three sitting rows, a motorist's knee airbag, active front headrests, tire-pressure screen, anti-skid brakes, grip control, antiskid control, as well as hill-start assist. Downhill assist control is basic on AWD models.


The Toyota Highlander is in the heart of the midsize crossover SUV market, as well as has to do with the exact same dimension as the Honda Pilot. Highlander's 95.4 cubic feet of cargo space is greater than almost a handful of competitors in the popular midsize course.

The Highlander fits in the center of Toyota's four-pronged midsize SUV lineup. It includes softer styling compared to the 4Runner midsize SUV as well as the retro-styled FJ Cruiser. Truck-based systems, tough suspensions as well as low-range transfer instances make 4Runner as well as FJ Cruiser highly qualified off roadway. The Highlander is based upon the very same architecture as that of the Camry and also Avalon sedans. Highlander's all-wheel-drive systems are created for subjugating slippery sidewalk and icy problems, except climbing up rocks as well as going across rough terrain. Likewise, the Toyota Venza is a mid-size lorry that even more blurs the line in between wagon and also SUV. Additionally based on the Camry platform, the Venza is much more carlike compared to the Highlander.

The style of the Highlander is tidy, and also accented on each side by a character line that introduces noticable wheel arches. The look is more SUV than station wagon, and also the offered 19-inch alloy wheels contribute to the muscular stance.

For 2011, all Highlander designs obtain a fresh look, with a new hood, fenders and front fascia with foglamps. The Crossbreed has its own grille, which looks extra like an Acura (circa 2008) compared to the regular Highlander grille, which looks extra like a Subaru Tribeca. Both are plastic, as they mostly all are nowadays, but the Highlander grilles are clearly so. The foglamps on the V6 have weird silver eyebrows that appear turned around, as they travel toward the center of the vehicle. Makes you want to exchange the lights from delegated right.

Inside Qualities

The Highlander has a quality, high end cabin. The seating placement is means up high, as well as forward exposure excellent, with no losing the corners of the automobile. The seats fit on three-hour trips, but they're quite level and could use much more body contour.

Fit as well as surface are superb and also the style is attractive. There are a lot more tough plastic finishes than in a Lexus, however those plastics are well grained and assembled with care.

The secondary controls are easy to detect, and they relocate with precision. A 3.5-inch multi-function display at leading fixate the dashboard shows the trip computer and also environment control details; it's optional on the base version as well as requirement on all others. This very same display presents the photo from the rear backup electronic camera whenever you move into opposite. It's the tiniest rearview electronic camera display we've ever seen, except for those little ones in the rearview mirror. We watched it meticulously as we backed toward a chainlink fencing around a driveway one dark night, as well as if we had not stopped and also examined our shoulder to confirm, we would certainly have backed into the fence despite the rearview cam.

With the optional navigating system, the electronic camera is predicted into the bigger navigation display, making the photo a lot easier to see. This is an appropriate rearview electronic camera. This screen additionally presents several of the audio controls, adding an extra step or more when altering stations, and also adding distraction. The voice navigating ruined majorly, when we utilized it. It illinformed us past a very easy freeway interchange we understood by heart. And also it continuously as well as annoyingly disrupted our radio listening, to warn of web traffic hold-ups in advance that didn't exist. Overall, nonetheless, the Toyota navigating system works better than many.

Hybrid designs have some exclusive indoor touches. The assesses are cut in a comforting blue as opposed to scratchy red, as well as a power meter replaces the tachometer. Presented either on the small multifunction screen or the navigating screen are Intake as well as Energy Monitor details. The Usage display shows fuel economic situation in real time as well as five-minute increments, as well as the Energy Display screen utilizes a schematic to show when the gas engine and electrical motors are in use. It might be fun to view these displays, however beware since they could sidetrack attention from the road.

The Highlander's elevated trip elevation as well as upright seating position offer it that preferable SUV characteristic but with much easier step-in than older, truck-based SUVs.

The front seats are comfortable, and also visibility readies to all corners. Head as well as leg room are generous in the very first as well as second rows.

The second-row captain's chairs fit, and also the Highlander has a convenient detachable facility seat that can be changed by a facility console. The location in between the second-row seats can additionally be left open to supply a walkthrough to the conventional third row. Either the facility console or the center seat can be stowed below the front seat center console.

Third-row seats is helped by second-row seats that can glide onward. Grownups can fit, but the seat padding is established reduced, so it's still not excellent for long journeys. Access to the 3rd row is easy from the traveler's side, as the 2nd row captain's chair turns as well as glides onward in one movement. The driver's side chair folds up level, however does not slide onward far enough to enable passengers to walk through.

For freight area, the second- as well as third-row seats fold flat to open up a very valuable 95.4 cubic feet. Tethers and also levers are supplied in the cargo location making folding and also unfolding the seats a wind. The readily available different opening rear glass is a nice convenience, and the lots height is low for an SUV, making it less complicated to pack groceries, duffle bags, and also various other freight. Cup owners are plentiful, with 10 mug owners spread throughout the cabin, with bottle holders in the doors. There's a lot of storage space for tiny things.

Driving Perceptions

The Toyota Highlander is an enjoyable vehicle to drive. Many noteworthy is the trip top quality, which is glamorous or soft, depending on your perspective. Despite the readily available 19-inch wheels, the suspension smoothes all but the most rough bumps. There is a little bit of unwanted float on freeways as well as on winding roadways, though, as well as some folks locate it also soft. Hybrids have slightly extra road feeling, but are still quite comfortable, making them a much better option for those that discover the standard suspension too soft.

The suspension stresses a soft trip over tight handling. All versions lean when cornering as well as stopping. Guiding feel is light, but the action is rather slow. We would not explain the Highlander as nimble. The Nissan Murano provides much better handling. Grip control and digital stability control come requirement on the Highlander.

The 3.5-liter V6 drives the Highlander front-wheel-drive models from 0 to 60 mph in 7.6 secs, 7.8 seconds with four-wheel drive. A hand-operated change gateway allows choosing the equipment you desire. From inside the cabin, the V6 can hardly be listened to, giving off only a fine-tuned growl under hard velocity. In all models, wind noise is well-checked, and the only noteworthy interior noise is some tire hum on harsh pavement.

The all-wheel-drive system in the gas models provides a full time 50/50 front/rear torque split. In Crossbreed versions, the AWD system is front-drive biased, but when it detects slippage, the rear-mounted electric motor can kick in to deliver up to 25 percent of the readily available power to the rear wheels. Both systems will assist you obtain the kids to institution on snowy days, and we did simply that.

We checked a Highlander in the Pacific Northwest in the middle of the winter season. We drove around for 2 days on icy roadways with our Crossbreed, and also it executed brilliantly, both to supply grip as well as to stop the car securely. We tackled high icy hills and the all-wheel-drive did its thing to maintain moving the vehicle onward without obvious slipping. We charged down those icy hills and knocked down the brake pedal, and the ABS stopped the Highlander as promptly as feasible. We tested the guiding during ABDOMINAL MUSCLE braking by making S transforms while it was sliding on the ice. The Highlander's control was perfect.

It was fitted with Toyo A20 Open Country HT tires, P245/55R19, not even the Open Country snow tire. They featured the $1020 alternative for the handsome 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels. We suggest wintertime tires for the very best grip on snow.

We also hung it out in icy contours (at relatively slow-moving rates), as well as the stability control maintained the Highlander real to its designated path. Just what a remarkable feeling of safety on those icy roadways: whether accelerating uphill, hard stopping, or around contours, the Highlander covered us.

We likewise drove a V6 Highlander Limited, on the same icy roadways a few days later on, as well as it too took every little thing in stride. It utilized comparable 19-inch Bridgestone tires, the Dueler H/L brand, not the winter season Blizzak tires. The anti-lock brakes in the Limited were rougher compared to on the Hybrid, with even more sound and also pedal vibration. At one point gliding down a steep icy hill at 3-4 miles per hour, ABDOMINAL totally involved, we attempted to guide away from the snow-covered ditch at the side of the roadway, but the front wheels remained to move and not guide; apparently there is a restriction, when they claim you can guide with ABS engaged. So we touched the DAC button by the change lever, as well as Downhill Help Control started. It's common devices on AWD designs. We entirely took our feet off the pedals, the steering in the front wheels came back, and also we preserved that safe crawl to the bottom of the icy hill. Look Ma, no feet.

Speaking of ice, it obscures the rearview camera lens.

The Crossbreed powertrain, called Crossbreed Synergy Drive, companions a 3.5-liter V6 with three electric motors for an overall of 280 horsepower, up 10 horsepower from in 2015. The powertrain is a little rougher than the conventional V6 however is still fairly refined. The transmission is a continually variable automatic that frequently adjusts gearing ratios instead of transforming equipments.

Like all crossbreeds, when you first turn the key, absolutely nothing appears to happen. Yet it is ready and also functional. The gas engine simply doesn't start till it's needed. Nevertheless for us it was required basically regularly. We drove our Hybrid around community in cold weather for a week, as well as the gas engine was should power the accessories. Quit at a redlight, at the drive-through window at the bank, anywhere: the gas engine maintained running. We balanced 18.2 miles per gallon for that week, hardly ever getting to 35 miles per hour. If the EPA gets 28 mpg in the city, their city should consist of a lot of 25-mph areas without any stoplights.

Under the best conditions (complete battery charge, warm day, not making use of warm or a/c), you could push the EV switch and drive the Hybrid as much as 2 miles at less than 25 miles per hour on electrical power only. For instance, trying to find a garage at the shopping mall. The Highlander Hybrid is the initial Toyota hybrid to supply an EV button in the United States. We recommend using it around community, more than we apparently must have.

The constantly variable transmission really feels all-natural. It has a typical drive setting, which permits the Hybrid to freewheel down hillsides, along with a B setting, which uses much more engine compression to slow down the lorry when the vehicle driver's foot is off the throttle, while recharging the battery pack more strongly.


The Toyota Highlander supplies generous area for individuals and also cargo, a selection of powertrains, adequate efficiency and good gas mileage. The V6 engine with 5-speed transmission is extremely smooth, as well as with gas mileage virtually as good as the four-cylinder at a cost just $1150 more, it readies worth. The Crossbreed design uses a tested powertrain with raised fuel mileage as well as lower emissions. With Toyota's track record for dependability and resale worth, the Highlander makes sense for energetic family members.

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