Toyota Highlander 2011

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

For 2011, Highlander includes a number of modifications. All 2011 Highlander designs obtain a fresh look with a new hood, fenders, grille and also front fascia, plus modified taillamps. The Hybrid has its own grille. Highlander models come much better furnished for 2011, though costs have actually gone up, likewise. Standard on all 2011 Toyota designs is Smart Stop Modern technology, which instantly lowers engine power when the brake as well as accelerator pedals are used at the same time under specific motoring conditions. 2011 Highlander SE as well as Limited designs come with Bluetooth, XM Satellite Radio, and a USB port, as well as a rearview video camera is offered for base versions.

Toyota Highlander 2011

Highlander has a choice of powerplants. The base 2.7-liter four-cylinder makes 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, as well as delivers EPA fuel economic situation rankings of 20/25 mpg City/Highway. It's matched with a 6-speed online controlled automatic overdrive transmission, as well as is readily available just with two-wheel drive.

The 3.5-liter V6 is exceptionally smooth and also supplies 270 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Additionally smooth is its 5-speed automatic transmission, which downshifts effortlessly to supply enough 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 models are ranked slightly lower at 17/22 mpg, which has to do with exactly what we got in the AWD V6 we drove, consisting of a 300-mile highway run.

The 2011 Highlander Hybrid makes a huge development with even more power as well as better gas gas mileage, in addition to an updated audio as well as modern technology plan. The gas/electric powertrain utilizes 3 electrical motors and also a digitally regulated continuously variable transmission (ECVT). For 2011, its fuel engine grows from 3.3 litres to 3.5 litres, increasing complete horse power from 270 to 280 hp, while its EPA-rated gas mileage improves to 28 City and 28 Highway from 27/25 mpg. We located it difficult to attain that during our winter months test drive using power devices full blast.

The Highlander is a crossover SUV, suggesting it's built even more like a vehicle than a vehicle, while feeling great and also big like a truck SUV. It's based on the platform of the Toyota Camry midsize sedan.

Highlander offers a quiet cabin and a comfortable trip, while being an enjoyable method to carry a group of individuals, with charitable space for passengers and also freight. A functional cabin includes in its beauty as a family members automobile. The second row can glide forward and back, as well as the third-row seat is good for children and capable of lugging adults. Entering as well as from the very first two rows is easy, and Toyota provides both a walk-through and also a fold-and-slide-forward second-row seat to ease access to the third row.

Design Schedule

The 2011 Toyota Highlander supplies a choice of 3 powertrains, 3 trim levels as well as front or all-wheel drive. The base Highlander features 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 criterion with the V6. All these designs are front-wheel drive.

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

Highlander comes requirement with fabric furniture; 40/20/40 second-row seat with a removable center section that can be stored under the first-row center console; 50/50 third-row seating with climate control; AM/FM/CD with six audio speakers and also MP3/WMA playback; air conditioning, power home windows, door locks, folding mirrors and also remote keyless entry; cruise ship control; variable recurring wipers front and also rear; back defogger; back looter; tilt/telescope guiding wheel; 2 front as well as one cargo-area 12-volt power outlets; and also 245/65R17 tires on alloy wheels.

Hybrid designs come with keyless entry and also starting, as well as a 3.5-inch multifunction display screen that consists of a rear backup electronic camera, a clock, tire-pressure display, cooling readout, and also outside temperature level and journey computer info, along with all the hybrid-related functions.

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

Highlander Limited versions update with a 10-way power vehicle driver's seat, four-way power front traveler's seat, Smart Entrance, fog lamps, a multi-function screen, leather-wrapped wheel with sound as well as screen controls, lighted vanity mirrors, visor extenders, second-row analysis lights, opening glass in the rear hatch, a back tonneau cover, as well as a bar in the cargo location to fold up the second-row seats. The Restricted models are identified with more chrome and also brilliant trim than various other models, as well as strong 19-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels putting on 245/55R19 tires. Hybrid Limited models come with the very same features as the Limited.

Choices include a power tilt/slide moonroof, a multi-information display, power-adjustable driver's seat, back air conditioning, tow plan, cold weather bundle containing a windshield-wiper de-icer grid and also warmed outdoors mirrors, and also power liftgate. Higher-level versions use a JBL stereo with nine audio speakers as well as a Bluetooth hands-free cell phone web link, with or without navigation ($ 2,625), and rear DVD enjoyment ($ 1,780).

Safety functions on all versions consist of dual front airbags, front side-impact air bags for thorax security, head-protecting drape side air bags that cover all three seatsing rows, a chauffeur's knee air bag, active front headrests, tire-pressure screen, anti-skid brakes, traction control, antiskid control, as well as hill-start assist. Downhill assist control is typical on AWD designs.


The Toyota Highlander remains 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 freight space is more than just about a handful of rivals in the prominent midsize class.

The Highlander suits the middle of Toyota's four-pronged midsize SUV schedule. It features softer designing than the 4Runner midsize SUV as well as the retro-styled FJ Cruiser. Truck-based platforms, sturdy suspensions as well as low-range transfer instances make 4Runner and also FJ Cruiser very qualified off roadway. The Highlander is based upon the very same style as that of the Camry and Avalon sedans. Highlander's all-wheel-drive systems are created for subjugating unsafe pavement as well as wintry conditions, not for climbing rocks and passing through harsh terrain. Likewise, the Toyota Venza is a mid-size lorry that better obscures the line between wagon as well as SUV. Also based on the Camry system, the Venza is much more carlike compared to the Highlander.

The layout of the Highlander is tidy, and also emphasized on each side by a personality line that introduces obvious wheel arcs. The appearance is extra SUV than station wagon, and also the available 19-inch alloy wheels contribute to the muscular stance.

For 2011, all Highlander versions get a fresh look, with a brand-new hood, fenders as well as front fascia with foglamps. The Crossbreed has its very own grille, which looks much more like an Acura (circa 2008) compared to 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 clearly so. The foglamps on the V6 have strange silver brows that seem turned around, as they travel towards the facility of the car. Makes you want to exchange the lights from entrusted to right.

Inside Characteristics

The Highlander has a top quality, upscale cabin. The seating setting is way up high, as well as onward visibility superb, with no shedding the edges of the automobile. The seats are comfortable on three-hour trips, yet they're quite flat as well as can use much more body shape.

Fit and surface are excellent and also the style is eye-catching. There are a lot more difficult plastic coatings compared to in a Lexus, but those plastics are well grained and also set up with care.

The secondary controls are simple to identify, and also they relocate with precision. A 3.5-inch multi-function display at leading center on the dashboard shows the journey computer system and also environment control details; it's optional on the base version and standard on all others. This exact same screen displays the photo from the rear back-up camera whenever you change into opposite. It's the tiniest rearview cam screen we have actually ever seen, with the exception of those little ones in the rearview mirror. We saw it meticulously as we backed toward a chainlink fencing around a driveway one dark night, and if we hadn't stopped and also evaluated our shoulder to double-check, we would certainly have backed right into the fence despite the rearview cam.

With the optional navigation system, the camera is predicted onto the larger navigating display, making the photo a lot easier to see. This is a proper rearview camera. This display also presents some of the audio controls, adding an additional action or two when changing stations, and also including disturbance. The voice navigating messed up big time, when we used it. It misdirected us past an easy highway interchange we understood by heart. And also it repeatedly and annoyingly disrupted our radio listening, to warn of web traffic delays ahead that really did not exist. Overall, nevertheless, the Toyota navigating system works far better than most.

Crossbreed versions have some exclusive interior touches. The assesses are trimmed in a comforting blue as opposed to scratchy red, and also a power meter replaces the tachometer. Displayed either on the tiny multifunction screen or the navigation display are Consumption as well as Energy Display information. The Consumption display presents gas economic situation in real time as well as five-minute increments, as well as the Energy Monitor screen employs a schematic to show when the gas engine as well as electric motors are in usage. It could be fun to enjoy these displays, however take care because they could distract focus from the roadway.

The Highlander's elevated trip height and upright seats setting provide it that preferable SUV trait however with less complicated step-in than older, truck-based SUVs.

The front seats fit, as well as presence is good to all corners. Head and leg room are generous in the initial and 2nd rows.

The second-row captain's chairs are comfortable, and also the Highlander has a convenient detachable center seat that can be replaced by a center console. The area between the second-row seats could likewise be left open to offer a walkthrough to the common third row. Either the facility console or the center seat can be stowed under the front seat facility console.

Third-row seats is assisted by second-row seats that could slide forward. Adults could fit, however the seat padding is set low, so it's still not perfect for long journeys. Accessibility to the 3rd row is easy from the traveler's side, as the 2nd row captain's chair flips as well as slides onward in one movement. The driver's side chair folds level, but does not slide forward far sufficient to allow travelers to walk through.

For cargo space, the 2nd- and third-row seats fold up level to open a really valuable 95.4 cubic feet. Tethers and also bars are given in the freight location making folding and also unraveling the seats a wind. The offered separate opening rear glass is a wonderful ease, as well as the lots height is low for an SUV, making it less complicated to load grocery stores, duffle bags, and also other cargo. Mug holders abound, with 10 cup holders spread throughout the cabin, with container holders in the doors. There's lots of storage space for small products.

Driving Perceptions

The Toyota Highlander is a positive car to drive. A lot of notable is the ride quality, which is glamorous or soft, depending on your perspective. Even with the readily available 19-inch wheels, the suspension smoothes just about the most disconcerting bumps. There is a little bit of undesirable float on highways as well as on winding roads, however, and some individuals locate it too soft. Hybrids have slightly much more road feel, however are still quite comfy, making them a better choice for those who find the typical suspension as well soft.

The suspension stresses a soft ride over tight handling. All models lean when cornering and also braking. Guiding feeling is light, but the action is rather slow-moving. We would certainly not explain the Highlander as active. The Nissan Murano uses far better handling. Traction control as well as electronic security control come standard on the Highlander.

The 3.5-liter V6 pushes the Highlander front-wheel-drive designs from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7.6 seconds, 7.8 secs with all-wheel drive. A hands-on shift gateway allows choosing the gear you want. From inside the cabin, the V6 could barely be heard, sending out just a fine-tuned growl under hard velocity. In all models, wind noise is well-checked, and also the only noteworthy interior sound is some tire hum on rough sidewalk.

The all-wheel-drive system in the gas models gives a full time 50/50 front/rear torque split. In Crossbreed designs, the AWD system is front-drive prejudiced, but when it discovers slippage, the rear-mounted electric motor can start to deliver up to 25 percent of the readily available power to the rear wheels. Both systems will help you get the kids to college on snowy days, as well as we did just that.

We tested a Highlander in the Pacific Northwest in the middle of the winter. We drove about for 2 days on icy roads with our Crossbreed, and it performed remarkably, both to supply grip and also to stop the vehicle safely. We dealt with high icy hillsides as well as the all-wheel-drive did its thing to keep relocating the car onward without visible sliding. We billed down those icy hillsides and also knocked down the brake pedal, as well as the ABS quit the Highlander as swiftly as feasible. We evaluated the steering during ABS stopping by making S transforms while it was sliding 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 included the $1020 choice for the good-looking 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels. We suggest winter tires for the best grip on snow.

We likewise hung it out in icy curves (at fairly sluggish speeds), and also the security control maintained the Highlander true to its intended course. Exactly what a remarkable sensation of protection on those icy roads: whether increasing uphill, tough stopping, or around curves, the Highlander covered us.

We likewise drove a V6 Highlander Limited, on the very same icy roadways a few days later, as well as it too took whatever in stride. It utilized similar 19-inch Bridgestone tires, the Dueler H/L brand name, not the winter Blizzak tires. The anti-lock brakes in the Minimal were rougher than on the Crossbreed, with even more noise and pedal resonance. At one factor gliding down a steep icy hill at 3-4 mph, ABDOMINAL MUSCLE fully involved, we aimed to steer far from the snow-covered ditch beside the roadway, but the front wheels continuouslied move and not steer; evidently there is a limitation, when they say you can guide with ABS engaged. So we tapped the DAC button by the change lever, and Downhill Help Control kicked in. It's common equipment on AWD models. We entirely took our feet off the pedals, the steering in the front wheels came back, as well as we kept that secure crawl to the bottom of the icy hillside. Look Ma, no feet.

Mentioning ice, it covers the rearview electronic camera lens.

The Hybrid powertrain, called Crossbreed Harmony Drive, friends a 3.5-liter V6 with three electric motors for an overall of 280 horse power, up 10 horsepower from last year. The powertrain is a little rougher than the conventional V6 yet is still rather refined. The transmission is a continuously variable automatic that constantly readjusts tailoring proportions instead of transforming gears.

Like all crossbreeds, when you initially turn the key, nothing seems to take place. Yet it prepares as well as operational. The gas engine just doesn't start up until it's needed. Nevertheless for us it was needed essentially regularly. We drove our Crossbreed around community in winter for a week, as well as the gas engine was had to power the accessories. Stopped at a redlight, at the drive-through window at the bank, anywhere: the gas engine kept running. We balanced 18.2 miles per gallon for that week, hardly ever getting to 35 miles per hour. If the EPA obtains 28 mpg in the city, their city has to consist of a great deal of 25-mph areas with no traffic lights.

Under the ideal problems (full battery charge, cozy day, not utilizing warmth or air conditioning), you can press the EV button and also drive the Crossbreed up to two miles at less than 25 miles per hour on electrical power just. For example, seeking a parking space at the shopping center. The Highlander Hybrid is the initial Toyota crossbreed to use an EV button in the United States. We suggest using it around community, greater than we obviously ought to have.

The constantly variable transmission really feels natural. It has a conventional drive setting, which enables the Crossbreed to freewheel down hills, in addition to a B mode, which makes use of more engine compression to slow the lorry when the vehicle driver's foot is off the throttle, while charging the battery pack a lot more aggressively.


The Toyota Highlander supplies charitable room for individuals as well as cargo, a selection of powertrains, adequate performance as well as decent fuel gas mileage. The V6 engine with 5-speed automatic transmission is exceptionally smooth, as well as with gas gas mileage almost just as good as the four-cylinder at a rate only $1150 more, it excels worth. The Hybrid design uses a proven powertrain with increased gas gas mileage and also reduced exhausts. With Toyota's credibility for dependability and also resale value, the Highlander makes sense for active families.