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2011 Toyota Highlander 

Revised, with fresh styling, improved powertrains.

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Model Line Overview

Base Price (MSRP)$25,855
As Tested (MSRP)$40,569

Model lineupToyota Highlander ($27,390); Highlander SE ($31,995); Highlander V6 ($28,545); Highlander SE V6 ($33,150); Highlander Limited V6 ($34,895); Highlander AWD V6 ($29,995); Highlander SE AWD V6 ($34,600); Highlander Limited AWD V6 ($36,345); Highlander Hybrid SE ($37,290); Highlander Hybrid Limited ($42,945)
Engines187-hp 2.7-liter four-cylinder; 270-hp 3.5-liter V6; 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 gas/electric hybrid with three electric motors
Transmissions6-speed automatic; 5-speed automatic; continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Safety equipment (standard)dual front airbags, front side-impact airbags for thorax protection, head-protecting side-curtain airbags that cover all three seating rows, driver's knee airbag, active front headrests, tire-pressure monitor, antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, brake assist, EBD, hill-start assist, Downhill Assist Control (awd), Smart Stop Technology
Safety equipment (optional)N/A
Basic warranty3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled inFukuoka, Japan; Princeton, Indiana

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP)Toyota Highlander Limited 4WD ($36,345)
Standard equipmentleather upholstery; dual-zone automatic climate control; AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers and MP3/WMA playback capability; 50/50 third row; 40/20/40 second row seat with a removable center section; opening rear glass, cargo cover, cargo area levers to fold the second-row seats; power windows, door locks, liftgate and mirrors; remote keyless entry; cruise control; tilt/telescope steering wheel; three 12-volt power outlets; 3.5-inch multifunction display screen with rearview camera, clock, tire-pressure display, air conditioning readout, and outside temperature and trip computer information; variable intermittent wipers; rear defogger with variable intermittent wiper; rear spoiler; fog lamps
Options as tested (MSRP)none
Destination charge($810)
Gas guzzler taxN/A
Price as tested (MSRP)$40,569
Layoutall-wheel drive
Engine3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)270 @ 6200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm)248 @ 4700
Transmission5-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy17/22 mpg
Wheelbase109.8 in.
Length/width/height188.4/75.2/69.3 in.
Track, f/r64.0/64.0 in.
Turning circle38.7 ft.
Seating capacity7
Head/hip/leg room, f40.6/56.7/43.2 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m40.1/56.5/38.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r36.3/42.3/29.9 in.
Cargo volume95.4 cu. ft.
PayloadN/A
Towing capacity5000 Lbs.
Suspension, findependent MacPherson struts with L-shaped lower arms and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rdual-link with struts and stabilizer bar
Ground clearance8.1 in.
Curb weight4321 Lbs.
TiresP245/55R19
Brakes, f/rvented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity19.2 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of October 12, 2009.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.