2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Overview
Boasting a new hybrid engine and a refreshed exterior and interior, the fuel-sipping 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV provides utility and efficiency.
Efficiency has been increased for 2011, due to a new 3.5-liter V-6 which provides fuel-saving refinements not present in last year’s model. It is paired to the electric motor, which brings the Highlander Hybrid’s total output to 280-horsepower. The 2011 Highlander Hybrid comes equipped with standard all-wheel drive, which uses an additional electric motor to power the rear wheels unlike other all-wheel drive vehicles. To further improve efficiency, the Highlander Hybrid features an “EV” mode (activated by a switch on the center console) that allows the Highlander Hybrid to operate in fully electric mode for a limited distance at low speeds.
To make things even more interesting, the 2011 Highlander Hybrid has a center console display that shows the drivetrain and how the power sources (gas engine, electric motors) are working, as well as the battery charge and overall gas mileage. Speaking of mileage, the Highlander Hybrid receives an astounding 28 mpg in both city and highway driving (compared to 20/25 mpg for the less powerful, gas-only four-cylinder Highlander).
On the exterior, the 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid gets a new hood, fenders, lights, and front fascia for this year. The grille, bumper, and vertical fog lights are different than those found on the gas-only Highlander providing some distinction between the models. The Highlander Hybrid is available in base and Limited trim levels which feature new 17- and 19-inch alloy wheels respectively. Cargo space for the Highlander Hybrid reaches 95.4 cubic feet with all rear seats folded and 10.3 cubic feet behind the third row.
Moving inside, the third-row seat is now standard in the 2011 Highlander Hybrid, which brings total seating capacity to seven. The third-row is now a 50/50 split row that can fold into the floor to increase cargo area when necessary. The Highlander also sports expanded technology and amenity options this year. Standard features include climate controls for the rear seats, keyless entry, and power windows and locks. For 2011, the Limited gets Bluetooth® and iPod/USB connectivity, as well as satellite radio as standard options. Leather/heated seats, moonroof, backup camera, voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system with 9-inch display, and push button start are optional.
The 2011 Highlander Hybrid also has you covered on safety with seven airbags, an electronic stability system, antilock disc brakes on all four corners, and active head restraints.
If you’re looking to save money at the pump, be good to the environment, and still have enough cargo/passenger room for the kids and the great outdoors, then the efficient 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a can’t miss SUV.