2011 Toyota Highlander Overview
For 2011, Toyota has updated its popular midsize crossover SUV with exterior and interior changes that make the Highlander even more appealing to consumers.
The 2011 Toyota Highlander is available with your choice of two powerful engines: a 187-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine which is standard on the base and SE trims, and a 270-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 standard on the Limited trim and available on the base and SE. Four-cylinder equipped Highlanders come with a six-speed automatic transmission, while V6 outfitted Highlanders get a five-speed automatic. The V6 engine is also available with all-wheel drive for improved off-road capability. Maximum towing capacity with the four-cylinder engine is 3,500 pounds, which increases to 5,000 pounds for the V6.
Fuel economy on the Highlander is rated at 18-20 mpg in the city and 24-25 mpg on the highway, depending on choice of engine. For those who want even better gas mileage, there is also a hybrid version of the Highlander. Competition for the Highlander includes the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Trailblazer, and Honda Pilot.
On the exterior, the 2011 Highlander gets a new hood, fenders, lights, and front fascia for this year. The grille is wider and extends from headlight to headlight, and base and SE trims now have new 17-inch alloy wheels while the Limited trim gets 19-inch wheels.
Moving inside, the third-row seat is now standard in the 2011 Highlander, 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 system, and power doors and locks. For 2011, the SE and Limited trims now get Bluetooth®, a USB port, and satellite radio as standard options. The SE also comes with leather/heated seats, moonroof, backup camera, and USB/iPod integration. The line-topping Limited trim further adds push-button start, three-zone automatic climate control, and a power passenger seat.
The 2011 Highlander also has you covered on safety with seven airbags, an electronic stability system, antilock disc brakes on all four corners, and active head restraints.
With updated styling and a host of new features inside and out, the 2011 Toyota Highlander raises the bar in the midsize crossover SUV kingdom.