To earn the rating, cars must receive top scores of Good in front, side and rear crashes, as well as pass roof-strength tests that measure rollover protection. I repeatedly jerked my wife forward in her seat when I had to add more pressure than expected near a stop. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859. Gasoline Toyota Highlander models are also equipped with a straight-line steering feature. The cabin feels better than it looks: it's not particularly stylish, either, but it works. Until this year, the Highlander could be ordered as a five-seat wagon. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid Base grade gains standard easy-clean fabric seating, along with an eight-way power driver's seat, the Tech Audio, the third-row seat and manual rear climate control.
There are no Latch anchors in the third row, but two seats can fit there, secured by the seat belts. Behind the seats, the Highlander offers a swell amount of interior storage. All have cruise control, power features, and this year, a newly standard third-row seat. It's a mini-lift at best, since the Highlander's hood and fenders are reshaped, but no other metal has been touched. It's also fitted with the technology freak's version of all-wheel drive: two electric motors where the transmission would go, plus one more electric motor that provides all-wheel drive by powering the rear wheels. The first Highlander Hybrid followed, going on sale in 2005.
All Toyota Highlander Hybrid models are equipped with four-wheel-drive with intelligence and available in Base and Limited grades. Even after a week and hundreds of miles of driving, I had a hard time judging the brake response. Chrome Data makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, with respect to the data presented here. The Honda Pilot has significantly more, at 18. The 2011 Highlander Hybrid is more easily distinguished from the gasoline model by its own unique grille and bumper design. The front seats of my tester were comfortable on a long-haul road trip from Chicago to Wisconsin.
All loan figures are based upon non-commercial usage and are subject to credit approval from an independent lending source. But what they usually do…. On Hybrids, the base and Limited trims apply. I tested a brand-new 2011 model with just 65 miles on it, but the 2012s are already on sale and are equipped and priced almost identically. Heated leather front seats, HomeLink, a leather steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls, and all the features in the Tech Package are also included.
The electric power steering offers zero feedback, and the springs and dampers feel mushy. The system pairs the gasoline V6 engine with a high-torque electric drive motor-generator for total system output of 280 net horsepower. A direct tire pressure monitoring system is designed to alert the driver if pressure in a tire drops to critical levels. If you opt for the V-6 engine, it performs as well as the rest, too. Fuel economy is decent, not stellar. In particular, the base version is quite softly spring, and on all the electric power steering offers zero feedback. Call it unexciting--and you'd be right--but the Highlander's well-built, well-equipped cabin puts all the controls where they need to be.
I tested a brand-new 2011 model with just 65 miles on it, but the 2012s are already on sale and are equipped and priced almost identically. None of the Highlanders are particularly exciting to drive. A simple binnacle covers the primary gauges, which are tucked into cut tubes of plastic, and Toyota's traditionally large buttons and knobs drive the climate and audio controls. Because of their smaller footprint in your driveway and garage, the Highlander and Pilot are more accessible for more families. An overloaded vehicle can result in a tire failure which may result in a vehicle crash, personal injury, or property damage. As big as it seems, the Highlander makes good use of its space. There are numerous storage compartments throughout the cabin, along with 10 cup holders, four bottle holders, two front and one cargo-area 12-volt auxiliary power outlets and cargo area tie down hooks.
For the errand-addled shoppers who need big, benign vehicles like the Highlanders, a light update to the front end and a mild upgrade to the Hybrid's powertrain are enough to digest in one year, anyway. Toyota Highlander Toyota has significantly revised its popular Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid crossover sport utility vehicles for 2011, giving them enhanced styling, additional standard amenities and new user technology. Additionally, all Highlander models are standard equipped with front active headrests. With the exception of the space-age Prius hybrid, Toyota vehicles rarely stand out, and that includes the Highlander--but the new front end does help matters. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
This could increase the risk of personal injury during the event of a vehicle crash necessitating airbag deployment. The second row can slide forward and back, which is most beneficial for third-row passengers. The center console is vast and deep, and bins on the doors will easily hold iPads and game controllers. A third row is standard even on the base Highlander. Every other crossover included in our recent comparison test featured just two cupholders in this area. Dollars rounded to the nearest whole dollar. The optional tow package for V6 models enables up to 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity.
With the third row down, cargo room expands to 42. A few small distinctions divide the Hybrid models from the gas-only Highlanders, too. The recall began on July 14, 2016. In front, the Highlander's cloth buckets leather as an option, or on Limited versions are wide and flat, without much lateral support. Antilock brakes with brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, stability control, and traction control are standard on Highlander and Hybrid. The hybrid comes equipped only with all-wheel drive, which makes those mileage figures quite impressive.