After eliminating the choice of a four-cylinder engine for the 2008 model year, Toyota
will again offer one in the 2009 Highlander. This engine is a 2.7-liter, double overhead cam inline four that gets an estimated 20 miles per gallon on the in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, and makes 187 horsepower and 186 pound feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which should provide strong acceleration and optimal cruising RPM for highway driving. In addition, this four cylinder earns the government's Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) rating. The four-cylinder Highlanders will carry a starting price of about $26,000 as compared to the V6-powered versions, which range from about $28,000 to about $35,000 for the front and all-wheel-drive models, respectively. Some standard features for this forth-coming model include a six-speaker sound system, power door locks, a keyless entry system, electronic stability control and seven airbags.