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For 2011, the Toyota Highlander receives new front and rear fascias, hood and bumpers, plus expanded availability of the four-cylinder engine and standard three-row seating with rear climate controls. The hybrid model gains a more powerful V6 engine, while the entire line has access to more high-tech features.
Long considered the gold standard in crossover SUVs, Toyota takes the legendary Highlander one step closer to perfection by offering a hybrid/electric variant that is both fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly. More complex than Toyota's other well-know hybrid, the Prius, the Highlander Hybrid utilizes a 3.3-liter V6 engine (the same as used by the gasoline-powered Highlander) teamed to an electric motor. On four-wheel-drive models, Toyota includes another electric motor to power the rear wheels. The Highlander Hybrid sacrifices almost no interior room in accommodating its additional hardware, but when compared with its gasoline-powered equivalent its price tag jumps a hefty seven grand.
By luvnmyhighlander (Central Virginia) on Thursday, May 01, 2008
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"I've had my 08 Limited Highlander for about a month now, and still have absolutely no complaints! (well, actually, one it's black, but with the deal I got it being a limited, I had to take it). I drove the domestic wanna-be of the Highlander first before I drove this, and it was nice, but then I got in the Highlander and never looked anywhere else. I do a lot of research before purchasing a vehicle and this was on my list. My mom has an 06 Hybrid Ltd Highlander, and she loves hers. This one is a bit bigger, thankfully, than hers, as I have three children still in carseats. I traded my van (which people think I'm crazy) for this and I couldn't be happier. The back seat is fine and have no problems with the kids getting in and out. They have plenty of space and so do average size adults. As always, Toyota goes above the rest in their seating..always comfortable. This Highlander drives like a dream...smooth as silk. I am averaging about 22-24 mpg, and I drive both city and highway. I don't get into it, although it does when I want it to, and I think that's good for the amount of HP it has. I cannot think of one bad thing with this vehicle. I paid a hefty price for it, but having owned both foreign and domestic vehicles, it is well worth the price. I would highly recommend this to anyone, both large familes and not--this is a luxury vehicle without the high price tag!"
47 people out of 47 found this review helpful
By Jay (California) on Saturday, October 16, 2010
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"It was a long process of researching which vehicle was the right one for us. Considering our budget and the desire to have a safe vehicle we narrowed down to three: Honda Pilot, Subaru Tribeca, Toyota Highlander. Honda Pilot was too bulky and it was a bit awkward parking the vehicle. We liked all the safety features, the drive was pleasant, but it was just too bulky and the parking was an issue. Subaru Tribeca was fun to drive. We like the safety features, had a lot of control driving, it had a car like feel, but it was too difficult finding the right model and package. There aren’t many Tribecas out there…just curious as to why. So we decided to buy the Toyota Highlander (SE, 4wd). It had the safety features we were looking for, the drive was pleasant, felt like driving a Camry but sat higher, and it came with the 4wd with snow option. The SE model came with a lot of extra features like blue tooth, moon roof, power tailgate, garage door opener, leather seats with seat warmers, dual-climate control (front/back), back-up camera, and auto-dim rearview mirror. It also felt very luxurious in the cabin. At the end of the day, we felt like we made the right decision. We are very happy with the vehicle and it’s a lot of fun driving it. Good luck on your car search!"
27 people out of 27 found this review helpful
By Concordyankee (NC) on Sunday, August 19, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great price,ride fist nd finish"
Cons: "Chep headliner."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I own the 2011 limited, but tet drove all the top 5 before I bought the one. The cx-9 felt cramped and closed in, and very sluggish. The pilot was nice but to big and to many different trim levels made it a pain. Ford edge was the best American SUV, but the 20 inch tires would cost my 2k to replace. The GM option have horriblie reliability. Exterior- great body lines. No gaps in the fit. The paint ( blizzard pearl) is first rate. Two things. The black runner on the bottom was a smart move, no road rash on the bottom. Second, roof is easy to clean as th car does not sit that high off the ground. Interior - seats are great, very comfortable. I'm a big guy. 6 foot 300 lbs. lots of room. Leather is ok, not impressed with the quality as my wifes after market leather is softer. The dash is laid out logically. Radio controls are ok. The knob to change the stations s to far over for the driver to reach. The Bluetooth is ok, I have an iPhone and it does not import your contacts. Also the connection drops every time you upgrade the phone software. My biggest gripe is the quality of the dash and headliner. Cheap! Is how I sum it up. No soft touch anywhere. A little surprised for a car that can cost 40 k. The headliner is from a 1980 American car. The plastic in the car can scratch easily so don't be surprised by this. Engine- buddy of mine is a NASCAR engineer, says this I the best v6 and transmission on the maker, bulletproof. Same engine nd tranny as in the lexus 350 rx. Need I say more? Smooth, quick and quite. I have actually walked away and left the car on because it is so quite. She you it he gas it ties off but des so like a BMW. The engine does not over rev. Great job. Same friend has the 3.5 v6 and has over 70 k on it. Not one issue. Gret highway cruiser and quite. The reason for the louder ride is the eom tires are toyos and they are garbage. Put yokohama on mine jut recently and could not be a quiter ride. Handles great....for an SUV. Remember it is an SUV, not a sedan. Handes bumps well. Very tight no rattles. One advantage to plastic dash, very rattle free. I get about 19 city 25 highway( avg speed 73 mph) Overll it is a great bride"
26 people out of 26 found this review helpful