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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.