Intro: The 2011 Toyota Highlander blends 7-passenger seating with features that range from the utilitarian to the downright luxurious in a curvaceous full-size crossover. For 2011 styling has been updated with a more crisp, almost futuristic front fascia.
Features: A recommended and valuable option is the backup camera with compass viewable in the rear view mirror. Other available features such as heated leather seats, navigation, and three-zone climate control display the upscale manner in which the Highlander can be outfitted.
Performance: The base engine for the Highlander is a 2.7-liter inline-4, sending 187 horsepower to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic. Those selecting the 270 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 can opt for either front-wheel- or four-wheel-drive, sent through a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2011 Toyota Highlander is $27,540. A range-topping 4-wheel-drive V6 Limited model starts at $36,495.
Warranty: The Highlander is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: Updated styling, upscale creature comforts, and a choice in engines providing power and fuel efficiency all combine to make the 2011 Toyota Highlander one of the most competent crossovers on the road today.