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.
Trims for the Highlander are Base, SE, and Limited, like our test model. It came equipped with 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, shod in all season tires. With a ground clearance of 8 inches at its lowest point, the Highlander can get itself through rough terrain when needed.
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:
Features: The Highlander provides attractive seating for seven. Our limited model's cabin was outfitted in leather and woodgrain trim. Our test model also featured heated front seats, a three-zone climate control system with rear seat controls, and a power sunroof.
For available equipment we recommend the touchscreen navigation system and a JBL premium sound system with USB/auxiliary connection.
Safety Features: Standard safety features include traction control, enhanced vehicle stability control, downhill assist control, side impact door beams, and a full complement of front and side impact airbags. Standard on uprated trims is the backup camera for added confidence when parking.
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.