INTRO: The family friendly and easy handling 2012 Toyota Highlander combines upscale comfort with utilitarian capability in a sharp looking full-size crossover.
The Highlander comes in trim levels including Base, SE and Limited.
FEATURES: Able to carry 7-passengers, its 40/20/40-split-folding second-row seat has a stow-away center seat to create walkthrough access to the third row.
Available features such as heated leather seats, navigation, and three-zone climate control showcase the upscale manner in which the Highlander can be outfitted.
PERFORMANCE: A 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission is standard in front-wheel drive versions of the Base and SE. A heftier V6 coupled with a 5-speed automatic provides a significant power advantage without sacrificing much fuel economy and can be had with either front or four-wheel drive.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
PRICING: Pricing for the 2012 Toyota Highlander starts at about $28,000. An up-rated Limited model with four-wheel drive costs over $37,000.
WARRANTY: The Highlander is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: Power, efficiency and convenience make the 2012 Toyota Highlander one of the most competent competitors in the crowded crossover marketplace.