Monday, May 9, 2011

2011 Toyota Highlander Review

Toyota has revised its popular Toyota Highlander and Highlander hybrid sport utility crossover vehicles in 2011, giving them a better style, more standard equipment and using new technologies.

2.7-liter four-cylinder, which was only available for the Toyota Highlander Base grade 2010, is now with the most popular class (2WD only). Toyota Highlander Hybrid debuts most powerful and sophisticated 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and technology standard audio package and a unique exterior design elements.

2011-available in the base SE and Limited in either two-wheel (2WD) and full-time four-wheel drive (4WD) Highlander. A 270 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 is standard on Limited, quality and accessible to others. All models are equipped Toyota Highlander Hybrid four-wheel drive with intelligence and is available in base classes and Limited.

The first generation Toyota Highlander pioneered midsize crossover vehicle segment, opening the way for performance, comfort of a car and fuel economy anyway with an SUV space and versatility. The second-generation Highlander reinforces these qualities and is a leader in the segment of the standard active and passive safety.

Details on the new style for 2011

The Toyota Highlander gets a sophisticated update for the year 2011 with a new front fascia, hood and fenders with the new profile of the rockers in black with chrome accents (gas models only). The headlights and taillights also redesigned, along with alloy wheels of 17 inches. Tenders year limited elegant 19-inch wheels and also offers guides silver roof. SE year earnings power liftgate.

2011-Highlander Hybrid model is easily separated from its essence in its own grille and bumper. He shared the new wings and hood with gas Toyota Highlander, but color-keyed with chrome rockers, more vertically stacked fog lights. headlights and taillights projector objective function blue covers. Daytime running lights are now standard on all models Toyota Highlander.

Tech 2011 and extended services

Highlander is still a popular family vehicle, and caters to this market more efficient for 2011 with more standard amenities and technology of the user. In particular, comfort features and the base SE and more grades convenience than previously offered. A standard 50/50 split third row and rear manual air conditioning has been made standard on all 2011 models.

Audio technology is the new standard on SE and Limited and optional on the base level and has a USB port, integrated XM Satellite Radio (includes a trial subscription for 90 days) and Bluetooth ® guarantees a wide range of "cable" capacity for passengers. In the base note, which is part of a broader package that also includes a monitor screen back with 3.5-inch multi-information, an eight-power driver's seat, tonneau cover, engine immobilizer, material easy to clean interior, cover the rear window, fog lamps and roof rails black.

Note Toyota Highlander Hybrid Base has a new Leather Package includes leather-trimmed seats with heated front seats forward, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, power sunroof, HomeLink ®, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, more engine immobilizer with alarm. The optional navigation system is available for the range of SE (previously only on the Limited), while gains limited temperature standard automatic control at the rear and offers a new perforated leather. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid base earnings quality standard cloth seats are easy to clean, with a power driver's seat of eight positions, Audio Tech, the third row of seats and manual rear air conditioning.

The performance and

Toyota Highlander offers three different types of benefits: 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine joined the group in 2009, provides for the EPA estimated 25 MPG highway rating. 2.7-liter engine delivers 187 horsepower and 186 Nm torque.

The engine is equipped with a variable intake variable valve timing and dual multi-way with intelligence (VVT-i), which controls the phasing on both intake camshafts and exhaust to optimize torque and fuel consumption. The four-cylinder engine is linked exclusively to a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.

The 3.5-liter V6 (standard on Limited) produces 270 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. of torque at 4700 rpm. The V6, however, is equipped with dual VVT-i and a variable intake manifold. A five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission (ECT) movement sequential job selection.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Model Hybrid Synergy Drive is a new and more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine 2011, which replaces the previous 3.3-liter V6. System of pairs of high-torque V6 petrol electric power system of the motor-generator as a whole a net 280 hp. A second rear-mounted engine automatically generates on-demand four-wheel drive traction. 2011 Highlander Hybrid receives the EPA estimated fuel economy of 28 mpg city crews and 28 mpg on the highway.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD individually to produce a separate power to the rear wheels of an electric motor (MGR), which provides more torque. This system Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD-i does not require the transfer of power transmission or drive shaft from the front. The system electronically varies the torque split front and rear depending on traction conditions.

The activation of the RSV selector on the front center console allows the driver to operate in electric mode under certain strict conditions, for a limited distance at low speeds, or in some stop-and-go driving conditions. A new description of the program of gas ECON switch that reduces the gases in acceleration, which improves fuel economy. Hybrid instrument panel indicator meter provides the driver with instructions to help maximize fuel efficiency.

Ride and Handling

Highlander continues to build on its strength to deliver one of the cities most capable, smooth and quiet in the segment. four-wheel independent suspension is via MacPherson struts in front and one leg of the dual-link rear suspension. The base and SE models are equipped Highlander series alloy wheels with 17 inch wheels 245/65 R17 Limited features standard alloy wheels with 19 inch tires 245/55 R19. A control system air pressure is directly designed to alert the driver if pressure in a tire drops to critical levels. All Toyota Highlander models are equipped disc brakes on all four wheels. The classic Highlander 4WD models, four-wheel-drive full-time is available in all grades V6.

Active safety

Toyota Highlander comes standard with Toyota's Star Safety System ™. This system integrates the activities Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control (TRAC), an electronic power steering (EPS) and anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake force distributor (EBD), Brake Assist (BA).

Improving VSC helps the driver maintain control of automatic adjustment of the engine power and braking force at each wheel, under certain conditions, while assisting management in the right direction by the electric power steering (EPS .) Petrol Toyota Highlander models are also equipped with an executive function in a straight line. When the ABS cause variable traction to apply different left / right braking force, the management system can apply torque to help offset left / right pull.

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid uses an advanced integrated vehicle dynamics (VDIM). VDIM is designed to enhance handling, traction and braking systems that normally react to vehicle driving conditions by anticipating tire slippage before a skid, slide or wheel spin product and help make the corrections in a smooth and progressive. In addition to integrating all dynamic control systems Highlander (VSC, TRAC, BA, EPS, EBD and ABS), VDIM also uses a powerful proprietary software to integrate electronic throttle control with intelligence (ETC-i) Controlled Brakes electronically (ECB).

All Toyota Highlander models include a braking function of angle. The exploitation of the integration of systems for vehicle dynamic control, this function limits the brake pressure on the inside wheel during cornering to help strengthen the control tower. Standard on all models, Hill-Start Assist Control to prevent the vehicle from rolling back to a point by applying brake pressure for approximately two seconds.

Downhill Assist Control (DAC) is standard on all 4WD models gas. DAC function is designed to maintain a constant speed and maintain handling and steering control by reducing wheel lockup during braking at low speed in slippery descents.

Occupant safety

Toyota Highlander comes standard with seven airbags. These include courses and passenger airbags, front seat-mounted side and a knee airbag for the driver. Bags sensing side curtain airbags to protect occupants in all three rows of seats in a side impact or overturning of vehicles. In addition, all Highlander models are equipped with standard active front headrests.


Standard features on all models include air conditioning Toyota Highlander and driver's seat back with a power of eight positions (10 positions in the Limited), door locks and windows to protect the driver's window jam and auto-up / Manual tilt down function and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, multi-function keyless entry, UV-reducing windshield and rear privacy glass, digital clock, visor mirrors and sliding extensions, conversation mirror, the lighting system at the entrance, scheduled maintenance indicator, the spare tire and more normal size.

Highlander SE and Limited have a reversing camera as standard with a 3.5-inch multi-information, this function is available for basic models of quality in 2011 as part of the Technical option package. The screen display includes a backup device, clock, outside temperature, warning messages and information on cruises that includes average fuel consumption, average speed, distance to empty, fuel economy and travel time. On models equipped with the optional navigation system, images from a rearview camera are displayed on the navigation screen of seven inches.


A number of options and accessories available include a voice activated navigation system with touch screen with a screen of eight inches, premium JBL sound, leather seat trim, heated front seats and a sunroof tilt / slide. The optional tow package for V6 models allow a maximum of 5000 pounds towing capacity. The four cylinder tow package allows up to 3,500 pounds maximum towing capacity. A power liftgate that can be opened and closed with a key ring is an option on the basic quality and standard on SE and Limited.

Exterior design

Designed Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California, the second generation Toyota Highlander is moving away from traditional SUV styling cues. Clean, sculpted lines, a stable position and great muscular contours to give Highlander a contemporary and dynamic presence. The basis of the quality Toyota Highlander could be mistaken for an updated model with 17-inch wheels with six points machined alloy, color-keyed power remote outside mirrors and silver painted grill. Is limited to the luxury door handles and chrome roof rails, floor lamps and rear spoiler.

Interior Design

Toyota Highlander interior offers open, airy and flexible with seating for seven or up to 95.4 cubic feet of total cargo capacity (94.1 for the Highlander Hybrid). There is plenty of storage space in the cockpit, with 10 cup holders, four bottle holders, dual front and a cargo area 12-volt auxiliary power outlets and cargo area tie hooks.

The base notes the SE and have a center console, shift knob with silver-painted accents and front driver and handholds for passengers. The center console, shift knob and grab handles on Limited by the degree of grain of the wood cut style. style characterized by a hybrid Toyota Highlander interior includes a silver and wood grain style door with chrome trim handle, Optitron meters with blue graphics and a power meter with an indicator of the hybrid system.

Adjustable head restraints in two ways on the base grade and four different ways on the SE and Limited. 40/20/40 The second line gives the shared folder. Security functions as either a bench of three or deleting the Center Stow ™ seat, a pair of captain's chairs with armrests, creating a convenient walk-through area between the seats for easier access to the third row. A Center Stow ™ console unit can also be placed between the seats offer extra storage space. The second row also slides forward and backward tilt and.

Access to the third row is facilitated by placing the lever on one floor in an easy position to reach the bottom of the passenger seat of the second row. Standard one-touch levers inside the cargo area to allow the second row of seats in the front and flat. The third row of seats to operate in a similar way, using a lever on the back seat.

The production of conventional motor Highlander, Toyota model 12 built in North America, began in October 2009 in the company's plant in Princeton, Indiana. Moving the assembly line at the Toyota Highlander this facility represents an investment of 450 million dollars.