Vehicle Overview Offered in front- and all-wheel-drive form, the Toyota Highlander crossover comes with a four-cylinder or V-6 engine. The Highlander Hybrid can cruise at low speeds on electric power only. Even with the available 19-inch wheels, the suspension smoothes all but the most jarring bumps. Access to the third row is easy from the passenger's side, as the second row captain's chair flips and slides forward in one motion. Skip to details on the: New for 2012 There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year. Both seats can recline and adjust forward and back, and the passenger-side seat has a walk-in feature for easier third-row access. I have been trying to figure out the back spacing even my local Toyota service center is stumped.
I just bought one last week and the tires are 19 inches. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. This could increase the risk of personal injury during the event of a vehicle crash necessitating airbag deployment. I just want to make sure there is no rubbing from the tires to the inside of the wheel well. Model Lineup The 2012 Toyota Highlander offers a choice of three powertrains, three trim levels and front or all-wheel drive.
Hill-Start and Downhill Assist Control If you live in rolling terrain, you'll appreciate these features that prevent the Highlander from rolling backward at a stop on steep up-grades and controls downhill speed on non-hybrid 4-wheel-drive models during slippery descents. Adults can fit, but the seat cushion is set low, so it's still not ideal for long trips. But it is ready and operational. Both grilles are plastic, as they almost all are nowadays, but the Highlander grilles are clearly so. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859. Next up is the 3. The 2011 Highlander received significant styling revisions especially for the front fascia, which received a cleaner grille with a two-bar design.
This could increase the risk of personal injury during the event of a vehicle crash necessitating airbag deployment. All Highlanders were extensively revised for 2011, with freshened styling and upgraded audio and safety systems. There are more hard plastic finishes than in a Lexus, but those plastics are nicely grained and assembled with care. Standard safety features include seven airbags, stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution. Equipped with standard all-wheel drive, the hybrid uses an additional electric motor to power its rear wheels rather than the usual driveshaft coupling in most all-wheel-drive models.
We tested a Highlander in the Pacific Northwest in the middle of the winter. The size of the wheels are 18x8. A rear entertainment system is also optional and features a 9-inch screen with two wireless headphones Limited model only. It may be fun to watch these screens, but be careful because they can distract attention from the road. The continuously variable transmission feels natural. Our non-scientific 0-60-mph runs showed the Highlander as fast as any mid-size V6 sedan, and with fuel economy ranging between 16 and 20 mpg, we felt the Highlander lived up to its promised efficiency. With the optional navigation system, the camera is projected onto the larger navigation screen, making the image much easier to see.
Navigation is optional on most trims and Bluetooth is standard on every Highlander except the base model. The front fascia features another chrome strip placed at the bottom of the bumper and a clean, two-bar grille with the corporate Toyota logo sitting just under the hood line. The Highlander Hybrid is styled similarly to the non-hybrid Highlander, but several elements — a unique grille and bumper, plus vertical fog lights — aim to differentiate the two. There is a bit of unwanted float on highways and on winding roads, though, and some folks find it too soft. Both seats can recline and adjust forward and back, and the passenger-side seat ha. The Highlander is based on the same architecture as that of the Camry and Avalon sedans. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859.
We drove our Hybrid around town in cold weather for a week, and the gas engine was needed to power the accessories. And it repeatedly and annoyingly interrupted our radio listening, to warn of traffic delays ahead that didn't exist. We watched it carefully as we backed toward a chain-link fence around a driveway one dark night, and if we hadn't stopped and looked over our shoulder to double-check, we would have backed into the fence even with the rearview camera. The Highlander can seat up to seven people in three rows of seats, and competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot. Interior Features The Highlander has a quality, upscale cabin. Two gas engine choices include a 2. Second-row captain's chairs are comfortable, and the Highlander has a handy removable center seat that can be replaced by a center console.
Like all hybrids, when you first turn the key, nothing seems to happen. Skip to details on the: New for 2012 There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year. The 2012 Highlander comes with a choice of powerplants. Hybrid Limited models come with the same features as the Limited. For example, looking for a parking space at the mall. Highlander Limited models upgrade with tri-zone automatic climate control; 10-way power driver's seat; four-way power front passenger's seat; Smart Entry; and interior wood trim. It's the smallest rearview camera screen we've ever seen, except for those tiny ones in the rearview mirror.
The Highlander Hybrid and Hybrid Limited feature standard on-demand 4-wheel drive. The seat stows easily out of sight in the center console. The Limited trim level adds 19-inch wheels and chrome roof rails. The secondary controls are easy to spot, and they move with precision. Sam Moses reported from Oregon's Columbia River Gorge; Kirk Bell reported from Chicago. We also drove a V6 Highlander Limited, on the same icy roads a few days later, and it too took everything in stride. Highlander offers a quiet cabin and a comfortable ride, while being a pleasant way to carry a group of people, with generous space for passengers and cargo.