2012 Toyota Highlander

Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4 auto trans

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2012 Toyota Highlander
2012 Toyota Highlander
Our left-brain loves the Toyota Highlander. It squeezes three rows of seats into a relatively small package (although like so many other crossovers, it has grown over the years). It outflanks competitors with three powertrain offerings--a in-line four-cylinder, a V-6, and a V-6 hybrid that achieves 28 mpg combined. The six-cylinder likely would get better fuel economy if it, like the 2.7-liter four-cylinder, came with a six-speed rather than a five-speed automatic. The interior, largely unchanged after four years on the market, remains a strong point, with large, attractive controls and all the technology buyers in this segment expect. There are also some features that will please former minivan owners, like second-row captain's chairs that can slide together to become a bench seat. A power liftgate is standard on all but base models. The Highlander's problem is that it has been overprocessed and overengineered to the point that it hardly registers any emotion. The steering and handling fail to provide any information to the driver. Styling, revised last year, tries to borrow from Toyota's larger, tougher trucks, but the Highlander mostly looks awkward and bland at the same time. Offerings from GM and Mazda drive and look better. Of course, keep in mind that we are talking about the crossover segment, where the Highlander's technical prowess is much more important than how it appeals to the emotions.
2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Front Left Side View
The drive home on my first night with the Highlander Hybrid was a slow one, as a couple of accidents caused all of my available routes home to be choked with traffic. It did give me an opportunity, however, to notice the instant fuel-economy readout on the dash -- it was showing 27.2 mpg, which is very impressive for a vehicle that can carry up to seven people. And the fact that the Highlander is a people-mover was important to me, because I was scheduled to ferry four of my neighbors (and fellow book-club members) to our monthly meeting that evening.
2012 Toyota Highlander Front Three In Motion
Following Toyota's decision to stop production of the Toyota Highlander on Japanese soil in late 2013, the automaker has decided to shift production of the Highlander and Highlander hybrid to its manufacturing plant in Princeton, Indiana.

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Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4
20 MPG City | 25 MPG Hwy
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2012 Toyota Highlander Specifications

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2.7L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
25 MPG
187 hp @ 5800rpm
186 ft lb of torque @ 4100rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)

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