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2011 Toyota Highlander

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Highlander MSRP: $ 28090.00
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  • Passive, hushed ride
  • Supportive and comfortable seats
  • Second-row seat has clever hideaway feature
  • Easy to drive
  • Numb electric steering
  • Third row seats suitable only for kids or very small people
  • Comparable SUVs have more overall passenger and cargo space
  • More car than SUV
Verdict: The Toyota Highlander is a great family car with its third row seating and easy driving feel. The Highlander's core strengths deliver a comfortable, affordable and safe crossover SUV for families.

Of course, it isn’t perfect: competitors offer more cargo space, more comfortable third-row seats and a driving experience that’s more engaging. br>
The Highlander comes in base, SE and Limited trims. For 2011, the Highlander gets a standard third row seat and some refreshed styling.

CarReview's opinion of the 2011 Toyota Highlander

  • Spacious and airy
  • Flat storage area
  • 5,000 lb. tow rating
  • Hit-or-miss remote tailgate release
  • Bug-eye styling
  • 270 hp not enough

Verdict: The look of the 2011 Highlander was freshened, but it will never win any beauty contests. Inside, the redo is more beneficial. Three rows of seats are now standard in a ll models. Bulky items can be loaded easily onto a flat load surface after the second and third row seats are stowed in the floor.

The Highlander’s cabin is so comfortable and fully equipped that it makes you feel like you never left home. The front seats loft you above the mean streets and permit you to survey the road ahead with an aristocratic, studied indifference. The interior is quiet, the furnishings subdued but handsome, the bevy of techno-tools at your disposal daunting. The voice activated touch screen DVD Navigation system awaits your bidding, and the 9-speaker JBL audio sounds splendid when playing standard XM satellite radio. The 2011 LTD is the first Highlander to offer music streaming through Bluetooth wireless technology. If you’re more inclined to enjoy gadget fidgeting than driving, the Highlander is the perfect balm for your attention deficit disorder.

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