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2012 Toyota Highlander Review

2012 Toyota Highlander

NEW FOR 2012:

- Black leather interior available on V6 model
- Hybrid adds tonneau cover to optional Comfort package and Limited model
- Interior colour: Ash/black and black/sand beige added to Hybrid Limited

For 2012, the Toyota Highlander adds some trim options, with a black leather interior available on the V6 model and a tonneau cover added to the Hybrid.

The Highlander comes with three engine choices. The base Highlander uses a 2.7-litre four-cylinder with six-speed automatic, while the V6 models use a 3.5-litre V6 with five-speed automatic transmission. The Hybrid uses a 3.5-litre V6 engine with Synergy Drive hybrid electric system and CVT. The four-cylinder is front-wheel drive, while the V6 and Hybrid are all-wheel drive.

Features on the Highlander four-cylinder include 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, power locks with keyless entry, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, eight-way power driver's seat, 40/20/40 middle-row seats, flat-folding third-row seats, cruise control, conversation mirror, power windows with driver's auto up/down, floor mats, heated mirrors, privacy glass, variable intermittent wipers, windshield de-icer, rear washer/wiper, front and rear splash guards, front tow hook, and driver's knee airbag.

The Highlander V6 adds six-CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input and wheel-mounted controls, premium cloth seats, Optitron gauges, cargo cover, leather-wrapped steering wheel, illuminated entry, power liftgate, backup camera, flip-up rear glass hatch, roof rails, and fog lamps.

The V6 Leather adds heated leather seats and garage door opener.

The V6 Sport adds 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, silver interior accent trim, power sunroof, rear spoiler, and automatic headlamps.

The V6 Limited adds Bluetooth connectivity, four-way power passenger seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, woodgrain interior trim, chrome inner door handles, footwell lighting, reading lamps, Smart Key system with pushbutton start, garage door opener, anti-theft system, and heated mirrors with puddle lamps.

Features on the Hybrid include 17-inch alloy wheels, three-zone manual air conditioning, cloth seats, eight-way power driver's seat, 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seat, 50/50 split-folding third-row seat, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input and USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, XM satellite radio, six speakers, keyless entry, 3.5-inch multi-information display, rearview camera, cruise control, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, dual vanity mirrors, conversation mirror, auto-down driver's window, all-weather floor mats, and digital clock.

The Hybrid Comfort Package adds cargo cover, smart key system with pushbutton start, power liftgate, power sunroof, roof rail crossbars, anti-theft system and automatic headlamps.

The Hybrid Limited adds 19-inch alloy wheels, three-zone automatic climate control, ten-way driver and four-way passenger power-adjustable heated perforated leather seats, woodgrain trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and HVAC controls, premium four-disc CD/MP3 stereo, navigation system, rear privacy glass, rear reading lamps, and flip-up rear hatch glass.