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2011 Toyota Highlander
2011 Toyota Highlander
Available Price Range $13,447-$25,259 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 19-22 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2011 Toyota Highlander

Our Take

The Toyota Highlander gets a number of visual changes, some new interior features and reshuffled equipment packages for 2011. Offered in front- and all-wheel drive, the Highlander crossover comes with a four-cylinder or V-6 engine. Competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Flex and Honda ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Mushy brakes
  • Lackluster handling
  • Inconsistent cabin materials
  • Cramped third row

Notable Features

  • Updated exterior
  • New rear climate controls
  • New split-folding third row
  • FWD or AWD, four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available Highlander Hybrid with stronger drivetrain


Our Expert Reviews

If you're looking for a three-row crossover, the 2011 Toyota Highlander is as sound a pick as you can get. It's affordable and it has a quiet, comfortable ride with a family-friendly interior. Even as newcomers like the Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango face off against the Highlander and the Honda Pilot, I still find the Highlander a capable underdog. If you opt for the V-6 engine, it ... Read full review for the 2011 Toyota Highlander

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Consumer Reviews


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Meeting expectations

by Very Choosy Buyer from Connecticut on April 13, 2011

I purchased the Basic model with the Tech and Cold Weather packages. Although the Tech Package is definitely pricey, you wind up having to get it in order to get the features you want. In this configu... Read Full Review


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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