• Aug 26, 2010
2011 Toyota Highlander – Click above for high-res image gallery

Right on cue, Toyota has debuted the 2011 Highlander at this year's Moscow Motor Show. As we first showed you earlier this month, the refreshed crossover now wears a slightly reworked nose, complete with hood, front fenders, fascia, grille and headlights as well as a mildly massaged rear end. Look for new taillights and a new bumper cover to help differentiate the 2011's rump from its predecessors. Buyers in the motherland can look forward to a single engine – a 3.5-liter gasoline V6 delivering 273 horsepower through a five-speed automatic transmission.

Can we expect a similar treatment when the 2011 Highlander hits our shores? Perhaps. We're currently awaiting a response from Toyota as to whether this is the face of things to come for the U.S.-spec CUV, but we'd be surprised if our version was terribly different from what you see above, as the Highlander is only built in three factories – China, Japan, and Indiana, making a Russia-specific model unlikely. Chances are that our Highlander will continue to soldier on with the same engine choices available right now. That means that buyers can have their choice between a 3.5-liter V6 with 270 horsepower, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 187 horsepower or a hybrid drivetrain.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      wow, invisible driver...


      I guess they found a solution to the acceleration problem.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry Toyota it just looks bland, nothing expirational or reaching at all... even Kia / Hyundai looks much better.

      On the other hand, the new Ford Explorer actually has some nice character lines and at least a family looking grill so you know its a Ford.. Toyota's are just bland appliances... sorry!
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1

        why this when an explorer is around the corner?
      • 4 Years Ago
      ehhh looks ok...for some odd reason the front reminds of the Sienna..maybe that's just me but it looks o.k....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like Toyota kept the stupid non-splitting third row. Is there any other similarly positioned vehicle that also has a solid third row? This remains a bizarre flaw for, what I think, is a pretty nice looking CUV.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dude, do you not see the pictures that clearly show a split 3rd row? (50/50 split, btw).

        There are only a handful of CUVs that have middle captain chairs (GM triples, this, that's about it). For families with two car seats that's practically a deal maker (or breaker).

        Wished the Flex came with 2nd row captains (like the upmarket MKT does).
        • 4 Years Ago
        @D: I couldn't open the gallery on my phone so could only see the pictures on the first page of the post (showing the view from the rear
        hatch) where there were no visible seams on the folded down third row.

        Thanks for correcting and noting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the new grille is similar to what Nissan is putting on the '11 Quest. Do these Japanese designers all talk to one another during the design stages?

      looks better than the old grille. glad they kept the 3-dimensional headlights. great flat place to sit a soda/beer can while you wash your truck
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just a 5-speed. For some reason, I thought it had a 6-speed, but when I went back and looked at the specs, saw that only the 4-banger has a 6-speed. The V6 is 5-speed. Seems kind of backward to me. The RX has a 6-speed. C'mon Toyota, why are you cheaping out on us?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Doesn't seem backwards to me.

        A vehicle with a wide torque band (like a large v6) does not NEED more than 5 gears to stay in its effective power band.

        On the other hand, a small engine trying to propel a large vehicle (like a 4 cyl trying to move a Highlander) would benefit more from having additional ratios to pick from to make best use of what grunt is has.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Between the two engines the 4 needs the 6-speed auto more than the V6 does.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If anything, it's still better than the CVTs found in the Murano & the Rogue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yawn... Still the humungous center console squeezing the driver's knees together. And enough already with that hideous brown wood trim that belongs in a 70's Pinto. Why not something a bit more attractive like brushed aluminum, carbon fiber, the hammered steel look, or even black plastic? That brown wood grain matches nothing and looks disgusting.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking at the front end, the first thing that came to mind was Cheshire Cat.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really? I see Christopher Lambert.
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