NEW FOR 2010:

– Standard eight-way power driver’s seat
– Exterior colours: Cypress Pearl added; Sandy Beach Metallic and Wave Line Pearl discontinued

For 2010, changes to the Toyota Highlander are minor: a power driver’s seat is standard on all models (except for the base Hybrid, where it’s optional), and there are new colour changes.

The Highlander uses a platform derived from the Camry and Avalon, and has three rows of seats in all models.

Three engines are available. The base Highlander uses a 2.7-litre four-cylinder with six-speed automatic. The V6 models use a 3.5-litre V6, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, while the Hybrid uses a 3.3-litre V6 with Toyota’s Synergy Drive hybrid electric system and CVT. The four-cylinder is front-wheel drive, while all other models are four-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 Sport adds 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated leather seats, 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, air conditioning, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, premium cloth seats, 40/20/40 middle-row seats, 40/20/40 third-row seats, power locks, Optitron gauges, power windows with driver’s auto down, woodgrain trim, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, floor mats, Smart Key with pushbutton start, cruise control, backup camera, driver’s knee airbag, front tow hook, power mirrors, privacy glass, front and rear splash guards, variable intermittent wipers, rear washer/wiper, and windshield de-icer.

The Hybrid Limited adds 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, four-CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input and wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth connectivity, heated leather seats with eight-way driver and four-way passenger power adjustment, second-row armrest, third-row flat-folding bench seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear reading lamps, power liftgate, garage door opener, DVD-based navigation system with backup camera, anti-theft system, heated mirrors with puddle lamps, roof rack, power sunroof, automatic headlamps and fog lamps.

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