NEW FOR 2011:

– Restyled front and rear fascias and interior dash trim
– Highlander adds new 17-inch alloy wheels, new 50/50-split third-row bench seat, upgraded audio system, rear HVAC controls and new option packages
– Highlander Hybrid adds upgraded 3.5-litre V6 with enhanced electric motors, new 17-inch alloy wheels, upgraded audio system with USB input and XM satellite radio
– Base Highlander Hybrid adds new 50/50-split third-row bench seat
– Exterior colours (Highlander): Dark Red, Nautical Blue Metallic and Shoreline Blue Pearl added
– Exterior colours (Highlander Hybrid): Sizzling Crimson Mica, Pre-Dawn Grey Mica and Shoreline Blue Pearl added

For 2011, the Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid undergo a mild facelift, with new front and rear fascias and interior trim changes. Both receive new 17-inch alloy wheels, upgraded stereo systems and a new bench seat, and the Hybrid receives a 3.5-litre V6 in place of the previous 3.3-litre V6.

Three engines are available. 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. 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, back-up 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 rear-view 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, flat-folding 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, back-up 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 rear-view mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear reading lamps, power liftgate, garage door opener, DVD-based navigation system with back-up camera, anti-theft system, heated mirrors with puddle lamps, roof rack, power sunroof, automatic headlamps and fog lamps.

Connect with Autos.ca