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2012 Toyota Highlander Limited SUV

2012 Toyota Highlander Review

(0 Stars)  Practically perfect mid-size crossover.

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Overview
Our left-brain loves the Toyota Highlander. It squeezes three rows of seats into a relatively small package (although like so many other crossovers, it has grown over the years). It outflanks competitors with three powertrain offerings--a in-line four-cylinder, a V-6, and a V-6 hybrid that achieves 28 mpg combined. The six-cylinder likely would get better fuel economy if it, like the 2.7-liter four-cylinder, came with a six-speed rather than a five-speed automatic. The interior, largely unchanged after four years on the market, remains a strong point, with large, attractive controls and all the technology buyers in this segment expect. There are also some features that will please former minivan owners, like second-row captain's chairs that can slide together to become a bench seat. A power liftgate is standard on all but base models. The Highlander's problem is that it has been overprocessed and overengineered to the point that it hardly registers any emotion. The steering and handling fail to provide any information to the driver. Styling, revised last year, tries to borrow from Toyota's larger, tougher trucks, but the Highlander mostly looks awkward and bland at the same time. Offerings from GM and Mazda drive and look better. Of course, keep in mind that we are talking about the crossover segment, where the Highlander's technical prowess is much more important than how it appeals to the emotions.

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2012 Highlander Limited Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.5L V 6 DOHC with VVT-i variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 18 MPG city, 24 MPG highway, 20 MPG combined and 384 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
19.2gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 270 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 248 ft lb of torque @ 4,700 rpm

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'12 Toyota Limited SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Privacy Glass
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Rear Spoiler
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Hill Decent Control
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Knee Air Bag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
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