2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid - Road Test Specs

2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV

(3.5L V6 Hybrid AWD CVT Automatic)


Year Make Model2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr 7-passenger SUV
Base MSRP$43,755
Options on test vehicleVoice-Activated Touchscreen DVD Navigation System ($2,650 -- includes integrated back-up camera, JBL AM/FM four-disc CD changer, 9 speakers including subwoofer, automatic sound leveling, XM radio with NavTraffic including a 90-day subscription, USB port with iPod connectivity, hands-free phone and music streaming capability via Bluetooth wireless).
As-tested MSRP$46,405
Assembly locationPrinceton, Indiana


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine combined with electric motor(s), front-wheel drive and rear-wheel electric motor(s)
Engine typeNaturally aspirated gasoline V6 with auto-stop/start
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,456cc (211 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)12.5
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)5,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)231 @ 5,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)215 @ 4,800
Fuel type87-octane recommended
Hybrid typeSeries-parallel
Electric motor rating (kW)123
Combined horsepower (hp @ rpm)280
System voltage650
Battery typeNickel-metal hydride (NI-MH)
Battery voltage288
Transmission typePlanetary gearset-regulated continuously variable transmission
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.542


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, lateral links, trailing links, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)17.0
Tire make and modelToyo Open Country A20
Tire typeAll-season, touring, low-rolling resistance
Tire sizeP245/55R19 103S
Wheel size19-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front12.9-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with dual-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear12.2-inch one-piece solid cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.9
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.8
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)7.4
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)10.6
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.4 @ 91.1
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)120
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)60.2
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON59.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.77
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.76
Sound level @ idle (dB)38.2
@ Full throttle (dB)74.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.3

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsSurprisingly quick. This vehicle benefits when "brake torqued" because this forces the gasoline engine to start for a faster launch. CVT is obviously seamless and maximum electrical assist is indicated at 60 mph. Only a wisp of tirespin at launch with Trac off, so it might not be truly off or, more likely, it's getting a shove from the rear.
Braking commentsHighly susceptible to surface variations (dust/grit and small undulations) that produced 16-foot differences. Still, even at its longest, the Highlander stops as short as its peers. Some dive, but again, it's not horrible.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Steering lacks feel but build-up is appropriate. ESC "off" is not truly off, but in this mode intervention happens later, when understeer gets noticeable. With ESC on, the system starts closing throttle and dabbing brakes before understeer begins. Thankfully, the usual Toyota ESC "beep-beeping" is not present here. Slalom: With ESC "off" (it isn't truly), the Highlander Hybrid turns in crisply, but gentle understeer limits ultimate performance. Also, ESC goes berserk by the last gate, so timing it right makes a difference. Same results with ESC on, only slower.

Testing Conditions

Test date8/31/2010
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)76
Relative humidity (%)40
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)1.3 headwind
Odometer (mi.)2,016
Fuel used for test87-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)33/33

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)28 city/28 highway/28 combined
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.2
Driving range (mi.)480

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionJBL AM/FM 4-disc CD changer with MP3/WMA playback, nine speakers including subwoofer
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack, USB stick, generic aux jack, Bluetooth streaming audio
Satellite radioStandard XM w/90-day trial subscription
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentOptional, not present on test car
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional, present on test car
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartStandard on Limited grade
Parking aidsOptional back-up camera (included with navigation system)
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayStandard

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,762
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,764
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)54/46
Length (in.)188.4
Width (in.)75.2
Height (in.)69.3
Wheelbase (in.)109.8
Track, front (in.)64.0
Track, rear (in.)64.0
Turning circle (ft.)38.7
Legroom, front (in.)43.2
Legroom, rear (in.)38.4
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)29.9
Headroom, front (in.)39.7
Headroom, rear (in.)39.8
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)36.3
Shoulder room, front (in.)59.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)59.5
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)55.0
Seating capacity7
Step-in height, measured (in.)18.8
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)94.1
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)42.3
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)10.3
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)29.5
GVWR (lbs.)6,150
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)1,388
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,500
Ground clearance (in.)7.3
Approach angle (degrees)29.0
Departure angle (degrees)24.0


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance2 years/25,000 miles
Hybrid/battery8 years/100,000 miles (federal); 10 years/150,000 miles (California-emissions states)

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