The 2012 Toyota Highlander is a mid-size SUV available with two different engine options; a standard 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque and an optional 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. The base engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD while the upgraded engine is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission and 4WD. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 17 mpg city to 25 mpg highway, depending on engine selection. Features include 9-speaker audio system, navigation, rear seat entertainment system, power liftgate with jam protection and 19-inch 10 spoke alloy wheels. Safety is comprised of enhanced vehicle stability control, traction control system, anti-lock brake system, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, smart stop technology, driver and front passenger advanced airbag system, front seat-mounted airbags, tire pressure monitoring system, hill start assist control and downhill assist control. The Highlander is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The 2012 Highlander sees no significant changes from last year's model.
Roomy and versatile interior; seating for seven adults; responsive acceleration; confident ride; hybrid availability; V6 towing capability
The 2012 Toyota Highlander is still seen as one of the best utilities available in the United States. Offering seating for seven adults, the Highlander is surprisingly versatile. When properly equipped, the upper-end Highlanders can tow up to 5,000 pounds. MSRP starts at $28,000. Estimated mileage is 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway for the base 4-cylinder trim. The hybrid version starts at around $38,000 and is capable of 27 mpg in the city.