The 2015 Highlander is a runaway hit
Sometimes, even Toyota surprises itself when it introduces a new product. When the all-new, third-generation Highlander midsize SUV was introduced in the latter half of last year, even those of us expecting it to do well were shocked with how much demand there was. And so, for a long time, it was difficult to even get a Highlander, with a several-month wait for customers.
A 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine features as the base engine is equipped with a variable intake manifold and dual Variable-Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), It’s teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission. A step up is the 3.5-litre V6; acceleration and fuel efficiency are improved thanks to a new six-speed automatic that offers selectable manual sequential shifting. The Highlander Hybrid’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system pairs the 3.5-litre V6 gasoline engine with a high-torque electric drive motor-generator for additional power and fuel efficiency. Highlander’s Dynamic Torque Control AWD system automatically shifts from front-wheel drive to AWD when accelerating or when sensors detect wheel slippage.
All new Highlanders have eight standard airbags, the Star Safety System (with enhanced vehicle stability control, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and ABS with smart stop technology). All Highlanders also have a standard backup camera and hill-start assist Control.