(TORONTO) – Canadians love the Toyota Highlander for its remarkable combination of mid-size crossover flexibility and performance, and passenger car-worthy fuel efficiency and driving comfort. For the 2009 model year, Toyota offers an upgraded V6 base model, new options package, and a soon-to-come fuel-friendly powerful 4-cylinder model to enhance Highlander’s forceful styling, generous performance and segment-leading utility.


“In the Toyota Highlander Canadians can soon enjoy a mid-size crossover that’s even more flexible and versatile with a new 4-cylinder model,” explained Warren Orton, Director,Toyota Canada Inc. “With the 2009 Highlander, we are anticipating the needs of Canadians who face rising fuel prices. So, starting this winter, Toyota introduces a new 4-cylinder model that will offer outstanding fuel efficiency without sacrificing power and amenities that Canadian drivers expect in a mid-size crossover vehicle.”


For 2009, the Highlander V6 now enjoys even more convenient standard equipment, such as: 3.5” LCD display with back-up camera, a power rear door with jam protection, flip-up rear glass hatch, eight-way power driver’s seat, premium cloth seat surfaces, in-dash six-disc CD changer, and fog lamps. The Highlander V6 may also be ordered with a newly available Leather Package, which adds leather seats, heated driver and front passenger seats, and an Automatic Headlamp System.


Coming this winter, a new 2.7 litre 4-cylinder engine will enter the 2009 Highlander model line-up. This new model will deliver outstanding fuel efficiency plus an impressive 187 horsepower at 5,800 RPM and 186 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 RPM. The 4-cylinder model will be mated to an all-new six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) to deliver V6-like performance. It will remain crossover-capable with a remarkable towing capacity of 1,588 kg (3,500 lbs). Moreover, with great options available, such as a power driver seat, rear air conditioning, roof rack, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more, Canadians have even more reason to look to fuel efficient choices that meet their needs.


The 2009 Toyota Highlander 4WD V6 is now on sale across Canada. The Toyota Highlander 4WD V6 carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $37,570, while the Highlander 4WD V6 Sport starts at a suggested $42,505 and the Highlander 4WD V6 Limited starts at a suggested $46,205.