(TORONTO) – Passenger car-like handling and control, the power and versatility of a mid-size SUV, and an innovative, future-friendly power train that maximizes power and torque while minimizing fuel use and emissions. Canadian drivers looking for all of that, and more, can find it in the 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid.
 
“The 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid features all of the great versatility of the conventionally powered gas model – then adds performance and efficiency that only Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive can deliver,” said Warren Orton, Director at Toyota Canada Inc. “With two models, accommodating five or seven passengers or 2.66m3 of cargo, it’s easy to take family, friends and gear wherever you want to go – with fewer stops for gas and the peace of mind of reduced emissions.”
 
The Highlander Hybrid’s powertrain was designed specifically for the needs of a mid-size SUV, with emphasis on performance, comfort, and efficiency. Built around a 3.3 Litre V6 and powerful, high-torque electric motors, the Hybrid Synergy Drive achieves 270 peak horsepower across a broad speed band, up to 212 lb-ft of torque, and a Tier 2 Bin 3 emissions rating. The electronically controlled continuously variable transmission selects the ideal balance of power, torque and fuel efficiency at every speed and under every driving condition. This plus an extensive suite of Toyota engine management technologies combine to deliver a combined city/highway fuel consumption rating of just 7.7 L/100 KM and remarkably powerful acceleration for confident driving.
 
Ready to handle anything, all Highlander Hybrid models are equipped with extensive handling and safety features, including:
  • Seven standard air bags (dual stage driver and front passenger air bags, front seat mounted side air bags, driver knee air bag, roll-sensing front and rear head/side curtain air bags);
  • Three-point lap and shoulder belts for all seating positions, including front seatbelt anchor height adjusters, pre-tensioners and force limiters;
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes enhanced with Toyota’s Antilock Braking System, Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution technologies, plus the innovative electronically controlled hydraulic braking system and Toyota’s Integrated Regenerative Braking System, which captures energy that would otherwise be wasted during braking and uses it to charge the Hybrid Synergy Drive’s high-capacity storage battery;
  • Highly responsive electric power steering;
  • Toyota’s state of the art Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System, plus Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control technologies;
  • The confidence of on-demand electronic four-wheel-drive;
  • A specially designed suspension featuring front and rear anti-vibration sub-frames and stabilizer bars;
  • Anchor points for child seats and child protector rear door locks.
 
Full featured
Both Highlander Hybrid models are equipped with generous suites of comfort and convenience features. These include:
  • A 3.5” multi-information display with back-up camera for additional safety;
  • Cruise control;
  • A tilting/telescoping steering column for maximum driver comfort;
  • A unique 40/20/40 split second-row seat with a fold and stow centre seat;
  • Power door locks with keyless entry and the Toyota Smart Key system with Push Button Start;
  • Power windows with a driver’s side auto down function;
  • High visibility Optitron instrument gauges, including a tachometer, dual trip odometer, multi-information display, outside temperature gauge, and kilowatt power meter;
  • Dual vanity mirrors and map lamps;
  • A birch woodgrain style interior trim;
  • Plenty of in-cabin smart storage, including a front console box with lid, front seat back pockets, overhead sunglass storage, front and rear cup holders, coat hooks, door map pockets, and cargo area tie-down rings and shopping bag hooks;
  • Front and rear splash guards;
  • Variable intermittent wipers, including a rear window wiper/washer;
  • High solar energy absorbing window glass;
  • Power adjustable heated mirrors;
  • Halogen headlamps;
  • A six-speaker audio system featuring AM/FM/CD with MP3/WMA capability and input jack for portable music players (base audio system);
  • Stylish 17” aluminum alloy wheels with wheel locks and P245/65R17 all season radials, including a full-size spare tire with alloy wheel (base model wheels);
  • Air conditioning with cabin air filter and rear seat heater ducts;
  • And more.
Two packages are available for the 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The Comfort Package adds seven-person capacity with comfortable third-row seating that folds flat and features a convenient remote release in the cargo area. Other convenience and comfort features in this package include:
  • 19” aluminum alloy wheels with wheel locks, fitted with P245/55R19 all season radials, including a full-size spare tire with alloy wheel;
  • Rear air conditioning with climate control;
  • An upgraded audio system with six-disc CD changer;
  • An 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat;
  • A power rear door with jam protection, keyless release, and flip up rear hatch glass;
  • Roof mounted rear spoiler;
  • Roof rails and crossbars;
  • Heated exterior mirrors;
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors;
  • Puddle lamps;
  • A leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob;
  • The automatic headlamp system;
  • Rear seat reading lamps.
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid may also be ordered with the Leather Package, which includes all features in the Comfort Package, plus:
  • Leather seat surfaces;
  • Heated front seats.
 
The Highlander Hybrid Limited
Get the ultimate experience with the seven-passenger Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited. From end to end, it’s an expression of innovative motoring, with a full suite of standard features, including:
  • A premium nine-speaker JBL Audio system with AM/FM/six-disc CD changer with MP3/WMA capability, input jack for portable music players, Bluetooth capability, XM Satellite Radio ready antenna with pre-wire, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls;
  • Three-zone independent automatic climate control with cabin air filter and rear seat heater ducts;
  • Leather seat surfaces throughout, with heated front-row seats;
  • Power adjustable driver and front passenger’s seat;
  • Comfortable third-row seating that folds flat and features a convenient remote release in the cargo area;
  • Rear seat reading lamps;
  • A voice-activated DVD-based navigation system with 8.0” display and integrated back-up camera;
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror and dual illuminated vanity mirrors;
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; simulated leather door trim;
  • Integrated garage door opener;
  • A power rear door with jam protection and remote hatch release;
  • An anti-theft system;
  • 19” aluminum alloy wheels with wheel locks, fitted with P245/55R19 all season radials, including a full-size spare tire with alloy wheel;
  • Puddle lamps;
  • Roof rails and crossbars;
  • Power moonroof;
  • Roof-mounted rear spoiler;
  • The automatic headlamp system and fog lamps;
  • And more.
 
The 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is on sale at Toyota Dealers across Canada now. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $42,725. The Toyota Highlander Limited’s suggested price starts at $54,775.