(TORONTO, ON – September 13, 2012) It’s good to be in the 2013 Toyota Highlander – the sophisticated crossover that combines the capacity of an SUV with the road manners of a sedan.
 
“All Highlander models offer room for seven adults – or room for two plus more than 95 cubic feet of cargo space – so Highlander is a perfect choice for active lifestyles,” said Tony Wearing, Senior Managing Director, Toyota Canada Inc. “But unlike traditional SUVs, the Highlander is styled with crisp, clean lines that emphasize intelligence, rather than toughness. Highlander’s dynamic, modern personality and performance is as welcome during a night in the city as it is for a trip to cottage country.”
 
The 2013 Toyota Highlander is available with a choice of two engines:
  • The Highlander FWD I4 features a surprisingly powerful 2.7 liter 4-cylinder that is also remarkably efficient. This engine generates a peak 187 horsepower and up to 186 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to a six-speed automatic ECT transmission and front wheel drive to deliver a combined city/highway fuel efficiency of 9.0 L / 100 KM.
  • The Highlander 4WD V6 and Highlander 4WD V6 Limited are equipped with a 3.5 liter V6 that delivers up to 270 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. With full time four-wheel-drive and a five-speed automatic ECT transmission, these models enjoy a combined city/highway fuel efficiency of 10.9 L / 100 KM.
Both engines feature Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence, Sequential Multiport Electronic Fuel Injection and other systems to maximize power and minimize emissions. Meantime, a heavy duty battery, starter, alternator and heater deliver reliability in all temperature and weather conditions.
 
Both transmissions feature overdrive, sequential shift mode, a gate-type shifter, lock up torque converter and dedicated transmission cooler.
 
Highlander drivers enjoy confidence and comfort, thanks to a refined suspension featuring specially tuned anti-vibration sub-frames, Macpherson gas struts, shock absorbers, coil springs, and stabilizer bars.
 
Safety is always standard on a Toyota, so every Highlander features seven airbags (dual-stage driver and front passenger, driver knee, front seat mounted side, and roll-sensing front and rear head/side curtain) plus Active Front Headrests with Whiplash Protection, anchor points for child seats, child protector rear door locks, and a direct tire pressure monitoring system. As with every new Toyota since 2011, the 2013 Highlander is also standard equipped with the six active safety technologies of the Star Safety System: Antilock Brake System, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and Smart Stop Technology work together to help drivers avoid potential accident situations. Additional handling and control technologies on V6-equipped models include Hill-start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control.
 
Every 2013 Toyota Highlander is equipped with comfort, convenience and style features, including: air conditioning; front row bucket seats; a 40/20/40 split reclining second row seat with remove centre stow seat/console; a 50/50 split third row bench seat with remote release in the cargo area; high-visibility Optitron instrumentation gauges, a tachometer, dual trip odometer and digital clock; cruise control; dual vanity mirrors plus a conversation mirror; power door locks; power windows with auto up/down function on driver’s window; rear privacy glass; tilting/telescoping steering column; plenty of thoughtful, in-cabin storage; reading lamps; a 12v accessory power outlet and retained accessory power; dual power-adjustable, heated exterior mirrors; roof rails; front and rear splash guards; a spoiler with integrated LED stop lamp; variable intermittent windshield wipers plus a rear window wiper/washer; the automatic headlamp system; fog lamps; and more.
 
The 2013 Highlander is available in three models:
 
Toyota Highlander FWD I4 (MSRP starting at $31,680)
The Toyota Highlander FWD I4 is notable for its efficiency, comfort and versatility. Standard features include: a six-speaker audio system with auxiliary input jack; two-zone climate control; keyless entry; 17” aluminum alloy wheels with locks; and more.
 
Toyota Highlander 4WD V6 (MSRP starting at $35,925)
The Toyota Highlander 4WD V6 is powerful and confident, with a V6 and full-time four-wheel-drive. Standard features include: a six-speaker audio system with auxiliary audio and USB audio inputs, Bluetooth capability, Integrated XM Satellite Radio, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a Vacuum Fluorescent Display; two-zone climate control; keyless entry with hatch release; seats clad in easy-clean fabric; an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat; a stand-alone back-up camera; outside temperature gauge and multi-information display with Toyota Customizable Features; electro-chromatic rear view mirror with integrated digital compass; power rear door with jam protection; 17” aluminum alloy wheels with locks; roof rail crossbars; and more.
 
The Toyota Highlander 4WD V6 may be enhanced with a choice of two packages:
  • The Leather Package adds leather seat surfaces, heated front seats, and an integrated garage door opener.
  • The Sport Package adds 19” aluminum alloy wheels with locks, 3-zone automatic climate control, leather seat surfaces, heated front seats, an integrated garage door opener, power moonroof, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, simulated leather door trim, and an alarm system.
Toyota Highlander 4WD V6 Limited (MSRP starting at $45,100)
The Toyota Highlander 4WD V6 Limited features premium comfort and convenience touches, plus the power and confidence of a V6 and full-time four-wheel-drive. Standard features include: a nine-speaker Premium JBL Audio system with four-disc CD changer, auxiliary audio and USB audio inputs, Bluetooth capability, Integrated XM Satellite Radio and steering wheel-mounted audio controls; three-zone automatic climate control; keyless entry with hatch release plus the Toyota Smart Key System with Push Button Start; perforated leather seat surfaces; a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and four-way power adjustable front passenger seat; heated front seats; a voice-activated DVD navigation system with integrated back-up camera; outside temperature gauge and multi-information display with Toyota Customizable Features; electro-chromatic rear view mirror with integrated digital compass; dual illuminated vanity mirrors; satin mahogany woodgrain-style interior trim; a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; simulated leather interior door trim; chrome inner door handles; integrated garage door opener; power rear door with jam protection; 19” aluminum alloy wheels with locks; puddle lamps on the exterior mirrors; roof rail crossbars; power moonroof; chrome exterior door handles; and more.
 
The 2013 Toyota Highlander is now on sale at Toyota Dealers across Canada. For more information on features and specifications, visit www.toyota.ca/highlander
 
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars, SUVs and trucks. Toyota is the first full-line manufacturer to make all of the elements of the Star Safety System standard on every vehicle starting in 2011. The Star Safety System includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST). TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver.