Significant Features of the 2013 Toyota Highlander


The 2013 Toyota Highlander is one of the most popular 3-row crossover SUV models in the market right now. This vehicle is always admired for its attractive interior, mild handling, and decent fuel economy ratings.  Although Toyota has implemented a few changes on the Highlander lately, the vehicle still rides unibody platform that was derived from a car and retained most of the impressive features that are offered by its predecessors.

Under the hood, the base model of the 2013 Toyota Highlander is powered by a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces a maximum power output of up to 186 horsepower and 187 lb.-ft. of torque. Buyers who are in need of a more powerful Highlander could go for the version which is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine which generates up to 270 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 4-cylinder engine used on the 2013 Toyota Highlander is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and this is exclusively connected to a front-wheel drive system. The front-wheel drive Highlander which is powered by this engine is expected to obtain the estimated fuel economy ratings of 20 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway.

The V-6 engine used on the 2013 Toyota Highlander on the other hand is connected to a 5-speed automatic transmission and connected to either a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive system. The front-wheel drive version is expected to return 18 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway. The all-wheel drive version is also expected to achieve the ratings of 17 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway.

In terms of trim level breakdown, the 2013 Toyota Highlander is currently available in base, Plus, SE, and Limited model. The base model is equipped with a number of standard features such as the front and rear air-conditioner, power locks and windows, cruise control, stereo system with AM/FM and CD player, 17-inch alloy wheels, and keyless entry.

The Plus model which is the recently-added trim on the lineup is sold with standard features such as the backup camera on the rear, cargo area cover, roof rails, and fog lights. The SE model comes with power-adjustable and heated seats in front, leather upholstery, and a moonroof. The Limited trim on the other hand is equipped with the 19-inch alloy wheels, perforated leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control and silver roof rails.

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Marty Bay is the Lead Writer and Editor for VPM Automotive. He has researched and reviewed 100s of cars, and writes extensively about car technologies.
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