About Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander is a mid-size SUV manufactured by Toyota. It was first launched at the New York International Auto Show in April 2000. The Highlander was one of the first mid-size SUVs or crossovers to be launched in Japan in late 2000 and in North America in January 2001. It is a crossover similar to the more rugged mid-size 4Runner. It became Toyota's best-selling SUV until it was replaced by the smaller RAV4 in 2006. In Japan, the Toyota Highlander is only available through Toyota's NETZ dealer network as a larger alternative to the RAV4. Unlike the Toyota 4Runner and other mid-size competitors, the Toyota Highlander is designed for on-road comfort, thanks to its body structure and independent rear suspension. Although it is longer than the 4Runner, the Toyota Highlander is more comfortable.
In 2004, the Limited's wheels were changed from six-spoke alloy to five-spoke alloy wheels. The standard Highlander's steel wheels were also replaced with aluminum wheels offered on the Limited and B-package for the 2001-2003 model year. The models have a special air intake to differentiate them from other models. The wheel design is also different on some models, and the hybrid model has a unique two-wheel design. In 2003, V6 models were equipped with a new five-speed automatic transmission that replaced the four-speed. Four-speed models use the old four-speed automatic transmission. That same year, the third row of seats was introduced as an option. It meant two additional rows of seating. Until now, the center console was only available on the highest trim level. It is now standard on all trim levels. The bodywork behind the second row of seats has been slightly modified to create a recess in the trunk floor for an additional third row of seats.
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In North America, the hybrid version is called Toyota Highlander Hybrid. It is also the first seven-seat hybrid car. Because the electric motors provide the power, overall acceleration is better, especially on the highway. Other improvements include Toyota's VDIM system and EBC. At the 2007 Chicago Auto Show, Toyota introduced the second-generation Toyota Highlander and Toyota Highlander Hybrid. U.S. sales will begin in July, and the hybrids will be available in late September. The second-generation Highlander and Highlander Hybrid will not be sold in Japan. Sales of the five-seat car were discontinued in the U.S. and Canada and replaced by the Venza. In 2009, Toyota again offered a four-cylinder, five-seater with front-wheel drive. In early 2010, the same three trim levels were offered. The SE model replaced the Sport model. With the V6 chassis, buyers can still choose between front- or all-wheel drive. The EPS system is also new.
The new generation Kluger was launched in Australia in August 2007. It is available in three versions. All versions are available in two-wheel drive or truck versions. The base KX-R model is available with five or seven seats. The Grande version is only available with seven seats. Specifications are similar to those of the American Highlander, with the same 3.5-liter V6 2GR-FE engine and five-speed automatic gearbox. However, there are currently no plans to offer a hybrid version of the Kluger in the Australian market. In 2010, Toyota made some changes to the Hybrid models for the 2011 model year. Although the overall design is the same as the 2010 model, the front end of the car has changed significantly with new headlights, new black chrome connecting wires, and a new grille.