2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Performance
The Highlander Hybrid comes with a new 3.5-liter V6 engine (replacing the 3.3-literl) and uses electric motor assistance. Combined power output jumps goes from 270 hp to 280 hp.
It features an electronic ignition with Toyota Direct Ignition (TDI). The electric permanent magnet motor has drive front wheels and regeneration during the braking process. Power-assisted 12.9 in. front/sold and 12.2 in. rear disc brakes w/ ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and BA (Brake Assistance) make overall brake handling is said to be solid with no reported problems in testing.
The hybrid system has net power of 280 hp. The transmission (gas engines) are 6-speed controlled electronically with auto-transmission featuring intelligence with sequential shift and snow mode and 5 speed elect. controlled auto-transmission w/ intelligence, with sequential shift and snow mode and snow mode. The hybrid transmission is elect. controlled cont. variable transmission with economy mode.
The CD (Coefficient of Drag) is 0.34. The hybrid features EPS (Electric Power Steering) w/ power-assisted rack-and-pinion. The turning circle diameter from curb to curb is 38.7 ft. The battery type is sealed Nickel Metal Hydride.
The 2011 Highlander's Hybrid has a powertrain boasting an impressive 28 mpg/city and 28 mpg/highway rating up from 27/25. First impressions during testing show a smooth transition from gas to electric engine features, making it a practical and efficient hybrid yielding a smooth ride.