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Receiving package updates, the 2013 Toyota Highlander is a mid-size SUV available with two different engine options; a standard 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque and an optional 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. The base engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD while the upgraded engine is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission and 4WD. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 17 mpg city to 25 mpg highway, depending on engine selection. Features include 9-speaker audio system, navigation, rear seat entertainment system, power liftgate with jam protection and 19-inch 10 spoke alloy wheels. Safety is comprised of enhanced vehicle stability control (VSC), traction control system (TCS), anti-lock brake system (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA), smart stop technology (SST), driver and front passenger advanced airbag system, front seat-mounted airbags, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), hill start assist control and downhill assist control. The Highlander is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.

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The big change for the 2013 Toyota Highlander is the addition of a new trim level--the Highlander Plus--which replaces the previous Tech Package while adding a rear backup camera, 3.5-inch multi-touch display, fog lights and more. Highlanders in base, SE and Plus trims now feature a standard Display Audio unit with 6.1-inch touchscreen. The Highlander Hybrid now includes as standard Display Audio with Navigation and the Entune multimedia package.

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Roomy and versatile interior; seating for seven adults; responsive acceleration; confident ride; hybrid availability; V6 towing capability

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The 2013 Toyota Highlander is still seen as one of the best utilities available in the United States. Offering seating for seven adults, the Highlander is surprisingly versatile. When properly equipped, the upper-end Highlanders can tow up to 5,000 pounds. MSRP starts at under $29,000, and estimated mileage is 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway for the base 4-cylinder trim. The hybrid version starts under $40,000 and is capable of 28 mpg in the city.


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