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Toyota unveiled the third generation of its Highlander Hybrid mid-sized crossover at the 2013 LA Auto Show. The new car certainly is a looker, which is carried through the interior of the vehicle, but under the hood, things are a little familiar.
Crossovers are all about fuel efficiency and family functionality. They blend attributes of cars with traits of traditional SUVs to create vehicles that are neither fish nor fowl; they’re the undecided voter of the automotive world, essentially the state of Ohio. Is it going red? Will it be blue? One thing’s certain; it’ll never go to the Green Party.
The 2012 Toyota Prius v Hybrid gets a price increase of $150 for the Two, Three, and Five trim models. The Camry L and LE models see a $100 increase while the XLE sees a $50 price change. Meanwhile, the standard Camry SE model is $220 higher than its 2011 model year counterpart, while the SE V6 and XLE V6 is now up $270. Camry Hybrid LE saw a $90 dollar increase while the XLE is up $100.
All Toyota Tacoma models see a $250 price increase while the Highlander Hybrid models see a $175 increase. Lastly, the 2013 Scion tC both automatic and manual will have its MSRP up $150.
Toyota has announced the pricing for its 2012 Highlander and FJ Cruiser models while a price increase has been put into effect for the 2011 Land Cruiser. For 2012, the Highlander and Highlander Hybrid will see no new features and as a result, the MSRP will remain the same as its 2011 counterparts. The base MSRP for the gas Highlander will start at $28,090 while the high-end Limited V6 with a five-speed automatic starts at $37,045. Highland Hybrid prices will start at $38,140 for the Base 4WD and go up to $43,795 for the Limited 4WD.
The FJ Cruiser, which is also virtually unchanged for 2012, will have an MSRP ranging from $25,990 for the 4×2 with five-speed automatic transmission to the 4×4 V6 automatic with an MSRP of $27,580. The FJ Cruiser does feature a 0.7-percent increase of $200. The 2011 Land Cruiser also gets a $200 price increase, with an MSRP of $69,120.
The prices for the 2012 gas Highlander, FJ Cruiser and 2011 Land Cruiser will become effective starting with August’s production models while the 2012 Highlander Hybrid prices began with July 20th’s production.
Toyota might have been vindicated in it’s unintended acceleration investigation but now the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the automaker under the spotlight once again, this time regarding stalling engines on some of its Hybrid SUVs.
In a notice posted on its website; NHTSA said it had opened a ‘preliminary’ investigation into 43,941 Toyota Highlander Hybrids from the 2006 model year, after receiving no fewer than 32 separate complaints. These center around the fact that the gasoline engine would stall and then didn’t restart. In fact, in 21 of the separate incidents reported, the engine was said to have stalled out at speeds in excess of 40 mph and in 26 cases, the engine couldn’t be started, requiring a number of the affected vehicles to be towed to a dealership for repairs.
However, at this point in time, NHTSA says none of the reported incidents have resulted in crashes, injuries or fatalities. Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons has said that Toyota is in the process of fully cooperating with the NHTSA regarding this latest investigation.
This isn’t the first time the agency has investigated engine stalling issues. In 2009, various Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Vibe vehicles were having similar problems, resulting in an eventual recall of some 1.3 million 2005-08 Matrix and Vibe models.
In addition, Volkswagen has also been under the NHTSA spotlight for stalling TDI engines, in which 100,000 vehicles were the subject of investigation, though most of those were due to miss-fueling issues, likely the result of people pouring gasoline into the tank of their diesel fueled vehicles.
[Source: The Detroit News]
The 2011 Toyota Highlander was unveiled today at the Texas State Fair, and will go on sale by the time you read this – literally. Deliveries are supposed to take place tomorrow, but you can expect them to be on dealer lots right now.
The 2011 Highlander gets a few new features, like a standard third row seat and rear climate control. Hybrid models get a 1 mpg bump to 28mpg all around. Other than that, the new Highlander is really, well, not substantially different from the 2010.
Pricing on the base model is up to $27,390 from $25,855. Other models see a more modest price increase. Hit the jump to see the official press release.
Gallery: 2011 Toyota Highlander
Toyota‘s Highlander crossover will debut in redesigned form at the State Fair of Texas, a year after Toyota used the event to launch their redesigned 4Runner. The Highlander was previously revealed in advance of the Moscow Auto Show.
Slated to compete against the new Ford Explorer and the Chevrolet/GMC/Buick Traverse/Acadia/Enclave crossovers, the Highlander will feature everything you’d expect from a big crossover; front or all-wheel drive, 5 or 7 passenger seating, and a couple V6 powertrains. The Highlander’s “killer app” will be the Hybrid model, which is expected to deliver better mileage than 27 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
[Source: Left Lane News]