The 2009 Toyota Highlander: The flexible crossover adds even more features, and a new fuel-efficient 4 cylinder model available this winter.

    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - Canadians love the Toyota Highlander for its
remarkable combination of mid-size crossover flexibility and performance, and
passenger car-worthy fuel efficiency and driving comfort. For the 2009 model
year, Toyota offers an upgraded V6 base model, new options package, and a
soon-to-come fuel-friendly powerful 4-cylinder model to enhance Highlander's
forceful styling, generous performance and segment-leading utility.
    "In the Toyota Highlander Canadians can soon enjoy a mid-size crossover
that's even more flexible and versatile with a new 4-cylinder model,"
explained Warren Orton, Director, Toyota Canada Inc. "With the 2009
Highlander, we are anticipating the needs of Canadians who face rising fuel
prices. So, starting this winter, Toyota introduces a new 4-cylinder model
that will offer outstanding fuel efficiency without sacrificing power and
amenities that Canadian drivers expect in a mid-size crossover vehicle."
    For 2009, the Highlander V6 now enjoys even more convenient standard
equipment, such as: 3.5" LCD display with back-up camera, a power rear door
with jam protection, flip-up rear glass hatch, eight-way power driver's seat,
premium cloth seat surfaces, in-dash six-disc CD changer, and fog lamps. The
Highlander V6 may also be ordered with a newly available Leather Package,
which adds leather seats, heated driver and front passenger seats, and an
Automatic Headlamp System.
    Coming this winter, a new 2.7 litre 4-cylinder engine will enter the 2009
Highlander model line-up. This new model will deliver outstanding fuel
efficiency plus an impressive 187 horsepower at 5,800 RPM and 186 lb-ft of
torque at 4,100 RPM. The 4-cylinder model will be mated to an all-new
six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission with intelligence
(ECT-i) to deliver V6-like performance. It will remain crossover-capable with
a remarkable towing capacity of 1,588 kg (3,500 lbs). Moreover, with great
options available, such as a power driver seat, rear air conditioning, roof
rack, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more, Canadians have even more
reason to look to fuel efficient choices that meet their needs.
    The 2009 Toyota Highlander 4WD V6 is now on sale across Canada. The
Toyota Highlander 4WD V6 carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price
starting at $37,150, while the Highlander 4WD V6 Sport starts at a suggested
$42,085 and the Highlander 4WD V6 Limited starts at a suggested $45,285.

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For further information: including a full product detail, please email or contact: Dawn Soulis, Public Relations Manager, Toyota
Canada Inc., (416) 431-8333

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