's crossover mid-size sport-utility
vehicle includes a roof rack with crossbars, remote keyless entry, and a cargo
cover as standard equipment. The Highlander shares platforms and certain
components with the Lexus RX330. Here, though, a fuel-efficient 160-horsepower
2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is the standard powerplant, while the RX's
3.3-liter 230-horsepower V-6 is optional. An automatic transmission is standard
across the line, and all-wheel drive is available for added grip on wet or snowy
roads, or for light-duty off-roading.
's Vehicle Stability Control system, and
anti-lock brakes with brake assist and brakeforce distribution come standard. A
third-row seat is available to expand the Highlander's seating capacity to seven
riders. Like its Lexus equivalent, a hybrid-powered gas-electric version of the
Highlander is expected sometime during 2005.
2004 Toyota Highlander by John Pearley Huffman
Looks the same, but ain't.
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