The 3.5-liter V6 engine’s 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque is more than enough to get this big crossover motivated. Pair this to the slick eight-speed automatic transmission and toss in its pothole-eating suspension, and you have a smooth, silky ride in all conditions.
While the V6 engine is a lush at the gas station, the hybrid powertrain delivers the 306 hp you need to move this beast while still getting up to 30 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway, and 29 combined, according to the EPA. Those numbers even make some small crossovers envious.
While its V6 powertrains have loads of power, the standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine wheezes out just 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. This is far from enough to get the Highlander out of its own way, let alone get it up to highway speeds in time for a sudden merge. Making matters worse, this four-cylinder engine offers no fuel-economy reward as its ratings are lower than the V6 at 20/24/22 mpg (city/highway/combined).