2009 Toyota Highlander gets 22 mpg 2.7L 4-cylinder option

When the new 2009 Toyota Highlander arrives in showrooms mid-to-late January, it will be offered with a new 2.7L 4-Cylinder engine that will help make the mid-size SUV one of the best in its segment in terms of fuel-economy.

The new 4-cylinder 2009 Highlander has an EPA fuel-economy estimate of 27 mpg highway, 20 mpg city and 22 mpg combined. Running on regular 87 octane fuel, the 2.7L 4-cylinder engine will produce 187-hp with a maximum torque of 186 lb-ft. Not that you probably care when buying a vehicle in this segment, but 0 to 60 mph is said to come in 9.7 seconds. The engine will be mated to a new 6-speed automatic.

The 2009 Toyota Highlander 4-cylinder model will come with Toyota’s two-wheel-drive mode. Other standard features include a AM/FM/CD audio system with six-speakers; front seats with height-adjustable active head rests and eight-way adjustable driver’s seat; power door locks and windows with auto-up/down feature; cruise control; a multi-function keyless entry system; rear privacy glass; and much more. When equipped with a towing package the 4-cylinder Highlander has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.