Toyota announces pricing for the 2012 FJ Cruiser and 2012 Highlander

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 2, 2011

The 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser and the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser will be $200 more expensive than the older models, according to Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Pricing information for the 2012 models of the Toyota FJ Cruiser, Highlander, and Highlander Hybrid as well as the 2011 Land Cruiser has been released. These models weren’t fitted with new features with the exception of the FJ Cruiser, which will be painted in Radiant Red rather than Brick Red.

The 2012 FJ Cruiser will have a base price of $27,000 (inclusive of an $810 destination fee). The 2012 FJ Cruiser offers the following as standard equipment: a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with an iPod USB port, Bluetooth wireless technology and water-resistant seats.

The FJ Cruiser offers an EPA-estimated rating of 17 mpg city/19 highway. The base model of the 2011 Land Cruiser has a price tag of $69,930, including destination charges.

Standard features for the full-sized SUV include a 14-speaker JBL Synthesis audio system, 18-inch alloy wheels, moonroof and push-button start. The Land Cruiser could achieve an EPA rating of 15 mpg city/18 highway. Meanwhile, the prices of the Highlander and Highlander Hybrid will stay the same.

The four-cylinder gasoline model is priced from $28,900, while four-wheel-drive hybrid has a starting price of $38,950. Destination cost is included. The Highlander comes with standard equipment such as a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with an iPod USB port, 17-inch alloy wheels and UV reduction glass windshield. The gasoline version has a rating of 20 mpg city/25 highway while the hybrid has a rating of 28 mpg city and highway.

In the first half of 2011, Toyota sold 6,871 FJ Cruisers in the U.S. This stands for a 4% drop when compared to the same period last year. In the first half of 2011, Toyota sold 860 Land Cruisers in the U.S., reflecting a 6% decrease. In addition, 47,937 units of the Highlander were sold through June in the U.S., higher by 21%. Aside from the $200 price increases for the FJ Cruiser and Land Cruiser, Toyota revealed that Scion will increase its destination charge for all of its models by $10 to now be at $730.

In terms of performance, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers three choices for its engine. The first is the 4-cylinder 2.7-liter unit which first became part of Toyota’s lineup back in 2009. Output is at 187 horsepower with maximum torque at 186 lb.-ft. Fuel efficiency meanwhile comes at an EPA-estimated rating of 25 mpg.

The reason why both fuel efficiency and torque have been optimized is because this engine has been fitted with the variable intake manifold as well as the VVT-i or the dual variable valve timing with intelligence. With this, the phasing on the camshaft, both intake and exhaust, are controlled. Paired to this engine is the automatic 6-speed transmission that is electronically controlled. Offered as well is the 3.5-liter V6 engine, though this is fitted as standard on the Limited version.

Output is measured at 270 horsepower coming in at 6,200 rpm with torque of 248 lb.-ft. at 4,700 rpm. Like the 2.5-liter unit, it also has the variable intake manifold and the VVT-i. It has the automatic 5-speed transmission with a selectable manual sequential shifting.

This engine is now what’s inside the Hybrid Synergy Drive and serves as a replacement to the 3.3-liter V6 version. With the hybrid system, the gas-powered V6 engine is combined with the electric high-torque drive motor-generator to give total output at 280 horsepower.

There is also a second motor that has been mounted on the rear and gives the Highlander Hybrid on-demand 4-wheel drive traction. With this engine equipped, the 2011 Highlander Hybrid gets fuel economy at an EPA-estimated rating of 28 mpg for highway and 28 mpg for city. Performance is not the only reason why the Highlander continues to be the best option for a family vehicle. It is also able to meet the demands of the market better for 2012, given the features and technologies equipped as standard.

When compared to previous versions for example, the Base variant and the SE grade offer features that deliver additional convenience and comfort. As expected, the third row seats allow for a 50/50 split. There is also the manual rear climate control. These two features are now fitted as standard for the 2011 models.

While it may be offered as an option for the Base version, fitted as standard for both the Limited and the SE is the latest Tech Audio. This feature comes with Bluetooth, a USB port, and it even has XM Satellite Radio, with a trial subscription worth 90 days, included.

The inclusion of these features makes sure that passengers have a wide range of connectivity options. For the Base version in particular, Toyota will be making available a package that is more inclusive and has, among many others, roof rails in black, fog lamps, the flip-up liftgate window, and tonneau cover. For the interior, it comes with an easy clean fabric, the eight-way power driver’s seat, and 3.5 multi-information display for its backup monitor.

An engine immobilizer is included in the package as well. There will also be a Leather Package for the Base grade wherein the shift knob and steering wheel are leather-trimmed. Its front seats, with front seat heaters, are also trimmed in leather. Other features in this package include the rearview mirror that has a compass with auto-dimming, power moonroof, engine immobilizer with security alarm, and HomeLink. While it was recently offered under the Limited grade, the SE grade will now be offered the navigation system as an option.

The Limited grade though will come with new perforated leather and fitted as standard is the automatic climate control. Going back to the Base grade, in addition to the eight-way power seat for the driver, east-clean fabric for the seats, and the Tech Audio, it will also have the manual rear climate control and a third-row seat.

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