Just wondering what experiences others may be able to relate to me about towing a trailer with a 2009 Highlander Hybrid?
I've been using the stock Toyota hitch and 4 wire trailer wiring to pull a utility trailer for a few years now, but we're considering purchasing a tent trailer that has electric brakes and thus a 7 wire connector would be needed. The trailer weight is probably in the 2000 lb range, so it's well within the published towing capacity of the vehicle... but I'm curious how the CVT and other components will stand up to some pulling of longer durations???
I towed a much heavier boat/trailer combo (probably close to 3000lbs fully fueled) with my 2009 Highlander Hybrid. No issues with power or the transmission and handled quite well on the highway too. Even the mileage was not bad, considering (about 13.5 L/100 km on a 200 km trip once). So I would expect that with your trailer, there would be no problems, especially with trailer brakes. Maybe somebody will confirm, but I think the tow package may include some form of transmission cooler too.
Note - I did end up trading my Highlander because of the traction control system. I could not pull my boat OUT of the water because if the ramp was wet, the traction control would shut down all power and I was stuck. If there was a defeat switch, I am sure there would be enough power/torque to do the job, but there is no way to turn the [email protected]
thing off. So it didn't suit my purposes, and I lost confidence in it's ability to go where I wanted to go (eg - we do a lot of skiing and travel in winter). It's too bad, because I thought it was a pretty good truck, and actually worked well in snow with four snow tires - but after getting stuck twice on easy (but wet) boat ramps I looked for excuses to get rid of it.
BTW, if anybody is in the Toronto area - I have four alloy rims with 2 year old Michelin X-Ice tires (probably around 9,000 km total) and TPMS monitors all from my Highlander which I will be selling. Won't work with my new car.