Toyota Highlander Sport V6

The 2010 Toyota Highlander Sport is a roomy SUV with a 270-horsepower, six-cylinder engine.
Written by Shannon Fitzgerald
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
The
Toyota Highlander
set the stage as an adventure-worthy passenger vehicle when it first debuted in 2001. Add in a peppy 270-horsepower V6 engine, and the 2010 Highlander Sport is one excitingly capable three-row SUV. 
As a second-generation model, the 2010 Highlander Sport V6 honors its legacy as both a powerhouse and a practical family vehicle. With a third row adding comfortable seating for up to seven passengers, there’s plenty of room for family and friends to enjoy the 7.8-second 0 to 60 mph rush the V6 engine provides.  
We’ll go through everything you want to know about the 2010 Toyota Highlander Sport V6—from what kind of fuel economy it gets to how this
Toyota
compares to other trims with a V6 option. 

2010 Toyota Highlander Sport V6

Starting MSRP: $30,200
Fair market price: $12,871
Engine: 3.5L V6 
Horsepower: 270 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm
0 to 60: 7.8 seconds
The 2010 Highlander Sport allows midsize SUV enthusiasts to enjoy the sport-tuned suspension and smooth maneuverability of a smaller-class vehicle—with the added benefit of hauling more passengers and cargo.
Originally available in eight exterior colors from Salsa Red Pearl to the more modest Classic Silver Metallic, the 2010 Highlander Sport also features 19-inch alloy wheels, a power driver seat, and the opportunity to swap the base 187-horsepower four-cylinder engine for the much more popular V6. When properly equipped with a tow bar, the 2010 Highlander Sport can tow up to 5,000 pounds with the V6 engine under its hood. 
In addition to these extra upgrades, the Sport model also comes with: 
  • Automatic headlights and foglights: On par with luxury vehicles, like the 2010
    Lexus
    RX 450h, this feature helps drivers navigate more safely in low visibility.
  • 3.5-inch navigation screen: Along with a map and trip information, this screen also displays images from the backup camera. 
  • Roof rack side rails: Essential for transporting those bikes or kayaks on the next family vacation, the roof rack allows for extra storage on this already spacious vehicle.  

How’s the fuel economy?

For a 6,000-pound vehicle, the 2010 Toyota Highlander Sport V6 has a fair fuel economy—with EPA estimates of 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway. But, both the
Base
and Sport trim levels equipped with the four-cylinder engine offer better fuel efficiency (as expected) at 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway

Which Toyota Highlander Sport models have the V6?

While the Highlander’s Sport trim was only offered between 2006 and 2010, the V6 engine was available as an option for each of those model years. Today, a spirited 295-horsepower V6 comes standard on every trim level of the 2022 Toyota Highlander. 
During the time the Sport trim was available, you could also opt for a V6 engine on the Base,
SE
, and
Limited
trim levels. 

How fast is the Toyota Highlander Sport V6? 

While the V6 engine does give the 2010 Highlander Sport a noticeable pep in its step—hitting 0 to 60 mph in a decent 7.8 seconds—it’s certainly not the fastest midsize SUV on record. This time can be shaved (albeit minimally) to 7.6 seconds, however, if the model is equipped with front-wheel drive instead of all-wheel drive. 
That said, the 2010 Highlander Sport V6’s 0 to 60 time is only slightly below (and at times better than) the times of other midsize crossovers with similar specs and engines. Here’s a look: 
Key Takeaway Equipping the 2010 Highlander Sport with a V6 engine makes for a heartier vehicle with solid towing capacity, though it’s not exactly a fuel-efficient upgrade. 
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Which is better: the 2010 Toyota Highlander Sport or SE?

Both the 2010 Highlander Sport and SE trims offer better comfort and safety features than the base model, and they also both have the option to upgrade the base four-cylinder engine to the V6. Truly, neither trim level is the “better” build—it all comes down to what kind of vehicle you want.
If you’re going for a sportier ride with the intention to do a little off-roading—the Sport’s better suspension and more versatile storage options will likely appeal to you. With roof rack side rails and cargo area-mounted releases to fold down the second-row seats quickly, the Sport can handle extra and bulky baggage. 
The SE, on the other hand, is designed more with comfort in mind. It comes with standard suspension and a sunroof—as opposed to the roof rack side rails—but it also features several interior luxuries that the Sport doesn’t. This includes dual-zone automatic climate control, an upgraded driver seat, keyless ignition, a power passenger seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.  

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Yes! You can upgrade the standard four-cylinder engine in the 2010 Toyota Highlander Sport to a 3.5L V6 engine capable of 270 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque.
Toyota has a reputation for building solid vehicles, and the 2010 Toyota Highlander Sport V6 is no exception. With a rating of 84/100 for quality and reliability from J.D. Power, the 2010 Toyota Highlander ranked No. 3 in the top midsize SUVs of 2010—coincidentally, outshined by two other Toyotas (the Toyota Venza and the Toyota 4Runner).
Yes—you can equip the 2010 Toyota Highlander Sport with either AWD or FWD in the V6 build.
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