The October 2008 Toyota News e-mail says that the 2009 Toyota Highlander will be getting a new 4-cylinder engine, to arrive in dealerships in January 2009. This new engine is listed as a 2.7-liter, 4-cylinder that will generate 187 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque. These HP and torque numbers are superior to what is listed for the 2.7 liter, 4-cylinder engine that is currently available in the Toyota Tacoma pickup. I am considering a Tacoma purchase, and am wondering if the new 2.7 liter Highlander engine will also be made available in the Tacoma in the near future.
Also, any thoughts on purchasing the I4 vs. the V6 in the 4X4 configuration, (access cab). As a "daily driver", will the I4 provide significant gas savings? I will occasionally tow a utility trailer (2,500 lbs max.), but don't think I need the power of the V6.