2015 toyota Highlander Interior

2015 toyota highlander interior: The 2014 Toyota Highlander's cavalcade of renovations make a previously dull, middle-of-the-road SUV stand apart with strong styling as well as enhanced family members kindness.

Toyota paid attention to customers while redesigning the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander as well as reacted to needs for even more cabin and cargo area, vibrant styling and costs facilities. Requests for a much more vibrant driving experience ought to have been professionally disregarded, nevertheless, as the 2014's harsher trip is a tradeoff I do not think several midsize SUV purchasers must need to cope with in return for sportier handling.

Still, various other enhancements will definitely appeal to consumers who had actually damaged the previous Highlander off their list or a minimum of to those who don't take into consideration a comfortable trip a must-have. The 2014 Highlander's boosted cargo room behind the common third-row seat is a much-needed enhancement; plus, it's less complicated to get right into the 3rd row, which now seatses 3 as well as bumps common sitting capacity to 8.

2015 toyota highlander interior

With upgrades that extend the schedule of LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim degrees, the 2014 Highlander is currently in far better shape to take on the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2014 Ford Traveler and also 2014 Honda Pilot.

I drove four-cylinder, six-cylinder and also Hybrid 2014 Highlanders at a Toyota media event.

Exterior & Designing

Toyota returned to the attracting board to redesign its aging and stylistically empty Highlander. Fast-forward to 2014, and also you can't call the Highlander boring looking any kind of longer. The 2013's ho-hum look transforms right into a hulking SUV with a beefier stance, protruding fenders as well as strong front styling. Its presence approved the 2013 New York International Car Show floor where it debuted, as well as it looks just as good rolling down the street.

How It Drives

The driving experience isn't the cars and truck's most enticing attribute, despite having an array of promising new chassis as well as suspension modifications, so it excels the new SUV does so lots of various other things well.

Toyota chose curvy canyon and seaside roads in California to demonstrate the Highlander's new handling chops. Driving a 2013 as well as 2014 back to back, the 2014 does exhibit higher levels of road hold and also a boosted steering feedback. It's more sports when digging right into an edge, though I would not call the Highlander enjoyable to drive. The 270-horsepower V-6 does not have a prompt strike of acceleration in the hefty Highlander. It's an unlike the lighter, 290-hp Hyundai Santa Fe, which is a "little" round of exhilaration to name a few comparable three-row SUVs. A six-cylinder Highlander LE with front-wheel drive is 4,244 extra pounds, while a V-6, front-wheel-drive Santa Fe GLS is 3,933 pounds.

An unfavorable effect of the Highlander's newfound characteristics is a choppier ride over rough roadways. After driving 2013 and also 2014 designs, I might tell the 2014 transfers even more roadway blemishes with the framework and also into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's OKAY to have an aggressive design and flight like a couch; see the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

On the upside, the 2014 Highlander has an extra considerable feeling over harsh roads, with fewer rattles, squeals and also framework flex. It's a matured experience with boosted sound insulation, acoustic glass as well as a stiffer chassis aiding maintain outside noise marginal.

I quickly spent time in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota expects to represent 5 to 10 percent of sales, and in the all-new Highlander Crossbreed. Both the front-wheel-drive-only four-cylinder (20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined) as well as all-wheel-drive-only Hybrid V-6 (27/28/28 mpg) are a little harsh around the edges regarding engine sound and also resonances. The Crossbreed's gas mileage is reasonably unchanged for 2014, down 1 mpg in city ratings to 27 mpg however keeps its 28 mpg incorporated rating. The shift from electrical to when the engine fires up is recognizable with raw sounds originating from under the hood, distinct from across a car park. Vibrations from the shift are minimal, however the sounds are loud enough to take notice.

An additional 353 pounds contributed to the crossbreed from three electric motors-- 2 in the front and one in the back-- as well as a nickel steel hydride battery is visible in how the Hybrid drives compared with the Minimal V-6 with four-wheel drive. It's a relaxed experience much less ecstatic regarding speeding up and dealing with despite 280-hp combined, and it likewise doesn't ride any smoother than the non-hybrid.

The Hybrid's unusually loud engine noises would not be as much of a problem if the Highlander Hybrid weren't $48,160 with destination, $7,130 greater than 2013-- a 2014 Lexus RX 450h is $47,320, however a lot smaller sized on the in. The Highlander Crossbreed's deluxe vehicle rate doesn't mirror deluxe improvement now that the feature-loaded Crossbreed Limited is the only Hybrid offered; the less-expensive variation obtained the axe for 2014.

The volume-seller V-6 is one of the most fine-tuned of the lot, offering smooth and also foreseeable velocity as well as the most effective handling with all-wheel drive. The V-6-powered Highlander's gas mileage of 19/25/21 mpg with front-wheel drive and also 18/24/20 mpg with four-wheel drive is also extra affordable than the outgoing 2013 thanks to a new six-speed automatic transmission replacing a five-speed system on V-6 versions. The all-wheel-drive system, which is additionally brand-new, assists add 2 mpg freeway over the 2013 variation. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send torque to the back wheels when slippage is identified, versus the previous system that constantly sent out torque to four wheels.


Part of the 2014's improvement includes calling up the interior styling with numerous soft-touch as well as accent-stitched interior panels that boost the classiness. The quality is Toyota-Avalon good with a stitched control panel, guiding wheel and soft-touch, premium products in prominent places. Plastic locations that typically aren't textured, sewed or covered are still on the same level for the course. Even the base LE Highlander radiates the nearly luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Minimal trims.

Seating is comfortable in the first and 2nd rows with soft, large front seats and also a very flexible second row that moves and also reclines with 2 captain's chairs or the typical three-seat bench configuration-- captain's chairs are available on the XLE as well as basic on the Limited. The remainder of the Highlander might have been redone with dynamism in mind, but the seats speak with its comfort-focused origins. Lots of people on our staff will miss out on the 2013's removable second-row center seat. I won't, as it was uneasy as well as large to get rid of and also change with the facility table that stored under the center console.

In the third row, Toyota increased width as well as added an additional seat for an optimum capability of eight occupants in common configuration. A brand-new, a lot more small rear suspension released the extra area. The third row still doesn't fit grownups with as much convenience as the larger Chevrolet Traverse, yet it excels in a pinch. There are likewise new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Formerly, just the curbside seat folded up as well as slid ahead through the one-touch bar. Third-row riders also gain from the second row's raised seat traveling, which enables very easy entrance and also leave.

Functional design & Electronics

Modern technology is a big focus in the 2014 Highlander and done extremely well. Toyota's Entune multimedia system works better than ever compared to various other Toyota lorries in which I've used the system. Functioning the Entune system's voice commands goes over. The versions I examined noticed the various voice commands I spoke.

Those with bulky phones or who frequently have their phone attached to the SUV will appreciate a gadget storage space step below the climate controls that supplies a pass-through for USB cables. There must disappear Medusa-like dangling of wires the gear selector.

The conventional Entune on base LE versions includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup camera, USB port with iPod connectivity, complementary input, voice recognition, Bluetooth phone connectivity and Bluetooth streaming audio. LE And also trims have Entune Sound Plus with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch display screen, HD Radio and also 90-day satellite radio subscription. The next step up is Entune Premium Sound with Navigation and also App Suite on XLE versions with an 8-inch touch-screen and also app collection with Pandora, Yelp and Facebook assimilation with a smart device and going along with Entune downloadable application. A JBL stereo is typical on Restricted trim degrees.

The substantial center storage space container between the front seats could feast on anything plus-sized, like a purse, iPad or Blu-ray collection for the available rear-seat Blu-ray player. And when you fail to remember that Blu-ray in the house, an interesting new function called Easy Speak transfers the growing voice of an angry mom or papa with the rear stereo speakers via the Bluetooth microphone to keep rowdy kids in check. How much extra family concentrated can you get compared to giving an attribute that permits moms and dads to yell at youngsters?

Cargo, Towing & Storage

Cargo area behind the 3rd row improves over the previous Highlander's skimpy walk, which had a hard time lugging grocery stores, not to mention a stroller or golf bag. The freight quantity is now rated at 13.8 cubic feet, up from 10.3 cubic feet. It's not a big renovation, but a minimum of it makes the area functional. It's still little compared with others in the section: The Traveler has 21 cubic feet and also the Pilot has 18 cubic feet behind the 3rd row. Toyota's trickery to raise cargo space entailed moving all three rows of seats forward, including length behind the back wheels as well as using a much more small back suspension.

The power liftgate is a remarkable function to be common on LE Plus trim levels as well as above, as well as has a trick up its sleeve: It gets used to various elevations, not just a couple of fixed height settings. With the liftgate in motion, users could quit the liftgate and program it to open up to that set elevation the following time. The feature will certainly make much shorter motorists as well as owners of low garages really satisfied. (If eviction goes expensive, much shorter people may struggle to get to the power-close switch on its bottom edge.) Another unique feature on the back is an oldie but a goody: On LE Plus designs and above, the back home window opens for easy gain access to independent of the freight entrance.

A 5,000-pound tow rating on XLE and Limited trim degrees features a conventional towing plan that includes engine/transmission coolers as well as upgraded radiator and also generator. Hybrids can tow 3,500 extra pounds, V-6 LE/LE And also can tow 2,000 pounds and also a four-cylinder LE is ranked at 1,500 extra pounds.


The 2014 Highlander hadn't been crash-tested at the time of this writing.

The 2014 Highlander provides lower anchors as well as tethers on outboard second-row seats for child-safety seats, however only a secure support on the middle third-row seat.

Advanced security features are readily available, though just on the pricey Minimal trim level where a dead spot surveillance system and also back car parking aid are typical, and also pre-collision, adaptive cruise ship control and also lane separation caution are optional. Limited trim degrees are also the only versions with a back-up camera that utilizes predictive guidelines to show the automobile's path-- a back-up electronic camera with set lines is basic on all various other trim levels.

Value in Its Course

Toyota claims prices is up around $1,500 generally throughout the 2014 trim levels, that include extra functions over the 2013. Base rates starts at $30,075 for a base four-cylinder LE with location, while volume-seller XLE versions with four-wheel drive are $38,360 as well as include natural leather sitting with heated front seats, navigating, three-zone climate control, wise keyless entrance, second-row sunshades as well as more. Rates for the XLE is extremely competitive to three-row midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Ford Traveler and even the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2013 Highlander was really a midpack three-row SUV, dragging in crucial areas like interior quality, freight room and also technology. Feel confident, if you're a Highlander proprietor aiming to update-- as long as you're unconcerned regarding flight high quality-- the 2014 is not only a compelling upgrade, however additionally worthy of cross-shopping the sector's best.

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