2015 toyota Highlander Limited

2015 toyota highlander limited: The 2014 Toyota Highlander's cavalcade of improvements make a formerly dull, middle-of-the-road SUV stand apart with vibrant styling and also enhanced household kindness.

Toyota paid attention to customers while redesigning the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander and also responded to demands for more cabin and also freight room, vibrant styling and also premium features. Ask for a more vibrant driving experience should have been pleasantly overlooked, however, as the 2014's harsher ride is a tradeoff I don't think several midsize SUV customers must have to live with in return for sportier handling.

Still, various other improvements will certainly appeal to shoppers who had damaged the previous Highlander off their listing or at the very least to those who do not take into consideration a comfortable ride a must-have. The 2014 Highlander's increased cargo space behind the conventional third-row seat is a much-needed improvement; plus, it's much easier to get right into the 3rd row, which currently seats 3 as well as bumps typical seating capability to eight.


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With upgrades that span the lineup of LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels, the 2014 Highlander is now in better form to tackle the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2014 Ford Traveler and also 2014 Honda Pilot.

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

Exterior & Styling

Toyota went back to the drawing board to revamp its aging and stylistically empty Highlander. Fast-forward to 2014, and also you cannot call the Highlander boring looking any longer. The 2013's dull appearance changes into a hulking SUV with a beefier position, bulging fenders as well as strong front styling. Its presence was big on the 2013 New York City International Automobile Program flooring where it debuted, and also it looks equally as good rolling down the street.

Exactly how It Drives

The driving experience isn't the cars and truck's most attractive feature, despite an assortment of encouraging new framework and also suspension adjustments, so it readies the new SUV does so lots of other things well.

Toyota picked curved canyon and also coastal roadways in The golden state to show the Highlander's brand-new handling chops. Driving a 2013 and 2014 back to back, the 2014 does show greater degrees of road grasp as well as an enhanced guiding response. It's more sports when digging into a corner, though I wouldn't call the Highlander enjoyable to drive. The 270-horsepower V-6 does not have an instant punch of acceleration in the hefty Highlander. It's a far cry from the lighter, 290-hp Hyundai Santa Fe, which is a "little" ball of exhilaration to name a few similar three-row SUVs. A six-cylinder Highlander LE with front-wheel drive is 4,244 pounds, while a V-6, front-wheel-drive Santa Fe GLS is 3,933 extra pounds.

An unfavorable result of the Highlander's newfound dynamics is a choppier ride over harsh roadways. After driving 2013 and 2014 models, I might tell the 2014 transmits even more road flaws through the chassis and also right into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's OK to have a hostile layout and flight like a couch; see the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

On the benefit, the 2014 Highlander has an extra significant feeling over rough roads, with less rattles, squeals and chassis flex. It's a matured experience with boosted sound insulation, acoustic glass and also a stiffer chassis assisting maintain outside noise very little.

I quickly hung out in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota expects to make up 5 to 10 percent of sales, as well as in the brand new Highlander Crossbreed. Both the front-wheel-drive-only four-cylinder (20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined) and all-wheel-drive-only Crossbreed V-6 (27/28/28 mpg) are a little rough around the edges as for engine sound and also vibrations. The Hybrid's gas mileage is reasonably unchanged for 2014, down 1 mpg in city rankings to 27 mpg however preserves its 28 mpg combined score. The transition from electric to when the engine fires up is visible with raw noises coming from under the hood, distinct from across a parking area. Resonances from the change are minimal, but the sounds are loud enough to take notice.

An added 353 extra pounds added to the hybrid from three electrical motors-- 2 in the front and one in the back-- and also a nickel metal hydride battery is noticeable in exactly how the Hybrid drives compared to the Minimal V-6 with four-wheel drive. It's a kicked back experience less thrilled concerning accelerating and also taking care of even with 280-hp integrated, and also it also does not ride any kind of smoother compared to the non-hybrid.

The Crossbreed's abnormally loud engine sounds wouldn't be as much of an issue if the Highlander Crossbreed just weren't $48,160 with location, $7,130 more than 2013-- a 2014 Lexus RX 450h is $47,320, however a lot smaller on the within. The Highlander Hybrid's luxury auto cost doesn't show high-end improvement since the feature-loaded Hybrid Limited is the only Crossbreed offered; the less-expensive variation got the axe for 2014.

The volume-seller V-6 is one of the most improved of the lot, providing smooth as well as foreseeable velocity in addition to the best handling with four-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 additionally a lot more competitive than the outbound 2013 thanks to a new six-speed automatic transmission changing a five-speed system on V-6 designs. The all-wheel-drive system, which is also brand-new, helps include 2 mpg freeway over the 2013 version. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send torque to the back wheels when slippage is found, versus the previous system that constantly sent torque to four wheels.

Interior

Part of the 2014's makeover includes dialing up the indoor styling with countless soft-touch and accent-stitched indoor panels that improve the classiness. The high quality is Toyota-Avalon good with a stitched dashboard, steering wheel and soft-touch, top notch materials in noticeable locations. Plastic locations that typically aren't textured, stitched or covered are still on the same level for the class. Also the base LE Highlander emanates the nearly luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Limited trims.

Seats is comfortable in the initial and also second rows with soft, wide pole positions and a highly adjustable second row that glides and also reclines with 2 captain's chairs or the conventional three-seat bench configuration-- captain's chairs are offered on the XLE and standard on the Limited. The rest of the Highlander could have been redone with dynamism in mind, however the seats talk to its comfort-focused roots. Many people on our personnel will miss out on the 2013's removable second-row center seat. I will not, as it was uncomfortable and also bulky to get rid of as well as replace with the facility table that stored under the center console.

In the third row, Toyota raised size as well as added an additional seat for a maximum capacity of eight occupants in typical configuration. A new, a lot more portable back suspension freed the added room. The 3rd row still doesn't fit adults with as much comfort as the larger Chevrolet Traverse, yet it readies in a pinch. There are also new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Formerly, just the curbside seat folded and moved onward via the one-touch lever. Third-row riders also benefit from the 2nd row's boosted seat traveling, which enables simple entrance as well as leave.

Functional design & Electronic devices

Modern technology is a big focus in the 2014 Highlander as well as done effectively. Toyota's Entune multimedia system works far better compared to ever compared to other Toyota cars in which I have actually used the system. Functioning the Entune system's voice commands is impressive. The versions I checked picked up on the different voice commands I talked.

Those with cumbersome phones or that regularly have their phone attached to the SUV will value a tool storage step below the environment manages that gives a pass-through for USB cords. There should be no more Medusa-like dangling of cable televisions entangling the gear selector.

The basic Entune on base LE designs consists of a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup camera, USB port with iPod connectivity, auxiliary input, voice recognition, Bluetooth phone connection and also Bluetooth streaming audio. LE Plus trims have Entune Audio Plus with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch display screen, HD Radio as well as 90-day satellite radio registration. The following step up is Entune Costs Audio with Navigating and also Application Suite on XLE versions with an 8-inch touch-screen as well as application suite with Pandora, Yelp and Facebook assimilation with a smart device and accompanying Entune downloadable application. A JBL sound system is basic on Limited trim degrees.

The massive center storage space bin between the front seats can feed on anything plus-sized, like a handbag, iPad or Blu-ray collection for the offered rear-seat Blu-ray player. And when you fail to remember that Blu-ray at home, an intriguing new feature called Easy Speak transfers the booming voice of a mad mother or papa via the back stereo audio speakers via the Bluetooth microphone to keep rowdy kids in check. How much a lot more family members focused can you obtain than offering a feature that enables moms and dads to chew out children?

Freight, Towing & Storage

Cargo room behind the third row boosts over the previous Highlander's sexy step, which battled bring groceries, let alone an infant 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 huge improvement, yet at least it makes the location functional. It's still small compared with others in the sector: The Explorer has 21 cubic feet and also the Pilot has 18 cubic feet behind the 3rd row. Toyota's hoax to raise cargo room entailed relocating all 3 rows of seats onward, including size behind the back wheels as well as utilizing a much more small rear suspension.

The power liftgate is an impressive function to be basic on LE Plus trim degrees as well as above, and also has a trick up its sleeve: It adapts to various elevations, not just 1 or 2 established height setups. With the liftgate moving, customers could stop the liftgate and program it to available to that established elevation the next time. The feature will certainly make shorter vehicle drivers and also proprietors of reduced garages extremely delighted. (If the gate goes too expensive, shorter people might battle to get to the power-close button on its bottom edge.) An additional distinct feature on the back is an oldie yet a reward: On LE And also designs and also above, the back window opens for very easy gain access to independent of the freight gateway.

A 5,000-pound tow ranking on XLE and Limited trim degrees includes a typical towing package that consists of engine/transmission coolers and also updated radiator and generator. Hybrids can tow 3,500 extra pounds, V-6 LE/LE Plus could tow 2,000 extra pounds and a four-cylinder LE is ranked at 1,500 extra pounds.

Safety and security

The 2014 Highlander had not been crash-tested at the time of this writing.

The 2014 Highlander supplies lower supports and also tethers on outboard second-row seats for child-safety seats, however just a tether support on the middle third-row seat.

Advanced safety features are available, though only on the costly Limited trim level where a dead spot monitoring system and also back auto parking assist are basic, and also pre-collision, adaptive cruise control as well as lane departure caution are optional. Minimal trim levels are additionally the only models with a back-up camera that makes use of predictive guidelines to reveal the automobile's course-- a back-up electronic camera with fixed lines is conventional on all other trim degrees.

Worth in Its Class

Toyota claims pricing is up around $1,500 generally across the 2014 trim levels, that include extra features over the 2013. Base rates begins at $30,075 for a base four-cylinder LE with destination, while volume-seller XLE designs with all-wheel drive are $38,360 as well as include leather sitting with heated pole positions, navigating, three-zone environment control, wise keyless access, second-row sunshades and also even more. Pricing for the XLE is really affordable to three-row midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and even the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2013 Highlander was absolutely a midpack three-row SUV, lagging behind in essential locations like indoor quality, cargo room and innovation. Rest assured, if you're a Highlander proprietor seeking to update-- as long as you're unconcerned about flight high quality-- the 2014 is not only a compelling upgrade, however also deserving of cross-shopping the section's best.

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