2015 toyota Highlander Xle

2015 toyota highlander xle: The 2014 Toyota Highlander's cavalcade of renovations make a previously bland, middle-of-the-road SUV attract attention with vibrant styling and also boosted household kindness.

Toyota listened to customers while redesigning the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander as well as responded to demands for even more cabin and also freight room, dynamic designing as well as premium services. Ask for a more vibrant driving experience ought to have been pleasantly ignored, nonetheless, as the 2014's harsher ride is a tradeoff I do not assume lots of midsize SUV buyers ought to have to cope with in return for sportier handling.

Still, various other renovations will unquestionably attract consumers that had actually damaged the previous Highlander off their checklist or a minimum of to those that don't take into consideration a comfortable flight an essential. The 2014 Highlander's increased freight room behind the conventional third-row seat is a much-needed enhancement; plus, it's easier to get into the 3rd row, which now seats three and also bumps conventional sitting capacity to eight.

2015 toyota highlander xle

With upgrades that span the lineup of LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited as well as Limited Platinum trim degrees, the 2014 Highlander is currently in better form to handle the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2014 Ford Traveler and 2014 Honda Pilot.

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

Outside & Styling

Toyota went back to the drawing board to revamp its aging and also stylistically empty Highlander. Fast-forward to 2014, as well as you cannot call the Highlander boring looking any longer. The 2013's ho-hum appearance changes right into a hulking SUV with a beefier stance, bulging fenders as well as vibrant front designing. Its existence approved the 2013 New York City International Auto Program flooring where it debuted, as well as it looks equally as great rolling down the street.

How It Drives

The driving experience isn't the auto's most appealing attribute, even with a selection of promising brand-new framework and also suspension modifications, so it's good the new SUV does so several various other points well.

Toyota picked curvy canyon and also coastal roadways in California to show the Highlander's brand-new handling chops. Driving a 2013 and 2014 back to back, the 2014 does exhibit greater degrees of road grip and an improved steering reaction. It's more sports when digging right into a corner, though I would not call the Highlander fun to drive. The 270-horsepower V-6 does not have an instant strike of velocity in the heavy Highlander. It's an unlike the lighter, 290-hp Hyundai Santa Fe, which is a "little" ball of enjoyment among other 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 impact of the Highlander's newfound characteristics is a choppier ride over rough roads. After driving 2013 and also 2014 designs, I might inform the 2014 transfers more roadway blemishes through the framework and also right into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's OK to have an aggressive style as well as flight like a couch; see the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

On the upside, the 2014 Highlander has a much more considerable sensation over rough roadways, with less rattles, squeals as well as chassis flex. It's a matured experience with raised sound insulation, acoustic glass as well as a stiffer framework helping keep outside noise very little.

I briefly hung around in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota expects to make up 5 to 10 percent of sales, and also in the all-new Highlander Hybrid. Both the front-wheel-drive-only four-cylinder (20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined) and also all-wheel-drive-only Crossbreed V-6 (27/28/28 mpg) are a little harsh around the sides as far as engine noise and resonances. The Crossbreed's gas mileage is fairly unmodified for 2014, down 1 mpg in city scores to 27 mpg yet keeps its 28 mpg combined score. The shift from electric to when the engine fires up is obvious with raw sounds originating from under the hood, audible from across a parking area. Vibrations from the transition are minimal, yet the noises are audible to take notice.

An additional 353 extra pounds included in the hybrid from three electric motors-- two in the front as well as one in the back-- as well as a nickel metal hydride battery is obvious in just how the Crossbreed drives compared with the Limited V-6 with four-wheel drive. It's a kicked back experience less excited concerning speeding up and taking care of even with 280-hp incorporated, as well as it also doesn't ride any kind of smoother than the non-hybrid.

The Hybrid's unusually loud engine noises would not be as much of a concern if the Highlander Crossbreed weren't $48,160 with destination, $7,130 greater than 2013-- a 2014 Lexus RX 450h is $47,320, however a lot smaller on the within. The Highlander Hybrid's luxury automobile cost doesn't show luxury improvement since the feature-loaded Hybrid Limited is the only Hybrid offered; the less-expensive variation got the axe for 2014.

The volume-seller V-6 is the most improved of the bunch, providing smooth and predictable acceleration 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 18/24/20 mpg with four-wheel drive is likewise extra affordable compared to the outbound 2013 thanks to a brand-new six-speed automatic transmission replacing a five-speed system on V-6 versions. The all-wheel-drive system, which is likewise new, assists add 2 mpg highway over the 2013 version. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send out torque to the rear wheels when slippage is found, versus the previous system that constantly sent torque to 4 wheels.


Part of the 2014's improvement includes dialing up the indoor styling with countless soft-touch as well as accent-stitched interior panels that improve the classiness. The top quality is Toyota-Avalon good with a stitched control panel, guiding wheel as well as soft-touch, high-quality products in popular locations. Plastic areas that typically aren't textured, sewed or covered are still on par for the course. Even the base LE Highlander shows the practically luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Minimal trims.

Seating is comfortable in the very first and also second rows with soft, broad pole positions and a highly adjustable second row that slides and also reclines with 2 captain's chairs or the conventional three-seat bench setup-- captain's chairs are offered on the XLE as well as conventional on the Limited. The remainder of the Highlander might have been redone with dynamism in mind, but the seats talk to its comfort-focused origins. Lots of people on our staff will certainly miss out on the 2013's removable second-row facility seat. I will not, as it was awkward as well as bulky to eliminate and replace with the center table that stored under the facility console.

In the 3rd row, Toyota increased size and added an extra seat for an optimum ability of 8 residents in common arrangement. A new, more compact rear suspension freed the added room. The third row still does not fit adults with as much comfort as the larger Chevrolet Traverse, but it's good in a pinch. There are additionally brand-new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Previously, only the curbside seat folded up and moved onward using the one-touch lever. Third-row motorcyclists additionally gain from the 2nd row's raised seat traveling, which allows simple entry and leave.

Functional design & Electronic devices

Innovation is a substantial focus in the 2014 Highlander and also done effectively. Toyota's Entune multimedia system works better than ever compared with various other Toyota cars where I've used the system. Working the Entune system's voice commands is impressive. The versions I tested picked up on the various voice commands I talked.

Those with large phones or who frequently have their phone linked to the SUV will certainly appreciate a tool storage walk below the climate controls that gives a pass-through for USB cables. There need to be no more Medusa-like dangling of cables entangling the gear selector.

The basic Entune on base LE versions consists of a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup camera, USB port with iPod connection, auxiliary input, voice recognition, Bluetooth phone connectivity and Bluetooth streaming sound. LE Plus trims have Entune Audio And also with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch display screen, HD Radio and also 90-day satellite radio membership. The following step up is Entune Premium Sound with Navigation as well as Application Suite on XLE designs with an 8-inch touch-screen and also application suite with Pandora, Yelp as well as Facebook assimilation with a mobile phone as well as accompanying Entune downloadable application. A JBL stereo is typical on Restricted trim levels.

The enormous center storage container between the front seats could feed on anything plus-sized, like a bag, iPad or Blu-ray collection for the offered rear-seat Blu-ray gamer. And when you forget that Blu-ray in your home, a fascinating new function called Easy Speak transmits the growing voice of an upset mother or papa with the rear stereo audio speakers via the Bluetooth microphone to keep wild kids in check. How much a lot more family focused can you get compared to offering a feature that allows moms and dads to yell at children?

Freight, Towing & Storage

Freight space behind the third row enhances over the previous Highlander's skimpy walk, which struggled carrying groceries, not to mention a stroller or golf bag. The cargo volume is now rated at 13.8 cubic feet, up from 10.3 cubic feet. It's not a big improvement, yet at the very least it makes the area useful. It's still little compared with others in the segment: 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 included moving all 3 rows of seats onward, adding size behind the rear wheels as well as using a much more compact rear suspension.

The power liftgate is an impressive function to be common on LE Plus trim levels and also above, as well as has a trick up its sleeve: It adapts to different elevations, not just one or two fixed height settings. With the liftgate moving, customers could quit the liftgate as well as program it to open up to that set height the following time. The feature will make much shorter motorists and also owners of reduced garages extremely pleased. (If the gate goes too high, much shorter individuals might battle to reach the power-close switch on its bottom side.) An additional special attribute on the back is an oldie but a goody: On LE And also designs and above, the back home window opens for simple accessibility independent of the freight gateway.

A 5,000-pound tow rating on XLE and also Limited trim levels has a typical towing plan that includes engine/transmission colders and upgraded radiator and also alternator. Hybrids could tow 3,500 extra pounds, V-6 LE/LE And also can 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 gives lower supports and tethers on outboard second-row seats for child-safety seats, however only a tether anchor on the middle third-row seat.

Advanced security functions are readily available, though just on the pricey Restricted trim degree where a dead spot tracking system and also rear parking help are conventional, and also pre-collision, flexible cruise control and lane departure warning are optional. Minimal trim levels are additionally the only designs with a backup electronic camera that uses predictive guidelines to reveal the lorry's path-- a back-up video camera with fixed lines is standard on all other trim degrees.

Value in Its Class

Toyota states prices is up around $1,500 typically throughout the 2014 trim levels, which include added functions over the 2013. Base pricing starts at $30,075 for a base four-cylinder LE with destination, while volume-seller XLE designs with all-wheel drive are $38,360 and consist of leather sitting with warmed front seats, navigating, three-zone environment control, smart keyless access, second-row sunshades and even more. Rates for the XLE is very competitive to three-row midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Ford Traveler or even the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2013 Highlander was absolutely a midpack three-row SUV, lagging behind in important areas like indoor high quality, freight space as well as modern technology. Feel confident, if you're a Highlander owner aiming to update-- as long as you're unconcerned about flight top quality-- the 2014 is not just an engaging upgrade, but also worthy of cross-shopping the section's best.

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