New toyota Highlander

New Toyota Highlander: Inconspicuous as well as reasonable, the Highlander could haul up to eight in quiet comfort. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four groups with a six-speed automatic as well as front-wheel drive; the optional 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 gets an eight-speed automated. Four-wheel drive is optional for V-6 models and also standard for the crossbreed, which pairs the V-6 with 2 electrical motors; we saw 24 mpg in our test. The Highlander supplies an appropriate driving experience, yet it's more concentrated on indoor details and storage space.


New Toyota Highlander


Like the 1986 movie Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that fails to influence fervor among critics. After more than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off supplier great deals in 2015, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV got in 2017 with a host of modifications aimed at satisfying the masses and experts alike.

Especially, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the high-grade $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, now come conventional with a pre-collision caution system with pedestrian detection and also automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping assist, flexible cruise control, and also automated high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE test automobile additionally packed blind-spot tracking, a function inaccessible on the lower-level Highlander LE and also LE Plus.

Accompanying the 2017 Highlander's many safety systems is the most up to date version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is standard on all but the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which remains to utilize a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- and integrates a host of contemporary technologies, including a direct and also port fuel-injection system and an upgraded valvetrain that permits the engine to operate on the a lot more reliable Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy and balanced 295 horsepower as well as 263 lb-ft of torque, the modified V-6 makes 25 even more horses and an added 15 lb-ft compared with the previous unit. Fuel economic situation is up, also, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 gaining an EPA-rated 23 mpg integrated; all-wheel-drive models attain 22 mpg. Both figures mark a 2-mpg renovation over in 2014's Highlander as well as put the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's consolidated fuel-economy figures.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a treasure of an engine that develops power almost all the way approximately its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander cut 0.3 2nd off of its precursor's zero-to-60-mph as well as 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 as well as 3.8 seconds, specifically. Regrettably, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph death time was both slow for the course and also nearly a second behind that of its forbear. Condemn the brand-new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the modified Highlander's V-6 offers plenty of grunt in many real-world driving scenarios. Thanks partially to our test vehicle's automated stop-start system, we handled a reasonable 21 mpg throughout our time with the crossover, 2 mpg better compared to what we got from a Mazda CX-9.

The Component of Crossover

If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the matching of Highlander's charming Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), then the crossover's spruced up exterior layout is akin to the movie's good-looking however forgettable protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front as well as back fascias, upgraded headlamps, and also an eye-catching set of LED taillights offer the Highlander a much more cohesive, SUV-like look. However we still would not put it fairly on the same degree of appearance as the butch Dodge Durango or the shapely CX-9.

Unlike the outside, the Highlander's interior has been left largely unblemished. Toyota did add four more USB ports, bringing the total amount to 5-- 3 ahead as well as two in the rear. The cockpit features a number of helpful storage nooks, consisting of a rack that spans the reduced control panel and also an enormous center-console bin that could fit almost a cubic foot of various things. Ergonomic mistakes include difficult-to-grip temperature level knobs for the climate-control system as well as a touchscreen that's as well far from the driver.

While base-level LE and also LE And also Highlanders include a common second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and also Limited Platinum qualities come with captain's chairs in the middle. (The bench seat is a no-cost option on the XLE, Limited, as well as Minimal Platinum.) Area abounds in the second row, however we found that our seven-passenger test automobile's container seats were mounted as well reduced for optimal convenience. Still, the Highlander's moving and reclining second-row chairs resembled a pair of La-Z-Boy recliner chairs compared with the thin and also lightweight 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a full 6 inches fewer compared to exactly what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row offers. If you on a regular basis haul enough guests to merit constant use of the third row, take into consideration the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Darkness of an SUV

Even with the Highlander's carlike unibody building and construction and reduced step-in height, this mid-size crossover's handling advises us of an antique body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension permits extreme body coming in turns. On the bonus side, the suspension takes in roadway irregularities with nary a shudder, and also the electrically helped guiding is relatively fast as well as generally well weighted.

At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test auto was no lightweight, and the excess mass made itself understood when using the brakes, as the Toyota required 181 feet of tarmac to stop from 70 mph-- 11 feet greater than a 161-pound-lighter all-wheel-drive GMC Acadia Denali.

With an as-tested cost of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE showed off $3704 in options. Of that tally, four-wheel drive includes $1460 and also brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, as well as a display setup within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that reveals torque circulation among the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat amusement system was one of the most pricey alternative, while $434 bought flooring mats as well as body-side moldings. Standard items included navigating, a proximity key with push-button beginning, as well as a sunroof, in addition to previously mentioned features such as a blind-spot monitoring system and also leather-trimmed very first- and second-row seats (Toyota upholsters the 3rd row in plastic).

While the Highlander's lifeless handling and cramped third row remain to curb our excitement for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's long listing of basic safety as well as convenience features, a lot more powerful as well as fuel-efficient V-6 engine, as well as boosted outside styling will continue to bring in hoards of shoppers trying to find a comfortable and reasonably valued mid-size crossover SUV.

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