Toyota Highlander 2015 Interior

toyota highlander 2015 interior: The 2014 Toyota Highlander's cavalcade of enhancements make a previously dull, middle-of-the-road SUV attract attention with bold styling and also boosted family members kindness.

Toyota heard consumers while upgrading the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander and also reacted to needs for more cabin and cargo area, vibrant designing as well as costs features. Ask for a more vibrant driving experience should have been professionally disregarded, however, as the 2014's harsher flight is a tradeoff I do not think numerous midsize SUV customers must have to live with in return for sportier handling.

Still, other enhancements will certainly interest buyers who had damaged the previous Highlander off their list or a minimum of to those who don't think about a comfy trip an essential. The 2014 Highlander's enhanced cargo area behind the standard third-row seat is a much-needed enhancement; plus, it's less complicated to get into the 3rd row, which currently seatses three and also bumps common seating capacity to 8.

toyota highlander 2015 interior

With upgrades that cover the schedule of LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim degrees, the 2014 Highlander is now in far better shape to handle the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2014 Ford Explorer and also 2014 Honda Pilot.

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

Exterior & Designing

Toyota went back to the attracting board to revamp its aging as well as stylistically devoid Highlander. Fast-forward to 2014, and also you cannot call the Highlander boring looking any kind of longer. The 2013's dull look transforms right into a hulking SUV with a beefier stance, protruding fenders and also strong front styling. Its visibility approved the 2013 New York International Automobile Show floor where it debuted, and it looks equally as great rolling down the street.

How It Drives

The driving experience isn't the automobile's most enticing attribute, even with an array of promising new chassis and suspension changes, so it's good the brand-new SUV does so lots of other things well.

Toyota picked curvy canyon and also coastal roadways in California to demonstrate the Highlander's new handling chops. Driving a 2013 and also 2014 back to back, the 2014 does exhibit higher degrees of road grip and an improved steering response. It's more athletic when excavating into an edge, though I would not call the Highlander fun to drive. The 270-horsepower V-6 does not have an immediate strike of acceleration in the heavy Highlander. It's a far cry from the lighter, 290-hp Hyundai Santa Fe, which is a "little" ball of enjoyment among other 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 pounds.

An unfavorable impact of the Highlander's newfound characteristics is a choppier trip over rough roadways. After driving 2013 as well as 2014 designs, I could inform the 2014 sends even more roadway imperfections via the chassis and also into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's OKAY to have a hostile style and flight like a couch; see the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

On the benefit, the 2014 Highlander has a much more substantial feeling over rough roadways, with fewer rattles, squeals and chassis flex. It's a matured experience with enhanced noise insulation, acoustic glass and a stiffer framework helping keep outside sound marginal.

I quickly hung out in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota anticipates to represent 5 to 10 percent of sales, and also in the brand new Highlander Crossbreed. 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 rough around the sides regarding engine sound as well as vibrations. The Hybrid's gas mileage is fairly unmodified for 2014, down 1 mpg in city rankings to 27 mpg however maintains its 28 mpg incorporated ranking. The transition from electrical to when the engine fires up is noticeable with raw sounds originating from under the hood, audible from throughout a parking lot. Resonances from the shift are minimal, yet the sounds are audible to take notice.

An additional 353 pounds added to the crossbreed from three electrical motors-- 2 in the front and also one in the back-- and also a nickel steel hydride battery is noticeable in how the Crossbreed drives compared to the Restricted V-6 with all-wheel drive. It's a loosened up experience much less thrilled concerning speeding up as well as managing despite 280-hp incorporated, and also it additionally does not ride any type of smoother compared to the non-hybrid.

The Hybrid's uncommonly loud engine noises wouldn't be as much of an issue 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 sized on the within. The Highlander Hybrid's luxury vehicle price does not reflect deluxe refinement since the feature-loaded Hybrid Limited is the only Crossbreed provided; the less-expensive version got the axe for 2014.

The volume-seller V-6 is the most fine-tuned of the lot, offering smooth and also predictable 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 18/24/20 mpg with four-wheel drive is additionally much more competitive than the outgoing 2013 thanks to a new six-speed automatic transmission changing a five-speed device on V-6 models. The all-wheel-drive system, which is additionally brand-new, aids add 2 mpg highway over the 2013 variation. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send torque to the rear wheels when slippage is spotted, versus the previous system that always sent out torque to four wheels.


Part of the 2014's makeover includes dialing up the interior styling with many soft-touch as well as accent-stitched interior panels that improve the classiness. The quality is Toyota-Avalon nice with a stitched dashboard, steering wheel and soft-touch, high-grade products in popular places. Plastic locations that aren't textured, stitched or covered are still on par for the class. Also the base LE Highlander emanates the almost luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Limited trims.

Seating is comfortable in the very first and also second rows with soft, wide front seats and also a highly adjustable second row that slides and also reclines with 2 captain's chairs or the common three-seat bench setup-- captain's chairs are readily available on the XLE as well as standard on the Limited. The rest of the Highlander could have been redone with dynamism in mind, yet the seats talk with its comfort-focused roots. Many people on our personnel will certainly miss the 2013's detachable second-row center seat. I won't, as it was awkward as well as cumbersome to remove and also replace with the center table that stored under the center console.

In the 3rd row, Toyota boosted size as well as added an added seat for an optimum capacity of eight occupants in conventional arrangement. A new, a lot more portable back suspension freed the additional room. The 3rd row still doesn't fit adults with as much comfort as the larger Chevrolet Traverse, but it excels in a pinch. There are likewise brand-new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Previously, only the curbside seat folded and glided onward via the one-touch bar. Third-row motorcyclists likewise benefit from the second row's raised seat travel, which enables simple entry as well as exit.

Functional design & Electronic devices

Innovation is a massive focus in the 2014 Highlander as well as done effectively. Toyota's Entune multimedia system functions far better than ever compared to various other Toyota automobiles in which I have actually used the system. Working the Entune system's voice commands goes over. The models I tested picked up on the various voice commands I spoke.

Those with large phones or that regularly have their phone linked to the SUV will certainly value a gadget storage ledge listed below the environment regulates that offers a pass-through for USB cords. There must disappear Medusa-like dangling of wires the equipment selector.

The common Entune on base LE designs includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup electronic camera, USB port with iPod connection, complementary input, voice acknowledgment, Bluetooth phone connection and also Bluetooth streaming audio. LE And also trims have Entune Sound Plus with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch display screen, HD Radio and 90-day satellite radio membership. The next step up is Entune Costs Audio with Navigation as well as App Suite on XLE models with an 8-inch touch-screen as well as app collection with Pandora, Yelp as well as Facebook combination with a mobile phone as well as accompanying Entune downloadable application. A JBL stereo is basic on Restricted trim degrees.

The huge center storage space container in between the pole positions can feed on anything plus-sized, like a purse, iPad or Blu-ray collection for the available rear-seat Blu-ray gamer. When you neglect that Blu-ray in the house, a fascinating brand-new feature called Easy Speak sends the growing voice of an upset mom or daddy via the back stereo audio speakers using the Bluetooth microphone to maintain rowdy children in check. Just how much extra household concentrated can you get compared to providing an attribute that allows parents to yell at kids?

Cargo, Towing & Storage space

Cargo space behind the 3rd row improves over the previous Highlander's revealing step, which had a hard time lugging groceries, let alone 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 huge enhancement, yet at the very least it makes the area usable. It's still little compared with others in the segment: The Explorer has 21 cubic feet and the Pilot has 18 cubic feet behind the 3rd row. Toyota's hoax to raise freight space involved relocating all 3 rows of seats ahead, adding size behind the back wheels as well as utilizing an extra portable rear suspension.

The power liftgate is a remarkable attribute to be basic on LE Plus trim levels as well as above, and has a trick up its sleeve: It gets used to various heights, not simply 1 or 2 predetermined height setups. With the liftgate moving, individuals could quit the liftgate and also program it to available to that set height the next time. The attribute will make much shorter drivers as well as owners of low garages extremely delighted. (If eviction goes expensive, shorter people might struggle to get to the power-close switch on its lower side.) An additional one-of-a-kind function on the back is an oldie but a reward: On LE Plus versions as well as above, the back home window opens for simple accessibility independent of the freight entrance.

A 5,000-pound tow score on XLE and Limited trim levels comes with a standard towing package that includes engine/transmission coolers and also upgraded radiator and generator. Crossbreeds could tow 3,500 extra pounds, V-6 LE/LE Plus can tow 2,000 pounds as well as a four-cylinder LE is rated at 1,500 extra pounds.


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

The 2014 Highlander supplies reduced anchors and also tethers on outboard second-row seats for child-safety seats, yet only a tether anchor on the center third-row seat.

Advanced safety attributes are readily available, though only on the costly Limited trim level where a dead spot monitoring system and also rear auto parking assist are common, and also pre-collision, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning are optional. Minimal trim levels are likewise the only models with a back-up electronic camera that utilizes predictive standards to show the vehicle's path-- a back-up electronic camera with fixed lines is basic on all other trim levels.

Worth in Its Class

Toyota states rates is up around $1,500 usually across the 2014 trim levels, that include added features over the 2013. Base prices 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 seatsing with warmed pole positions, navigation, three-zone environment control, smart keyless entrance, second-row sunshades and even more. Rates for the XLE is really competitive to three-row midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2013 Highlander was absolutely a midpack three-row SUV, hanging back in essential areas like interior quality, freight room and also technology. Feel confident, if you're a Highlander proprietor looking to update-- as long as you're unconcerned concerning trip quality-- the 2014 is not only a compelling upgrade, but additionally deserving of cross-shopping the segment's finest.

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