Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2013

toyota highlander hybrid 2013: Also in its last design year before a redesign, the 2013 Toyota Highlander excels, strong, fundamental household transport-- nothing to establish the heart aflame, but eminently experienced.

Some vehicles, and also Toyotas particularly, commonly get described by automobile fanatics as "devices." The comparison is made in between a Camry as well as a refrigerator, or a Corolla and a washing machine, for instance. The implication (commonly less than kind) is that these cars have features that are much less fun and also better. One would not take a refrigerator to an autocross, or drag-race a washering from a traffic light. But also for countless people around the globe, a home appliance is specifically what they desire in an automobile-- something they don't have to think about to utilize, that isn't unusual or over the top, that's reputable and easy. For those people, lots of Toyotas are definitely perfect-- as well as the 2013 Highlander is the pinnacle of such appliancelike, comfy, utilitarian thinking.

toyota highlander hybrid 2013

This is the in 2015 for this design of Highlander, with a brand-new 2014 model on its manner in which was unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show in March. Nevertheless, there's a lot to like concerning the existing Highlander, which has roominess, power, comfort and also utility in droves.

Absolutely Nothing Fancy, Simply Standard Skills

The shape recognizes now, with relatively hostile styling that has been copied by several suppliers. (The brand-new Nissan Pathfinder, as an example, looks a whole lot similar to this Highlander in many means.) It's a clean, flowing design that endures a little bit from wheels that look slightly as well tiny in the base V-6 trim level I evaluated. If you like the method it looks, nevertheless, get one currently, as the 2014 version will get an instead substantial styling update that's not to everybody's preference.

The interior is similarly pleasing. Absolutely nothing shocking, simply well outlined, exceptionally comfortable and also made from top notch materials that have actually been screwed with each other well. In advance, the reduced, soft-touch dashboard as well as high seats position combine for a powerful sight over the hood, with exceptional exposure sideways and back too. Controls on the center control board huge and clear, with huge switches and chunky knobs that make operating the climate-control system a breeze (sorry). The determines are intense, clear and also very easy to review at a glance. There's absolutely nothing amazing about the shapes as well as appearances in right here, however there's nothing to anger either-- unless you're someone that calls for some aesthetic interest in your transportation option, as there's none to be discovered in the unlimited sea of gray plastic extending from door to door. At the very least in the Highlander it's good plastic, unlike in a few other Toyota items, like the Venza.

Seating is versatile as well as extraordinarily spacious, specifically in the second row, which features unbelievable amounts of legroom. This is a three-row SUV, consisting of a fold-down seat for 2 individuals in the freight location, easily accessible through the fold-and-tumble second-row seats. That 3rd row is large sufficient for full-sized adults, yet legroom is seriously compromised. This is just a midsized SUV, nevertheless, not a full-sizer like the Toyota Sequoia or Chevrolet Traverse. Folding up the 2nd row for entrance to the third is very easy, with takes care of atop the seatbacks creating simple operation also by children. Both the 2nd and also third rows fold up flat, developing a substantial freight space able to hold huge, large items.

Interior electronics are standard and not awfully complicated on the entry-level Highlander (the only major alternatives my test version had were a V-6 engine and four-wheel drive). The standard touch-screen multimedia display is big and easy to use, however a second, smaller sized display over it displayed limited automobile details, also, with simply a handful of screens to choose from. You can choice up a Highlander to the hilt with points like Toyota's Entune (a cloud-based home entertainment and also details system), a navigating system and even more, however my tester had none of that-- just satellite radio and a windshield-wiper heating system, part of the $60 Winter Package. On the bonus side, an absence of attributes indicates the inside is clean and also straightforward. It also means there's little to do yet drive.

Roly-Poly, however Not Pokey

Thankfully, driving the Highlander is just as enjoyable as sitting in or checking out one. In the base version, power originates from a basic 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine making 187 horsepower, however my tester had the optional 3.5-liter V-6 engine, bumping horse power as much as a a lot more confidence-inspiring 270 hp. In true Toyota fashion, the V-6 is the picture of level of smoothness, a lot so that the only means to know it's performing at still is to blip the pedal. Struck that same pedal while the Highlander's on duty, and also you're compensated with solid, seamless acceleration. A six-speed transmission is typical with the four-cylinder, yet the V-6 comes just with a five-speed automated. A gasoline-electric hybrid version is additionally offered. With the exception of the hybrid, however, the drivetrain overall is a little bit behind the moments-- most competitors are supplying six-speed automatics across the range, plus turbocharging or at the very least direct-injection modern technology. Thankfully, a lot of customers will not recognize any kind of technical shortage thanks to the Highlander's buttery operation and effortless velocity.

Just what they might see, nevertheless, is fuel economic climate. Highlanders with the base four-cylinder engine and also front-wheel drive are ranked 20/25 mpg city/highway-- not bad for a huge seven-seat cruiser. Gas economic situation goes down to 18/24 for the larger V-6 engine, as well as better, to 17/22 mpg, when you add all-wheel drive. My week with the Highlander returned 19 mpg in combined driving; tolerable, yet certainly not class-leading any longer. It falls well except the new all-wheel-drive Nissan Pathfinder, ranked 19/25 mpg, as well as the brand-new seven-seat Hyundai Santa Fe, which is available in at 18/24 mpg. It also generally matches the much larger Chevrolet Traverse for consolidated gas mileage ranking (19 mpg), as well as does 1 mpg better in the city as well as 1 mpg worse on the freeway. The Highlander schedule's gas economy champ is the crossbreed, ranked 28/28 mpg, yet that comes at a substantial cost premium and with common all-wheel drive.

The Highlander is obviously tuned for convenience rather than driving fun. As the suspension is soft, the body movements are tippy as well as the whole truck rolls and also lolls in rapid edges. You will not be doing any spirited driving in this family truckster, but just what you get in return is superb trip top quality that's smooth also over some of the most badly damaged sidewalk, aided by tall sidewalls on the 17-inch tires that absorb bumps with little sound or disturbance to your serenity. Hang an iPad on the seatback, as well as the munchkins will not be bothered by road problems in the smallest. Faster highway driving is equally as calm and also hushed.

Safety and security

The current Highlander has been crash-tested by both the National Highway Web Traffic Security Administration and also the Insurance Policy Institute for Highway Safety. NHTSA rated the Highlander four out of five stars on the whole, while IIHS provided the Highlander its top ranking of Excellent in all its significant tests, gaining it Top Security Choose status.

When it comes to devices, the Highlander has all the requisite digital safety measures, like traction control, antilock brakes and also an electronic security system. Front, side, driver's knee as well as side curtain air bags are typical. There was no back-up cam on my test vehicle, however it's a $699 choice on base versions (criterion on all various other trim degrees), a rather glaring noninclusion from the devices list for a purported family members car.

Highlander out there

The Highlander V6 four-wheel drive I checked had one remarkable quality that can not be ignored: a comparatively low as-tested cost of $33,477, including an $845 destination charge. The starting rate for this base V-6 version with four-wheel drive is $32,690, indicating choices on my tester were few: only a $60 Winter Plan, a $29 first-aid package, a $49 freight net as well as a rather costly $649 three-row flooring mat set. If you wish to avoid the V-6 as well as four-wheel drive, the Highlander with a four-cylinder engine and also front-wheel drive begins at $29,865. At the other end of the spectrum is a totally loaded Highlander Crossbreed Limited four-wheel drive, which starts at $47,215-- fairly a remarkable range.

Midsize SUVs have actually been taking control of for minivans in family-hauling duties, and also the number of access in the field is more than ever. Calling for 7 seats does cut the note down ever before so somewhat. The Highlander's main competitors are the Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse/GMC Acadia, Ford Traveler, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-9 as well as Dodge Durango. If you could cope with simply five seats, add the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, Ford Side, Toyota Venza and Kia Sorento. That's greater than a dozen other automobiles to consider, demonstrating just how affordable this segment actually is. The closest suits are the Pathfinder, Explorer and also Santa Fe (not the Santa Fe Sporting activity, mind you, which is a smaller, five-seat model). The Pathfinder features just a V-6 and continuously variable automatic transmission, while the Santa Fe's seven-seat model uses just a V-6. The Explorer uses two V-6 engines and also an optional turbo four-cylinder, all mated to a six-speed transmission. All are equivalent in regards to room, price as well as utility, yet the Highlander's rivals usually have the advantage in gas economic climate and also on-board innovation.

The 2014 Highlander will lastly obtain a six-speed transmission for its V-6 engine, which ought to improve fuel economic climate and velocity. It likewise gets seatsing for eight thanks to a larger cargo location and a wider third-row seat. Engines will rollover unchanged, however, meaning there will still be no direct-injection or turbocharging. The interior and exterior updates look great and need to maintain the Highlander affordable, which's really all Toyota should do to maintain the Highlander's sales numbers up-- cosmetic modifications that maintain it fresh in an ultra-competitive market. Toyota currently has the utility, comfort, skills and family-friendly components down pat. Servicing its visual charm and on-board technology will only strengthen the Highlander's placement.

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