Toyota Highlander Limited

Toyota Highlander Limited: Unnoticeable and sensible, the Highlander can haul up to eight in quiet comfort. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four groups with a six-speed automatic and also front-wheel drive; the optional 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 obtains an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is optional for V-6 designs as well as standard for the crossbreed, which sets the V-6 with 2 electrical motors; we saw 24 mpg in our test. The Highlander provides an adequate driving experience, however it's more concentrated on indoor details as well as storage.

Toyota Highlander Limited

Like the 1986 movie Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot influence eagerness among doubters. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealer great deals last year, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV got in 2017 with a host of modifications aimed at pleasing the masses as well as experts alike.

Especially, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the top-of-the-line $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, currently come typical with a pre-collision caution system with pedestrian discovery and also automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure warning, lane-keeping aid, flexible cruise control, and automated high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE test vehicle likewise packed blind-spot surveillance, an attribute unavailable on the lower-level Highlander LE and LE Plus.

Coming with the 2017 Highlander's countless safety systems is the most recent variation of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is standard on just about the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which remains to utilize a frail 185-hp inline-four-- and integrates a host of contemporary technologies, consisting of a direct and also port fuel-injection system as well as an updated valvetrain that allows the engine to work on the a lot more effective Atkinson cycle. Rated at a healthy and balanced 295 horsepower and also 263 lb-ft of torque, the modified V-6 makes 25 more ponies as well as an additional 15 lb-ft compared to the previous unit. Fuel economic situation is up, also, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 earning an EPA-rated 23 mpg integrated; all-wheel-drive models achieve 22 mpg. Both numbers mark a 2-mpg enhancement over in 2014's Highlander and also put the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's consolidated fuel-economy numbers.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a treasure of an engine that develops power almost all the way as much as its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander shaved 0.3 2nd off of its precursor's zero-to-60-mph and also 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 as well as 3.8 secs, specifically. Regrettably, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing time was both slow-moving for the class and also nearly a second behind that of its forbear. Criticize the brand-new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the revised Highlander's V-6 uses lots of grunt in most real-world driving scenarios. Thanks partially to our test car's automated stop-start system, we took care of a practical 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg better than just what we received from a Mazda CX-9.

The Aspect of Crossover

If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the equivalent of Highlander's captivating Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), after that the crossover's revamped exterior style belongs to the movie's handsome yet forgettable protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and also rear fascias, updated headlamps, as well as an eye-catching collection of LED taillights offer the Highlander an extra natural, SUV-like look. However we still wouldn't place it rather on the very same level of appearance as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.

Unlike the outside, the Highlander's interior has actually been left mainly untouched. Toyota did add four even more USB ports, bringing the total amount to five-- three in front and also 2 in the rear. The cabin features a variety of helpful storage nooks, including a shelf that spans the lower dashboard and a substantial center-console container that could fit almost a cubic foot of miscellaneous items. Ergonomic faults consist of difficult-to-grip temperature level knobs for the climate-control system as well as a touchscreen that's as well far away from the chauffeur.

While base-level LE as well as LE Plus Highlanders include a standard second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and Minimal Platinum qualities feature captain's chairs in the center. (The bench seat is a no-cost alternative on the XLE, Limited, and also Minimal Platinum.) Room is plentiful in the 2nd row, yet we located that our seven-passenger test cars and truck's bucket seats were placed as well reduced for optimal convenience. Still, the Highlander's sliding and reclining second-row chairs were like a pair of La-Z-Boy reclining chairs compared with the thin and 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 routinely transport enough travelers to advantage frequent use of the 3rd row, think about the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Darkness of an SUV

In spite of the Highlander's carlike unibody building and construction as well as reduced step-in height, this mid-size crossover's managing advises us of an antique body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension permits too much body roll in turns. On the bonus side, the suspension absorbs road irregularities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically helped guiding is relatively fast as well as usually well weighted.

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

With an as-tested price of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE showed off $3704 in alternatives. Of that tally, four-wheel drive adds $1460 and brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, as well as a display setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that shows torque circulation amongst the Highlander's four wheels. An $1810 rear-seat amusement system was the most expensive choice, while $434 purchased floor mats and also body-side moldings. Criterion products included navigating, a closeness key with push-button begin, as well as a sunroof, in addition to previously mentioned attributes such as a blind-spot monitoring system and also leather-trimmed very first- and second-row seats (Toyota cushions the 3rd row in plastic).

While the Highlander's lifeless handling as well as cramped third row remain to suppress our interest for the Indiana-built crossover, the updated 2017 Highlander's long listing of basic safety and security and also ease attributes, much more powerful as well as fuel-efficient V-6 engine, as well as boosted exterior designing will continue to draw in stockpiles of customers looking for a comfy and reasonably priced mid-size crossover SUV.

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