2015 toyota Highlander Hybrid

2015 toyota highlander hybrid: The 2014 Toyota Highlander's cavalcade of renovations make a previously dull, middle-of-the-road SUV stand out with vibrant styling as well as enhanced family kindness.

Toyota listened to customers while redesigning the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander and replied to needs for more cabin and cargo area, dynamic styling and costs features. Ask for a more dynamic driving experience should have been professionally ignored, nonetheless, as the 2014's harsher trip is a tradeoff I don't assume lots of midsize SUV customers ought to have to deal with in return for sportier handling.

Still, other improvements will undoubtedly attract shoppers that had scratched the previous Highlander off their list or at the very least to those that don't consider a comfy flight an essential. The 2014 Highlander's boosted freight room behind the conventional third-row seat is a much-needed renovation; plus, it's much easier to obtain into the 3rd row, which currently seats 3 and also bumps typical seating ability to 8.

2015 toyota highlander hybrid

With upgrades that cover the schedule of LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels, the 2014 Highlander is now in far better form to take on the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2014 Ford Explorer and 2014 Honda Pilot.

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

Outside & Designing

Toyota went back to the drawing board to upgrade its aging and 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 changes into a hulking SUV with a beefier position, protruding fenders as well as bold front styling. Its presence was big on the 2013 New York International Auto Program floor where it debuted, as well as it looks just as great rolling down the street.

How It Drives

The driving experience isn't the car's most enticing feature, despite a variety of promising brand-new chassis as well as suspension changes, so it's good the new SUV does so several various other points well.

Toyota selected curved canyon as well as seaside roadways in The golden state to demonstrate the Highlander's brand-new handling chops. Driving a 2013 and also 2014 back to back, the 2014 does exhibit higher levels of road grasp and a boosted steering feedback. It's even more athletic when excavating into an edge, though I would not call the Highlander enjoyable to drive. The 270-horsepower V-6 doesn't have a prompt strike of velocity in the hefty Highlander. It's an unlike the lighter, 290-hp Hyundai Santa Fe, which is a "little" round 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 extra pounds.

An unfavorable effect of the Highlander's newly found characteristics is a choppier trip over harsh roads. After driving 2013 as well as 2014 models, I can tell the 2014 sends more road blemishes via the framework and right into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's OK to have a hostile style and also trip like a sofa; see the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

On the benefit, the 2014 Highlander has a more significant feeling over harsh roadways, with less rattles, squeaks and chassis flex. It's a matured experience with enhanced audio insulation, acoustic glass and also a stiffer framework aiding maintain outside sound minimal.

I quickly spent time in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota expects to make up 5 to 10 percent of sales, as well as in the all-new Highlander Crossbreed. Both the front-wheel-drive-only four-cylinder (20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined) as well as all-wheel-drive-only Crossbreed V-6 (27/28/28 mpg) are a little rough around the edges as for engine sound as well as vibrations. The Crossbreed's gas mileage is fairly unchanged for 2014, down 1 mpg in city scores to 27 mpg but preserves its 28 mpg integrated rating. The transition from electrical to when the engine fires up is visible with raw sounds originating from under the hood, audible from across a parking lot. Vibrations from the change are minimal, but the noises are loud enough to take notice.

An added 353 pounds included in the crossbreed from three electrical motors-- 2 in the front as well as one in the back-- and a nickel steel hydride battery is obvious in just how the Crossbreed drives compared to the Limited V-6 with all-wheel drive. It's a loosened up experience less ecstatic regarding speeding up as well as dealing with despite having 280-hp integrated, and also it additionally doesn't ride any smoother compared to the non-hybrid.

The Crossbreed's uncommonly loud engine noises wouldn't be as much of a problem if the Highlander Crossbreed just weren't $48,160 with location, $7,130 greater than 2013-- a 2014 Lexus RX 450h is $47,320, however a lot smaller on the inside. The Highlander Crossbreed's deluxe automobile rate does not reflect deluxe refinement since the feature-loaded Crossbreed Limited is the only Hybrid used; the less-expensive version obtained the axe for 2014.

The volume-seller V-6 is the most refined of the number, supplying smooth and predictable acceleration as well as the very best handling with all-wheel drive. The V-6-powered Highlander's gas mileage of 19/25/21 mpg with front-wheel drive and also 18/24/20 mpg with all-wheel drive is likewise a lot more competitive compared to the outgoing 2013 thanks to a brand-new six-speed automatic transmission changing a five-speed device on V-6 versions. The all-wheel-drive system, which is also brand-new, aids include 2 mpg highway over the 2013 variation. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send torque to the back wheels when slippage is spotted, versus the previous system that constantly sent out torque to four wheels.


Part of the 2014's transformation includes calling up the indoor styling with numerous soft-touch and also accent-stitched interior panels that enhance the classiness. The high quality is Toyota-Avalon wonderful with a stitched control panel, guiding wheel as well as soft-touch, high-quality materials in popular locations. Plastic areas that aren't textured, stitched or covered are still on par for the class. Even the base LE Highlander exudes the nearly luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Minimal trims.

Seating fits in the initial as well as 2nd rows with soft, broad pole positions and a very flexible 2nd row that glides as well as reclines with two captain's chairs or the conventional three-seat bench arrangement-- captain's chairs are available on the XLE and basic on the Limited. The remainder of the Highlander might have been redone with dynamism in mind, but the seats talk to its comfort-focused roots. Many people on our staff will certainly miss the 2013's removable second-row facility seat. I will not, as it was unpleasant as well as cumbersome to eliminate and also change with the facility table that saved under the facility console.

In the 3rd row, Toyota boosted size and also added an added seat for an optimum capacity of eight occupants in basic arrangement. A brand-new, more small back suspension released the added space. The 3rd row still doesn't fit adults with as much convenience as the bigger Chevrolet Traverse, yet it's good in a pinch. There are likewise new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Formerly, just the curbside seat folded up as well as glided ahead by means of the one-touch lever. Third-row motorcyclists likewise take advantage of the second row's enhanced seat travel, which permits easy access and also departure.

Functional design & Electronic devices

Innovation is a big focus in the 2014 Highlander and also done extremely well. Toyota's Entune multimedia system works better than ever before compared to other Toyota lorries in which I've made use of the system. Working the Entune system's voice commands is impressive. The designs I tested picked up on the different voice commands I spoke.

Those with cumbersome phones or who constantly have their phone attached to the SUV will appreciate a gadget storage walk listed below the environment manages that offers a pass-through for USB cables. There should disappear Medusa-like dangling of cable televisions entangling the gear selector.

The common Entune on base LE models includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup video camera, USB port with iPod connectivity, complementary input, voice acknowledgment, Bluetooth phone connection as well as Bluetooth streaming sound. LE And also trims have Entune Audio And also with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch screen, HD Radio and also 90-day satellite radio membership. The next step up is Entune Premium Sound with Navigation and App Suite on XLE models with an 8-inch touch-screen and application collection with Pandora, Yelp and Facebook integration with a smart device and also accompanying Entune downloadable application. A JBL stereo is common on Minimal trim degrees.

The huge facility storage space bin between the pole positions can devour anything plus-sized, like a purse, iPad or Blu-ray collection for the readily available rear-seat Blu-ray player. When you neglect that Blu-ray in your home, an interesting new attribute called Easy Speak transfers the growing voice of a mad mommy or daddy with the rear stereo speakers via the Bluetooth microphone to keep wild children in check. What does it cost? extra household focused can you obtain compared to providing a feature that permits moms and dads to chew out kids?

Cargo, Towing & Storage space

Freight room behind the 3rd row improves over the previous Highlander's revealing ledge, which had a hard time bring grocery stores, not to mention an infant stroller or golf bag. The freight quantity is currently rated at 13.8 cubic feet, up from 10.3 cubic feet. It's not a huge renovation, but a minimum of it makes the area useful. It's still tiny compared to others in the sector: The Explorer has 21 cubic feet and the Pilot has 18 cubic feet behind the 3rd row. Toyota's hoax to enhance freight room involved moving all 3 rows of seats forward, including length behind the rear wheels as well as using a much more small back suspension.

The power liftgate is an outstanding feature to be basic on LE Plus trim levels and above, and also has a dress up its sleeve: It adjusts to various elevations, not just 1 or 2 fixed elevation settings. With the liftgate moving, customers can quit the liftgate and program it to open to that established elevation the next time. The function will make shorter motorists and owners of reduced garages really happy. (If the gate goes expensive, much shorter folks may struggle to get to the power-close switch on its bottom side.) One more distinct function on the back is an oldie however a goody: On LE Plus versions and above, the rear window opens up for very easy accessibility independent of the freight gate.

A 5,000-pound tow ranking on XLE as well as Limited trim levels features a conventional towing bundle that includes engine/transmission coolers as well as upgraded radiator as well as generator. Crossbreeds could tow 3,500 pounds, V-6 LE/LE Plus could tow 2,000 extra pounds as well as a four-cylinder LE is ranked at 1,500 extra pounds.


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

The 2014 Highlander offers lower supports and tethers on outboard second-row seats for child-safety seats, but just a tether support on the middle third-row seat.

Advanced security attributes are offered, though just on the costly Restricted trim degree where an unseen area surveillance system as well as back parking aid are conventional, and pre-collision, flexible cruise ship control as well as lane departure caution are optional. Minimal trim levels are likewise the only versions with a back-up electronic camera that uses anticipating standards to reveal the vehicle's course-- a back-up video camera with fixed lines is common on all other trim degrees.

Value in Its Course

Toyota claims prices is up around $1,500 on average throughout the 2014 trim levels, which include added features over the 2013. Base prices starts at $30,075 for a base four-cylinder LE with location, while volume-seller XLE designs with four-wheel drive are $38,360 and also consist of natural leather seatsing with heated pole positions, navigation, three-zone climate control, smart keyless access, second-row sunshades and also even more. Pricing for the XLE is really affordable to three-row midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and even the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2013 Highlander was truly a midpack three-row SUV, lagging behind in crucial areas like interior high quality, freight area and also innovation. Rest assured, if you're a Highlander owner aiming to update-- as long as you're unconcerned about ride high quality-- the 2014 is not only a compelling upgrade, yet likewise worthwhile of cross-shopping the segment's finest.

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