Toyota Highlander Reviews

Toyota Highlander Reviews: Unnoticeable as well as reasonable, the Highlander can haul up to 8 in peaceful convenience. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four teams with a six-speed automated 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 versions and criterion for the crossbreed, which sets the V-6 with two electrical motors; we saw 24 mpg in our test. The Highlander offers an adequate driving experience, but it's even more focused on interior details as well as storage space.


Toyota Highlander Reviews


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 dealer lots last year, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV went into 2017 with a host of changes focused on pleasing the masses and also pundits alike.

Significantly, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the high-grade $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, currently come standard with a pre-collision caution system with pedestrian detection and automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure warning, lane-keeping help, adaptive cruise ship control, and automatic high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination cars and truck additionally loaded blind-spot surveillance, a function not available on the lower-level Highlander LE and LE And also.

Coming with the 2017 Highlander's countless safety and security systems is the latest version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is conventional on just about the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continues to make use of a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- and also integrates a host of contemporary innovations, including a direct as well as port fuel-injection system as well as an updated valvetrain that allows the engine to work on the more efficient Atkinson cycle. Rated at a healthy 295 horsepower as well as 263 lb-ft of torque, the modified V-6 makes 25 even more ponies as well as an additional 15 lb-ft compared with the previous system. Fuel economic climate is up, too, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 gaining an EPA-rated 23 mpg incorporated; all-wheel-drive models accomplish 22 mpg. Both figures note 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 mixed fuel-economy numbers.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a treasure of an engine that builds power nearly all the method up to 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 and 3.8 secs, specifically. Sadly, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph death time was both sluggish for the class as well as nearly a 2nd behind that of its forbear. Condemn the brand-new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. No matter, the revised Highlander's V-6 provides a lot of grunt in many real-world driving situations. Thanks partially to our examination cars and truck's automated stop-start system, we managed a reasonable 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg far better compared to just what we received from a Mazda CX-9.

The Component of Crossover

If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the equivalent of Highlander's lovely Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), after that the crossover's revamped outside style belongs to the movie's good-looking yet forgettable protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front as well as rear fascias, updated headlamps, and also an appealing collection of LED taillights offer the Highlander a more cohesive, SUV-like look. Yet we still would not place it rather on the exact same degree of beauty as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.

Unlike the exterior, the Highlander's interior has been left greatly unblemished. Toyota did add four even more USB ports, bringing the total amount to 5-- 3 in front and 2 in the rear. The cabin includes a variety of convenient storage spaces, including a rack that extends the reduced dashboard as well as a substantial center-console container that could accommodate virtually a cubic foot of various items. Ergonomic mistakes consist of difficult-to-grip temperature level handles for the climate-control system as well as a touchscreen that's also far away from the motorist.

While base-level LE and also LE And also Highlanders feature a common second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and Restricted Platinum qualities come with captain's chairs in the center. (The bench seat is a no-cost choice on the XLE, Limited, as well as Restricted Platinum.) Space abounds in the second row, but we found that our seven-passenger examination auto's bucket seats were installed also reduced for optimum convenience. Still, the Highlander's gliding as well as reclining second-row chairs were like a pair of La-Z-Boy recliner chairs compared to the thin and also lightweight 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a full six inches fewer compared to exactly what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you frequently transport adequate travelers to merit frequent use the third row, take into consideration the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Shadow of an SUV

In spite of the Highlander's carlike unibody building and construction as well as low step-in height, this mid-size crossover's taking care of reminds us of an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension permits excessive body coming in turns. On the bonus side, the suspension takes in road abnormalities with nary a shudder, and also the electrically assisted guiding is relatively quick as well as usually well weighted.

At 4560 pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander examination auto was no lightweight, and also the excess mass made itself known when using the brakes, as the Toyota required 181 feet of tarmac to quit 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 sported $3704 in alternatives. Of that tally, four-wheel drive includes $1460 as well as brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, as well as a display screen setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that shows torque circulation among the Highlander's four wheels. An $1810 rear-seat entertainment system was the most pricey option, while $434 gotten flooring mats and also body-side moldings. Criterion products included navigating, a proximity trick with push-button begin, and a sunroof, along with previously mentioned functions such as a blind-spot monitoring system and leather-trimmed first- and also second-row seats (Toyota upholsters the third row in vinyl).

While the Highlander's drab handling and confined third row continue to curb our enthusiasm for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's long listing of basic safety and also ease features, more powerful and fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and also boosted exterior designing will continue to draw in heaps of consumers looking for a comfortable and fairly priced mid-size crossover SUV.

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