2009 toyota Highlander

2009 Toyota Highlander - If the upgraded Toyota Highlander is to be successful, it has its job cut out for it. It has to transfer and also captivate youngsters, ingest freight and dominate snow. It should be secure, comfortable as well as glamorous, and also it has to do all these points without breaking the financial institution-- in automobile repayments or at the pump. An uphill struggle, no doubt, yet the leading midsize SUV competitors really have obtained that great.

2009 Toyota Highlander

The Highlander makes the grade on all counts, though it does not master any kind of one location. Supplied it can maintain its superior resale worth and reliability, it must show a clever-- otherwise specifically captivating-- choice for many years to find.

Edgier Designing

Toyota's California design workshops sculpted the exterior, which is larger in all significant dimensions than the old Highlander. To my eyes, Toyota's smaller sized RAV4 SUV looks better-proportioned, with just sufficient curves to offset the angles. With its creased fronts lights, showy grille and also amorphous bumper, the Highlander seems a little bit too slick-- like a convenience store shopper that will not remove his sunglasses.

The rear bumper has lumpy reflectors on each side, as well as a lot of trim degrees have a glass hatch that opens up independent of the liftgate. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are typical; the Sport and also Limited have 19-inchers that fill out the wheel wells nicely. The Sport has a dark silver grille and smoked-out fronts lights. The Limited has plainer fronts lights and chrome outside moldings.

At 188.4 inches long and 75.2 inches large, the Highlander casts about the same darkness as a Honda Pilot, Subaru Tribeca or Hyundai Veracruz. The Mazda CX-9 and Saturn Overview are both regarding a foot much longer.

The Inside

Toyota has invested years developing an online reputation for top quality, as well as lacking any severe competition, the brand-new Highlander may have preserved that criterion. The competition is absolutely nothing otherwise serious, though, and also SUVs like the CX-9 and also Veracruz flaunt some remarkably high end interiors. In comparison, Toyota drops a little bit brief.

The Highlander shares foundations with the present Camry, and also the dashboard bears much of the sedan's flavor. The facility controls are the all-natural centerpiece, with large knobs for major features within very easy reach. Sport and also Limited versions have a 3.5-inch display atop the stereo. It displays gas mileage, outside temperature level as well as even more. It likewise shows setups for the optional automatic climate control system, which can split the cabin into as many as 3 temperature areas-- 2 front and one back. The environment controls rest below the stereo, and also they're very cluttered. I counted 13 switches between the two temperature level handles; that's a lot of ground to cover when you're referencing a readout some 10 inches away. On the other hand, the basic hand-operated cooling is straightforward.

Cabin quality is simply average. The window changes, turn signals as well as facility controls can go straight into a Lexus, as well as the chrome accents and also electroluminescent assesses look fantastic. Most areas are cut in tough plastics, however, and the appearances lack the charm of right stuff in numerous competitors. Worst of all is the ceiling's headliner, which is a few of the most inexpensive computer mouse fur this side of an economic climate automobile.

Moms and dads will appreciate the storage options. The center console between the pole positions has 4 cupholders and also a vast storage bin. Fail to remember laptops; the handwear cover box can fit a tiny desktop computer. (Probably not the monitor, though-- let's not get carried away.).

Three standard rows of seats accommodate up to 7, though you could drop the third row in order to conserve a little money, decreasing sitting capability to 5. The front seats use a lot of room, with a trick extender in the Highlander Limited that prolongs the cushion under the driver's thighs. Good touch.

The second row is just as wide, with reclining backrests and seat cushions that change backward and forward. The facility seat has Toyota's new Center Stow function. It's essentially a jump seat, which travelers can switch for a plastic center console, transforming the 2nd row right into 2 captain's chairs. The unused section-- either the center seat or console-- stores in a floor compartment in between the pole positions. After a few practice runs, I had the ability to make the modification in around 25 seconds.

The dive seat is light sufficient for simple installment. Its comfort is trial and error, also for a center seat; the bottom padding is substantial, but I might easily feel the joints beneath the backrest cushioning. The plastic console is lighter still, as well as both pieces have sturdy installment hooks that need to survive lots of thrashing from overenthusiastic youngsters.

Depending on where the second row is positioned, the third row can be surprisingly adult-friendly. I'm 6 feet high and also located headroom a little bit tight, however with the second row moved on a couple of inches-- preserving plenty of legroom for the majority of adults-- the 3rd row's legroom was such that I might endure a brief trip.

Larger Engine, Better Gas Mileage

All Highlanders get the 3.5-liter V-6 from the Camry, Sienna as well as several various other Toyotas. In the Highlander it makes 270 horse power and 248 pounds-feet of torque. Both are significant gains over in 2015's V-6, that made 215 hp and also 222 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed transmission is common. Last year's base four-cylinder engine has been gone down.

Velocity suffices off the line and also stronger as the engine revs. The transmission assists things along, holding gears as well as rarely changing prematurely. Tough acceleration can trigger some abrupt shifts among lower equipments-- much better for acceleration, even worse for comfort-- however most of the time the changes are smooth enough to pass unseen. The drivetrain feels best on the highway, where it downshifts with very little gear hunting. 3rd equipment is particularly potent for 50-to-70 miles per hour passing.

The optional four-wheel drive is clear to the driver. It incorporates a center differential to split power 50/50 between the front and also back wheels all of the moment. Four-wheel-drive designs have a downhill aid function. Press a dashboard button, and it will reduce the SUV to a crawl down steep qualities. The function appears a little bit insincere: There is no reduced equipment for offroad rock crawling, which indicates you ought to most likely avoid anywhere treacherous enough to call for the downhill help.

All Highlanders have a hill-start aid that holds the brakes for as much as 3 seconds from a stop to avoid the SUV from rolling in reverse prior to you have time to strike the gas.

Making use of the EPA's even more practical 2008 rating system-- which generally leads to reduce numbers-- gas mileage is rated at 18/24 mpg (city/highway) for two-wheel-drive versions and also 17/23 mpg for those with 4x4. These ratings lead most midsize SUVs by 1 or 2 mpg. They also defeated the old V-6 Highlander by around 1 mpg (readjusted making use of the EPA's new computation)-- an outstanding task, offered the brand-new Highlander has even more power and also weighs some 300 extra pounds extra. (Four-cylinder followers will not miss much: The old four-cylinder Highlander got just 1 mpg greater than the brand-new one does with the V-6.).

Flight & Handling

The unibody building manages a comfy trip, with none of the underbody vibrating that pestered the previous Highlander (which was additionally unibody) and also numerous body-on-frame SUVs. The four-wheel-independent suspension is sport-tuned in the Highlander Sporting activity, however I could not detect a difference in trip suppleness among the base, Sporting activity and also Limited. All three have a bit more suspension noise over significant bumps compared to I have actually involved expect in a midsize SUV.

Wind noise is marginal. Offered a smooth stretch of asphalt, the tires are fairly quiet. The Sporting activity and Limited's 19-inch wheels and P245/55R19 tires discharge a minor hum at freeway rates, which I could not spot with the base model's 17-inchers and thicker P245/65R19 rubber.

All models currently come with electrical power steering. These systems save a bit on fuel usage-- a little bit of low-hanging fruit to satisfy the government's gas economic situation criteria, I believe-- yet they commonly lead to drab, synthetic steering feeling. Expectedly, the Highlander guides with a light touch, never ever providing much in the means of feedback or turning precision. The CX-9 prices better hereof, but couple of other rivals stand out. The exact same is true for body roll: Like the majority of SUVs, the Highlander leans away in contours, reminding drivers it's not to be collared swiftly.

Four-wheel-disc anti-skid brakes are conventional. The pedal uses spongy reaction, but the brakes clamp down hard when required.

Freight & Towing

With all three rows set up and raised, cargo space in back is a meager 10.3 cubic feet. The 3rd row folds flat into the floor, and also the 2nd row folds up virtually flat. Highlanders without the 3rd row instead include a fairly big storage space area under the rear flooring.

With all seats folded, optimal freight volume is 95.4 cubic feet, which contrasts much more favorably with the crowd.

When appropriately geared up, the Highlander could tow approximately 5,000 extra pounds.

In Insurance Coverage Institute for Freeway Safety frontal crash tests, the 2008 Highlander scored the highest possible rating, Good. IIHS has actually not examined the Highlander for side effects.

Toyota didn't skimp on security functions. All Highlanders come standard with four-wheel-disc anti-skid brakes, grip control and an electronic security system. The stability system currently deals with the electrical power steering, which increases the power aid when the vehicle driver is steering to fix a skid. It also assists combat steering pull under hard braking to assist the Highlander stop in a straight line. (Toyota claims the system can not steer the SUV on its own, as some advanced systems now do, so if you guide the wrong way in a skid, don't anticipate any kind of added power aid.).

Seven airbags are basic, consisting of the called for twin front air bags, a chauffeur's knee airbag and also side-impact airbags for the pole positions. There are likewise roll-sensing side curtain airbags for all 3 rows, which deploy during a rollover to prevent passenger ejection.

All seats have head restraints, and in Sport and also Limited designs, the front ones are forward-adjustable for much better whiplash protection. Energetic head restrictions are common on the front seats of all trims. The 2nd row consists of Latch child-seat supports in the outboard seats, with quickly available top-tether supports midway down the seatback.

Attributes & Prices

Omitting the destination charge, the base Highlander with two-wheel drive begins at $27,300. A Highlander Limited with a complete collection of alternatives runs around $42,000. Four-wheel drive on any trim includes concerning $1,500. All trim degrees feature three rows of seats, though a third-row erase choice on specific designs can save $740.

For $27,300, the base Highlander includes 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless access, a CD stereo with a complementary MP3 jack, cooling, cruise ship control, as well as power home windows, mirrors and also door locks.
For $29,950, the Sport includes darkened outside components, 19-inch wheels, fog lights, a power driver's seat, a multifunction steering wheel, a back-up video camera and also six-CD audio.
For $32,700, the Restricted includes a keyless startup system, automated environment control, leather upholstery and also a power guest seat. A number of these features are optional on the Sporting activity. Alternatives on both trim levels include a navigating system, JBL premium sound, a rear seat DVD gamer, a moonroof, a power tailgate and also warmed front seats.

Highlander in the marketplace

Competitors from GM, Mazda and Hyundai will certainly provide the Highlander a run for its cash. Its biggest rival, the Honda Pilot, schedules for a redesign in the following year or more, and Toyota's key resource-- its credibility for quality and integrity-- has been slipping recently. The automaker has promised to redouble its efforts, and also its most current SUV should confirm that.

The new Highlander has lots of book perceptiveness, like suitable gas mileage and also loads of safety and security attributes, however there's nothing remarkable concerning it. If it verifies as bulletproof as its precursor, though, stability will certainly become its specifying quality, which is a textbook draw a great deal of purchasers could support.

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