Toyota Highlander Le Plus

Toyota Highlander Le Plus: Low-profile and also reasonable, the Highlander could haul up to eight in quiet comfort. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four teams with a six-speed automated and front-wheel drive; the optional 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 gets an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is optional for V-6 designs as well as criterion for the hybrid, which sets the V-6 with 2 electric motors; we saw 24 mpg in our examination. The Highlander provides a sufficient driving experience, however it's even more concentrated on indoor precisions as well as storage.


Toyota Highlander Le Plus


Like the 1986 movie Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot motivate eagerness among critics. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealership whole lots in 2014, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV got in 2017 with a host of modifications targeted at pleasing the masses as well as experts alike.

Especially, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the state-of-the-art $48,840 Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum, currently come basic with a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian discovery and also automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise ship control, as well as automated high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE test vehicle also packed blind-spot monitoring, an attribute not available on the lower-level Highlander LE as well as LE And also.

Going along with the 2017 Highlander's many safety and security systems is the most up to date variant of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is conventional on almost the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continuouslies make use of a frail 185-hp inline-four-- and incorporates a host of contemporary innovations, including a direct and port fuel-injection system as well as an upgraded valvetrain that permits the engine to work on the extra efficient Atkinson cycle. Rated at a healthy and balanced 295 horse power and also 263 lb-ft of torque, the changed V-6 makes 25 even more horses and also an extra 15 lb-ft compared with the previous device. Fuel economy is up, too, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 earning an EPA-rated 23 mpg combined; all-wheel-drive models achieve 22 mpg. Both numbers note a 2-mpg enhancement over last year's Highlander and placed the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's consolidated fuel-economy numbers.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a gem of an engine that constructs power nearly all the way as much as its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander shaved 0.3 second off of its precursor's zero-to-60-mph and also 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 and 3.8 seconds, respectively. Unfortunately, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing away time was both slow-moving for the class and also nearly a 2nd behind that of its forbear. Condemn the new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. No matter, the modified Highlander's V-6 provides a lot of grunt in a lot of real-world driving circumstances. Many thanks in part to our examination vehicle's automated stop-start system, we managed a practical 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg much better compared to what we received from a Mazda CX-9.

The Element of Crossover

If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the matching of Highlander's lovely Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), after that the crossover's overhauled outside style belongs to the film's handsome but featureless protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front as well as rear fascias, updated headlamps, as well as an eye-catching set of LED taillights offer the Highlander an extra natural, SUV-like appearance. Yet we still would not place it rather on the exact same level of attractiveness as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.

Unlike the exterior, the Highlander's inside has actually been left mostly untouched. Toyota did add four even more USB ports, bringing the overall to 5-- 3 ahead as well as two in the rear. The cockpit includes a variety of convenient storage spaces, including a shelf that covers the reduced dashboard and also a large center-console bin that can suit almost a cubic foot of various products. Ergonomic mistakes include difficult-to-grip temperature level handles 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 And also Highlanders come with a standard second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, as well as Restricted Platinum grades feature captain's chairs in the middle. (The bench seat is a no-cost alternative on the XLE, Limited, and Minimal Platinum.) Area is plentiful in the 2nd row, yet we located that our seven-passenger examination auto's container seats were installed too low for optimal convenience. Still, the Highlander's moving and also reclining second-row chairs resembled a set of La-Z-Boy recliners compared to the slim as well as flimsy 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a complete 6 inches less compared to just what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you frequently haul enough passengers to benefit regular use of the third row, take into consideration the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Darkness of an SUV

Even with the Highlander's carlike unibody building and low step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's managing advises us of an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension allows excessive body coming in turns. On the plus side, the suspension absorbs road abnormalities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically assisted steering is fairly fast and also typically well weighted.

At 4560 pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test vehicle was no light-weight, as well as the excess mass made itself known when applying 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 rate of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE showed off $3704 in choices. Of that tally, four-wheel drive adds $1460 and also brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and also a screen setup within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster screen that reveals torque distribution among the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat amusement system was the most expensive choice, while $434 gotten floor mats and body-side moldings. Criterion things consisted of navigation, a distance secret with push-button start, as well as a sunroof, as well as previously mentioned attributes such as a blind-spot monitoring system as well as leather-trimmed first- and also second-row seats (Toyota cushions the 3rd row in plastic).

While the Highlander's lifeless handling and also cramped third row continuously suppress our enthusiasm for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's long listing of conventional safety and benefit attributes, extra effective as well as fuel-efficient V-6 engine, as well as boosted outside styling will continuously bring in heaps of buyers trying to find a comfortable and also reasonably valued mid-size crossover SUV.

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