Some automobiles, and also Toyotas specifically, typically get described by vehicle fanatics as "home appliances." The comparison is made between a Camry and also a refrigerator, or a Corolla as well as a washering, for example. The effects (usually less than kind) is that these cars have features that are much less fun as well as more useful. One would not take a fridge to an autocross, or drag-race a washering from a traffic light. However, for numerous people around the globe, a home appliance is specifically what they want in an auto-- something they don't need to think about to utilize, that isn't really quirky or over the top, that's trustworthy as well as basic. For those individuals, several Toyotas are definitely ideal-- as well as the 2013 Highlander is the pinnacle of such appliancelike, comfy, utilitarian reasoning.
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This is the in 2014 for this design of Highlander, with a new 2014 model on its way that was unveiled at the 2013 New York City International Car Show in March. However, there's a great deal to like regarding the present Highlander, which has roominess, power, convenience as well as utility in droves.
Absolutely Nothing Fancy, Simply Fundamental Proficiency
The shape is familiar by now, with fairly aggressive styling that has actually been duplicated by a number of makers. (The brand-new Nissan Pathfinder, as an example, looks a whole lot similar to this Highlander in lots of means.) It's a tidy, streaming style that suffers a little bit from wheels that look somewhat too small in the base V-6 trim degree I checked. If you like the means it looks, nevertheless, obtain one now, as the 2014 version will certainly obtain a rather considerable styling update that's not to every person's preference.
The interior is in a similar way pleasing. Absolutely nothing horrendous, just well outlined, very comfy and also made from top notch products that have been screwed together well. In advance, the reduced, soft-touch dashboard as well as high seating setting integrate for a powerful view over the hood, with exceptional exposure sideways as well as rear too. Controls on the facility control panel allow as well as clear, with large switches and also chunky handles that make operating the climate-control system a wind (sorry). The determines are bright, clear as well as very easy to read at a glimpse. There's nothing impressive concerning the forms and also appearances in right here, but there's absolutely nothing to upset either-- unless you're a person who requires some aesthetic interest in your transportation choice, as there's none to be located in the endless sea of grey plastic stretching from door to door. A minimum of in the Highlander it's decent plastic, unlike in other Toyota products, like the Venza.
Seating is functional and also amazingly spacious, particularly in the 2nd row, which features amazing amounts of legroom. This is a three-row SUV, including a fold-down seat for 2 people in the cargo location, obtainable through the fold-and-tumble second-row seats. That 3rd row is vast enough for full-sized grownups, however legroom is seriously jeopardized. This is just a midsized SUV, after all, not a full-sizer like the Toyota Sequoia or Chevrolet Traverse. Folding the 2nd row for entrance to the third is easy, with takes care of atop the seatbacks creating easy operation also by youngsters. Both the second as well as third rows fold up flat, producing an enormous freight room able to hold large, large things.
Inside electronics are fundamental and also not terribly made complex on the entry-level Highlander (the only major choices my examination version had were a V-6 engine and also four-wheel drive). The typical touch-screen multimedia display is huge and easy to use, but a second, smaller sized display over it displayed limited car information, too, with simply a handful of display screens to select from. You can option up a Highlander to the hilt with points like Toyota's Entune (a cloud-based entertainment and info system), a navigating system as well as even more, but my tester had none of that-- just satellite radio and also a windshield-wiper heating system, part of the $60 Cold Weather Bundle. On the plus side, an absence of attributes suggests the inside is uncluttered and uncomplicated. It also suggests there's little to do however drive.
Roly-Poly, but Not Pokey
Fortunately, driving the Highlander is equally as enjoyable as sitting in or looking at one. In the base version, power originates from a standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine making 187 horse power, yet my tester had the optional 3.5-liter V-6 engine, bumping horsepower as much as a far more confidence-inspiring 270 hp. In real Toyota fashion, the V-6 is the picture of smoothness, a lot so that the only means to recognize it's performing at still is to blip the pedal. Hit that very same pedal while the Highlander's on duty, and also you're compensated with solid, smooth velocity. A six-speed automatic transmission is basic with the four-cylinder, however the V-6 comes just with a five-speed automatic. A gasoline-electric crossbreed version is also offered. With the exception of the crossbreed, however, the drivetrain overall is a bit behind the moments-- most rivals are supplying six-speed automatics across the array, plus turbocharging or a minimum of direct-injection modern technology. Fortunately, the majority of buyers will certainly not recognize any type of technological deficiency thanks to the Highlander's buttery operation as well as easy acceleration.
What they could notice, nonetheless, is gas economic situation. Highlanders with the base four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive are rated 20/25 mpg city/highway-- not bad for a huge seven-seat cruiser. Gas economic situation goes down to 18/24 for the larger V-6 engine, as well as further, to 17/22 mpg, when you add all-wheel drive. My week with the Highlander returned 19 mpg in blended driving; okay, but definitely not class-leading any longer. It drops well except the new all-wheel-drive Nissan Pathfinder, rated 19/25 mpg, and the brand-new seven-seat Hyundai Santa Fe, which is available in at 18/24 mpg. It additionally usually matches the much bigger Chevrolet Traverse for consolidated mileage rating (19 mpg), and also does 1 mpg much better in the city as well as 1 mpg even worse on the highway. The Highlander lineup's gas economic climate champ is the crossbreed, ranked 28/28 mpg, however that comes with a considerable price costs and with standard all-wheel drive.
The Highlander is obviously tuned for comfort rather than driving fun. As the suspension is soft, the body movements are tippy and the entire truck rolls and also lolls in rapid edges. You will not be doing any spirited driving in this family truckster, but exactly what you get in return is superb ride quality that's smooth also over several of one of the most terribly broken pavement, assisted by high sidewalls on the 17-inch tires that soak up bumps with little noise or interruption to your serenity. Hang an iPad on the seatback, and the munchkins will not be troubled by road conditions in the least. Faster freeway driving is equally as tranquil as well as hushed.
The existing Highlander has been crash-tested by both the National Freeway Website Traffic Safety And Security Administration and also the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. NHTSA ranked the Highlander 4 out of five stars on the whole, while IIHS provided the Highlander its leading score of Great in all its significant tests, earning it Top Security Select status.
When it comes to tools, the Highlander has all the requisite digital precaution, like grip control, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Front, side, motorist's knee and side curtain air bags are basic. There was no back-up cam on my examination lorry, yet it's a $699 choice on base models (criterion on all various other trim levels), a rather blazing noninclusion from the devices checklist for a purported household automobile.
Highlander in the marketplace
The Highlander V6 all-wheel drive I checked had one remarkable top quality that can not be neglected: a comparatively reduced as-tested rate of $33,477, consisting of an $845 location cost. The starting cost for this base V-6 version with four-wheel drive is $32,690, meaning options on my tester were few: just a $60 Winter Plan, a $29 first-aid package, a $49 cargo internet and a rather pricey $649 three-row floor mat kit. If you intend to skip the V-6 and four-wheel drive, the Highlander with a four-cylinder engine as well as front-wheel drive starts at $29,865. At the various other end of the spectrum is a completely filled Highlander Crossbreed Limited all-wheel drive, which starts at $47,215-- fairly a dramatic variety.
Midsize SUVs have been taking over for minivans in family-hauling responsibilities, and the number of entrances in the field is greater than ever. Needing seven seats does reduce the list down ever so slightly. The Highlander's primary rivals are the Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse/GMC Acadia, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-9 and Dodge Durango. If you could live with simply 5 seats, include the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, Ford Edge, Toyota Venza and Kia Sorento. That's more than a lots other automobiles to consider, showing exactly how competitive this section really is. The closest suits are the Pathfinder, Traveler and also Santa Fe (not the Santa Fe Sport, mind you, which is a smaller sized, five-seat design). The Pathfinder features only a V-6 as well as continually variable automatic transmission, while the Santa Fe's seven-seat design supplies just a V-6. The Explorer provides 2 V-6 engines and also an optional turbo four-cylinder, all mated to a six-speed transmission. All are similar in terms of area, cost as well as energy, however the Highlander's rivals normally have the advantage in gas economy and also on-board technology.
The 2014 Highlander will lastly get a six-speed transmission for its V-6 engine, which should improve gas economy as well as velocity. It also gets seating for eight thanks to a larger freight location as well as a larger third-row seat. Engines will certainly rollover unchanged, nevertheless, meaning there will still be no direct-injection or turbocharging. The interior and exterior updates look good and need to keep the Highlander competitive, and that's actually all Toyota has to do to maintain the Highlander's sales numbers up-- aesthetic adjustments that keep it fresh in an ultra-competitive market. Toyota currently has the energy, convenience, skills and family-friendly components down pat. Working with its aesthetic charm and also on-board modern technology will just enhance the Highlander's position.