Toyota heard customers while upgrading the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander and also responded to demands for more cabin and also cargo area, vibrant designing as well as premium services. Requests for a more dynamic driving experience must have been respectfully neglected, nevertheless, as the 2014's harsher trip is a tradeoff I don't believe numerous midsize SUV purchasers should need to live with in return for sportier handling.
Still, various other enhancements will undoubtedly appeal to customers who had actually damaged the previous Highlander off their listing or at least to those that do not consider a comfortable flight a must-have. The 2014 Highlander's raised freight space behind the conventional third-row seat is a much-needed enhancement; plus, it's much easier to obtain into the third row, which currently sittings 3 and bumps standard seatsing capability to 8.
2015 toyota highlander specs
With upgrades that span the schedule of LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited as well as Limited Platinum trim degrees, the 2014 Highlander is currently in better shape to take on the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2014 Ford Explorer and 2014 Honda Pilot.
I drove four-cylinder, six-cylinder as well as Hybrid 2014 Highlanders at a Toyota media event.
Exterior & Designing
Toyota went back to the attracting board to redesign its aging and also stylistically empty Highlander. Fast-forward to 2014, and also you cannot call the Highlander boring looking any kind of longer. The 2013's ho-hum look transforms right into a hulking SUV with a beefier stance, bulging fenders and strong front styling. Its presence was big on the 2013 New York City International Automobile Program floor where it debuted, as well as it looks equally as good rolling down the street.
How It Drives
The driving experience isn't the vehicle's most appealing characteristic, even with a selection of encouraging new framework and suspension changes, so it's good the brand-new SUV does so numerous other points well.
Toyota chose curvy canyon as well as coastal roads in The golden state to show the Highlander's brand-new handling chops. Driving a 2013 as well as 2014 back to back, the 2014 does display higher degrees of road hold and a boosted steering reaction. It's more athletic when digging into an edge, though I would not call the Highlander fun to drive. The 270-horsepower V-6 doesn't have an immediate strike of acceleration in the heavy Highlander. It's an unlike the lighter, 290-hp Hyundai Santa Fe, which is a "little" sphere 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 adverse impact of the Highlander's newly found characteristics is a choppier ride over rough roads. After driving 2013 and also 2014 designs, I might tell the 2014 sends more roadway blemishes through the chassis and also right into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's ALRIGHT to have an aggressive layout and flight like a couch; see the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.
On the benefit, the 2014 Highlander has a more considerable feeling over rough roadways, with less rattles, squeaks and chassis flex. It's a matured experience with increased sound insulation, acoustic glass and also a stiffer chassis assisting keep outside noise very little.
I briefly hung out in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota anticipates to represent 5 to 10 percent of sales, and also in the all-new Highlander Hybrid. 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 far as engine noise as well as vibrations. The Hybrid's gas mileage is relatively unmodified for 2014, down 1 mpg in city rankings to 27 mpg yet maintains its 28 mpg combined score. 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 area. Resonances from the change are very little, but the noises are audible to take notice.
An added 353 pounds added to the crossbreed from three electrical motors-- 2 in the front and one in the back-- and a nickel steel hydride battery is obvious in exactly how the Hybrid drives compared with the Restricted V-6 with four-wheel drive. It's a kicked back experience less thrilled concerning accelerating and also taking care of even with 280-hp integrated, and it additionally doesn't ride any smoother compared to the non-hybrid.
The Hybrid's unusually loud engine noises would not be as much of a problem if the Highlander Hybrid just weren't $48,160 with location, $7,130 greater than 2013-- a 2014 Lexus RX 450h is $47,320, however much smaller on the in. The Highlander Hybrid's deluxe automobile rate doesn't mirror high-end refinement since the feature-loaded Crossbreed Limited is the only Hybrid provided; the less-expensive variation obtained the axe for 2014.
The volume-seller V-6 is one of the most fine-tuned of the lot, providing smooth and foreseeable velocity 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 18/24/20 mpg with four-wheel drive is additionally extra affordable than the outbound 2013 thanks to a brand-new six-speed transmission changing a five-speed unit on V-6 versions. The all-wheel-drive system, which is likewise brand-new, assists add 2 mpg highway over the 2013 version. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send torque to the back wheels when slippage is discovered, versus the previous system that constantly sent out torque to four wheels.
Part of the 2014's makeover includes calling up the interior styling with numerous soft-touch and also accent-stitched indoor panels that enhance the classiness. The high quality is Toyota-Avalon nice with a stitched control panel, steering wheel and also soft-touch, premium products in prominent places. Plastic locations that typically aren't textured, sewed or covered are still on par for the class. Even the base LE Highlander exhibits the virtually luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Limited trims.
Seats is comfortable in the first and 2nd rows with soft, vast front seats and also an extremely adjustable 2nd row that slides and reclines with two captain's chairs or the basic three-seat bench arrangement-- captain's chairs are available on the XLE as well as basic on the Limited. The rest of the Highlander might have been redone with dynamism in mind, however the seats talk to its comfort-focused roots. Many people on our team will miss the 2013's removable second-row center seat. I won't, as it was uncomfortable and also bulky to get rid of and also replace with the facility table that kept under the facility console.
In the 3rd row, Toyota boosted size as well as included an additional seat for an optimum capacity of eight occupants in basic configuration. A brand-new, extra portable back suspension freed the additional space. The third row still doesn't fit grownups with as much comfort as the bigger Chevrolet Traverse, yet it readies in a pinch. There are also brand-new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Previously, just the curbside seat folded and also moved ahead by means of the one-touch bar. Third-row bikers also take advantage of the 2nd row's increased seat traveling, which permits very easy access as well as exit.
Functional design & Electronics
Innovation is a big focus in the 2014 Highlander and done very well. Toyota's Entune multimedia system works far better than ever before compared with other Toyota vehicles where I have actually used the system. Working the Entune system's voice commands is impressive. The designs I examined picked up on the different voice commands I talked.
Those with cumbersome phones or that continuously have their phone attached to the SUV will certainly value a device storage space step listed below the climate regulates that gives a pass-through for USB cords. There must be no more Medusa-like dangling of wires entangling the equipment selector.
The common Entune on base LE designs consists of a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup camera, USB port with iPod connectivity, auxiliary 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 90-day satellite radio subscription. The next step up is Entune Costs Audio with Navigation and also Application Suite on XLE versions with an 8-inch touch-screen as well as application collection with Pandora, Yelp as well as Facebook assimilation with a mobile phone and also going along with Entune downloadable application. A JBL sound system is typical on Minimal trim levels.
The large center storage space container between the front seats could devour anything plus-sized, like a purse, iPad or Blu-ray collection for the offered rear-seat Blu-ray player. When you fail to remember that Blu-ray at home, an intriguing brand-new function called Easy Speak transfers the thriving voice of a mad mommy or father via the rear stereo speakers through the Bluetooth microphone to keep wild kids in check. Just how much more family members concentrated can you get compared to supplying an attribute that allows moms and dads to chew out children?
Cargo, Towing & Storage space
Cargo room behind the third row improves over the previous Highlander's sexy step, which battled bring groceries, not to mention a stroller or golf bag. The cargo quantity is currently rated at 13.8 cubic feet, up from 10.3 cubic feet. It's not a significant improvement, however at least it makes the location useful. It's still tiny compared with others in the section: The Explorer has 21 cubic feet and also the Pilot has 18 cubic feet behind the 3rd row. Toyota's trickery to raise freight space involved relocating all three rows of seats forward, including length behind the back wheels as well as using an extra compact back suspension.
The power liftgate is an outstanding function to be conventional on LE And also trim levels and above, and has a dress up its sleeve: It adjusts to numerous elevations, not simply a couple of fixed height setups. With the liftgate moving, individuals could stop the liftgate and also program it to open to that set elevation the following time. The attribute will make shorter chauffeurs and also owners of reduced garages extremely happy. (If the gate goes expensive, shorter individuals may struggle to get to the power-close button on its lower side.) One more distinct attribute on the back is an oldie but a goody: On LE And also designs as well as above, the back home window opens up for easy accessibility independent of the cargo gate.
A 5,000-pound tow ranking on XLE and also Limited trim degrees has a conventional towing plan that consists of engine/transmission coolers and updated radiator as well as alternator. Crossbreeds could tow 3,500 pounds, V-6 LE/LE Plus could tow 2,000 extra pounds and 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 gives reduced anchors as well as tethers on outboard second-row seats for child-safety seats, yet only a secure anchor on the middle third-row seat.
Advanced safety functions are offered, though only on the expensive Limited trim degree where a blind spot monitoring system as well as rear auto parking aid are typical, and also pre-collision, adaptive cruise control as well as lane separation caution are optional. Limited trim levels are also the only models with a back-up electronic camera that makes use of predictive standards to reveal the car's course-- a back-up cam with fixed lines is basic on all various other trim degrees.
Value in Its Class
Toyota says rates is up around $1,500 typically throughout the 2014 trim levels, that include added attributes over the 2013. Base pricing begins at $30,075 for a base four-cylinder LE with destination, while volume-seller XLE versions with four-wheel drive are $38,360 as well as include natural leather seating with warmed front seats, navigation, three-zone climate control, smart keyless entry, second-row sunshades and also more. Prices for the XLE is extremely competitive to three-row midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Ford Traveler as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe.
The 2013 Highlander was absolutely a midpack three-row SUV, dragging in important areas like interior quality, cargo area and technology. Feel confident, if you're a Highlander owner planning to upgrade-- as long as you're unconcerned concerning flight quality-- the 2014 is not only a compelling upgrade, but likewise worthy of cross-shopping the segment's finest.