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Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that fails to influence eagerness among movie critics. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off supplier great deals in 2014, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV went into 2017 with a host of adjustments targeted at satisfying the masses and experts alike.
Especially, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the top-of-the-line $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, now come standard with a pre-collision caution system with pedestrian discovery and also automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure warning, lane-keeping help, flexible cruise control, and automated high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination car also loaded blind-spot monitoring, a feature not available on the lower-level Highlander LE as well as LE And also.
Coming with the 2017 Highlander's numerous security systems is the current version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is basic on all but the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continuouslies make use of a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- as well as integrates a host of modern-day technologies, consisting of a straight and port fuel-injection system and an upgraded valvetrain that permits the engine to run on the extra reliable Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy and balanced 295 horsepower as well as 263 lb-ft of torque, the revised V-6 makes 25 even more ponies and an added 15 lb-ft compared with the previous unit. Fuel economic climate is up, as well, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 earning an EPA-rated 23 mpg combined; all-wheel-drive models attain 22 mpg. Both numbers mark a 2-mpg renovation over in 2015's Highlander and put the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's combined fuel-economy numbers.
Toyota's 2GR-FKS six is a gem of an engine that constructs power mostly all the method approximately its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander cut 0.3 second off of its precursor's zero-to-60-mph and 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 as well as 3.8 secs, respectively. Sadly, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing away time was both slow-moving for the course as well as nearly a 2nd behind that of its forbear. Condemn the brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission's hesitancy to downshift. No matter, the revised Highlander's V-6 provides a lot of grunt in the majority of real-world driving situations. Many thanks partially to our test car's automated stop-start system, we managed a sensible 21 mpg throughout our time with the crossover, 2 mpg better compared to exactly what we received from a Mazda CX-9.
The Element of Crossover
If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the equivalent of Highlander's enchanting Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), after that the crossover's revamped outside design is akin to the movie's good-looking but forgettable protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and also rear fascias, upgraded headlamps, and an eye-catching collection of LED taillights provide the Highlander an extra cohesive, SUV-like look. However we still wouldn't put it quite on the very same degree of attractiveness as the butch Dodge Durango or the shapely CX-9.
Unlike the outside, the Highlander's inside has actually been left largely untouched. Toyota did include 4 more USB ports, bringing the total to five-- three in front and two in the rear. The cockpit showcases a variety of convenient storage space spaces, consisting of a shelf that covers the lower dashboard and a massive center-console bin that could suit almost a cubic foot of miscellaneous things. Ergonomic faults include difficult-to-grip temperature knobs for the climate-control system as well as a touchscreen that's as well away from the vehicle driver.
While base-level LE and LE Plus Highlanders come with a typical second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and also Minimal Platinum qualities come with captain's chairs between. (The bench seat is a no-cost choice on the XLE, Limited, as well as Minimal Platinum.) Area is plentiful in the second row, however we located that our seven-passenger test automobile's container seats were mounted as well reduced for optimal convenience. Still, the Highlander's sliding as well as reclining second-row chairs were like a set of La-Z-Boy recliner chairs compared with the thin and flimsy 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a complete six inches fewer compared to just what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row offers. If you consistently haul sufficient passengers to quality frequent use the third row, consider the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.
Darkness of an SUV
In spite of the Highlander's carlike unibody construction as well as reduced step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's dealing with advises us of an antique body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension permits extreme body roll in turns. On the plus side, the suspension soaks up roadway irregularities with nary a shudder, and the electrically helped guiding is relatively fast and typically well heavy.
At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test vehicle was no lightweight, and the excess mass made itself recognized when using the brakes, as the Toyota needed 181 feet of tarmac to stop 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 sported $3704 in choices. Of that tally, four-wheel drive adds $1460 as well as brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and a display setup within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that reveals torque circulation among the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat entertainment system was the most expensive option, while $434 purchased floor mats and also body-side moldings. Requirement things included navigating, a distance secret with push-button beginning, as well as a sunroof, along with aforementioned features such as a blind-spot tracking system and leather-trimmed very first- and also second-row seats (Toyota upholsters the third row in vinyl).
While the Highlander's lifeless handling and also confined third row continue to curb our excitement for the Indiana-built crossover, the updated 2017 Highlander's long checklist of basic safety and ease features, extra effective and also fuel-efficient V-6 engine, as well as boosted outside designing will continue to attract heaps of consumers searching for a comfortable and also fairly valued mid-size crossover SUV.