Toyota Highlander Craigslist
Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that fails to motivate fervor among doubters. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealer lots in 2015, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV entered 2017 with a host of changes focused on satisfying the masses as well as experts alike.
Notably, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the top-of-the-line $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, now come basic with a pre-collision caution system with pedestrian discovery and also automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and also automated high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE test vehicle additionally packed blind-spot surveillance, a feature not available on the lower-level Highlander LE and also LE Plus.
Going along with the 2017 Highlander's various safety and security systems is the current variation of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is basic on just about the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continues to utilize a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- and also incorporates a host of modern technologies, consisting of a direct as well as port fuel-injection system and also an updated valvetrain that enables the engine to work on the much more efficient Atkinson cycle. Rated at a healthy 295 horsepower as well as 263 lb-ft of torque, the changed V-6 makes 25 more horses and an additional 15 lb-ft compared with the previous system. Gas economic situation is up, as well, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 making an EPA-rated 23 mpg integrated; all-wheel-drive versions accomplish 22 mpg. Both numbers note a 2-mpg improvement over in 2014's Highlander and put the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's consolidated fuel-economy numbers.
Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a treasure of an engine that builds power nearly all the way as much as its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander cut 0.3 2nd off of its predecessor's zero-to-60-mph and also 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 and 3.8 seconds, specifically. Regrettably, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing time was both slow-moving for the course and nearly a 2nd behind that of its forbear. Blame the new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. No matter, the changed Highlander's V-6 offers lots of grunt in most real-world driving scenarios. Thanks in part to our test auto's automated stop-start system, we managed a sensible 21 mpg throughout our time with the crossover, 2 mpg better than just what we received from a Mazda CX-9.
The Component of Crossover
If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the matching of Highlander's charming Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), then the crossover's spruced up exterior design belongs to the movie's good-looking yet featureless lead character, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front as well as back fascias, updated headlamps, as well as an appealing collection of LED taillights give the Highlander a more cohesive, SUV-like look. However we still would not place it rather on the exact same level of appearance as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.
Unlike the outside, the Highlander's inside has been left mainly untouched. Toyota did include 4 even more USB ports, bringing the total amount to 5-- 3 in front as well as 2 in the rear. The cabin includes a variety of helpful storage space spaces, consisting of a shelf that extends the lower control panel and also a massive center-console bin that could accommodate nearly a cubic foot of miscellaneous items. Ergonomic mistakes include difficult-to-grip temperature level knobs for the climate-control system and a touchscreen that's also far from the driver.
While base-level LE as well as LE And also Highlanders feature a typical second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, as well as Restricted Platinum grades include captain's chairs in the center. (The bench seat is a no-cost option on the XLE, Limited, as well as Limited Platinum.) Area is plentiful in the 2nd row, but we located that our seven-passenger examination vehicle's pail seats were mounted as well low for optimal comfort. Still, the Highlander's moving and also reclining second-row chairs resembled a set of La-Z-Boy reclining chairs compared to the slim and flimsy 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a complete six inches less compared to just what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you frequently transport sufficient passengers to benefit constant use the third row, take into consideration the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.
Shadow of an SUV
Even with the Highlander's carlike unibody building as well as reduced step-in height, this mid-size crossover's taking care of reminds us of an antique body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension permits too much body roll in turns. On the plus side, the suspension soaks up road irregularities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically aided guiding is reasonably quick and typically well heavy.
At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander examination automobile was no lightweight, and the excess mass made itself understood when applying the brakes, as the Toyota needed 181 feet of tarmac to quit from 70 miles per hour-- 11 feet more than a 161-pound-lighter all-wheel-drive GMC Acadia Denali.
With an as-tested cost of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE showed off $3704 in alternatives. Of that tally, all-wheel drive includes $1460 and also brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and also a display screen setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that shows torque circulation amongst the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat enjoyment system was the most pricey choice, while $434 gotten flooring mats and also body-side moldings. Requirement products consisted of navigation, a proximity secret with push-button begin, as well as a sunroof, along with abovementioned features such as a blind-spot surveillance system and also leather-trimmed initial- as well as second-row seats (Toyota upholsters the third row in plastic).
While the Highlander's drab handling as well as cramped 3rd row continue to suppress our interest for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's lengthy listing of basic safety and also comfort functions, extra effective as well as fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and also enhanced outside designing will certainly remain to attract stockpiles of shoppers seeking a comfy as well as reasonably priced mid-size crossover SUV.