Toyota listened to customers while upgrading the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander and replied to needs for even more cabin as well as freight area, dynamic designing as well as premium features. Ask for a more vibrant driving experience needs to have been pleasantly disregarded, however, as the 2014's harsher flight is a tradeoff I don't think numerous midsize SUV purchasers need to have to live with in return for sportier handling.
Still, various other renovations will definitely attract customers who had scraped the previous Highlander off their checklist or a minimum of to those who don't consider a comfortable ride a must-have. The 2014 Highlander's enhanced cargo space behind the basic third-row seat is a much-needed improvement; plus, it's easier to obtain right into the third row, which currently seatses 3 as well as bumps basic seatsing ability to 8.
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With upgrades that cover the lineup of LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels, the 2014 Highlander is now in better shape to take on the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2014 Ford Traveler and 2014 Honda Pilot.
I drove four-cylinder, six-cylinder as well as Hybrid 2014 Highlanders at a Toyota media event.
Outside & Styling
Toyota went back to the attracting board to upgrade its aging as well as stylistically empty Highlander. Fast-forward to 2014, as well as you can't call the Highlander boring looking any type of longer. The 2013's ho-hum look changes right into a hulking SUV with a beefier position, protruding fenders and also strong front styling. Its visibility was big on the 2013 New York International Automobile Program floor where it debuted, and also it looks just as great rolling down the street.
How It Drives
The driving experience isn't the vehicle's most appealing attribute, despite an assortment of appealing new framework as well as suspension changes, so it's good the new SUV does so lots of other things well.
Toyota chose curvy canyon as well as seaside roadways in The golden state to demonstrate the Highlander's brand-new handling chops. Driving a 2013 as well as 2014 back to back, the 2014 does exhibit greater degrees of road grip as well as an improved steering response. It's more athletic when digging right into an edge, though I would not call the Highlander enjoyable to drive. The 270-horsepower V-6 doesn't have a prompt strike of acceleration in the heavy Highlander. It's a far cry from the lighter, 290-hp Hyundai Santa Fe, which is a "little" sphere of exhilaration among other comparable 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 unfavorable effect of the Highlander's newfound characteristics is a choppier ride over rough roads. After driving 2013 as well as 2014 designs, I could tell the 2014 transmits even more road flaws through the chassis as well as into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's OKAY to have a hostile style and also flight like a couch; see the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.
On the benefit, the 2014 Highlander has a more considerable feeling over harsh roadways, with less rattles, squeals as well as framework flex. It's a matured experience with raised audio insulation, acoustic glass and a stiffer chassis aiding keep outside noise very little.
I quickly hung out in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota anticipates to make up 5 to 10 percent of sales, and in the brand new Highlander Crossbreed. Both the front-wheel-drive-only four-cylinder (20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined) and all-wheel-drive-only Crossbreed V-6 (27/28/28 mpg) are a little harsh around the sides regarding engine sound as well as vibrations. The Hybrid's gas mileage is relatively unmodified for 2014, down 1 mpg in city scores to 27 mpg however maintains its 28 mpg combined ranking. The shift from electric to when the engine fires up is noticeable with raw sounds coming from under the hood, audible from throughout a parking lot. Resonances from the transition are very little, but the noises are audible to take notice.
An additional 353 extra pounds contributed to the hybrid from 3 electric motors-- 2 in the front and one in the back-- as well as a nickel metal hydride battery is recognizable in just how the Hybrid drives as compared to the Limited V-6 with four-wheel drive. It's a kicked back experience much less fired up concerning speeding up as well as handling despite having 280-hp combined, as well as it additionally doesn't ride any smoother than the non-hybrid.
The Crossbreed's unusually loud engine noises would not be as much of an issue if the Highlander Crossbreed just weren't $48,160 with destination, $7,130 greater than 2013-- a 2014 Lexus RX 450h is $47,320, however a lot smaller on the inside. The Highlander Crossbreed's high-end automobile rate does not show high-end refinement now that the feature-loaded Hybrid Limited is the only Crossbreed used; the less-expensive variation got the axe for 2014.
The volume-seller V-6 is one of the most fine-tuned of the lot, supplying smooth as well as predictable acceleration in addition to the best handling with four-wheel drive. The V-6-powered Highlander's gas mileage of 19/25/21 mpg with front-wheel drive and also 18/24/20 mpg with all-wheel drive is likewise more affordable compared to the outward bound 2013 thanks to a brand-new six-speed transmission changing a five-speed system on V-6 models. The all-wheel-drive system, which is likewise new, assists add 2 mpg freeway over the 2013 variation. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send out torque to the rear wheels when slippage is found, versus the previous system that always sent torque to 4 wheels.
Part of the 2014's improvement consists of dialing up the indoor styling with various soft-touch and also accent-stitched indoor panels that boost the classiness. The high quality is Toyota-Avalon great with a stitched control panel, steering wheel as well as soft-touch, high-quality materials in noticeable areas. Plastic areas that aren't textured, stitched or covered are still on the same level for the class. Also the base LE Highlander radiates the nearly luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Restricted trims.
Seating fits in the initial as well as second rows with soft, wide pole positions and an extremely adjustable 2nd row that slides and reclines with 2 captain's chairs or the standard three-seat bench arrangement-- captain's chairs are readily available on the XLE as well as common on the Limited. The rest of the Highlander could have been redone with dynamism in mind, yet the seats speak to its comfort-focused origins. Lots of people on our staff will miss out on the 2013's detachable second-row center seat. I won't, as it was uneasy as well as bulky to get rid of and change with the facility table that saved under the facility console.
In the third row, Toyota increased size and included an additional seat for an optimum ability of 8 residents in typical arrangement. A brand-new, extra small back suspension released the extra area. The 3rd row still doesn't fit grownups with as much comfort as the larger Chevrolet Traverse, yet it excels in a pinch. There are likewise new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Formerly, just the curbside seat folded and also slid onward through the one-touch bar. Third-row bikers likewise benefit from the 2nd row's raised seat travel, which permits easy entry and also departure.
Comfort design & Electronics
Modern technology is a big focus in the 2014 Highlander and also done effectively. Toyota's Entune multimedia system works better than ever compared with various other Toyota cars where I have actually made use of the system. Functioning the Entune system's voice commands goes over. The models I examined picked up on the various voice commands I spoke.
Those with cumbersome phones or who continuously have their phone connected to the SUV will appreciate a device storage ledge below the climate manages that provides a pass-through for USB cables. There must be no more Medusa-like dangling of cable televisions ensnaring the equipment selector.
The basic Entune on base LE designs includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup video camera, USB port with iPod connectivity, auxiliary input, voice recognition, Bluetooth phone connectivity and Bluetooth streaming audio. LE And also trims have Entune Sound And also with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch display, HD Radio and 90-day satellite radio membership. The next step up is Entune Premium Audio with Navigation as well as App Collection on XLE models with an 8-inch touch-screen and app suite with Pandora, Yelp as well as Facebook assimilation with a smartphone and also accompanying Entune downloadable application. A JBL stereo is standard on Restricted trim levels.
The substantial facility storage container in between the front seats can feed on anything plus-sized, like a purse, iPad or Blu-ray collection for the readily available rear-seat Blu-ray gamer. And when you neglect that Blu-ray at home, an interesting brand-new attribute called Easy Speak sends the thriving voice of a mad mommy or father with the back stereo speakers using the Bluetooth microphone to keep wild youngsters in check. Just how much extra family members focused can you obtain than offering a function that allows parents to chew out children?
Cargo, Towing & Storage space
Freight room behind the third row enhances over the previous Highlander's revealing walk, which battled carrying grocery stores, let alone an infant stroller or golf bag. The freight quantity is currently ranked at 13.8 cubic feet, up from 10.3 cubic feet. It's not a huge enhancement, but a minimum of it makes the location functional. It's still little compared with others in the section: The Explorer has 21 cubic feet as well as the Pilot has 18 cubic feet behind the third row. Toyota's trickery to raise cargo room entailed relocating all 3 rows of seats forward, adding length behind the rear wheels and also utilizing a more portable back suspension.
The power liftgate is a remarkable function to be standard on LE And also trim levels as well as above, as well as has a trick up its sleeve: It adapts to various heights, not just one or two established elevation setups. With the liftgate in motion, users could quit the liftgate and also program it to open to that established elevation the following time. The feature will make much shorter motorists and also owners of reduced garages extremely satisfied. (If eviction goes too expensive, shorter individuals could have a hard time to get to the power-close button on its bottom edge.) One more unique attribute on the back is an oldie but a goody: On LE Plus designs as well as above, the back home window opens up for very easy gain access to independent of the cargo entrance.
A 5,000-pound tow ranking on XLE as well as Limited trim degrees has a common towing bundle that includes engine/transmission coolers and also updated radiator and alternator. Hybrids could tow 3,500 extra pounds, V-6 LE/LE Plus could tow 2,000 pounds as well as a four-cylinder LE is rated at 1,500 extra pounds.
Safety and security
The 2014 Highlander had not been crash-tested at the time of this writing.
The 2014 Highlander supplies reduced anchors as well as tethers on outboard second-row seats for child-safety seats, but only a secure support on the middle third-row seat.
Advanced safety and security attributes are offered, though just on the costly Limited trim degree where an unseen area surveillance system as well as back car park assist are standard, and also pre-collision, adaptive cruise control as well as lane separation warning are optional. Restricted trim levels are also the only designs with a backup cam that uses predictive standards to show the car's course-- a backup electronic camera with set lines is conventional on all various other trim degrees.
Worth in Its Class
Toyota claims rates is up around $1,500 on average throughout the 2014 trim levels, which include additional functions over the 2013. Base rates begins at $30,075 for a base four-cylinder LE with location, while volume-seller XLE versions with four-wheel drive are $38,360 and also include leather seatsing with heated pole positions, navigating, three-zone environment control, clever keyless entry, second-row sunshades and also more. Rates for the XLE is very affordable to three-row midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer or even the Hyundai Santa Fe.
The 2013 Highlander was really a midpack three-row SUV, dragging in important locations like indoor quality, freight room and also innovation. Feel confident, if you're a Highlander proprietor looking to update-- as long as you're unconcerned concerning trip high quality-- the 2014 is not only an engaging upgrade, but likewise worthwhile of cross-shopping the section's ideal.