Some cars and trucks, and also Toyotas specifically, commonly obtain described by auto enthusiasts as "home appliances." The comparison is made between a Camry and a fridge, or a Corolla as well as a washering, for example. The effects (commonly less than kind) is that these cars have attributes that are much less enjoyable and better. One would not take a refrigerator to an autocross, or drag-race a washering from a stoplight. But also for numerous individuals all over the world, an appliance is precisely what they want in a car-- something they don't have to think about to utilize, that isn't really eccentric or over the top, that's reliable and straightforward. For those people, several Toyotas are definitely ideal-- as well as the 2013 Highlander is the peak of such appliancelike, comfortable, practical thinking.
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This is the in 2014 for this design of Highlander, with a brand-new 2014 model on its manner in which was revealed at the 2013 New York International Vehicle Show in March. However, there's a great deal to such as concerning the current Highlander, which has roominess, power, comfort and energy in droves.
Nothing Fancy, Simply Fundamental Competence
The form recognizes by now, with rather aggressive styling that has been copied by numerous manufacturers. (The brand-new Nissan Pathfinder, as an example, looks a whole lot such as this Highlander in several methods.) It's a tidy, moving design that experiences a little bit from wheels that look somewhat as well tiny in the base V-6 trim degree I evaluated. If you like the method it looks, nonetheless, get one currently, as the 2014 version will get an instead considerable designing upgrade that's not to everybody's preference.
The interior is in a similar way pleasing. Nothing horrendous, just well set out, extremely comfortable and made from premium products that have been screwed with each other well. Up front, the low, soft-touch dash and high seating placement incorporate for a commanding view over the hood, with excellent exposure to the sides and also rear as well. Controls on the center control board allow as well as clear, with large switches and chunky knobs that make operating the climate-control system a wind (sorry). The determines are intense, clear and easy to read at a glimpse. There's nothing exceptional about the shapes as well as textures in below, yet there's nothing to offend either-- unless you're someone that calls for some aesthetic interest in your transport option, as there's none to be located in the countless sea of grey plastic extending from door to door. At least in the Highlander it's suitable plastic, unlike in some other Toyota products, like the Venza.
Seats is functional as well as extremely roomy, especially in the 2nd row, which showcases astonishing amounts of legroom. This is a three-row SUV, including a fold-down seat for 2 individuals in the cargo area, accessible through the fold-and-tumble second-row seats. That 3rd row is broad enough for full-sized grownups, yet legroom is seriously jeopardized. This is simply a midsized SUV, nevertheless, not a full-sizer like the Toyota Sequoia or Chevrolet Traverse. Folding the second row for entry to the 3rd is easy, with manages atop the seatbacks creating simple procedure also by kids. Both the second as well as third rows fold up flat, producing a massive freight area able to hold large, large objects.
Inside electronic devices are standard as well as not horribly made complex on the entry-level Highlander (the only significant alternatives my test model had were a V-6 engine and also all-wheel drive). The standard touch-screen multimedia present is huge as well as easy to use, but a second, smaller sized display above it displayed minimal lorry information, as well, with simply a handful of display screens to choose from. You can choice up a Highlander to the handle with points like Toyota's Entune (a cloud-based entertainment as well as info system), a navigating system and also more, but my tester had none of that-- only satellite radio and a windshield-wiper heating system, part of the $60 Cold Weather Bundle. On the plus side, an absence of features means the interior is minimalist and uncomplicated. It additionally implies there's little to do however drive.
Roly-Poly, yet Not Pokey
Fortunately, driving the Highlander is equally as pleasant as sitting in or considering one. In the base version, power originates from a basic 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine making 187 horse power, but my tester had the optional 3.5-liter V-6 engine, bumping horse power up to a far more confidence-inspiring 270 hp. In real Toyota fashion, the V-6 is the picture of level of smoothness, so much so that the only means to know it's performing at still is to blip the pedal. Struck that very same pedal while the Highlander's on duty, and you're rewarded with strong, smooth acceleration. A six-speed transmission is conventional with the four-cylinder, yet the V-6 comes just with a five-speed automated. A gasoline-electric crossbreed version is also readily available. With the exception of the hybrid, nonetheless, the drivetrain overall is a bit behind the moments-- most competitors are providing six-speed automatics throughout the array, plus turbocharging or at the very least direct-injection modern technology. Thankfully, most buyers will certainly not know any type of technical shortage thanks to the Highlander's buttery operation and simple and easy acceleration.
Just what they might see, however, is gas economic climate. Highlanders with the base four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive are ranked 20/25 mpg city/highway-- tolerable for a large seven-seat cruiser. Gas economic climate drops to 18/24 for the larger V-6 engine, and even further, to 17/22 mpg, when you include four-wheel drive. My week with the Highlander returned 19 mpg in blended driving; okay, yet certainly not class-leading any longer. It drops well short of the brand-new all-wheel-drive Nissan Pathfinder, rated 19/25 mpg, and the new seven-seat Hyundai Santa Fe, which comes in at 18/24 mpg. It also generally matches the much larger Chevrolet Traverse for consolidated gas mileage score (19 mpg), as well as does 1 mpg better in the city and 1 mpg worse on the highway. The Highlander schedule's gas economy champ is the crossbreed, rated 28/28 mpg, but that comes at a significant price premium as well as with standard four-wheel drive.
The Highlander is clearly tuned for comfort rather than driving enjoyable. As the suspension is soft, the body movements are tippy as well as the entire vehicle rolls and lolls in rapid edges. You won't be doing any type of spirited driving in this household truckster, however what you enter return is superb flight quality that's smooth even over some of one of the most severely busted sidewalk, helped by high sidewalls on the 17-inch tires that take in bumps with little sound or disruption to your calmness. Hang an iPad on the seatback, as well as the munchkins won't be bothered by road conditions in the slightest. Faster highway driving is just as calm as well as hushed.
Safety and security
The existing Highlander has been crash-tested by both the National Highway Traffic Security Management and the Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety. NHTSA ranked the Highlander 4 from five stars in general, while IIHS provided the Highlander its leading ranking of Great in all its significant examinations, making it Top Safety Select standing.
As for devices, the Highlander has all the requisite electronic safety measures, like traction control, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Front, side, motorist's knee as well as side drape air bags are typical. There was no backup camera on my examination automobile, but it's a $699 option on base models (requirement on all other trim degrees), an instead obviousing omission from the devices list for a purported family car.
Highlander out there
The Highlander V6 all-wheel drive I evaluated had one notable top quality that could not be ignored: a relatively reduced as-tested price of $33,477, including an $845 destination cost. The beginning price for this base V-6 model with all-wheel drive is $32,690, suggesting choices on my tester were few: only a $60 Winter Plan, a $29 first-aid kit, a $49 cargo internet and a rather costly $649 three-row floor mat kit. If you want to avoid the V-6 as well as all-wheel drive, the Highlander with a four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive begins at $29,865. At the various other end of the range is a totally loaded Highlander Hybrid Limited all-wheel drive, which starts at $47,215-- rather a remarkable array.
Midsize SUVs have been taking over for minivans in family-hauling obligations, as well as the number of entrances in the field is above ever. Calling for 7 seats does cut the note down ever so slightly. The Highlander's major competitors are the Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse/GMC Acadia, Ford Traveler, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-9 and also Dodge Durango. If you can deal with simply 5 seats, add the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, Ford Edge, Toyota Venza as well as Kia Sorento. That's greater than a dozen other lorries to think about, showing how affordable this sector actually is. The closest suits are the Pathfinder, Traveler as well as Santa Fe (not the Santa Fe Sporting activity, mind you, which is a smaller sized, five-seat model). The Pathfinder includes only a V-6 and also continuously variable transmission, while the Santa Fe's seven-seat design supplies only a V-6. The Explorer uses two V-6 engines and an optional turbo four-cylinder, all mated to a six-speed transmission. All are comparable in regards to room, rate and also utility, however the Highlander's competitors normally have the advantage in gas economic situation and also on-board innovation.
The 2014 Highlander will finally get a six-speed transmission for its V-6 engine, which must enhance fuel economic situation and velocity. It also gets seatsing for eight thanks to a bigger cargo location and also a broader third-row seat. Engines will rollover unmodified, however, indicating there will certainly still be no direct-injection or turbocharging. The exterior and interior updates look great as well as should keep the Highlander competitive, which's really all Toyota needs to do to keep the Highlander's sales numbers up-- aesthetic modifications that keep it fresh in an ultra-competitive market. Toyota currently has the utility, convenience, proficiency and family-friendly components down pat. Working on its visual charm and on-board modern technology will only strengthen the Highlander's position.