Toyota Highlander For Sale
Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that fails to motivate eagerness among critics. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealer whole lots in 2014, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV got in 2017 with a host of adjustments targeted at pleasing the masses and pundits alike.
Especially, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the high-grade $48,840 Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum, now come typical with a pre-collision caution system with pedestrian detection as well as automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping aid, adaptive cruise control, and automated high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination car likewise loaded blind-spot monitoring, a function inaccessible on the lower-level Highlander LE and also LE And also.
Going along with the 2017 Highlander's various security systems is the most recent variation of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is standard on just about the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which remains to utilize a frail 185-hp inline-four-- and also integrates a host of contemporary innovations, consisting of a straight as well as port fuel-injection system and also an updated valvetrain that allows the engine to work on the extra reliable Atkinson cycle. Rated at a healthy 295 horse power and also 263 lb-ft of torque, the modified V-6 makes 25 even more ponies and an extra 15 lb-ft compared to the previous system. Fuel economic climate is up, too, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 making an EPA-rated 23 mpg integrated; all-wheel-drive models achieve 22 mpg. Both numbers mark a 2-mpg improvement over in 2015's Highlander as well as placed the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's consolidated fuel-economy figures.
Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a treasure of an engine that builds power mostly all the means approximately its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander shaved 0.3 second off of its predecessor's zero-to-60-mph and also 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 and also 3.8 seconds, respectively. Unfortunately, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph death time was both sluggish for the class and nearly a second behind that of its forbear. Blame the new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. No matter, the modified Highlander's V-6 provides a lot of grunt in a lot of real-world driving circumstances. Many thanks partially to our examination automobile's automated stop-start system, we managed an affordable 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg far better compared to exactly what we obtained from a Mazda CX-9.
The Aspect of Crossover
If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the matching of Highlander's enchanting Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), after that the crossover's overhauled outside design is akin to the movie's good-looking however featureless lead character, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and also rear fascias, updated headlamps, and also an eye-catching set of LED taillights offer the Highlander a much more natural, SUV-like appearance. Yet we still wouldn't place it fairly on the same degree of attractiveness as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.
Unlike the outside, the Highlander's interior has actually been left largely unblemished. Toyota did add 4 even more USB ports, bringing the total amount to five-- 3 ahead as well as two in the rear. The cockpit includes a variety of handy storage nooks, including a shelf that covers the lower control panel as well as a huge center-console bin that can fit virtually a cubic foot of various items. Ergonomic faults consist of difficult-to-grip temperature level handles for the climate-control system as well as a touchscreen that's as well away from the chauffeur.
While base-level LE as well as LE And also Highlanders come with a conventional second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and Limited Platinum qualities have captain's chairs in the center. (The bench seat is a no-cost option on the XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum.) Area is plentiful in the 2nd row, however we found that our seven-passenger examination cars and truck's pail seats were placed also reduced for ideal convenience. Still, the Highlander's gliding as well as reclining second-row chairs were like a pair of La-Z-Boy recliners compared with the slim as well as flimsy 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a full six inches fewer than what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row offers. If you regularly carry enough guests to benefit regular use the third row, think about the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.
Darkness of an SUV
In spite of the Highlander's carlike unibody building and construction as well as reduced step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's dealing with reminds us of an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension permits too much body coming in turns. On the plus side, the suspension takes in roadway irregularities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically aided guiding is fairly quick as well as normally well heavy.
At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander examination vehicle was no lightweight, and also the excess mass made itself understood when using the brakes, as the Toyota needed 181 feet of tarmac to quit from 70 miles per hour-- 11 feet greater 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 options. Of that tally, all-wheel drive includes $1460 and also brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, as well as a display setup within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that shows torque distribution among the Highlander's four wheels. An $1810 rear-seat amusement system was one of the most pricey alternative, while $434 gotten flooring mats and body-side moldings. Requirement items included navigating, a distance secret with push-button beginning, as well as a sunroof, as well as abovementioned functions such as a blind-spot tracking system and leather-trimmed first- and also second-row seats (Toyota drapes the 3rd row in vinyl).
While the Highlander's drab handling and also cramped 3rd row continuously suppress our excitement for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's lengthy list of standard safety and comfort attributes, a lot more powerful and also fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and also boosted outside designing will continuously bring in hoards of consumers looking for a comfortable and also reasonably priced mid-size crossover SUV.