Toyota Highlander Interior Dimensions
Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot influence eagerness among movie critics. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealer whole lots in 2015, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV entered 2017 with a host of changes focused on satisfying the masses and also experts alike.
Especially, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the high-grade $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, currently come basic with a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection and automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure warning, lane-keeping aid, adaptive cruise ship control, and automated high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination vehicle additionally packed blind-spot surveillance, a function unavailable on the lower-level Highlander LE as well as LE Plus.
Going along with the 2017 Highlander's various security systems is the most recent variant of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is common on all but the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continues to use a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- and also incorporates a host of modern-day technologies, consisting of a straight as well as port fuel-injection system and an upgraded valvetrain that enables the engine to run on the more efficient Atkinson cycle. Rated at a healthy 295 horse power as well as 263 lb-ft of torque, the revised V-6 makes 25 more horses as well as an added 15 lb-ft compared with the previous system. Fuel economic situation is up, also, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 gaining an EPA-rated 23 mpg incorporated; all-wheel-drive models achieve 22 mpg. Both numbers note a 2-mpg improvement over last year's Highlander and also put the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's mixed fuel-economy numbers.
Toyota's 2GR-FKS six is a treasure of an engine that develops power almost all the means as much as its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander cut 0.3 second off of its precursor's zero-to-60-mph and also 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 and 3.8 secs, specifically. Unfortunately, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing time was both slow for the course as well as nearly a 2nd behind that of its forbear. Blame the brand-new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the revised Highlander's V-6 offers lots of grunt in most real-world driving situations. Many thanks partly to our examination automobile's automatic stop-start system, we handled a sensible 21 mpg throughout our time with the crossover, 2 mpg better compared to what we got from a Mazda CX-9.
The Component of Crossover
If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the matching of Highlander's lovely Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), after that the crossover's overhauled exterior style is akin to the movie's handsome but forgettable lead character, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front as well as rear fascias, updated headlamps, and also an eye-catching set of LED taillights give the Highlander an extra natural, SUV-like appearance. Yet we still wouldn't put it rather 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 greatly untouched. Toyota did add four even more USB ports, bringing the total to 5-- three in front and also 2 in the rear. The cabin features a number of handy storage spaces, including a shelf that extends the lower control panel and also an enormous center-console container that can accommodate almost a cubic foot of various products. Ergonomic faults include difficult-to-grip temperature knobs for the climate-control system as well as a touchscreen that's also far from the driver.
While base-level LE and also LE Plus Highlanders have a conventional second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and Minimal Platinum grades come with captain's chairs in the center. (The bench seat is a no-cost option on the XLE, Limited, and Restricted Platinum.) Room is plentiful in the second row, yet we located that our seven-passenger test vehicle'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 reclining chairs compared to the slim as well as flimsy 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a complete 6 inches fewer compared to exactly what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row offers. If you routinely haul enough travelers to advantage frequent use of the 3rd row, take into consideration the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.
Darkness of an SUV
In spite of the Highlander's carlike unibody building and construction and also reduced step-in height, this mid-size crossover's taking care of advises us of an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension enables extreme body coming in turns. On the bonus side, the suspension absorbs roadway abnormalities with nary a shudder, and also the electrically aided steering is reasonably quick and typically well weighted.
At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander examination auto was no light-weight, and the excess mass made itself known when applying the brakes, as the Toyota required 181 feet of tarmac to quit from 70 mph-- 11 feet more than a 161-pound-lighter all-wheel-drive GMC Acadia Denali.
With an as-tested price of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE sported $3704 in options. Of that tally, four-wheel drive includes $1460 as well as brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and a screen setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster screen that shows torque distribution among the Highlander's four wheels. An $1810 rear-seat home entertainment system was one of the most expensive alternative, while $434 gotten flooring mats and also body-side moldings. Criterion things included navigation, a proximity secret with push-button begin, as well as a sunroof, along with aforementioned attributes such as a blind-spot tracking system as well as leather-trimmed very first- and also second-row seats (Toyota drapes the third row in vinyl).
While the Highlander's lifeless handling as well as cramped third row continuously curb our enthusiasm for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's long list of basic safety as well as comfort features, more powerful as well as fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and also improved exterior styling will certainly remain to attract hoards of consumers looking for a comfy and fairly priced mid-size crossover SUV.