Toyota Highlander Interior
Like the 1986 movie Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that fails to inspire eagerness among critics. After more than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealership lots in 2014, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV went into 2017 with a host of changes aimed at satisfying the masses as well as pundits alike.
Notably, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the top-of-the-line $48,840 Highlander Hybrid 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 help, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination auto additionally packed blind-spot monitoring, an attribute inaccessible on the lower-level Highlander LE as well as LE Plus.
Accompanying the 2017 Highlander's many safety and security systems is the most recent version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is standard on almost the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which remains to make use of a frail 185-hp inline-four-- and integrates a host of modern-day innovations, consisting of a straight and also port fuel-injection system and also an upgraded valvetrain that permits the engine to operate on the a lot more effective Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy 295 horse power and 263 lb-ft of torque, the changed V-6 makes 25 more ponies and an additional 15 lb-ft compared with the previous device. Fuel economic situation is up, too, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 earning an EPA-rated 23 mpg incorporated; all-wheel-drive versions achieve 22 mpg. Both figures note a 2-mpg renovation over in 2015's Highlander as well as put the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's combined fuel-economy figures.
Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a treasure of an engine that develops power nearly all the means approximately its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander cut 0.3 second off of its precursor's zero-to-60-mph and 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 and 3.8 secs, respectively. However, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing time was both slow for the course and also virtually a 2nd behind that of its forbear. Condemn the new eight-speed automatic transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the modified Highlander's V-6 uses plenty of grunt in many real-world driving situations. Thanks partially to our examination car's automatic stop-start system, we took care of a practical 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg better than what we obtained from a Mazda CX-9.
The Aspect of Crossover
If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the equivalent of Highlander's lovely Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), after that the crossover's spruced up outside style belongs to the movie's good-looking however forgettable lead character, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and rear fascias, upgraded headlamps, and also an attractive set of LED taillights give the Highlander a more natural, SUV-like look. However we still wouldn't put it fairly on the same level of good looks as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.
Unlike the exterior, the Highlander's interior has actually been left largely unblemished. Toyota did include 4 even more USB ports, bringing the total amount to five-- three in front and also 2 in the rear. The cockpit showcases a number of helpful storage nooks, including a shelf that spans the reduced control panel and also an enormous center-console container that can fit nearly a cubic foot of various items. Ergonomic mistakes include difficult-to-grip temperature level handles for the climate-control system as well as a touchscreen that's also far from the chauffeur.
While base-level LE as well as LE And also Highlanders include a common second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and also Minimal Platinum qualities include captain's chairs in the middle. (The bench seat is a no-cost choice on the XLE, Limited, as well as Limited Platinum.) Room is plentiful in the second row, however we discovered that our seven-passenger test car's pail seats were mounted as well reduced for optimal comfort. Still, the Highlander's moving and also reclining second-row chairs were like a pair of La-Z-Boy recliners compared to the thin and also flimsy 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is just 27.7 inches, a complete six inches less than exactly what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row offers. If you frequently haul adequate passengers to benefit constant use the 3rd row, take into consideration the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.
Darkness of an SUV
Despite the Highlander's carlike unibody construction and also low step-in height, this mid-size crossover's handling advises us of an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension allows excessive body coming in turns. On the plus side, the suspension absorbs road abnormalities with nary a shudder, and also the electrically helped steering is relatively quick and also typically well heavy.
At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander examination car was no lightweight, and the excess mass made itself known when applying the brakes, as the Toyota needed 181 feet of tarmac to stop from 70 miles per hour-- 11 feet greater 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, all-wheel drive includes $1460 and brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and also a display screen setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that reveals torque circulation amongst the Highlander's four wheels. An $1810 rear-seat entertainment system was the most costly option, while $434 gotten flooring mats and body-side moldings. Standard items consisted of navigation, a distance secret with push-button begin, and a sunroof, as well as aforementioned attributes such as a blind-spot surveillance system as well as leather-trimmed initial- and second-row seats (Toyota cushions the 3rd row in vinyl).
While the Highlander's drab handling and confined 3rd row remain to curb our interest for the Indiana-built crossover, the updated 2017 Highlander's lengthy checklist of typical safety and security as well as ease features, more effective and also fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and enhanced exterior styling will certainly continue to bring in hoards of customers trying to find a comfortable and also fairly priced mid-size crossover SUV.