Toyota Highlander Specials
Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot influence fervor amongst movie critics. After more than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off supplier great deals in 2015, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV got in 2017 with a host of modifications aimed at pleasing the masses as well as pundits alike.
Especially, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the top-of-the-line $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, now come common with a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian discovery as well as automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, flexible cruise ship control, and also automatic high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination car also loaded blind-spot monitoring, a feature unavailable on the lower-level Highlander LE as well as LE Plus.
Going along with the 2017 Highlander's many safety systems is the most recent version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is common on just about the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continues to use a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- as well as integrates a host of modern innovations, including a direct and also port fuel-injection system and an upgraded valvetrain that allows the engine to work on the more effective Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy and balanced 295 horsepower and also 263 lb-ft of torque, the changed V-6 makes 25 more ponies and an extra 15 lb-ft compared to the previous device. Gas economic situation is up, as well, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 making an EPA-rated 23 mpg integrated; all-wheel-drive designs accomplish 22 mpg. Both figures mark a 2-mpg renovation over in 2015's Highlander and also placed the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's consolidated fuel-economy numbers.
Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a gem of an engine that develops power mostly all the way as much as its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander cut 0.3 2nd off of its precursor's zero-to-60-mph and also 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 as well as 3.8 seconds, specifically. Regrettably, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph death time was both slow-moving for the course and also virtually a second behind that of its forbear. Criticize the brand-new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. No matter, the revised Highlander's V-6 provides plenty of grunt in many real-world driving circumstances. Thanks partly to our test cars and truck's automatic stop-start system, we took care of a practical 21 mpg throughout our time with the crossover, 2 mpg much better than exactly what we got 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), then the crossover's revamped outside style is akin to the movie's good-looking but featureless protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front as well as back fascias, upgraded headlamps, and an attractive collection of LED taillights give the Highlander an extra cohesive, SUV-like look. Yet we still wouldn't place it fairly on the exact same level of beauty as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.
Unlike the outside, the Highlander's inside has been left mostly unblemished. Toyota did include four more USB ports, bringing the overall to 5-- three ahead and 2 in the rear. The cockpit features a variety of handy storage nooks, including a rack that covers the reduced dashboard and also a huge center-console bin that can accommodate nearly a cubic foot of various things. Ergonomic faults consist of difficult-to-grip temperature level knobs for the climate-control system and also a touchscreen that's also away from the driver.
While base-level LE and LE Plus Highlanders have a conventional second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and Restricted Platinum qualities come with captain's chairs between. (The bench seat is a no-cost choice on the XLE, Limited, and Restricted Platinum.) Area abounds in the 2nd row, but we located that our seven-passenger test car's container seats were mounted as well low for optimum convenience. Still, the Highlander's moving and also reclining second-row chairs resembled a set of La-Z-Boy recliner chairs compared to the slim and also flimsy 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a full 6 inches less compared to exactly what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you on a regular basis carry enough passengers to benefit regular use of the third row, take into consideration the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.
Darkness of an SUV
Even with the Highlander's carlike unibody building as well as 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 allows too much body coming in turns. On the bonus side, the suspension absorbs roadway irregularities with nary a shudder, and also the electrically helped steering is reasonably quick as well as normally well weighted.
At 4560 pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test automobile was no lightweight, and also the excess mass made itself recognized when using 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, four-wheel drive includes $1460 as well as brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and also a display setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster screen that shows torque circulation among the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat home entertainment system was one of the most pricey choice, while $434 bought flooring mats and body-side moldings. Requirement products included navigation, a proximity key with push-button start, as well as a sunroof, along with abovementioned functions such as a blind-spot tracking system as well as leather-trimmed initial- and second-row seats (Toyota drapes the 3rd row in plastic).
While the Highlander's drab handling and cramped third row continue to suppress our excitement for the Indiana-built crossover, the updated 2017 Highlander's long checklist of basic safety and security and also comfort features, much more powerful and fuel-efficient V-6 engine, as well as improved outside designing will certainly continue to draw in heaps of customers searching for a comfortable and also moderately priced mid-size crossover SUV.