Toyota Highlander Width
Like the 1986 movie Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that fails to motivate fervor amongst critics. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealer whole lots last year, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV got in 2017 with a host of modifications targeted at satisfying the masses and also pundits alike.
Notably, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the top-of-the-line $48,840 Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum, currently come typical with a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian discovery and automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination vehicle also packed blind-spot surveillance, a feature not available on the lower-level Highlander LE and LE Plus.
Accompanying the 2017 Highlander's countless safety and security systems is the most recent variation of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is basic on just about the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continues to utilize a frail 185-hp inline-four-- and integrates a host of modern innovations, including a direct and also port fuel-injection system as well as an upgraded valvetrain that enables the engine to run on the more efficient Atkinson cycle. Rated at a healthy and balanced 295 horse power and 263 lb-ft of torque, the changed V-6 makes 25 more ponies and an extra 15 lb-ft compared with the previous system. Gas economic climate is up, too, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 making an EPA-rated 23 mpg integrated; all-wheel-drive versions attain 22 mpg. Both figures note a 2-mpg enhancement over in 2014's Highlander as well as placed 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 constructs power mostly 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 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 as well as 3.8 seconds, specifically. However, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph death time was both sluggish for the class and virtually a second behind that of its forbear. Criticize the new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the modified Highlander's V-6 provides a lot of grunt in the majority of real-world driving situations. Thanks partially to our examination vehicle's automated stop-start system, we handled a sensible 21 mpg throughout our time with the crossover, 2 mpg far better compared to exactly what we received from a Mazda CX-9.
The Component 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 spruced up outside style belongs to the movie's handsome however forgettable protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and rear fascias, upgraded headlamps, and an appealing collection of LED taillights give the Highlander a more natural, SUV-like look. Yet we still would not put it rather on the very same degree of appearance as the butch Dodge Durango or the shapely CX-9.
Unlike the exterior, the Highlander's interior has actually been left mostly unblemished. Toyota did add 4 more USB ports, bringing the total amount to 5-- three in front and two in the rear. The cockpit showcases a number of convenient storage space spaces, including a rack that extends the reduced dashboard as well as a substantial center-console container that could suit nearly a cubic foot of miscellaneous things. Ergonomic faults include difficult-to-grip temperature level handles for the climate-control system and a touchscreen that's too far from the chauffeur.
While base-level LE as well as LE Plus Highlanders include a standard second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, as well as Restricted Platinum qualities come with captain's chairs in the middle. (The bench seat is a no-cost choice on the XLE, Limited, as well as Minimal Platinum.) Area is plentiful in the second row, however we located that our seven-passenger examination vehicle's pail seats were installed too low for ideal comfort. Still, the Highlander's moving and reclining second-row chairs were like a pair of La-Z-Boy recliner chairs compared to the thin as well as lightweight 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is just 27.7 inches, a full 6 inches less than exactly what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you regularly carry enough passengers to advantage constant use the third row, consider the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.
Shadow of an SUV
Even with the Highlander's carlike unibody construction and low step-in height, this mid-size crossover's dealing with advises us of an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension allows extreme body coming in turns. On the plus side, the suspension soaks up road abnormalities with nary a shudder, and also the electrically assisted steering is fairly quick and normally well heavy.
At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test automobile was no light-weight, and the excess mass made itself understood when applying the brakes, as the Toyota required 181 feet of tarmac to stop from 70 miles per hour-- 11 feet more than a 161-pound-lighter all-wheel-drive GMC Acadia Denali.
With an as-tested rate of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE sported $3704 in choices. 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 shows torque circulation among the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat amusement system was the most costly option, while $434 bought floor mats and also body-side moldings. Criterion items consisted of navigating, a closeness key with push-button start, and a sunroof, in addition to previously mentioned functions such as a blind-spot monitoring system as well as leather-trimmed initial- as well as second-row seats (Toyota upholsters the 3rd row in plastic).
While the Highlander's drab handling and confined 3rd row remain to suppress our excitement for the Indiana-built crossover, the updated 2017 Highlander's lengthy checklist of common security and also benefit functions, much more powerful and fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and improved exterior designing will certainly continuously attract hoards of shoppers looking for a comfy as well as reasonably priced mid-size crossover SUV.