2009 Toyota Highlander For Sale
The Highlander makes the grade on all counts, though it doesn't excel in any kind of one location. Given it could preserve its superior resale value and also dependability, it should verify a clever-- otherwise specifically exciting-- selection for many years to find.
Toyota's California style workshops sculpted the outside, which is bigger in all major measurements compared to the old Highlander. To my eyes, Toyota's smaller sized RAV4 SUV looks better-proportioned, with simply enough curves to offset the angles. With its creased fronts lights, fancy grille as well as amorphous bumper, the Highlander seems a bit too slick-- like a convenience store customer that will not take off his sunglasses.
The back bumper has dimpled reflectors on each side, and a lot of trim levels have a glass hatch that opens up independent of the liftgate. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are common; the Sporting activity as well as Limited have 19-inchers that fill in the wheel wells perfectly. The Sport has a dark silver grille and also smoked-out headlights. The Limited has plainer headlights as well as chrome exterior moldings.
At 188.4 inches long as well as 75.2 inches wide, the Highlander casts roughly the same darkness as a Honda Pilot, Subaru Tribeca or Hyundai Veracruz. The Mazda CX-9 and Saturn Expectation are both about a foot longer.
Toyota has actually invested years building a credibility for high quality, and missing any kind of major competitors, the new Highlander could have maintained that criterion. The competitors is nothing otherwise serious, however, and SUVs like the CX-9 and Veracruz flaunt some impressively high end insides. In comparison, Toyota drops a bit short.
The Highlander shares supports with the current Camry, and also the dashboard births much of the car's taste. The facility controls are the all-natural centerpiece, with large handles for major functions within very easy reach. Sport as well as Limited models have a 3.5-inch display atop the stereo. It presents gas mileage, outside temperature as well as even more. It likewise reveals setups for the optional automatic environment control system, which can separate the cabin into as several as 3 temperature level areas-- 2 front and also one back. The climate manages rest listed below the stereo, and also they're extremely chaotic. I counted 13 buttons between both temperature level knobs; that's a lot of ground to cover when you're referencing a readout some 10 inches away. On the other hand, the common hands-on air conditioning is straightforward.
Cabin top quality is merely typical. The window switches over, turn signals and center controls might go straight into a Lexus, and also the chrome accents and also electroluminescent determines appearance great. A lot of locations are cut in tough plastics, nonetheless, and the textures lack the allure of right stuff in a number of rivals. Worst of all is the ceiling's headliner, which is several of the most inexpensive computer mouse fur this side of an economic climate vehicle.
Parents will certainly appreciate the storage space alternatives. The facility console in between the pole positions has 4 cupholders and also a broad storage container. Neglect laptop computers; the glove box could fit a tiny home computer. (Most likely not the display, though-- let's not get carried away.).
Three standard rows of seats accommodate as much as seven, though you could go down the third row in order to conserve a little cash, minimizing seating capacity to five. The pole positions provide plenty of area, with a technique extender in the Highlander Limited that prolongs the pillow under the driver's thighs. Good touch.
The 2nd row is just as wide, with reclining backrests and also seat pillows that change backward and forward. The center seat has Toyota's brand-new Facility Stow attribute. It's generally a jump seat, which guests can exchange for a plastic center console, turning the 2nd row into two captain's chairs. The extra part-- either the middle seat or console-- shops in a floor area in between the pole positions. After a couple of practice runs, I was able to make the modification in around 25 secs.
The jump seat is light enough for easy installation. Its convenience is trial and error, even for a center seat; the bottom pillow is significant, but I could quickly feel the joints underneath the backrest extra padding. The plastic console is lighter still, and both pieces have durable setup hooks that ought to endure lots of thrashing from overenthusiastic youngsters.
Relying on where the second row is placed, the third row can be remarkably adult-friendly. I'm 6 feet high and located clearance a little bit tight, but with the second row moved on a couple of inches-- preserving plenty of legroom for many grownups-- the third row's legroom was such that I might tolerate a short trip.
Bigger Engine, Better Mileage
All Highlanders get the 3.5-liter V-6 from the Camry, Sienna and also several other Toyotas. In the Highlander it makes 270 horsepower and 248 pounds-feet of torque. Both are significant gains over in 2015's V-6, which made 215 hp and also 222 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is basic. In 2015's base four-cylinder engine has actually been dropped.
Acceleration suffices off the line and stronger as the engine revs. The transmission aids things along, holding equipments as well as rarely shifting too soon. Tough acceleration can motivate some sudden transitions amongst lower equipments-- much better for acceleration, even worse for comfort-- but the majority of the moment the shifts are smooth enough to pass unnoticed. The drivetrain really feels ideal on the highway, where it downshifts with marginal equipment searching. Third equipment is especially powerful for 50-to-70 miles per hour death.
The optional 4x4 is clear to the vehicle driver. It incorporates a facility differential to divide power 50/50 between the front and rear wheels all the moment. Four-wheel-drive models have a downhill help function. Press a control panel switch, as well as it will slow down the SUV to a crawl down high grades. The attribute appears a little bit insincere: There is no reduced equipment for offroad rock crawling, which suggests you need to most likely prevent anywhere treacherous sufficient to require the downhill help.
All Highlanders have a hill-start aid that holds the brakes for up to 3 secs from a stop to prevent the SUV from rolling backwards prior to you have time to hit the gas.
Using the EPA's more reasonable 2008 score system-- which usually results in decrease numbers-- gas mileage is rated at 18/24 mpg (city/highway) for two-wheel-drive versions and also 17/23 mpg for those with four-wheel drive. These scores lead most midsize SUVs by 1 or 2 mpg. They additionally beat the old V-6 Highlander by around 1 mpg (changed utilizing the EPA's brand-new computation)-- an outstanding feat, offered the new Highlander has more power and weighs some 300 extra pounds more. (Four-cylinder followers will not miss out on much: The old four-cylinder Highlander obtained simply 1 mpg more than the brand-new one makes with the V-6.).
Ride & Handling
The unibody building and construction pays for a comfortable flight, with none of the underbody vibrating that pestered the previous Highlander (which was additionally unibody) and also numerous body-on-frame SUVs. The four-wheel-independent suspension is sport-tuned in the Highlander Sporting activity, however I could not spot a difference in ride suppleness among the base, Sport as well as Limited. All three have a little bit extra suspension sound over significant bumps than I have actually pertained to expect in a midsize SUV.
Wind sound is minimal. Given a smooth stretch of asphalt, the tires are fairly peaceful. The Sporting activity and also Limited's 19-inch wheels as well as P245/55R19 tires send out a minor hum at highway rates, which I couldn't discover with the base model's 17-inchers and thicker P245/65R19 rubber.
All models now have electrical power steering. These systems save a little bit on gas consumption-- a little bit of low-hanging fruit to meet the government's gas economic climate requirements, I suspect-- but they frequently result in drab, synthetic guiding feeling. Expectedly, the Highlander steers with a light touch, never supplying a lot in the way of feedback or transforming precision. The CX-9 fares better in this regard, but few other competitors stick out. The very same is true for body roll: Like the majority of SUVs, the Highlander leans away in curves, advising drivers it's not to be collared quickly.
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are typical. The pedal offers spongy response, but the brakes clamp down hard when needed.
Cargo & Towing
With all 3 rows set up as well as raised, cargo area in back is a weak 10.3 cubic feet. The 3rd row folds flat right into the flooring, and the second row folds almost flat. Highlanders without the third row rather consist of a relatively huge storage space area under the back floor.
With all seats folded, optimal cargo volume is 95.4 cubic feet, which contrasts much more positively with the crowd.
When effectively equipped, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
Safety and security.
In Insurance Policy Institute for Freeway Safety and security frontal accident tests, the 2008 Highlander racked up the greatest score, Great. IIHS has not examined the Highlander for side impacts.
Toyota really did not stint security functions. All Highlanders come standard with four-wheel-disc anti-skid brakes, traction control and a digital security system. The stability system currently deals with the electric power steering, which boosts the power aid when the vehicle driver is guiding to fix a skid. It likewise aids combat guiding pull under tough stopping in order to help the Highlander stop in a straight line. (Toyota states the system can not steer the SUV by itself, as some advanced systems now do, so if you guide the upside-down in a skid, don't anticipate any type of additional power help.).
Seven airbags are standard, including the called for double front airbags, a chauffeur's knee air bag and also side-impact air bags for the pole positions. There are also roll-sensing side curtain airbags for all 3 rows, which release during a rollover to stop occupant ejection.
All seats have head restrictions, as well as in Sport and Limited designs, the front ones are forward-adjustable for far better whiplash defense. Energetic head restraints are basic on the front seats of all trims. The 2nd row includes Latch child-seat supports in the outboard seats, with quickly accessible top-tether anchors midway down the seatback.
Functions & Pricing
Excluding the location fee, the base Highlander with two-wheel drive starts at $27,300. A Highlander Limited with a complete bevy of choices runs around $42,000. Four-wheel drive on any kind of trim adds regarding $1,500. All trim degrees have 3 rows of seats, though a third-row delete option on particular designs could conserve $740.
For $27,300, the base Highlander has 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless access, a CD stereo with a complementary MP3 jack, cooling, cruise control, and power home windows, mirrors as well as door locks.
For $29,950, the Sporting activity includes darkened exterior components, 19-inch wheels, haze lights, a power vehicle driver's seat, a multifunction wheel, a back-up video camera as well as six-CD sound.
For $32,700, the Minimal adds a keyless start-up system, automated environment control, natural leather upholstery as well as a power traveler seat. A number of these features are optional on the Sporting activity. Choices on both trim levels include a navigation system, JBL premium sound, a rear seat DVD gamer, a moonroof, a power tailgate as well as warmed pole positions.
Highlander out there
Competitors from GM, Mazda as well as Hyundai will certainly give the Highlander a run for its loan. Its largest rival, the Honda Pilot, is due for a redesign in the next year or two, and also Toyota's trump card-- its track record for top quality and also dependability-- has been slipping recently. The car manufacturer has promised to enhance its efforts, and its most current SUV needs to prove that.
The brand-new Highlander has lots of textbook sensibilities, like decent gas mileage and also loads of safety functions, but there's absolutely nothing phenomenal regarding it. If it verifies as bulletproof as its precursor, though, stability will certainly become its specifying attribute, which is a book draw a great deal of purchasers could get behind.