Toyota Highlander Dimensions
Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that fails to inspire fervor amongst movie critics. After more than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealer great deals in 2015, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV got in 2017 with a host of modifications focused on pleasing the masses and also pundits alike.
Significantly, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the state-of-the-art $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, now come standard with a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian discovery and automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, flexible cruise ship control, and automated high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination auto additionally loaded blind-spot tracking, an attribute not available on the lower-level Highlander LE and LE And also.
Going along with the 2017 Highlander's numerous safety systems is the current version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is standard on all but the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continuouslies utilize a frail 185-hp inline-four-- and integrates a host of contemporary technologies, consisting of a direct and also port fuel-injection system as well as an upgraded valvetrain that enables the engine to operate on the a lot more reliable Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy 295 horse power as well as 263 lb-ft of torque, the modified V-6 makes 25 more ponies as well as an additional 15 lb-ft compared with the previous unit. Fuel economic situation is up, too, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 making an EPA-rated 23 mpg incorporated; all-wheel-drive models attain 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 combined fuel-economy figures.
Toyota's 2GR-FKS six is a gem of an engine that constructs power almost all the method as much as its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander shaved 0.3 2nd off of its predecessor's zero-to-60-mph and also 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 as well as 3.8 secs, specifically. Sadly, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing away time was both slow-moving for the course as well as virtually a second behind that of its forbear. Criticize the new eight-speed automatic transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the changed Highlander's V-6 supplies a lot of grunt in the majority of real-world driving situations. Thanks in part to our test automobile's automated stop-start system, we managed a sensible 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg better than just what we obtained from a Mazda CX-9.
The Component of Crossover
If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the equivalent of Highlander's charming Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), after that the crossover's spruced up outside style is akin to the film's good-looking yet featureless protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and back fascias, updated headlamps, and also an attractive set of LED taillights give the Highlander a more cohesive, SUV-like look. However we still would not put it fairly on the same level of attractiveness as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.
Unlike the exterior, the Highlander's inside has actually been left greatly unblemished. Toyota did add 4 more USB ports, bringing the total to 5-- 3 ahead as well as 2 in the rear. The cabin includes a variety of convenient storage nooks, consisting of a shelf that spans the reduced control panel and a large center-console bin that could fit nearly a cubic foot of miscellaneous items. Ergonomic mistakes consist of difficult-to-grip temperature knobs for the climate-control system and a touchscreen that's also far from the vehicle driver.
While base-level LE and also LE Plus Highlanders include a basic second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, as well as Minimal Platinum qualities have captain's chairs in the center. (The bench seat is a no-cost alternative on the XLE, Limited, as well as Limited Platinum.) Space abounds in the 2nd row, but we found that our seven-passenger test car's bucket seats were installed as well reduced for optimum comfort. Still, the Highlander's gliding and reclining second-row chairs resembled a pair of La-Z-Boy reclining chairs compared with the thin and lightweight 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a complete six inches less than exactly what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row offers. If you frequently haul enough guests to quality constant use the third row, consider the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.
Darkness of an SUV
Even with the Highlander's carlike unibody building and construction and also reduced step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's dealing with advises us of an antique body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension permits too much body roll in turns. On the bonus side, the suspension absorbs roadway irregularities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically helped guiding is relatively quick and typically well weighted.
At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander examination vehicle was no lightweight, and also the excess mass made itself understood when using the brakes, as the Toyota needed 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 showed off $3704 in alternatives. Of that tally, four-wheel drive includes $1460 and also brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and a screen setup within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that reveals torque distribution amongst the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat amusement system was one of the most costly option, while $434 purchased flooring mats and body-side moldings. Criterion items consisted of navigating, a distance key with push-button start, as well as a sunroof, in addition to previously mentioned functions such as a blind-spot surveillance system and leather-trimmed first- and also second-row seats (Toyota drapes the 3rd row in plastic).
While the Highlander's lifeless handling and also cramped 3rd row continuously curb our interest for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's long list of basic safety and security and convenience attributes, much more powerful and fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and boosted exterior designing will certainly continue to draw in hoards of consumers trying to find a comfy and moderately priced mid-size crossover SUV.