Toyota Highlander For Sale By Owner
Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that fails to inspire eagerness among doubters. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off supplier great deals last year, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV entered 2017 with a host of changes aimed at pleasing the masses as well as pundits alike.
Especially, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the state-of-the-art $48,840 Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum, now come standard 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 automatic high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination car likewise packed blind-spot monitoring, a function unavailable on the lower-level Highlander LE and LE And also.
Going along with the 2017 Highlander's numerous security systems is the most up to date version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is typical on all but the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which remains to use a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- and incorporates a host of modern-day technologies, consisting of a direct as well as port fuel-injection system and also an updated valvetrain that permits the engine to run on the extra effective Atkinson cycle. Rated at a healthy 295 horsepower as well as 263 lb-ft of torque, the changed V-6 makes 25 more ponies and an extra 15 lb-ft compared to the previous system. Gas economic climate is up, as well, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 gaining an EPA-rated 23 mpg combined; all-wheel-drive models achieve 22 mpg. Both numbers note a 2-mpg enhancement over in 2015's Highlander and also placed the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's combined fuel-economy numbers.
Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a treasure of an engine that develops power mostly all the way 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 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 as well as 3.8 secs, respectively. Unfortunately, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing time was both sluggish for the course and also nearly a second behind that of its forbear. Condemn the brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the changed Highlander's V-6 offers lots of grunt in the majority of real-world driving scenarios. Thanks partly to our examination automobile's automated stop-start system, we took care of an affordable 21 mpg throughout our time with the crossover, 2 mpg far 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), after that the crossover's spruced up outside layout is akin to the film's good-looking however forgettable lead character, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front as well as rear fascias, upgraded headlamps, and also an attractive set of LED taillights provide the Highlander a more natural, SUV-like appearance. However we still wouldn't put it quite on the exact same degree of appearance as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.
Unlike the outside, the Highlander's inside has been left largely unblemished. Toyota did add 4 even more USB ports, bringing the overall to 5-- three ahead as well as two in the rear. The cabin includes a number of useful storage space spaces, including a rack that spans the reduced control panel and also a large center-console container that can suit virtually a cubic foot of miscellaneous things. Ergonomic mistakes include difficult-to-grip temperature knobs for the climate-control system and a touchscreen that's too far from the driver.
While base-level LE and also LE And also Highlanders include a basic second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and Limited Platinum qualities have captain's chairs in the center. (The bench seat is a no-cost choice on the XLE, Limited, and Minimal Platinum.) Room abounds in the 2nd row, yet we found that our seven-passenger test automobile's container seats were mounted as well low for ideal convenience. Still, the Highlander's sliding and reclining second-row chairs resembled a set of La-Z-Boy reclining chairs compared to the slim and flimsy 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 deals. If you routinely haul enough passengers to benefit regular use of the 3rd row, take into consideration the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.
Shadow of an SUV
In spite of the Highlander's carlike unibody construction as well as reduced step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's dealing with advises us of an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension enables too much body coming in turns. On the bonus side, the suspension soaks up roadway abnormalities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically assisted guiding is fairly fast as well as generally well heavy.
At 4560 pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test auto was no light-weight, as well as the excess mass made itself known when applying the brakes, as the Toyota required 181 feet of tarmac to quit from 70 mph-- 11 feet more 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 alternatives. Of that tally, all-wheel drive includes $1460 and also brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, as well as a display screen setup within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that shows torque distribution among the Highlander's four wheels. An $1810 rear-seat home entertainment system was the most expensive option, while $434 purchased flooring mats and also body-side moldings. Standard items included navigating, a distance secret with push-button start, and a sunroof, as well as abovementioned attributes such as a blind-spot tracking system and leather-trimmed first- as well as second-row seats (Toyota drapes the third row in vinyl).
While the Highlander's drab handling and confined 3rd row remain to suppress our interest for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's lengthy list of common security as well as benefit features, more powerful as well as fuel-efficient V-6 engine, as well as improved outside designing will continuously draw in hoards of shoppers seeking a comfy and also reasonably valued mid-size crossover SUV.