Toyota Highlander Le
Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot motivate fervor among critics. After more than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off supplier great deals last year, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV entered 2017 with a host of modifications targeted at pleasing the masses and experts alike.
Significantly, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the top-of-the-line $48,840 Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum, currently come conventional with a pre-collision caution system with pedestrian discovery and automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping aid, flexible cruise ship control, and also automatic high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination cars and truck also packed blind-spot monitoring, a function unavailable on the lower-level Highlander LE as well as LE And also.
Accompanying the 2017 Highlander's countless safety and security systems is the current variation of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is basic on almost the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which remains to use a frail 185-hp inline-four-- and incorporates a host of contemporary technologies, including a direct as well as port fuel-injection system and an upgraded valvetrain that permits the engine to operate on the a lot more effective Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy and balanced 295 horse power as well as 263 lb-ft of torque, the revised V-6 makes 25 more ponies and an added 15 lb-ft compared to the previous unit. Gas economic situation is up, as well, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 earning an EPA-rated 23 mpg integrated; all-wheel-drive designs achieve 22 mpg. Both figures mark a 2-mpg improvement over in 2014's Highlander as well as placed the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's consolidated fuel-economy figures.
Toyota's 2GR-FKS six is a treasure of an engine that constructs power almost all the means up to 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 and 3.8 seconds, specifically. Regrettably, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing time was both slow for the class and virtually a second behind that of its forbear. Criticize the new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the changed Highlander's V-6 uses a lot of grunt in the majority of real-world driving situations. Thanks partly to our test car's automated stop-start system, we took care of a sensible 21 mpg throughout our time with the crossover, 2 mpg better than just what we got from a Mazda CX-9.
The Aspect of Crossover
If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the matching of Highlander's lovely Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), then the crossover's spruced up exterior style belongs to the film's good-looking but forgettable protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front as well as rear fascias, updated headlamps, as well as an appealing set of LED taillights offer the Highlander a more natural, SUV-like appearance. But we still would not place it fairly on the very same degree of good looks as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.
Unlike the exterior, the Highlander's interior has actually been left mostly untouched. Toyota did add 4 more USB ports, bringing the total to five-- 3 ahead and also two in the rear. The cockpit includes a number of handy storage space nooks, consisting of a rack that covers the lower dashboard and also a huge center-console container that could fit almost a cubic foot of miscellaneous items. Ergonomic mistakes include difficult-to-grip temperature level knobs for the climate-control system and a touchscreen that's too far away from the motorist.
While base-level LE and LE Plus Highlanders feature a basic second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and also Minimal Platinum grades feature captain's chairs in the middle. (The bench seat is a no-cost alternative on the XLE, Limited, and Restricted Platinum.) Room abounds in the second row, however we found that our seven-passenger examination vehicle's pail seats were installed as well reduced for ideal comfort. Still, the Highlander's moving and reclining second-row chairs were like a set of La-Z-Boy reclining chairs compared with the thin as well as lightweight 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is just 27.7 inches, a complete six inches fewer compared to what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row offers. If you consistently haul enough passengers to merit regular use of the 3rd row, take into consideration the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.
Shadow of an SUV
Even with the Highlander's carlike unibody building and also reduced step-in height, this mid-size crossover's handling advises us of an antique body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension enables extreme body roll in turns. On the bonus side, the suspension soaks up roadway irregularities with nary a shudder, and the electrically helped guiding is reasonably fast and generally well heavy.
At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander examination auto was no lightweight, and also the excess mass made itself known when applying the brakes, as the Toyota needed 181 feet of tarmac to stop from 70 mph-- 11 feet more than a 161-pound-lighter all-wheel-drive GMC Acadia Denali.
With an as-tested cost of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE showed off $3704 in options. Of that tally, all-wheel drive adds $1460 as well as brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, as well as a screen setup within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster screen that shows torque distribution amongst the Highlander's four wheels. An $1810 rear-seat home entertainment system was one of the most costly option, while $434 purchased floor mats and body-side moldings. Requirement things consisted of navigating, a distance key with push-button beginning, as well as a sunroof, as well as previously mentioned attributes such as a blind-spot tracking system and leather-trimmed very first- and second-row seats (Toyota cushions the 3rd row in plastic).
While the Highlander's drab handling and confined 3rd row remain to suppress our enthusiasm for the Indiana-built crossover, the updated 2017 Highlander's lengthy list of conventional security and convenience attributes, much more powerful as well as fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and enhanced outside styling will certainly continuously bring in stockpiles of buyers looking for a comfy and reasonably priced mid-size crossover SUV.