Toyota Highlander Specs
Like the 1986 movie Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot influence fervor among movie critics. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealer whole lots last year, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV went into 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 high-grade $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, now come conventional with a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection as well as automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping aid, adaptive cruise control, and also automated high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination car additionally packed blind-spot tracking, a function inaccessible on the lower-level Highlander LE and also LE Plus.
Accompanying the 2017 Highlander's countless security systems is the latest version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is typical on just about the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continuouslies use a frail 185-hp inline-four-- and also incorporates a host of contemporary innovations, consisting of a direct as well as port fuel-injection system as well as an updated valvetrain that allows the engine to work on the a lot more effective Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy 295 horse power and 263 lb-ft of torque, the changed V-6 makes 25 even more ponies and also an added 15 lb-ft compared with the previous device. Fuel economic situation is up, too, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 making an EPA-rated 23 mpg combined; all-wheel-drive designs achieve 22 mpg. Both figures mark a 2-mpg improvement over last year's Highlander and also put the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's consolidated fuel-economy numbers.
Toyota's 2GR-FKS six is a gem of an engine that builds power mostly all the means up to 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 and also 3.8 secs, specifically. Unfortunately, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing time was both slow for the class as well as nearly a second behind that of its forbear. Criticize the new eight-speed automatic transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the modified Highlander's V-6 uses a lot of grunt in many real-world driving circumstances. Many thanks partially to our examination car's automatic stop-start system, we managed a sensible 21 mpg throughout our time with the crossover, 2 mpg much better than exactly what we received from a Mazda CX-9.
The Aspect of Crossover
If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the matching of Highlander's captivating Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), then the crossover's overhauled exterior design belongs to the film's handsome but featureless protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and back fascias, upgraded headlamps, and an eye-catching set of LED taillights give the Highlander a more natural, SUV-like appearance. Yet we still would not put it rather on the 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 largely unblemished. Toyota did add 4 more USB ports, bringing the total amount to 5-- three in front and also two in the rear. The cabin includes a variety of handy storage nooks, including a rack that extends the lower control panel as well as a massive center-console bin that can accommodate almost a cubic foot of assorted items. Ergonomic faults include difficult-to-grip temperature handles for the climate-control system and a touchscreen that's also far from the driver.
While base-level LE as well as LE Plus Highlanders come with a basic second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, as well as Minimal Platinum qualities include captain's chairs in the middle. (The bench seat is a no-cost option on the XLE, Limited, as well as Minimal Platinum.) Area abounds in the second row, however we found that our seven-passenger examination auto's bucket seats were mounted also low for ideal comfort. Still, the Highlander's gliding and also reclining second-row chairs resembled a set of La-Z-Boy recliners compared to the thin and also flimsy 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a full 6 inches less than exactly what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you regularly transport sufficient passengers to merit frequent use of the 3rd row, consider the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.
Shadow of an SUV
Even with the Highlander's carlike unibody building and low step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's managing advises us of an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension enables excessive body roll in turns. On the bonus side, the suspension soaks up roadway abnormalities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically helped guiding is reasonably fast as well as usually well heavy.
At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander examination automobile was no lightweight, and also the excess mass made itself known when applying the brakes, as the Toyota needed 181 feet of tarmac to quit from 70 miles per hour-- 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 alternatives. Of that tally, all-wheel drive includes $1460 and also brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, as well as a display setup within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that shows torque distribution among the Highlander's four wheels. An $1810 rear-seat entertainment system was the most costly choice, while $434 purchased flooring mats as well as body-side moldings. Standard products included navigation, a proximity secret with push-button start, and a sunroof, along with aforementioned features 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 lifeless handling and confined third row continue to suppress our enthusiasm for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's long listing of conventional security and ease features, more effective as well as fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and also boosted exterior styling will certainly continuously attract hoards of buyers searching for a comfortable and fairly valued mid-size crossover SUV.