Toyota Highlanders For Sale
Like the 1986 movie Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that fails to inspire eagerness amongst movie critics. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off supplier lots in 2014, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV got in 2017 with a host of changes aimed at satisfying the masses as well as experts alike.
Significantly, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the state-of-the-art $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, currently come typical with a pre-collision caution system with pedestrian detection as well as automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping aid, flexible cruise ship control, as well as automatic high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination auto likewise packed blind-spot monitoring, a function inaccessible on the lower-level Highlander LE and LE Plus.
Accompanying the 2017 Highlander's various safety systems is the most up to date 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 incorporates a host of contemporary innovations, including a direct as well as port fuel-injection system and also an updated valvetrain that permits the engine to operate on the a lot more reliable Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy 295 horse power and also 263 lb-ft of torque, the revised V-6 makes 25 even more horses and also an extra 15 lb-ft compared to the previous unit. Gas economy is up, too, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 making an EPA-rated 23 mpg integrated; all-wheel-drive models accomplish 22 mpg. Both numbers note a 2-mpg renovation over in 2015's Highlander as well as placed the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's combined fuel-economy figures.
Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a gem of an engine that constructs power almost all the method approximately 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 seconds, specifically. Regrettably, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing time was both slow-moving for the class and nearly a 2nd behind that of its forbear. Blame the new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. No matter, the revised Highlander's V-6 supplies lots of grunt in most real-world driving situations. Thanks partially to our test auto's automatic stop-start system, we managed an affordable 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg far better than exactly what we got from a Mazda CX-9.
The Element of Crossover
If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the equivalent of Highlander's captivating Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), then the crossover's overhauled outside layout is akin to the film's handsome however forgettable protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and also back fascias, updated headlamps, and an attractive set of LED taillights give the Highlander a more cohesive, SUV-like appearance. But we still wouldn't place it fairly on the same degree of good looks as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.
Unlike the exterior, the Highlander's inside has been left mainly unblemished. Toyota did add 4 even more USB ports, bringing the total amount to five-- three ahead and 2 in the rear. The cabin includes a variety of useful storage space nooks, consisting of a shelf that extends the lower dashboard and a substantial center-console bin that can accommodate nearly a cubic foot of various products. Ergonomic mistakes include difficult-to-grip temperature level knobs for the climate-control system and a touchscreen that's as well far away from the motorist.
While base-level LE and also LE Plus Highlanders have a standard second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and Minimal Platinum grades come with captain's chairs between. (The bench seat is a no-cost alternative on the XLE, Limited, and also Limited Platinum.) Room abounds in the 2nd row, but we found that our seven-passenger examination auto's container seats were placed too reduced for optimum comfort. Still, the Highlander's gliding and also reclining second-row chairs were like a set of La-Z-Boy recliner chairs compared with the thin and lightweight 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is just 27.7 inches, a complete 6 inches less than exactly what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row offers. If you routinely carry enough passengers to merit constant use the third row, think about the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.
Shadow of an SUV
Despite the Highlander's carlike unibody building as well as low step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's taking care of advises us of an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension allows excessive body roll in turns. On the bonus side, the suspension absorbs road irregularities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically aided guiding is fairly fast and generally well heavy.
At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test vehicle was no lightweight, as well as the excess mass made itself recognized when using the brakes, as the Toyota required 181 feet of tarmac to stop from 70 mph-- 11 feet greater 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 adds $1460 and brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and a screen setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster screen that shows torque circulation amongst the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat home entertainment system was one of the most expensive alternative, while $434 purchased floor mats and also body-side moldings. Standard items consisted of navigation, a closeness trick with push-button beginning, as well as a sunroof, as well as abovementioned attributes such as a blind-spot tracking system and leather-trimmed first- and also second-row seats (Toyota drapes the third row in plastic).
While the Highlander's lifeless handling as well as cramped third row continuously suppress our excitement for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's long listing of common safety and also convenience functions, a lot more effective and fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and also enhanced exterior styling will certainly continue to draw in stockpiles of customers searching for a comfortable as well as moderately priced mid-size crossover SUV.