2009 toyota Highlander Hybrid

2009 toyota Highlander Hybrid - If the upgraded Toyota Highlander is to succeed, it has its job suited it. It has to move as well as captivate children, swallow cargo as well as overcome snow. It has to be risk-free, comfortable and lavish, and also it needs to do all these things without breaking the bank-- in automobile payments or at the pump. An uphill struggle, no doubt, however the leading midsize SUV competitors really have gotten that excellent.

2009 toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Highlander makes the grade on all matters, though it doesn't master any one area. Given it could keep its impressive resale worth and integrity, it needs to prove a clever-- otherwise particularly exciting-- selection for several years to come.

Edgier Designing

Toyota's The golden state design studios shaped the outside, which is larger in all significant measurements compared to the old Highlander. To my eyes, Toyota's smaller RAV4 SUV looks better-proportioned, with simply sufficient curves to balance out the angles. With its creased headlights, flashy grille and characterless bumper, the Highlander appears a bit as well slick-- like a corner store consumer who will not take off his sunglasses.

The back bumper has lumpy reflectors on each side, and also the majority of trim levels have a glass hatch that opens up independent of the liftgate. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are conventional; the Sport and also Limited have 19-inchers that complete the wheel wells nicely. The Sport has a dark silver grille as well as smoked-out fronts lights. The Limited has plainer headlights and chrome exterior moldings.

At 188.4 inches long and also 75.2 inches large, the Highlander casts approximately the very same darkness as a Honda Pilot, Subaru Tribeca or Hyundai Veracruz. The Mazda CX-9 as well as Saturn Overview are both about a foot longer.

The In

Toyota has actually spent years building a track record for top quality, as well as absent any major competition, the new Highlander could have maintained that requirement. The competitors is absolutely nothing if not major, though, as well as SUVs like the CX-9 and Veracruz boast some remarkably upscale insides. In contrast, Toyota drops a little bit short.

The Highlander shares underpinnings with the current Camry, and the dashboard bears a lot of the sedan's taste. The facility controls are the natural centerpiece, with extra-large knobs for significant functions within easy reach. Sport and Limited versions have a 3.5-inch display atop the stereo. It shows gas mileage, outside temperature level and more. It additionally shows setups for the optional automatic climate control system, which can divide the cabin into as lots of as 3 temperature level zones-- 2 front and one back. The environment manages rest below the stereo, and they're very cluttered. I counted 13 switches between both temperature handles; that's a lot of ground to cover when you're referencing a readout some 10 inches away. In contrast, the basic manual cooling is basic.

Cabin top quality is merely ordinary. The home window switches, turn signals and also facility controls might go straight into a Lexus, as well as the chrome accents and also electroluminescent determines appearance fantastic. A lot of areas are trimmed in tough plastics, nevertheless, and the textures lack the appeal of the stuff in a number of competitors. Worst of all is the ceiling's headliner, which is a few of the most inexpensive computer mouse hair this side of an economy vehicle.

Moms and dads will appreciate the storage space alternatives. The facility console in between the pole positions has 4 cupholders as well as a broad storage bin. Forget laptop computers; the handwear cover box might fit a tiny computer. (Possibly not the screen, however-- allow's not get carried away.).

3 basic rows of seats suit up to 7, though you could go down the third row in order to save a little money, decreasing seatsing capability to five. The front seats supply lots of area, with a method extender in the Highlander Limited that expands the pillow under the vehicle driver's thighs. Great touch.

The 2nd row is similarly wide, with reclining back-rests as well as seat cushions that adjust backward and forward. The facility seat has Toyota's new Facility Stow function. It's generally a dive seat, which travelers could swap for a plastic center console, transforming the 2nd row right into two captain's chairs. The extra portion-- either the middle seat or console-- shops in a floor area in between the front seats. After a couple of practice runs, I had the ability to make the modification in around 25 secs.

The dive seat is light sufficient for very easy installation. Its convenience is hit and miss, also for a center seat; the bottom padding is substantial, yet I might conveniently really feel the hinges under the back-rest padding. The plastic console is lighter still, as well as both items have tough setup hooks that should survive a lot of thrashing from overenthusiastic youngsters.

Depending upon where the 2nd row is positioned, the third row can be surprisingly adult-friendly. I'm 6 feet high and also discovered headroom a little bit limited, however with the 2nd row moved forward a couple of inches-- maintaining a lot of legroom for a lot of grownups-- the 3rd row's legroom was such that I might tolerate a short trip.

Larger Engine, Better Mileage

All Highlanders obtain the 3.5-liter V-6 from the Camry, Sienna as well as a number of various other Toyotas. In the Highlander it makes 270 horsepower and 248 pounds-feet of torque. Both are considerable gains over in 2015's V-6, that made 215 hp and 222 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed transmission is standard. Last year's base four-cylinder engine has actually been gone down.

Acceleration suffices off the line as well as stronger as the engine revs. The transmission aids points along, holding gears and also seldom moving prematurely. Tough acceleration could motivate some abrupt shifts among lower gears-- better for velocity, worse for convenience-- yet the majority of the time the changes are smooth adequate to pass undiscovered. The drivetrain really feels ideal on the freeway, where it downshifts with marginal equipment hunting. Third gear is specifically potent for 50-to-70 miles per hour passing.

The optional four-wheel drive is clear to the driver. It integrates a facility differential to divide power 50/50 between the front as well as rear wheels all the moment. Four-wheel-drive models have a downhill aid function. Press a dashboard button, and also it will certainly reduce the SUV to a crawl down steep grades. The attribute seems a bit insincere: There is no low equipment for offroad rock crawling, which implies you must possibly stay clear of anywhere treacherous adequate to call for the downhill aid.

All Highlanders have a hill-start aid that holds the brakes for up to three seconds from a quit to prevent the SUV from rolling backwards prior to you have time to strike the gas.

Using the EPA's more realistic 2008 ranking system-- which usually causes lower numbers-- gas mileage is ranked at 18/24 mpg (city/highway) for two-wheel-drive models as well as 17/23 mpg for those with four-wheel drive. These scores lead most midsize SUVs by 1 or 2 mpg. They likewise beat the old V-6 Highlander by about 1 mpg (adjusted using the EPA's brand-new calculation)-- an outstanding accomplishment, provided the brand-new Highlander has more power and also considers some 300 extra pounds a lot more. (Four-cylinder fans will not miss much: The old four-cylinder Highlander got just 1 mpg greater than the brand-new one performs with the V-6.).

Ride & Handling

The unibody building and construction manages a comfy flight, with none of the underbody shimmying that afflicted the previous Highlander (which was additionally unibody) and also numerous body-on-frame SUVs. The four-wheel-independent suspension is sport-tuned in the Highlander Sport, however I could not find a difference in flight suppleness amongst the base, Sporting activity and Limited. All 3 have a bit extra suspension sound over major bumps compared to I have actually pertained to anticipate in a midsize SUV.

Wind noise is very little. Offered a smooth stretch of asphalt, the tires are reasonably quiet. The Sport as well as Limited's 19-inch wheels and also P245/55R19 tires release a small hum at highway speeds, which I could not find with the base version's 17-inchers and thicker P245/65R19 rubber.

All designs now come with electrical power steering. These systems conserve a bit on gas intake-- a little low-hanging fruit to meet the government's gas economic climate requirements, I think-- yet they frequently lead to lifeless, man-made steering feeling. Expectedly, the Highlander guides with a light touch, never delivering a lot in the way of comments or turning accuracy. The CX-9 prices better here, however couple of various other rivals attract attention. The same holds true for body roll: Like many SUVs, the Highlander leans away in curves, reminding vehicle drivers it's not to be collared promptly.

Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are common. The pedal supplies mushy reaction, however the brakes clamp down hard when needed.

Freight & Towing

With all 3 rows set up as well as raised, cargo area in back is a weak 10.3 cubic feet. The third row folds flat right into the floor, as well as the 2nd row folds virtually flat. Highlanders without the 3rd row instead include a rather large storage area under the back flooring.

With all seats folded up, maximum cargo volume is 95.4 cubic feet, which compares extra positively with the crowd.

When effectively outfitted, the Highlander can tow approximately 5,000 extra pounds.

In Insurance Policy Institute for Highway Security frontal crash tests, the 2008 Highlander scored the highest possible rating, Excellent. IIHS has actually not evaluated the Highlander for side impacts.

Toyota really did not skimp on security functions. All Highlanders come common with four-wheel-disc anti-skid brakes, traction control and an electronic security system. The stability system now collaborates with the electric power steering, which enhances the power assist when the driver is guiding to fix a skid. It also assists battle steering pull under hard braking to assist the Highlander stop in a straight line. (Toyota claims the system can not steer the SUV on its own, as some sophisticated systems currently do, so if you guide the wrong way in a skid, do not expect any kind of added power aid.).

7 air bags are basic, including the called for dual front airbags, a driver's knee air bag as well as side-impact air bags for the front seats. There are likewise roll-sensing side drape airbags for all 3 rows, which release throughout a rollover to avoid resident ejection.

All seats have head restraints, as well as in Sporting activity and Limited models, the front ones are forward-adjustable for better whiplash defense. Active head restrictions are basic on the front seats of all trims. The second row includes Latch child-seat supports in the outboard seats, with conveniently accessible top-tether supports midway down the seatback.

Features & Prices

Excluding the location charge, the base Highlander with two-wheel drive begins at $27,300. A Highlander Limited with a full bunch of alternatives playings around $42,000. 4x4 on any type of trim adds concerning $1,500. All trim degrees feature three rows of seats, though a third-row remove alternative on certain versions could conserve $740.

For $27,300, the base Highlander comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entrance, a CD stereo with an auxiliary MP3 jack, air conditioning, cruise ship control, and also power windows, mirrors and door locks.
For $29,950, the Sporting activity includes dark outside components, 19-inch wheels, fog lights, a power vehicle driver's seat, a multifunction wheel, a back-up electronic camera as well as six-CD audio.
For $32,700, the Restricted includes a keyless start-up system, automatic environment control, leather furniture as well as a power passenger seat. Most of these attributes are optional on the Sport. Options on both trim levels include a navigation system, JBL premium audio, a rear seat DVD player, a moonroof, a power tailgate as well as heated front seats.

Highlander on the market

Competitors from GM, Mazda and also Hyundai will certainly provide the Highlander a run for its money. Its biggest rival, the Honda Pilot, is due for a redesign in the following year or 2, as well as Toyota's trump card-- its reputation for top quality and reliability-- has actually been sliding recently. The automaker has vowed to redouble its initiatives, and its latest SUV has to confirm that.

The brand-new Highlander has lots of textbook sensibilities, like respectable gas mileage as well as tons of safety and security features, but there's absolutely nothing phenomenal about it. If it confirms as bulletproof as its predecessor, though, reliability will become its specifying quality, which is a textbook attract a lot of buyers can support.