2013 toyota Highlander Hybrid

2013 toyota highlander hybrid: Even in its last model year prior to a redesign, the 2013 Toyota Highlander excels, strong, fundamental household transportation-- absolutely nothing to establish the heart aflame, however eminently proficient.

Some cars and trucks, and Toyotas in particular, often get referred to by automotive enthusiasts as "appliances." The contrast is made in between a Camry and also a refrigerator, or a Corolla and also a washing machine, as an example. The effects (commonly less than kind) is that these automobiles have characteristics that are less fun and better. One wouldn't take a refrigerator to an autocross, or drag-race a washering from a traffic light. However, for countless individuals around the globe, a home appliance is exactly what they desire in an auto-- something they do not have to consider to use, that isn't really wacky or over the top, that's trusted as well as straightforward. For those individuals, numerous Toyotas are definitely best-- and the 2013 Highlander is the peak of such appliancelike, comfortable, utilitarian thinking.

2013 toyota highlander hybrid

This is the in 2015 for this style of Highlander, with a brand-new 2014 model on its manner in which was unveiled at the 2013 New York International Vehicle Show in March. However, there's a whole lot to like regarding the existing Highlander, which has roominess, power, comfort as well as energy in droves.

Absolutely Nothing Fancy, Just Standard Capability

The form is familiar now, with relatively hostile styling that has actually been copied by several manufacturers. (The new Nissan Pathfinder, as an example, looks a great deal such as this Highlander in many means.) It's a clean, flowing layout that suffers a little bit from wheels that look slightly as well little in the base V-6 trim degree I checked. If you like the means it looks, nonetheless, obtain one currently, as the 2014 design will certainly get a rather considerable styling upgrade that's not to everyone's preference.

The interior is in a similar way pleasing. Nothing horrendous, just well laid out, exceptionally comfortable and made from top notch products that have actually been screwed with each other well. Up front, the low, soft-touch dash and also high seating position integrate for a commanding view over the hood, with outstanding visibility to the sides and also rear as well. Controls on the center control panel are big and also clear, with large buttons as well as beefy knobs that make operating the climate-control system a wind (sorry). The gauges are brilliant, clear and also simple to review at a glimpse. There's nothing exceptional regarding the shapes and also appearances in right here, but there's nothing to anger either-- unless you're someone who requires some visual interest in your transport choice, as there's none to be discovered in the unlimited sea of gray plastic stretching from door to door. At the very least in the Highlander it's good plastic, unlike in a few other Toyota items, like the Venza.

Seats is flexible and also extraordinarily spacious, especially in the second row, which includes astonishing quantities of legroom. This is a three-row SUV, consisting of a fold-down seat for two people in the freight location, accessible via the fold-and-tumble second-row seats. That third row is vast enough for full-sized grownups, yet legroom is seriously jeopardized. This is simply a midsized SUV, besides, not a full-sizer like the Toyota Sequoia or Chevrolet Traverse. Folding up the 2nd row for entry to the 3rd is easy, with manages atop the seatbacks producing basic operation also by children. Both the second as well as third rows fold up flat, producing a massive freight space able to hold huge, cumbersome things.

Interior electronics are basic as well as not horribly made complex on the entry-level Highlander (the only major alternatives my examination version had were a V-6 engine as well as four-wheel drive). The typical touch-screen multimedia present is big as well as easy to use, however a second, smaller sized screen over it displayed limited vehicle details, too, with just a handful of screens to select from. You could choice up a Highlander to the hilt with points like Toyota's Entune (a cloud-based entertainment as well as info system), a navigating system and also more, however my tester had none of that-- only satellite radio as well as a windshield-wiper heating system, part of the $60 Cold Weather Plan. On the bonus side, an absence of functions means the inside is uncluttered and straightforward. It additionally implies there's little to do but drive.

Roly-Poly, however Not Pokey

The good news is, driving the Highlander is equally as enjoyable as sitting in or considering one. In the base design, power originates from a standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine making 187 horse power, but my tester had the optional 3.5-liter V-6 engine, bumping horse power as much as a far more confidence-inspiring 270 hp. In real Toyota style, the V-6 is the picture of level of smoothness, so much to ensure that the only means to recognize it's running at idle is to blip the pedal. Hit that very same pedal while the Highlander's on duty, as well as you're awarded with solid, seamless acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is conventional with the four-cylinder, yet the V-6 comes only with a five-speed automated. A gasoline-electric crossbreed variation is likewise offered. With the exception of the hybrid, nevertheless, the drivetrain overall is a little bit behind the moments-- most competitors are providing six-speed automatics across the variety, plus turbocharging or a minimum of direct-injection technology. Fortunately, a lot of customers will not understand any kind of technological shortage thanks to the Highlander's buttery procedure and uncomplicated acceleration.

What they could discover, nonetheless, is gas economic climate. Highlanders with the base four-cylinder engine and also front-wheel drive are rated 20/25 mpg city/highway-- tolerable for a big seven-seat cruiser. Fuel economic situation drops to 18/24 for the larger V-6 engine, and even further, to 17/22 mpg, when you add all-wheel drive. My week with the Highlander returned 19 mpg in blended driving; not bad, however definitely not class-leading anymore. It drops well except the brand-new all-wheel-drive Nissan Pathfinder, rated 19/25 mpg, as well as the brand-new seven-seat Hyundai Santa Fe, which comes in at 18/24 mpg. It also generally matches the much larger Chevrolet Traverse for consolidated mileage rating (19 mpg), as well as does 1 mpg much better in the city and 1 mpg even worse on the freeway. The Highlander schedule's gas economic situation champ is the crossbreed, ranked 28/28 mpg, but that comes with a significant price costs and also with common all-wheel drive.

The Highlander is certainly tuned for comfort instead of driving fun. As the suspension is soft, the body activities are tippy and the entire truck rolls and also lolls in fast edges. You won't be doing any type of perky driving in this family truckster, however exactly what you get in return is superb flight top quality that's smooth even over several of one of the most severely damaged pavement, aided by tall sidewalls on the 17-inch tires that absorb bumps with little noise or interruption to your peacefulness. Hang an iPad on the seatback, and also the munchkins won't be troubled by roadway conditions in the least. Faster highway driving is just as tranquil and also hushed.


The present Highlander has actually been crash-tested by both the National Freeway Traffic Safety Management and the Insurance Coverage Institute for Highway Safety. NHTSA rated the Highlander four from 5 star in general, while IIHS provided the Highlander its leading rating of Great in all its significant examinations, making it Top Safety and security Select status.

When it comes to equipment, the Highlander has all the requisite electronic safety measures, like grip control, anti-skid brakes and an electronic stability system. Front, side, chauffeur's knee as well as side drape air bags are basic. There was no back-up electronic camera on my test vehicle, but it's a $699 option on base versions (requirement on all other trim degrees), a rather obviousing omission from the tools listing for a supposed family members vehicle.

Highlander in the Market

The Highlander V6 four-wheel drive I tested had one notable high quality that can not be ignored: a somewhat reduced as-tested cost of $33,477, including an $845 location cost. The starting rate for this base V-6 model with all-wheel drive is $32,690, implying options on my tester were few: only a $60 Cold Weather Package, a $29 first-aid kit, a $49 cargo web and a rather pricey $649 three-row flooring mat set. If you want to avoid the V-6 and all-wheel drive, the Highlander with a four-cylinder engine as well as front-wheel drive begins at $29,865. At the other end of the spectrum is a totally packed Highlander Hybrid Limited four-wheel drive, which begins at $47,215-- quite a dramatic range.

Midsize SUVs have been taking over for minivans in family-hauling tasks, and the number of access in the field is above ever. Calling for 7 seats does cut the list down ever before so a little. The Highlander's main rivals are the Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse/GMC Acadia, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-9 as well as Dodge Durango. If you could live with just five seats, include the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, Ford Side, Toyota Venza and also Kia Sorento. That's greater than a dozen various other automobiles to consider, demonstrating exactly how affordable this segment truly is. The closest matches are the Pathfinder, Explorer as well as Santa Fe (not the Santa Fe Sport, mind you, which is a smaller sized, five-seat version). The Pathfinder features only a V-6 and continually variable transmission, while the Santa Fe's seven-seat model uses just a V-6. The Explorer offers 2 V-6 engines and an optional turbo four-cylinder, all mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All are similar in terms of room, rate and energy, yet the Highlander's rivals normally have the advantage in gas economic climate and also on-board technology.

The 2014 Highlander will ultimately obtain a six-speed transmission for its V-6 engine, which need to improve fuel economic climate and acceleration. It additionally obtains sitting for 8 thanks to a larger cargo location and also a bigger third-row seat. Engines will rollover unmodified, however, implying there will still be no direct-injection or turbocharging. The exterior and interior updates look good and must maintain the Highlander competitive, and that's really all Toyota needs to do to maintain the Highlander's sales numbers up-- aesthetic adjustments that maintain it fresh in an ultra-competitive market. Toyota already has the energy, comfort, capability and family-friendly parts down pat. Dealing with its visual allure and also on-board technology will only strengthen the Highlander's position.