2015 toyota Highlander Hybrid

2015 toyota Highlander Hybrid: The 2014 Toyota Highlander's cavalcade of renovations make a formerly dull, middle-of-the-road SUV stand apart with vibrant styling and also boosted family members kindness.

Toyota paid attention to customers while redesigning the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander as well as replied to demands for more cabin and cargo space, vibrant designing and also premium services. Requests for a much more vibrant driving experience needs to have been professionally neglected, nevertheless, as the 2014's harsher ride is a tradeoff I do not assume several midsize SUV buyers must need to cope with in return for sportier handling.

Still, various other enhancements will most certainly attract buyers that had scraped the previous Highlander off their listing or at the very least to those who don't think about a comfy trip an essential. The 2014 Highlander's boosted freight room behind the basic third-row seat is a much-needed renovation; plus, it's easier to get right into the third row, which currently sittings three as well as bumps common seating capability to 8.

2015 toyota Highlander Hybrid

With upgrades that span the lineup of LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels, the 2014 Highlander is now in better shape to take on the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2014 Ford Explorer and 2014 Honda Pilot.

I drove four-cylinder, six-cylinder as well as Hybrid 2014 Highlanders at a Toyota media event.

Exterior & Designing

Toyota went back to the attracting board to revamp its aging as well as stylistically empty Highlander. Fast-forward to 2014, and you can not call the Highlander boring looking any kind of longer. The 2013's ho-hum look changes right into a hulking SUV with a beefier position, bulging fenders and strong front designing. Its existence was big on the 2013 New York International Vehicle Program flooring where it debuted, and it looks equally as excellent rolling down the street.

How It Drives

The driving experience isn't the vehicle's most appealing characteristic, even with an assortment of appealing brand-new framework and also suspension adjustments, so it excels the brand-new SUV does so lots of various other things well.

Toyota chose curved canyon and also seaside roadways in California to demonstrate the Highlander's brand-new handling chops. Driving a 2013 and also 2014 back to back, the 2014 does exhibit higher levels of roadway grip and a boosted guiding action. It's more sports when excavating right into an edge, though I wouldn't call the Highlander fun to drive. The 270-horsepower V-6 doesn't have an immediate strike of acceleration in the hefty Highlander. It's an unlike the lighter, 290-hp Hyundai Santa Fe, which is a "little" ball of enjoyment among other similar three-row SUVs. A six-cylinder Highlander LE with front-wheel drive is 4,244 pounds, while a V-6, front-wheel-drive Santa Fe GLS is 3,933 extra pounds.

An unfavorable effect of the Highlander's newly found dynamics is a choppier flight over rough roads. After driving 2013 as well as 2014 models, I could inform the 2014 transmits even more roadway blemishes with the chassis and also right into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's OK to have a hostile design as well as trip like a couch; see the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

On the benefit, the 2014 Highlander has an extra substantial feeling over rough roadways, with less rattles, squeals as well as chassis flex. It's a matured experience with boosted audio insulation, acoustic glass and a stiffer chassis helping maintain outside sound very little.

I briefly hung around in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota anticipates to represent 5 to 10 percent of sales, and also in the brand new Highlander Hybrid. Both the front-wheel-drive-only four-cylinder (20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined) and also all-wheel-drive-only Hybrid V-6 (27/28/28 mpg) are a little rough around the edges regarding engine noise as well as resonances. The Hybrid's gas mileage is relatively unchanged for 2014, down 1 mpg in city rankings to 27 mpg yet maintains its 28 mpg combined score. The transition from electric to when the engine fires up is obvious with raw sounds originating from under the hood, distinct from across a parking lot. Resonances from the shift are minimal, however the noises are audible to take notice.

An additional 353 extra pounds added to the crossbreed from three electric motors-- 2 in the front as well as one in the back-- as well as a nickel steel hydride battery is noticeable in how the Crossbreed drives compared with the Limited V-6 with four-wheel drive. It's an unwinded experience less ecstatic regarding accelerating as well as dealing with despite having 280-hp combined, as well as it additionally does not ride any smoother than the non-hybrid.

The Hybrid's uncommonly loud engine noises would not be as much of a problem if the Highlander Crossbreed weren't $48,160 with destination, $7,130 more than 2013-- a 2014 Lexus RX 450h is $47,320, though much smaller on the inside. The Highlander Hybrid's luxury vehicle price doesn't mirror luxury refinement since the feature-loaded Hybrid Limited is the only Crossbreed supplied; the less-expensive version obtained the axe for 2014.

The volume-seller V-6 is the most refined of the lot, supplying smooth and foreseeable acceleration as well as the very best handling with four-wheel drive. The V-6-powered Highlander's gas mileage of 19/25/21 mpg with front-wheel drive and 18/24/20 mpg with all-wheel drive is also a lot more affordable than the outgoing 2013 thanks to a brand-new six-speed transmission changing a five-speed unit on V-6 versions. The all-wheel-drive system, which is likewise new, aids include 2 mpg freeway over the 2013 version. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send out torque to the rear wheels when slippage is discovered, versus the previous system that always sent out torque to four wheels.


Part of the 2014's change includes dialing up the interior styling with numerous soft-touch and accent-stitched interior panels that improve the classiness. The high quality is Toyota-Avalon nice with a stitched control panel, guiding wheel and also soft-touch, top notch materials in noticeable places. Plastic areas that aren't textured, sewed or covered are still on par for the course. Also the base LE Highlander emanates the almost luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Limited trims.

Seats fits in the first and second rows with soft, vast pole positions and also a very adjustable second row that slides and reclines with two captain's chairs or the typical three-seat bench arrangement-- captain's chairs are available on the XLE and also common on the Limited. The remainder of the Highlander might have been redone with dynamism in mind, yet the seats speak with its comfort-focused origins. Many people on our staff will certainly miss the 2013's detachable second-row center seat. I will not, as it was uncomfortable and also large to get rid of as well as replace with the facility table that kept under the center console.

In the third row, Toyota raised size and also included an extra seat for a maximum ability of 8 passengers in common setup. A new, a lot more portable rear suspension freed the added space. The third row still does not fit grownups with as much comfort as the larger Chevrolet Traverse, but it excels in a pinch. There are also brand-new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Formerly, just the curbside seat folded as well as moved forward through the one-touch lever. Third-row motorcyclists likewise take advantage of the 2nd row's enhanced seat travel, which allows very easy entrance and also exit.

Comfort design & Electronics

Innovation is a huge emphasis in the 2014 Highlander and also done quite possibly. Toyota's Entune multimedia system works better than ever before compared to various other Toyota vehicles where I have actually utilized the system. Functioning the Entune system's voice commands goes over. The versions I checked detected the different voice commands I spoke.

Those with bulky phones or that continuously have their phone linked to the SUV will certainly value a gadget storage walk listed below the climate manages that offers a pass-through for USB cords. There must disappear Medusa-like dangling of wires ensnaring the gear selector.

The typical Entune on base LE models consists of a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup electronic camera, USB port with iPod connectivity, supporting input, voice recognition, Bluetooth phone connection and Bluetooth streaming sound. LE And also trims have Entune Audio And also with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch display, HD Radio and 90-day satellite radio subscription. The following step up is Entune Costs Sound with Navigation as well as Application Suite on XLE designs with an 8-inch touch-screen as well as application suite with Pandora, Yelp as well as Facebook combination with a smart device and also coming with Entune downloadable application. A JBL sound system is basic on Minimal trim levels.

The massive center storage space bin between the pole positions can feast on anything plus-sized, like a handbag, iPad or Blu-ray collection for the available rear-seat Blu-ray player. And when you neglect that Blu-ray at home, an intriguing brand-new feature called Easy Speak transfers the booming voice of an angry mother or papa with the back stereo speakers using the Bluetooth microphone to keep wild youngsters in check. Just how much more household concentrated can you obtain compared to offering a feature that permits parents to yell at youngsters?

Freight, Towing & Storage space

Cargo area behind the 3rd row enhances over the previous Highlander's skimpy step, which had a hard time lugging grocery stores, let alone a stroller or golf bag. The cargo volume is currently rated at 13.8 cubic feet, up from 10.3 cubic feet. It's not a massive improvement, but at the very least it makes the location usable. It's still little compared to others in the section: The Traveler has 21 cubic feet and also the Pilot has 18 cubic feet behind the third row. Toyota's hoax to increase freight space included moving all 3 rows of seats forward, including size behind the rear wheels as well as making use of a more small back suspension.

The power liftgate is a remarkable feature to be common on LE And also trim degrees as well as above, and has a trick up its sleeve: It gets used to various elevations, not simply a couple of predetermined elevation setups. With the liftgate in motion, users could stop the liftgate as well as program it to available to that set height the next time. The function will make much shorter drivers and owners of reduced garages really delighted. (If the gate goes too expensive, shorter individuals may struggle to reach the power-close switch on its bottom side.) One more special attribute on the back is an oldie but a reward: On LE And also designs and above, the back home window opens for simple accessibility independent of the cargo gate.

A 5,000-pound tow score on XLE and Limited trim levels has a standard towing package that consists of engine/transmission colders and updated radiator and also generator. Hybrids can tow 3,500 pounds, V-6 LE/LE Plus can tow 2,000 extra pounds as well as a four-cylinder LE is ranked at 1,500 pounds.

Safety and security

The 2014 Highlander had not been crash-tested at the time of this writing.

The 2014 Highlander gives reduced supports as well as tethers on outboard second-row seats for child-safety seats, yet just a tether support on the middle third-row seat.

Advanced security functions are available, though only on the expensive Restricted trim degree where a blind spot surveillance system and also rear car park aid are typical, and pre-collision, flexible cruise ship control as well as lane departure caution are optional. Restricted trim degrees are additionally the only designs with a backup electronic camera that makes use of anticipating guidelines to show the car's course-- a backup video camera with set lines is common on all various other trim levels.

Value in Its Class

Toyota states prices is up about $1,500 on average throughout the 2014 trim degrees, which include extra attributes over the 2013. Base pricing starts at $30,075 for a base four-cylinder LE with location, while volume-seller XLE designs with four-wheel drive are $38,360 as well as consist of leather seating with warmed pole positions, navigation, three-zone environment control, smart keyless access, second-row sunshades as well as more. Rates for the XLE is really competitive to three-row midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Ford Traveler and even the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2013 Highlander was genuinely a midpack three-row SUV, dragging in crucial locations like indoor quality, cargo area and also innovation. Feel confident, if you're a Highlander owner wanting to upgrade-- as long as you're unconcerned about trip quality-- the 2014 is not only an engaging upgrade, yet likewise deserving of cross-shopping the sector's ideal.