Toyota Highlander Interior

Toyota Highlander Interior: Unnoticeable and sensible, the Highlander can haul up to 8 in silent convenience. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four groups with a six-speed automatic as well as front-wheel drive; the optional 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 obtains an eight-speed automated. Four-wheel drive is optional for V-6 versions and also criterion for the crossbreed, which pairs the V-6 with two electric motors; we saw 24 mpg in our test. The Highlander supplies an adequate driving experience, yet it's even more concentrated on indoor precisions and storage space.

Toyota Highlander Interior

Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that fails to motivate fervor amongst doubters. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off supplier whole lots in 2015, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV went into 2017 with a host of changes aimed at satisfying the masses as well as pundits alike.

Especially, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the high-grade $48,840 Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum, currently come standard with a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection and also automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure warning, lane-keeping aid, adaptive cruise control, and also automated high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination cars and truck also packed blind-spot monitoring, an attribute not available on the lower-level Highlander LE and also LE Plus.

Coming with 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 all but the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continues to use a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- and includes a host of contemporary technologies, including a straight as well as port fuel-injection system and an upgraded valvetrain that allows the engine to work on the extra effective Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy and balanced 295 horse power and 263 lb-ft of torque, the changed V-6 makes 25 more ponies and an extra 15 lb-ft compared to the previous unit. Fuel economic climate is up, too, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 earning an EPA-rated 23 mpg combined; all-wheel-drive designs accomplish 22 mpg. Both numbers note a 2-mpg renovation over in 2014's Highlander and placed the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's combined fuel-economy figures.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS six is a treasure of an engine that builds power mostly all the means approximately its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander cut 0.3 2nd off of its precursor's zero-to-60-mph and also 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 as well as 3.8 secs, respectively. Regrettably, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing away time was both slow for the course as well as almost a second behind that of its forbear. Blame the new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. No matter, the changed Highlander's V-6 provides lots of grunt in the majority of real-world driving situations. Thanks partly to our examination cars and truck's automatic stop-start system, we handled a reasonable 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg far better than just what we obtained from a Mazda CX-9.

The Aspect of Crossover

If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the matching of Highlander's lovely Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), after that the crossover's spruced up outside style belongs to the film's good-looking yet featureless protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and rear fascias, upgraded headlamps, and also an attractive set of LED taillights provide the Highlander an extra natural, SUV-like appearance. But we still wouldn't place it quite on the same degree of appearance as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.

Unlike the exterior, the Highlander's inside has been left greatly unblemished. Toyota did include 4 more USB ports, bringing the overall to 5-- three in front as well as two in the rear. The cockpit includes a number of helpful storage space nooks, including a shelf that covers the reduced control panel and also a huge center-console container that could fit almost a cubic foot of various things. Ergonomic faults consist of difficult-to-grip temperature level handles for the climate-control system and a touchscreen that's also far from the vehicle driver.

While base-level LE and also LE Plus Highlanders come with a standard second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and also Minimal Platinum qualities include captain's chairs in the center. (The bench seat is a no-cost option on the XLE, Limited, and Restricted Platinum.) Area abounds in the second row, yet we located that our seven-passenger examination automobile's pail seats were placed as well low for optimal convenience. Still, the Highlander's moving as well as reclining second-row chairs were like a pair of La-Z-Boy recliner chairs compared with the slim as well as flimsy 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is just 27.7 inches, a full 6 inches fewer compared to just what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row offers. If you consistently transport sufficient passengers to advantage constant use of the third row, consider the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Shadow of an SUV

Despite the Highlander's carlike unibody construction as well as reduced step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's dealing with reminds us of an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension permits extreme body coming in turns. On the plus side, the suspension absorbs roadway irregularities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically assisted steering is relatively quick as well as usually well heavy.

At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test vehicle was no light-weight, and also the excess mass made itself known when using the brakes, as the Toyota required 181 feet of tarmac to quit from 70 miles per hour-- 11 feet greater than a 161-pound-lighter all-wheel-drive GMC Acadia Denali.

With an as-tested price of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE sported $3704 in alternatives. Of that tally, all-wheel drive adds $1460 and brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and also a display screen setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster screen that reveals torque distribution amongst the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat amusement system was the most costly alternative, while $434 purchased floor mats and body-side moldings. Requirement things consisted of navigation, a proximity secret with push-button begin, as well as a sunroof, as well as aforementioned attributes such as a blind-spot tracking system and also leather-trimmed initial- and also second-row seats (Toyota cushions the 3rd row in vinyl).

While the Highlander's lifeless handling as well as confined 3rd row continuously suppress our enthusiasm for the Indiana-built crossover, the updated 2017 Highlander's lengthy list of conventional security and benefit features, more effective and also fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and improved outside designing will remain to attract hoards of buyers looking for a comfy and moderately valued mid-size crossover SUV.