Toyota Highlander White

Toyota Highlander White: Unnoticeable as well as practical, the Highlander can haul up to 8 in quiet convenience. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four groups with a six-speed automated as well as front-wheel drive; the optional 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 gets an eight-speed automatic. Four-wheel drive is optional for V-6 models as well as criterion for the hybrid, which sets the V-6 with two electrical motors; we saw 24 mpg in our test. The Highlander offers an appropriate driving experience, however it's more concentrated on interior niceties as well as storage.

Toyota Highlander White

Like the 1986 movie Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot influence eagerness among critics. After more than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealership great deals last year, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV got in 2017 with a host of changes aimed at pleasing the masses and experts alike.

Especially, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the state-of-the-art $48,840 Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum, currently come conventional with a pre-collision caution system with pedestrian detection and also automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping help, flexible cruise control, as well as automatic high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination vehicle likewise loaded blind-spot tracking, a function not available on the lower-level Highlander LE and LE Plus.

Accompanying the 2017 Highlander's countless safety and security systems is the current variant of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is conventional on almost the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which remains to make use of a frail 185-hp inline-four-- and also includes a host of modern technologies, including a direct and port fuel-injection system and an updated valvetrain that enables the engine to run on the more efficient Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy and balanced 295 horse power and also 263 lb-ft of torque, the modified V-6 makes 25 more ponies and also an extra 15 lb-ft compared with the previous unit. Gas economic situation is up, also, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 gaining an EPA-rated 23 mpg combined; all-wheel-drive models accomplish 22 mpg. Both figures mark a 2-mpg renovation over in 2015's Highlander and also put the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's mixed fuel-economy figures.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS six is a treasure of an engine that constructs power almost all the means as much as 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 and also 3.8 secs, specifically. Sadly, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing time was both slow-moving for the class and also nearly a second behind that of its forbear. Condemn the new eight-speed automatic transmission's hesitancy to downshift. No matter, the revised Highlander's V-6 offers a lot of grunt in many real-world driving situations. Thanks partially to our examination car's automated stop-start system, we managed a practical 21 mpg throughout our time with the crossover, 2 mpg far better than what we got from a Mazda CX-9.

The Aspect of Crossover

If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the equivalent of Highlander's enchanting Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), then the crossover's spruced up outside layout belongs to the film's handsome yet forgettable lead character, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and back fascias, updated headlamps, and also an eye-catching collection of LED taillights give the Highlander a much more cohesive, SUV-like appearance. Yet we still would not place it rather on the very same degree of beauty as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.

Unlike the exterior, the Highlander's inside has been left mostly unblemished. Toyota did add four even more USB ports, bringing the total amount to five-- 3 in front as well as two in the rear. The cockpit showcases a variety of handy storage nooks, including a rack that spans the lower dashboard and also a massive center-console container that could accommodate nearly a cubic foot of miscellaneous items. Ergonomic faults consist of difficult-to-grip temperature level knobs for the climate-control system and also a touchscreen that's also away from the driver.

While base-level LE and LE And also Highlanders come with a basic second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and also Limited Platinum grades feature captain's chairs between. (The bench seat is a no-cost alternative on the XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum.) Area is plentiful in the second row, however we found that our seven-passenger examination auto's bucket seats were mounted as well low for optimum comfort. Still, the Highlander's gliding and reclining second-row chairs were like a set of La-Z-Boy recliners compared with the slim and also lightweight 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a complete six inches less than what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you regularly carry sufficient passengers to benefit constant use of the third row, take into consideration the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Shadow of an SUV

Despite the Highlander's carlike unibody construction and reduced step-in height, this mid-size crossover's dealing with advises us of an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension permits excessive body coming in turns. On the plus side, the suspension soaks up roadway irregularities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically helped steering is relatively quick as well as generally well weighted.

At 4560 pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander examination auto was no light-weight, as well as the excess mass made itself known when applying the brakes, as the Toyota required 181 feet of tarmac to quit from 70 miles per hour-- 11 feet more 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 showed off $3704 in alternatives. Of that tally, all-wheel drive adds $1460 as well as brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and also a display setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster screen that reveals torque circulation amongst the Highlander's four wheels. An $1810 rear-seat home entertainment system was one of the most pricey alternative, while $434 purchased flooring mats and also body-side moldings. Requirement items included navigating, a proximity secret with push-button start, and also a sunroof, as well as previously mentioned attributes such as a blind-spot monitoring system as well as leather-trimmed very first- as well as second-row seats (Toyota drapes the 3rd row in vinyl).

While the Highlander's lifeless handling and also confined third row remain to suppress our enthusiasm for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's long checklist of typical safety and also comfort attributes, a lot more powerful and fuel-efficient V-6 engine, as well as enhanced outside styling will certainly remain to draw in heaps of buyers seeking a comfy and reasonably valued mid-size crossover SUV.