2015 toyota Highlander Reviews

2015 toyota Highlander Reviews: The 2014 Toyota Highlander's cavalcade of renovations make a formerly dull, middle-of-the-road SUV attract attention with vibrant styling and enhanced family friendliness.

Toyota paid attention to consumers while redesigning the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander as well as responded to needs for even more cabin as well as freight room, vibrant styling and costs features. Requests for an extra vibrant driving experience should have been respectfully overlooked, nonetheless, as the 2014's harsher ride is a tradeoff I do not assume lots of midsize SUV customers should need to live with in return for sportier handling.

Still, various other enhancements will undoubtedly appeal to consumers that had scraped the previous Highlander off their checklist or at the very least to those that do not consider a comfy trip a must-have. The 2014 Highlander's raised freight space behind the common third-row seat is a much-needed renovation; plus, it's less complicated to get into the third row, which currently seatses three and also bumps conventional seatsing ability to 8.

2015 toyota Highlander Reviews

With upgrades that span the schedule of LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels, the 2014 Highlander is currently in better shape to handle 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 & Styling

Toyota returned to the drawing board to redesign its aging and also stylistically empty Highlander. Fast-forward to 2014, as well as you can not call the Highlander boring looking any kind of longer. The 2013's dull appearance transforms right into a hulking SUV with a beefier position, protruding fenders and bold front styling. Its presence approved the 2013 New York International Car Show flooring where it debuted, as well as it looks equally as good rolling down the street.

Just how It Drives

The driving experience isn't the cars and truck's most appealing characteristic, despite having an assortment of encouraging new framework as well as suspension modifications, so it excels the brand-new SUV does so lots of various other things well.

Toyota picked curvy canyon as well as seaside roads in The golden state to demonstrate the Highlander's new handling chops. Driving a 2013 and also 2014 back to back, the 2014 does display greater levels of road hold and an enhanced guiding feedback. It's more sports when digging right into a corner, though I would not call the Highlander fun to drive. The 270-horsepower V-6 doesn't have an instant strike of velocity in the heavy Highlander. It's a far cry from the lighter, 290-hp Hyundai Santa Fe, which is a "little" ball of exhilaration among other comparable 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 pounds.

A damaging result of the Highlander's newfound dynamics is a choppier ride over rough roads. After driving 2013 as well as 2014 models, I can tell the 2014 sends even more roadway flaws through the framework as well as into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's ALRIGHT to have a hostile layout as well as trip like a sofa; see the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

On the advantage, the 2014 Highlander has a much more substantial sensation over harsh roads, with fewer rattles, squeals and also framework flex. It's a matured experience with enhanced sound insulation, acoustic glass and also a stiffer chassis aiding maintain outside noise minimal.

I briefly hung out in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota expects to represent 5 to 10 percent of sales, as well as in the brand new Highlander Hybrid. Both the front-wheel-drive-only four-cylinder (20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined) and all-wheel-drive-only Crossbreed V-6 (27/28/28 mpg) are a little rough around the sides regarding engine sound and resonances. The Crossbreed's gas mileage is reasonably unmodified for 2014, down 1 mpg in city ratings to 27 mpg but maintains its 28 mpg incorporated ranking. The shift from electric to when the engine fires up is recognizable with raw sounds originating from under the hood, distinct from throughout a parking area. Vibrations from the shift are marginal, yet the sounds are loud enough to take notice.

An additional 353 extra pounds included in the hybrid from 3 electric motors-- two in the front and one in the back-- and also a nickel metal hydride battery is visible in just how the Hybrid drives compared with the Limited V-6 with four-wheel drive. It's an unwinded experience less fired up concerning speeding up and also handling despite having 280-hp integrated, and it also doesn't ride any kind of smoother compared to the non-hybrid.

The Hybrid's unusually loud engine sounds wouldn't be as much of an issue if the Highlander Hybrid weren't $48,160 with destination, $7,130 greater than 2013-- a 2014 Lexus RX 450h is $47,320, however a lot smaller on the inside. The Highlander Hybrid's high-end automobile cost doesn't reflect deluxe refinement now that the feature-loaded Hybrid Limited is the only Crossbreed used; the less-expensive variation got the axe for 2014.

The volume-seller V-6 is one of the most improved of the bunch, using smooth as well as foreseeable acceleration in addition to the most effective handling with four-wheel drive. The V-6-powered Highlander's gas mileage of 19/25/21 mpg with front-wheel drive as well as 18/24/20 mpg with four-wheel drive is additionally a lot more affordable than the outbound 2013 thanks to a new six-speed automatic transmission replacing a five-speed unit on V-6 versions. The all-wheel-drive system, which is likewise new, helps include 2 mpg highway over the 2013 version. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send out torque to the back wheels when slippage is spotted, versus the previous system that constantly sent torque to 4 wheels.


Part of the 2014's makeover consists of dialing up the interior styling with many soft-touch as well as accent-stitched interior panels that enhance the classiness. The high quality is Toyota-Avalon good with a sewn control panel, guiding wheel and also soft-touch, top quality products in famous places. Plastic locations that aren't textured, stitched or covered are still on the same level for the class. Also the base LE Highlander exudes the almost luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Limited trims.

Seating fits in the initial and also second rows with soft, vast pole positions and also a very flexible 2nd row that slides and also reclines with two captain's chairs or the basic three-seat bench configuration-- captain's chairs are offered on the XLE and conventional on the Limited. The remainder of the Highlander may have been redone with dynamism in mind, yet the seats speak with its comfort-focused origins. Many people on our personnel will miss the 2013's detachable second-row facility seat. I will not, as it was uncomfortable and bulky to eliminate and also change with the center table that saved under the center console.

In the 3rd row, Toyota raised width and added an added seat for a maximum capacity of eight occupants in basic configuration. A new, extra small rear suspension freed the added room. The third row still does not fit adults with as much convenience as the bigger Chevrolet Traverse, but it excels in a pinch. There are likewise new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Previously, only the curbside seat folded up and moved forward using the one-touch bar. Third-row motorcyclists additionally gain from the second row's increased seat travel, which allows easy entry and departure.

Functional design & Electronics

Modern technology is a significant emphasis in the 2014 Highlander as well as done very well. Toyota's Entune multimedia system functions far better compared to ever before compared with other Toyota vehicles in which I've utilized the system. Functioning the Entune system's voice commands goes over. The designs I examined picked up on the different voice commands I spoke.

Those with large phones or who frequently have their phone connected to the SUV will certainly appreciate a tool storage ledge below the climate controls that gives a pass-through for USB cables. There need to be no more Medusa-like dangling of cable televisions entangling the equipment selector.

The common Entune on base LE designs consists of a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup electronic camera, USB port with iPod connection, auxiliary input, voice recognition, Bluetooth phone connection and Bluetooth streaming audio. LE Plus trims have Entune Sound And also with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch screen, HD Radio as well as 90-day satellite radio membership. The following step up is Entune Costs Sound with Navigating as well as App Suite on XLE models with an 8-inch touch-screen as well as application collection with Pandora, Yelp as well as Facebook assimilation with a smartphone as well as coming with Entune downloadable application. A JBL stereo is typical on Minimal trim degrees.

The massive facility storage container between the front seats can devour anything plus-sized, like a purse, iPad or Blu-ray collection for the offered rear-seat Blu-ray player. And when you neglect that Blu-ray at home, an intriguing brand-new attribute called Easy Speak sends the thriving voice of an upset mother or dad with the rear stereo speakers via the Bluetooth microphone to maintain wild children in check. Just how much a lot more family focused can you get compared to providing an attribute that enables parents to yell at youngsters?

Cargo, Towing & Storage space

Freight space behind the 3rd row enhances over the previous Highlander's sexy step, which battled carrying groceries, let alone a stroller or golf bag. The cargo quantity is now rated at 13.8 cubic feet, up from 10.3 cubic feet. It's not a massive renovation, however a minimum of it makes the area functional. It's still small compared with others in the section: The Traveler has 21 cubic feet as well as the Pilot has 18 cubic feet behind the 3rd row. Toyota's trickery to increase cargo space included relocating all 3 rows of seats onward, adding size behind the rear wheels and using a much more compact rear suspension.

The power liftgate is an outstanding attribute to be basic on LE Plus trim degrees and above, and has a trick up its sleeve: It adjusts to numerous heights, not simply 1 or 2 predetermined elevation settings. With the liftgate in motion, individuals could quit the liftgate and also program it to available to that set elevation the following time. The function will certainly make much shorter motorists as well as owners of low garages really pleased. (If the gate goes expensive, shorter individuals may have a hard time to reach the power-close button on its lower side.) One more one-of-a-kind function on the back is an oldie however a reward: On LE And also models and also above, the back home window opens up for easy access independent of the cargo gateway.

A 5,000-pound tow score on XLE and also Limited trim degrees features a standard towing bundle that consists of engine/transmission coolers and updated radiator and alternator. Hybrids could tow 3,500 extra pounds, V-6 LE/LE Plus could tow 2,000 extra pounds as well as a four-cylinder LE is ranked at 1,500 extra pounds.

Safety and security

The 2014 Highlander hadn't been crash-tested at the time of this writing.

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

Advanced safety features are offered, though just on the costly Minimal trim degree where a blind spot monitoring system and also rear vehicle parking assist are common, and pre-collision, adaptive cruise control and also lane departure caution are optional. Restricted trim levels are likewise the only versions with a back-up video camera that utilizes predictive guidelines to show the car's path-- a backup electronic camera with set lines is typical on all other trim levels.

Worth in Its Course

Toyota states rates is up around $1,500 generally throughout the 2014 trim degrees, which include extra features over the 2013. Base prices begins at $30,075 for a base four-cylinder LE with destination, while volume-seller XLE designs with all-wheel drive are $38,360 and also include natural leather seating with warmed pole positions, navigation, three-zone climate control, wise keyless access, second-row sunshades as well as more. Pricing for the XLE is extremely affordable to three-row midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Ford Traveler as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2013 Highlander was absolutely a midpack three-row SUV, hanging back in crucial areas like indoor top quality, cargo area and innovation. Feel confident, if you're a Highlander owner looking to update-- as long as you're unconcerned concerning flight top quality-- the 2014 is not just an engaging upgrade, but additionally worthwhile of cross-shopping the segment's best.