2015 toyota Highlander

2015 toyota Highlander: The 2014 Toyota Highlander's cavalcade of renovations make a formerly bland, middle-of-the-road SUV stick out with strong designing as well as enhanced family members kindness.

Toyota paid attention to consumers while revamping the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander and replied to demands for even more cabin and freight space, dynamic designing and also premium facilities. Ask for a more dynamic driving experience should have been respectfully neglected, nonetheless, as the 2014's harsher flight is a tradeoff I don't believe many midsize SUV customers ought to have to live with in return for sportier handling.

Still, other improvements will definitely appeal to buyers that had actually scraped the previous Highlander off their list or a minimum of to those that do not think about a comfortable flight an essential. The 2014 Highlander's enhanced cargo space behind the basic third-row seat is a much-needed improvement; plus, it's simpler to get right into the third row, which now seatses three as well as bumps conventional seatsing capability to 8.

2015 toyota Highlander

With upgrades that cover the schedule of LE, LE And Also, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim degrees, the 2014 Highlander is now in better form to tackle 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 upgrade its aging and also stylistically empty Highlander. Fast-forward to 2014, and also you can not call the Highlander boring looking any type of longer. The 2013's dull appearance changes into a hulking SUV with a beefier position, protruding fenders and also bold front designing. Its existence was big on the 2013 New York City International Auto Program floor where it debuted, and also it looks equally as excellent rolling down the street.

Exactly how It Drives

The driving experience isn't really the automobile's most enticing characteristic, even with a selection of promising brand-new framework and also suspension modifications, so it readies the brand-new SUV does so many other points well.

Toyota chose curvy canyon and coastal roads in The golden state to demonstrate the Highlander's new handling chops. Driving a 2013 as well as 2014 back to back, the 2014 does exhibit greater degrees of roadway grip and also an improved guiding action. It's more sports when excavating right into an edge, though I wouldn't call the Highlander enjoyable to drive. The 270-horsepower V-6 does not have a prompt punch of acceleration in the heavy Highlander. It's a far cry from the lighter, 290-hp Hyundai Santa Fe, which is a "little" ball of enjoyment to name a few 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 extra pounds.

A damaging effect of the Highlander's newly found dynamics is a choppier trip over rough roadways. After driving 2013 and 2014 models, I might tell the 2014 sends even more roadway blemishes through the framework and also right into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's ALRIGHT to have an aggressive design as well as ride like a couch; see the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

On the advantage, the 2014 Highlander has a much more substantial feeling over rough roads, with less rattles, squeals and chassis flex. It's a matured experience with boosted audio insulation, acoustic glass as well as a stiffer framework assisting keep outside sound minimal.

I quickly hung out in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota anticipates to represent 5 to 10 percent of sales, as well as in the all-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 harsh around the sides as for engine noise as well as vibrations. The Hybrid's gas mileage is reasonably unchanged for 2014, down 1 mpg in city rankings to 27 mpg yet maintains its 28 mpg incorporated score. The transition from electrical to when the engine fires up is noticeable with raw sounds originating from under the hood, audible from across a parking lot. Resonances from the change are minimal, however the sounds are audible to take notice.

An added 353 pounds contributed to the crossbreed from 3 electrical motors-- 2 in the front and also one in the back-- and a nickel steel hydride battery is visible in how the Crossbreed drives compared to the Restricted V-6 with four-wheel drive. It's a kicked back experience less ecstatic concerning speeding up as well as dealing with despite having 280-hp incorporated, and it also does not ride any smoother than the non-hybrid.

The Crossbreed's abnormally loud engine sounds wouldn't be as much of a problem if the Highlander Crossbreed weren't $48,160 with location, $7,130 greater than 2013-- a 2014 Lexus RX 450h is $47,320, though much smaller sized on the in. The Highlander Hybrid's deluxe car cost doesn't mirror high-end improvement since the feature-loaded Crossbreed Limited is the only Hybrid offered; the less-expensive version got the axe for 2014.

The volume-seller V-6 is the most improved of the lot, providing smooth as well as foreseeable acceleration along with the very best handling with all-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 likewise more affordable than the outgoing 2013 thanks to a new six-speed automatic transmission changing a five-speed system on V-6 models. The all-wheel-drive system, which is additionally brand-new, assists include 2 mpg highway over the 2013 version. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send torque to the rear wheels when slippage is discovered, versus the previous system that constantly sent torque to 4 wheels.


Part of the 2014's change includes calling up the interior styling with various soft-touch as well as accent-stitched indoor panels that boost the classiness. The quality is Toyota-Avalon good with a sewn control panel, guiding wheel as well as soft-touch, high-quality materials in famous locations. Plastic locations that aren't textured, sewed or covered are still on par for the course. Even the base LE Highlander radiates the practically luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Minimal trims.

Seats is comfortable in the initial and also 2nd rows with soft, vast pole positions and also an extremely adjustable 2nd row that moves and also reclines with 2 captain's chairs or the common three-seat bench setup-- captain's chairs are available on the XLE and conventional on the Limited. The rest of the Highlander could have been redone with dynamism in mind, yet the seats talk to its comfort-focused origins. Many people on our team will miss out on the 2013's removable second-row facility seat. I won't, as it was unpleasant and also bulky to eliminate and replace with the facility table that stored under the center console.

In the 3rd row, Toyota increased size and also added an extra seat for an optimum capacity of 8 passengers in standard setup. A brand-new, more portable back suspension released the extra space. The third row still doesn't fit grownups with as much comfort as the bigger Chevrolet Traverse, yet it readies in a pinch. There are additionally brand-new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Formerly, only the curbside seat folded up and also glided onward via the one-touch bar. Third-row cyclists also benefit from the 2nd row's enhanced seat traveling, which permits easy access and also leave.

Functional design & Electronic devices

Technology is a massive emphasis in the 2014 Highlander and also done very well. Toyota's Entune multimedia system works better compared to ever compared with other Toyota automobiles in which I have actually utilized the system. Functioning the Entune system's voice commands goes over. The designs I checked detected the various voice commands I talked.

Those with cumbersome phones or that continuously have their phone connected to the SUV will certainly value a gadget storage space walk below the climate controls that supplies a pass-through for USB cables. There need to disappear Medusa-like dangling of cords entangling the equipment selector.

The conventional Entune on base LE designs includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup electronic camera, USB port with iPod connection, auxiliary input, voice recognition, Bluetooth phone connection as well as Bluetooth streaming sound. LE Plus trims have Entune Audio Plus with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch screen, HD Radio and 90-day satellite radio registration. The following step up is Entune Premium Sound with Navigating as well as Application Collection on XLE models with an 8-inch touch-screen and also app suite with Pandora, Yelp and Facebook combination with a mobile phone as well as coming with Entune downloadable application. A JBL sound system is standard on Restricted trim levels.

The substantial center storage space bin between the front seats can devour anything plus-sized, like a purse, iPad or Blu-ray collection for the available rear-seat Blu-ray player. And when you forget that Blu-ray in the house, a fascinating new feature called Easy Speak transfers the flourishing voice of an angry mama or papa via the rear stereo audio speakers through the Bluetooth microphone to maintain rowdy youngsters in check. What does it cost? extra household focused can you get compared to providing a feature that allows moms and dads to yell at youngsters?

Freight, Towing & Storage

Cargo space behind the 3rd row enhances over the previous Highlander's sexy step, which battled bring groceries, let alone an infant 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 huge enhancement, however at least it makes the area functional. It's still tiny compared with others in the segment: The Explorer has 21 cubic feet as well as the Pilot has 18 cubic feet behind the third row. Toyota's hoax to boost cargo space entailed relocating all 3 rows of seats onward, including length behind the back wheels as well as using an extra portable rear suspension.

The power liftgate is an outstanding attribute to be common on LE Plus trim degrees as well as above, and has a dress up its sleeve: It adjusts to various elevations, not simply one or two predetermined elevation setups. With the liftgate in motion, users could quit the liftgate as well as program it to open to that set elevation the next time. The feature will make shorter chauffeurs as well as owners of low garages very pleased. (If the gate goes expensive, shorter folks might have a hard time to get to the power-close switch on its bottom side.) Another distinct feature on the back is an oldie yet a reward: On LE And also designs as well as above, the rear home window opens up for very easy gain access to independent of the freight entrance.

A 5,000-pound tow rating on XLE as well as Limited trim degrees has a conventional towing bundle that includes engine/transmission colders as well as updated radiator and alternator. Hybrids could tow 3,500 pounds, V-6 LE/LE Plus can tow 2,000 extra pounds and a four-cylinder LE is ranked at 1,500 pounds.

Safety and security

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

The 2014 Highlander provides reduced anchors as well as tethers on outboard second-row seats for child-safety seats, but just a tether anchor on the middle third-row seat.

Advanced security functions are available, though only on the costly Minimal trim level where a dead spot surveillance system as well as rear car park assist are conventional, and pre-collision, adaptive cruise ship control and lane separation caution are optional. Limited trim degrees are additionally the only designs with a backup cam that utilizes anticipating standards to show the lorry's path-- a backup video camera with fixed lines is common on all various other trim degrees.

Worth in Its Course

Toyota claims rates is up around $1,500 typically across the 2014 trim levels, that include extra attributes over the 2013. Base rates starts at $30,075 for a base four-cylinder LE with destination, while volume-seller XLE versions with four-wheel drive are $38,360 as well as consist of natural leather seating with heated pole positions, navigating, three-zone climate control, smart keyless access, second-row sunshades and also more. Rates for the XLE is really competitive to three-row midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer or even the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2013 Highlander was absolutely a midpack three-row SUV, hanging back in vital locations like indoor quality, freight room as well as modern technology. Rest assured, if you're a Highlander proprietor aiming to update-- as long as you're unconcerned about ride high quality-- the 2014 is not only a compelling upgrade, yet likewise deserving of cross-shopping the section's finest.