Toyota Highlander Xle

Toyota Highlander Xle: Unnoticeable and also reasonable, the Highlander can haul up to 8 in peaceful convenience. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four teams with a six-speed automatic as well as front-wheel drive; the optional 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 gets an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is optional for V-6 designs and also criterion for the hybrid, which sets the V-6 with 2 electrical motors; we saw 24 mpg in our test. The Highlander offers an adequate driving experience, however it's more concentrated on indoor precisions and also storage space.


Toyota Highlander Xle


Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot influence fervor among critics. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off supplier great deals in 2014, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV entered 2017 with a host of changes aimed at pleasing the masses and also experts alike.

Notably, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the high-grade $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, now come basic with a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection as well as automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping assist, flexible cruise control, and also automated high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination automobile additionally loaded blind-spot surveillance, a feature not available on the lower-level Highlander LE as well as LE And also.

Accompanying the 2017 Highlander's various safety and security systems is the most up to date version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is basic on just about the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continuouslies use a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- as well as integrates a host of modern-day innovations, consisting of a direct and also port fuel-injection system and an upgraded valvetrain that enables the engine to work on the much more effective Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy 295 horse power as well as 263 lb-ft of torque, the revised V-6 makes 25 more ponies as well as an added 15 lb-ft compared to the previous device. 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 numbers mark a 2-mpg renovation over in 2014's Highlander and also put the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's consolidated fuel-economy figures.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a gem of an engine that constructs power mostly all the method up to its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander shaved 0.3 2nd off of its predecessor's zero-to-60-mph and also 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 and also 3.8 secs, respectively. However, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing time was both slow-moving for the course and almost a 2nd behind that of its forbear. Criticize the brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the changed Highlander's V-6 provides lots of grunt in the majority of real-world driving circumstances. Thanks partially to our test car's automatic stop-start system, we handled a reasonable 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg better compared to 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), then the crossover's overhauled outside style belongs to the movie's good-looking however forgettable lead character, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and rear fascias, updated headlamps, as well as an attractive collection of LED taillights offer the Highlander an extra natural, SUV-like appearance. But we still wouldn't put it fairly on the same degree of beauty as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.

Unlike the outside, the Highlander's interior has been left mostly untouched. Toyota did include 4 even more USB ports, bringing the total amount to five-- 3 ahead and also 2 in the rear. The cockpit includes a variety of handy storage space nooks, consisting of a rack that extends the lower dashboard and a massive center-console bin that could fit almost a cubic foot of various products. Ergonomic mistakes consist of difficult-to-grip temperature level knobs for the climate-control system as well as a touchscreen that's too away from the vehicle driver.

While base-level LE and also LE And also Highlanders have a conventional second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and also Limited Platinum qualities have captain's chairs between. (The bench seat is a no-cost alternative on the XLE, Limited, as well as Limited Platinum.) Space is plentiful in the second row, yet we discovered that our seven-passenger examination auto's container seats were placed as well reduced for ideal convenience. Still, the Highlander's sliding and reclining second-row chairs were like a pair of La-Z-Boy reclining chairs compared with the slim and flimsy 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is just 27.7 inches, a complete six inches less than exactly what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you consistently haul adequate travelers to advantage frequent use of the 3rd row, take into consideration the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Darkness of an SUV

Despite the Highlander's carlike unibody building and low step-in height, this mid-size crossover's handling advises us of an antique body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension permits excessive body roll in turns. On the plus side, the suspension soaks up road irregularities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically assisted steering is fairly fast as well as generally well weighted.

At 4560 pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test cars and truck was no light-weight, as well as the excess mass made itself recognized 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 cost of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE sported $3704 in options. Of that tally, all-wheel drive adds $1460 and also brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and a screen setup within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster screen that reveals torque distribution amongst the Highlander's four wheels. An $1810 rear-seat home entertainment system was one of the most pricey alternative, while $434 acquired floor mats and also body-side moldings. Requirement things included navigating, a proximity key with push-button start, as well as a sunroof, along with previously mentioned attributes such as a blind-spot tracking system and leather-trimmed very first- and also second-row seats (Toyota cushions the third row in plastic).

While the Highlander's lifeless handling and also confined third row continue to suppress our interest for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's lengthy list of basic security and also benefit attributes, extra effective and fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and also improved exterior styling will certainly continuously draw in stockpiles of consumers seeking a comfortable and fairly valued mid-size crossover SUV.