2009 toyota Highlander

2009 toyota Highlander - If the redesigned Toyota Highlander is to prosper, it has its work suitable it. It should move as well as delight young people, ingest cargo and conquer snow. It has to be safe, comfortable and also elegant, as well as it should do all these points without breaking the financial institution-- in cars and truck repayments or at the pump. A tall order, no question, yet the leading midsize SUV rivals really have actually obtained that excellent.


2009 toyota Highlander


The Highlander qualifies on all counts, though it doesn't master any kind of one location. Offered it could maintain its superior resale worth and integrity, it ought to confirm a clever-- if not especially fascinating-- option for years to find.

Edgier Styling

Toyota's The golden state style studios formed the outside, which is larger in all significant measurements compared to the old Highlander. To my eyes, Toyota's smaller RAV4 SUV looks better-proportioned, with simply sufficient curves to offset the angles. With its creased fronts lights, fancy grille as well as amorphous bumper, the Highlander seems a bit too slick-- like a corner store consumer who won't remove his sunglasses.

The rear bumper has lumpy reflectors on each side, as well as many trim levels have a glass hatch that opens up independent of the liftgate. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are basic; the Sporting activity and Limited have 19-inchers that complete the wheel wells nicely. The Sport has a dark silver grille as well as smoked-out headlights. The Limited has plainer fronts lights and also chrome outside moldings.

At 188.4 inches long and 75.2 inches wide, the Highlander casts approximately the same shadow as a Honda Pilot, Subaru Tribeca or Hyundai Veracruz. The Mazda CX-9 and Saturn Expectation are both regarding a foot much longer.

The Within

Toyota has actually invested years developing a track record for high quality, as well as absent any significant competition, the new Highlander may have preserved that criterion. The competition is absolutely nothing otherwise major, though, and also SUVs like the CX-9 and also Veracruz flaunt some remarkably upscale insides. In contrast, Toyota falls a bit short.

The Highlander shares supports with the current Camry, and the dashboard bears a lot of the car's flavor. The facility controls are the all-natural focal point, with oversized knobs for major features within easy reach. Sporting activity and also Limited models have a 3.5-inch screen atop the stereo. It presents gas mileage, outside temperature as well as more. It also shows settings for the optional automatic climate control system, which can split the cabin into as several as three temperature zones-- 2 front as well as one back. The environment manages rest below the stereo, and they're awfully messy. I counted 13 buttons in between both temperature knobs; that's a great deal of ground to cover when you're referencing a readout some 10 inches away. On the other hand, the basic hands-on a/c is straightforward.

Cabin high quality is just average. The home window changes, turn signals and center controls might go straight into a Lexus, and the chrome accents as well as electroluminescent evaluates appearance terrific. A lot of areas are trimmed in tough plastics, nonetheless, and the appearances lack the allure of right stuff in numerous competitors. Worst of all is the ceiling's headliner, which is some of the most affordable mouse fur this side of an economic situation vehicle.

Parents will certainly value the storage options. The center console between the pole positions has 4 cupholders as well as a large storage container. Neglect laptop computers; the glove box can fit a little computer. (Probably not the screen, though-- allow's not get carried away.).

Three typical rows of seats suit as much as 7, though you could drop the 3rd row in order to conserve a little cash money, lowering seating capability to five. The pole positions supply lots of room, with a trick extender in the Highlander Limited that expands the pillow under the chauffeur's thighs. Good touch.

The 2nd row is similarly wide, with reclining backrests as well as seat paddings that adjust backward and forward. The facility seat has Toyota's brand-new Center Stow feature. It's basically a jump seat, which guests can swap for a plastic center console, transforming the second row right into two captain's chairs. The extra part-- either the center seat or console-- shops in a floor area between the front seats. After a few practice runs, I had the ability to make the change in around 25 secs.

The dive seat is light enough for easy installation. Its comfort is trial and error, also for a center seat; the bottom padding is substantial, yet I might conveniently really feel the joints under the back-rest extra padding. The plastic console is lighter still, and both pieces have tough installment hooks that ought to survive a lot of knocking from overenthusiastic kids.

Depending upon where the second row is positioned, the third row can be remarkably adult-friendly. I'm 6 feet high as well as found clearance a bit tight, yet with the second row progressed a few inches-- protecting a lot of legroom for most grownups-- the 3rd row's legroom was such that I might tolerate a short trip.

Larger Engine, Better Gas Mileage

All Highlanders obtain the 3.5-liter V-6 from the Camry, Sienna and also numerous other Toyotas. In the Highlander it makes 270 horsepower as well as 248 pounds-feet of torque. Both are substantial gains over in 2014's V-6, which made 215 hp and 222 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed transmission is typical. Last year's base four-cylinder engine has been dropped.

Velocity suffices off the line and also stronger as the engine revs. The transmission aids points along, holding equipments and seldom shifting too soon. Difficult acceleration can prompt some abrupt shifts among lower gears-- better for acceleration, worse for comfort-- yet a lot of the time the changes are smooth adequate to pass unnoticed. The drivetrain really feels ideal on the freeway, where it downshifts with marginal gear searching. Third gear is particularly powerful for 50-to-70 miles per hour passing away.

The optional four-wheel drive is transparent to the chauffeur. It integrates a facility differential to divide power 50/50 between the front and back wheels all the time. Four-wheel-drive models have a downhill aid function. Press a dashboard switch, as well as it will certainly slow the SUV to a crawl down high qualities. The attribute seems a bit disingenuous: There is no low equipment for offroad rock crawling, which means you need to most likely avoid anywhere treacherous enough to need the downhill aid.

All Highlanders have a hill-start aid that holds the brakes for as much as 3 seconds from a stop to avoid the SUV from rolling backward before you have time to hit the gas.

Using the EPA's even more reasonable 2008 rating system-- which usually causes reduce numbers-- gas mileage is rated at 18/24 mpg (city/highway) for two-wheel-drive versions as well as 17/23 mpg for those with four-wheel drive. These rankings lead most midsize SUVs by 1 or 2 mpg. They likewise beat the old V-6 Highlander by around 1 mpg (changed using the EPA's brand-new estimation)-- an impressive accomplishment, provided the new Highlander has even more power as well as weighs some 300 pounds more. (Four-cylinder followers will not miss out on much: The old four-cylinder Highlander got simply 1 mpg greater than the new one does with the V-6.).

Trip & Handling

The unibody building affords a comfy trip, with none of the underbody shimmying that afflicted the previous Highlander (which was also unibody) and lots of body-on-frame SUVs. The four-wheel-independent suspension is sport-tuned in the Highlander Sporting activity, however I couldn't detect a difference in trip suppleness amongst the base, Sporting activity and Limited. All 3 have a bit more suspension sound over major bumps compared to I've come to anticipate in a midsize SUV.

Wind sound is marginal. Offered a smooth stretch of asphalt, the tires are relatively silent. The Sporting activity and also Limited's 19-inch wheels as well as P245/55R19 tires send out a minor hum at freeway speeds, which I couldn't detect with the base version's 17-inchers and also thicker P245/65R19 rubber.

All versions now feature electrical power steering. These systems conserve a bit on fuel usage-- a little low-hanging fruit to satisfy the federal government's gas economic situation standards, I believe-- but they often lead to lifeless, synthetic steering feel. Expectedly, the Highlander guides with a light touch, never delivering a lot in the means of comments or turning accuracy. The CX-9 prices much better in this regard, yet couple of various other competitors stand out. The same holds true for body roll: Like the majority of SUVs, the Highlander leans away in curves, advising drivers it's not to be cornered swiftly.

Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are basic. The pedal uses spongy response, but the brakes clamp down hard when needed.

Cargo & Towing

With all 3 rows installed and raised, cargo room in back is a meager 10.3 cubic feet. The third row folds flat into the flooring, as well as the 2nd row folds up almost flat. Highlanders without the third row rather include a rather huge storage location under the back floor.

With all seats folded up, maximum cargo volume is 95.4 cubic feet, which compares a lot more positively with the crowd.

When properly equipped, the Highlander could tow as much as 5,000 pounds.
Safety and security.

In Insurance Policy Institute for Freeway Security frontal collision examinations, the 2008 Highlander racked up the greatest score, Great. IIHS has not tested the Highlander for side influences.

Toyota didn't stint safety attributes. All Highlanders come standard with four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, grip control as well as an electronic stability system. The stability system currently deals with the electric power steering, which improves the power assist when the driver is steering to deal with a skid. It additionally aids battle guiding pull under difficult braking to help the Highlander stop in a straight line. (Toyota states the system can not steer the SUV on its own, as some innovative systems currently do, so if you steer the upside-down in a skid, don't anticipate any type of additional power assist.).

7 airbags are typical, including the required double front airbags, a vehicle driver's knee airbag and side-impact air bags for the front seats. There are also roll-sensing side drape air bags for all three rows, which deploy during a rollover to stop resident ejection.

All seats have head restraints, and also in Sporting activity as well as Limited models, the front ones are forward-adjustable for much better whiplash security. Active head restraints are conventional on the pole positions of all trims. The second row includes Latch child-seat anchors in the outboard seats, with quickly obtainable top-tether anchors midway down the seatback.

Functions & Pricing

Omitting the destination fee, the base Highlander with two-wheel drive starts at $27,300. A Highlander Limited with a complete bunch of choices runs around $42,000. Four-wheel drive on any type of trim adds about $1,500. All trim degrees include 3 rows of seats, though a third-row remove alternative on certain designs can save $740.

For $27,300, the base Highlander includes 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, a CD stereo with a complementary MP3 jack, air conditioning, cruise ship control, and also power home windows, mirrors and also door locks.
For $29,950, the Sport includes dark exterior components, 19-inch wheels, haze lights, a power driver's seat, a multifunction wheel, a back-up camera and also six-CD audio.
For $32,700, the Restricted includes a keyless startup system, automated environment control, natural leather upholstery and also a power traveler seat. A lot of these functions are optional on the Sport. Alternatives on both trim degrees consist of a navigation system, JBL costs audio, a rear seat DVD player, a moonroof, a power tailgate and also heated front seats.

Highlander in the marketplace

Rivals from GM, Mazda and Hyundai will offer the Highlander a run for its money. Its biggest rival, the Honda Pilot, schedules for a redesign in the following year or two, and also Toyota's key resource-- its reputation for top quality as well as integrity-- has been sliding lately. The car manufacturer has actually vowed to redouble its initiatives, and its newest SUV has to verify that.

The brand-new Highlander has great deals of textbook perceptiveness, like suitable gas mileage and also loads of security attributes, but there's absolutely nothing phenomenal concerning it. If it confirms as bulletproof as its precursor, however, reliability will certainly become its defining feature, which is a textbook draw a great deal of buyers can get behind.

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