2015 toyota Highlander Hybrid

2015 toyota Highlander Hybrid: The 2014 Toyota Highlander's cavalcade of renovations make a formerly bland, middle-of-the-road SUV attract attention with bold designing and also enhanced household friendliness.

Toyota heard customers while upgrading the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander and reacted to demands for even more cabin as well as freight space, vibrant styling and premium facilities. Requests for a more dynamic driving experience must have been pleasantly neglected, however, as the 2014's harsher flight is a tradeoff I do not think many midsize SUV buyers need to have to live with in return for sportier handling.

Still, other renovations will certainly appeal to customers who had damaged the previous Highlander off their listing or a minimum of to those that don't consider a comfy flight a must-have. The 2014 Highlander's boosted cargo room behind the typical third-row seat is a much-needed improvement; plus, it's simpler to obtain right into the 3rd row, which currently seatses 3 and bumps typical seating capacity to eight.

2015 toyota Highlander Hybrid

With upgrades that cover 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 Traveler and also 2014 Honda Pilot.

I drove four-cylinder, six-cylinder as well as Hybrid 2014 Highlanders at a Toyota media event.

Outside & Designing

Toyota returned to the drawing board to revamp its aging as well as stylistically devoid Highlander. Fast-forward to 2014, and also you can not call the Highlander boring looking any longer. The 2013's dull appearance transforms into a hulking SUV with a beefier stance, protruding fenders as well as vibrant front designing. Its presence approved the 2013 New York International Vehicle Program flooring where it debuted, and it looks just as great rolling down the street.

Exactly how It Drives

The driving experience isn't the vehicle's most attractive attribute, even with a variety of promising brand-new chassis as well as suspension modifications, so it readies the brand-new SUV does so lots of various other points well.

Toyota selected curvy canyon as well as coastal roadways 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 higher levels of roadway hold as well as an enhanced guiding action. It's more sports when digging right into a corner, though I wouldn't 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 an unlike the lighter, 290-hp Hyundai Santa Fe, which is a "little" ball of enjoyment to name a few similar three-row SUVs. A six-cylinder Highlander LE with front-wheel drive is 4,244 extra pounds, while a V-6, front-wheel-drive Santa Fe GLS is 3,933 extra pounds.

An unfavorable result of the Highlander's newly found dynamics is a choppier flight over rough roads. After driving 2013 and also 2014 versions, I can tell the 2014 sends more road imperfections through the framework and into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's OKAY to have a hostile style as well as trip 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, squeaks and also chassis flex. It's a matured experience with increased noise insulation, acoustic glass and also a stiffer framework helping keep outside noise very little.

I briefly hung around in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota anticipates to make up 5 to 10 percent of sales, and also in the brand new Highlander Crossbreed. 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 as far as engine sound and resonances. The Hybrid's gas mileage is reasonably unmodified for 2014, down 1 mpg in city rankings to 27 mpg yet preserves its 28 mpg combined rating. The change from electrical to when the engine fires up is obvious with raw sounds coming from under the hood, distinct from across a car park. Resonances from the change are very little, however the noises are audible to take notice.

An additional 353 pounds added to the hybrid from three electrical motors-- 2 in the front as well as one in the back-- and a nickel steel hydride battery is recognizable in how the Hybrid drives compared to the Limited V-6 with four-wheel drive. It's a kicked back experience much less thrilled about accelerating and dealing with despite having 280-hp integrated, and it likewise doesn't ride any smoother than the non-hybrid.

The Hybrid's uncommonly loud engine noises would not be as much of a problem if the Highlander Crossbreed just weren't $48,160 with destination, $7,130 greater than 2013-- a 2014 Lexus RX 450h is $47,320, though a lot smaller sized on the in. The Highlander Crossbreed's deluxe automobile cost does not reflect luxury improvement since the feature-loaded Hybrid Limited is the only Hybrid supplied; the less-expensive variation obtained the axe for 2014.

The volume-seller V-6 is the most refined of the bunch, offering smooth and predictable velocity as well as 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 and 18/24/20 mpg with four-wheel drive is likewise extra affordable than the outbound 2013 thanks to a brand-new six-speed automatic transmission replacing a five-speed system on V-6 models. The all-wheel-drive system, which is additionally new, assists add 2 mpg freeway over the 2013 variation. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send torque to the rear wheels when slippage is identified, versus the previous system that always sent out torque to four wheels.


Part of the 2014's transformation includes calling up the indoor styling with countless soft-touch as well as accent-stitched indoor panels that improve the classiness. The high quality is Toyota-Avalon nice with a sewn control panel, guiding wheel and also soft-touch, premium products in popular locations. Plastic locations that typically aren't textured, stitched or covered are still on the same level for the class. Also the base LE Highlander shows the practically luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Minimal trims.

Seats is comfortable in the initial as well as second rows with soft, broad pole positions and also an extremely adjustable second row that glides and reclines with two captain's chairs or the basic three-seat bench setup-- captain's chairs are readily available on the XLE as well as common on the Limited. The remainder of the Highlander may have been redone with dynamism in mind, yet the seats talk with its comfort-focused roots. Many people on our staff will certainly miss out on the 2013's removable second-row center seat. I won't, as it was awkward and cumbersome to get rid of and change with the center table that kept under the facility console.

In the third row, Toyota increased width and added an extra seat for a maximum capability of eight residents in basic arrangement. A brand-new, much more compact back suspension released the extra area. The 3rd row still doesn't fit grownups with as much convenience as the bigger Chevrolet Traverse, but it's good in a pinch. There are likewise new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Formerly, just the curbside seat folded and moved ahead using the one-touch bar. Third-row riders additionally gain from the second row's raised seat travel, which enables easy entry as well as exit.

Ergonomics & Electronic devices

Innovation is a massive emphasis in the 2014 Highlander and also done very well. Toyota's Entune multimedia system functions much better compared to ever compared with various other Toyota cars in which I have actually made use of the system. Working the Entune system's voice commands goes over. The designs I tested detected the different voice commands I talked.

Those with large phones or that frequently have their phone attached to the SUV will value a device storage step below the environment manages that supplies a pass-through for USB cords. There must disappear Medusa-like dangling of cable televisions entangling the gear selector.

The conventional Entune on base LE versions consists of a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup cam, USB port with iPod connectivity, complementary input, voice recognition, Bluetooth phone connection as well as Bluetooth streaming sound. LE And also trims have Entune Audio And also with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch display, HD Radio and 90-day satellite radio subscription. The next step up is Entune Premium Sound with Navigation and Application Collection on XLE models with an 8-inch touch-screen and also application suite with Pandora, Yelp and also Facebook combination with a smartphone and also accompanying Entune downloadable application. A JBL sound system is common on Restricted trim degrees.

The enormous center storage bin in between the front seats can feast on anything plus-sized, like a handbag, iPad or Blu-ray collection for the offered rear-seat Blu-ray gamer. When you forget that Blu-ray in the house, an interesting new attribute called Easy Speak sends the booming voice of a mad mom or daddy with the back stereo speakers by means of the Bluetooth microphone to keep rowdy youngsters in check. Just how much extra household concentrated can you obtain than giving a function that permits parents to chew out children?

Freight, Towing & Storage

Cargo area behind the third row improves over the previous Highlander's sexy ledge, which had a hard time bring grocery stores, not to mention a 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 substantial renovation, however at least it makes the location usable. It's still small compared to others in the segment: The Explorer has 21 cubic feet as well as the Pilot has 18 cubic feet behind the 3rd row. Toyota's hoax to enhance cargo room involved moving all three rows of seats ahead, including length behind the back wheels and also making use of a much more small rear suspension.

The power liftgate is an impressive function to be standard on LE Plus trim degrees and also above, as well as has a trick up its sleeve: It adjusts to various heights, not simply 1 or 2 fixed elevation settings. With the liftgate in motion, users can quit the liftgate as well as program it to available to that established elevation the next time. The attribute will certainly make shorter chauffeurs and proprietors of reduced garages really happy. (If eviction goes too high, much shorter folks might have a hard time to reach the power-close switch on its lower side.) Another distinct function on the back is an oldie but a reward: On LE And also versions and also above, the rear home window opens for very easy access independent of the freight gate.

A 5,000-pound tow score on XLE as well as Limited trim levels includes a common towing plan that consists of engine/transmission colders and upgraded radiator as well as generator. Hybrids can tow 3,500 pounds, V-6 LE/LE Plus can tow 2,000 extra pounds and also a four-cylinder LE is ranked at 1,500 pounds.


The 2014 Highlander had not been crash-tested at the time of this writing.

The 2014 Highlander offers reduced anchors and tethers on outboard second-row seats for child-safety seats, yet only a tether support on the center third-row seat.

Advanced security attributes are offered, though only on the costly Restricted trim degree where an unseen area tracking system and also rear car parking help are conventional, as well as pre-collision, adaptive cruise control and lane separation caution are optional. Minimal trim degrees are likewise the only versions with a back-up camera that makes use of anticipating guidelines to reveal the car's course-- a back-up cam with set lines is typical on all various other trim levels.

Value in Its Course

Toyota claims prices is up around $1,500 on average throughout the 2014 trim levels, that include additional functions over the 2013. Base rates begins 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 sitting with warmed front seats, navigating, three-zone environment control, wise keyless entry, second-row sunshades and even more. Pricing for the XLE is really competitive to three-row midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Ford Traveler and even the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2013 Highlander was really a midpack three-row SUV, lagging behind in crucial areas like indoor top quality, freight area and modern technology. Rest assured, if you're a Highlander proprietor aiming to upgrade-- as long as you're unconcerned about ride high quality-- the 2014 is not only a compelling upgrade, but likewise worthy of cross-shopping the segment's ideal.

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