2015 toyota Highlander Limited

2015 toyota Highlander Limited: The 2014 Toyota Highlander's cavalcade of enhancements make a previously bland, middle-of-the-road SUV attract attention with vibrant designing and also enhanced family members kindness.

Toyota heard customers while redesigning the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander and reacted to demands for even more cabin and also freight space, vibrant styling and also premium services. Ask for a more vibrant driving experience should have been respectfully neglected, nevertheless, as the 2014's harsher trip is a tradeoff I don't believe several midsize SUV customers must need to deal with in return for sportier handling.

Still, other enhancements will undoubtedly attract shoppers that had damaged the previous Highlander off their checklist or at least to those who do not think about a comfy trip an essential. The 2014 Highlander's enhanced cargo room behind the conventional third-row seat is a much-needed renovation; plus, it's simpler to obtain right into the third row, which currently seatses three and bumps common seating capability to 8.

2015 toyota Highlander Limited

With upgrades that extend the schedule of LE, LE And Also, XLE, Limited as well as Limited Platinum trim degrees, the 2014 Highlander is now 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 attracting board to upgrade its aging and stylistically devoid Highlander. Fast-forward to 2014, as well as you cannot call the Highlander boring looking any type of longer. The 2013's ho-hum appearance transforms right into a hulking SUV with a beefier stance, protruding fenders as well as strong front styling. Its existence approved the 2013 New York City International Car Show flooring where it debuted, as well as it looks equally as excellent rolling down the street.

Just how It Drives

The driving experience isn't really the automobile's most enticing characteristic, despite having a selection of promising new chassis and also suspension changes, so it's good the brand-new SUV does so numerous other points well.

Toyota chose curved canyon and also seaside roads in The golden state to show the Highlander's brand-new handling chops. Driving a 2013 and also 2014 back to back, the 2014 does exhibit greater levels of road hold and also an improved steering action. It's more athletic when excavating right into an edge, though I wouldn't call the Highlander enjoyable to drive. The 270-horsepower V-6 doesn't have an immediate 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 similar 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 negative effect of the Highlander's newly found characteristics is a choppier trip over rough roads. After driving 2013 and also 2014 designs, I could tell the 2014 sends even more road blemishes with the framework and also right into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's OKAY to have an aggressive layout and also ride like a couch; see the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

On the advantage, the 2014 Highlander has a much more significant feeling over harsh roads, with less rattles, squeaks as well as framework flex. It's a matured experience with boosted noise insulation, acoustic glass and also a stiffer framework aiding keep outside sound very little.

I quickly hung around in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota anticipates to account for 5 to 10 percent of sales, and also in the brand new Highlander Hybrid. Both the front-wheel-drive-only four-cylinder (20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined) and also all-wheel-drive-only Hybrid V-6 (27/28/28 mpg) are a little rough around the sides as far as engine noise as well as vibrations. The Hybrid's gas mileage is relatively unmodified for 2014, down 1 mpg in city scores to 27 mpg however preserves its 28 mpg incorporated ranking. The transition from electrical to when the engine fires up is visible with raw noises coming from under the hood, distinct from across a parking lot. Resonances from the change are minimal, however the sounds are loud enough to take notice.

An added 353 extra pounds added to the crossbreed from 3 electrical motors-- 2 in the front and also one in the back-- and also a nickel steel hydride battery is recognizable in just how the Crossbreed drives compared with the Restricted V-6 with four-wheel drive. It's a relaxed experience much less excited about accelerating and also dealing with even with 280-hp incorporated, as well as it likewise doesn't ride any kind of smoother compared to the non-hybrid.

The Crossbreed's unusually loud engine noises would not be as much of an issue if the Highlander Hybrid just weren't $48,160 with destination, $7,130 more than 2013-- a 2014 Lexus RX 450h is $47,320, though much smaller on the within. The Highlander Crossbreed's high-end vehicle rate does not mirror luxury refinement now that the feature-loaded Hybrid Limited is the only Hybrid used; the less-expensive version obtained the axe for 2014.

The volume-seller V-6 is the most improved of the lot, providing smooth and also predictable velocity along with the best handling with all-wheel drive. The V-6-powered Highlander's gas mileage of 19/25/21 mpg with front-wheel drive and also 18/24/20 mpg with four-wheel drive is additionally much more competitive compared to the outward bound 2013 thanks to a new six-speed transmission changing a five-speed system on V-6 versions. The all-wheel-drive system, which is additionally brand-new, helps add 2 mpg freeway over the 2013 variation. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send out torque to the back wheels when slippage is found, versus the previous system that constantly sent out torque to 4 wheels.


Part of the 2014's makeover consists of calling up the indoor styling with many soft-touch and accent-stitched indoor panels that improve the classiness. The top quality is Toyota-Avalon good with a sewn dashboard, guiding wheel and also soft-touch, high-quality materials in popular areas. Plastic areas that aren't textured, stitched or covered are still on the same level for the class. Also the base LE Highlander exudes the virtually luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Limited trims.

Seating fits in the very first as well as 2nd rows with soft, large front seats as well as a very adjustable 2nd row that glides and also reclines with two captain's chairs or the basic three-seat bench arrangement-- captain's chairs are offered on the XLE and typical on the Limited. The remainder of the Highlander may have been redone with dynamism in mind, however the seats speak to its comfort-focused origins. Many individuals on our personnel will certainly miss the 2013's removable second-row center seat. I will not, as it was awkward and cumbersome to eliminate as well as replace with the center table that saved under the facility console.

In the 3rd row, Toyota increased size as well as added an added seat for a maximum ability of 8 owners in typical configuration. A new, more small back suspension released the extra room. The third row still does not fit grownups with as much comfort as the bigger Chevrolet Traverse, yet it readies in a pinch. There are likewise new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Formerly, only the curbside seat folded up and also slid onward by means of the one-touch bar. Third-row motorcyclists additionally gain from the second row's enhanced seat travel, which permits very easy entry and departure.

Ergonomics & Electronic devices

Innovation is a big emphasis in the 2014 Highlander as well as done quite possibly. Toyota's Entune multimedia system works much better compared to ever before compared to various other Toyota lorries in which I have actually utilized the system. Working the Entune system's voice commands is impressive. The models I evaluated detected the various voice commands I spoke.

Those with large phones or who frequently have their phone attached to the SUV will appreciate a tool storage space ledge listed below the climate regulates that gives a pass-through for USB cables. There must be no more Medusa-like dangling of cables ensnaring the equipment selector.

The standard Entune on base LE designs includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup video camera, USB port with iPod connection, auxiliary input, voice acknowledgment, Bluetooth phone connection and also Bluetooth streaming sound. LE And also trims have Entune Sound Plus with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch display, HD Radio as well as 90-day satellite radio membership. The next step up is Entune Costs Audio with Navigating as well as App Suite on XLE designs with an 8-inch touch-screen and also application suite with Pandora, Yelp and Facebook assimilation with a smart device and also accompanying Entune downloadable application. A JBL sound system is common on Restricted trim degrees.

The enormous center storage bin in between the pole positions could feed on anything plus-sized, like a handbag, iPad or Blu-ray collection for the available rear-seat Blu-ray player. And when you forget that Blu-ray in the house, an intriguing brand-new feature called Easy Speak transmits the thriving voice of an angry mama or daddy via the back stereo audio speakers by means of the Bluetooth microphone to keep wild youngsters in check. What does it cost? more household concentrated can you obtain compared to offering a function that allows parents to chew out kids?

Freight, Towing & Storage space

Cargo space behind the 3rd row boosts over the previous Highlander's skimpy step, which had a hard time carrying 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 big enhancement, but at least it makes the area useful. It's still tiny compared with others in the sector: The Explorer has 21 cubic feet as well as the Pilot has 18 cubic feet behind the third row. Toyota's hoax to enhance cargo space entailed moving all three rows of seats onward, including size behind the back wheels and making use of a more small back suspension.

The power liftgate is an outstanding feature to be common on LE And also trim levels and above, as well as has a trick up its sleeve: It adjusts to numerous heights, not simply 1 or 2 fixed elevation setups. With the liftgate in motion, users could stop the liftgate and program it to available to that set elevation the following time. The function will certainly make much shorter drivers and also owners of reduced garages extremely satisfied. (If the gate goes too high, shorter individuals might struggle to reach the power-close switch on its bottom side.) Another special function on the back is an oldie but a goody: On LE And also designs and above, the rear home window opens for easy access independent of the freight gateway.

A 5,000-pound tow score on XLE and also Limited trim degrees has a common towing plan that consists of engine/transmission colders and also upgraded radiator and alternator. Crossbreeds can tow 3,500 extra pounds, V-6 LE/LE Plus can tow 2,000 extra pounds and a four-cylinder LE is rated at 1,500 pounds.


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

The 2014 Highlander offers lower supports as well as tethers on outboard second-row seats for child-safety seats, but only a tether support on the middle third-row seat.

Advanced safety features are available, though only on the costly Minimal trim level where an unseen area surveillance system as well as rear auto parking help are conventional, and also pre-collision, flexible cruise ship control and lane departure caution are optional. Limited trim degrees are also the only designs with a back-up video camera that utilizes anticipating standards to reveal the car's course-- a back-up camera with fixed lines is typical on all other trim degrees.

Value in Its Class

Toyota says pricing is up about $1,500 typically across the 2014 trim levels, that include extra functions over the 2013. Base pricing starts at $30,075 for a base four-cylinder LE with location, while volume-seller XLE versions with all-wheel drive are $38,360 as well as consist of leather seatsing with heated front seats, navigation, three-zone climate control, wise keyless access, second-row sunshades as well as more. Rates for the XLE is extremely competitive to three-row midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and even the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2013 Highlander was really a midpack three-row SUV, lagging behind in essential locations like interior top quality, freight room and also technology. Rest assured, if you're a Highlander proprietor aiming to upgrade-- as long as you're unconcerned about ride top quality-- the 2014 is not only an engaging upgrade, but likewise deserving of cross-shopping the sector's finest.

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