Toyota Highlander Le

Toyota Highlander Le: Low-profile and practical, the Highlander can haul up to 8 in silent comfort. 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 obtains an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is optional for V-6 versions and standard for the hybrid, which sets the V-6 with two electric motors; we saw 24 mpg in our examination. The Highlander gives a sufficient driving experience, but it's more concentrated on indoor niceties and storage space.


Toyota Highlander Le


Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot influence eagerness amongst doubters. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealer whole lots last year, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV entered 2017 with a host of changes aimed at satisfying the masses as well as experts alike.

Notably, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the state-of-the-art $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, now come basic with a pre-collision caution system with pedestrian discovery 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 auto additionally packed blind-spot surveillance, an attribute not available on the lower-level Highlander LE and LE And also.

Coming with the 2017 Highlander's various security systems is the latest version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is typical on all but the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continues to utilize a frail 185-hp inline-four-- as well as integrates a host of modern innovations, consisting of a direct and port fuel-injection system and an updated valvetrain that enables the engine to operate on the a lot more effective Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque, the changed V-6 makes 25 more horses as well as an added 15 lb-ft compared to the previous unit. Gas economic situation is up, too, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 earning an EPA-rated 23 mpg incorporated; all-wheel-drive versions accomplish 22 mpg. Both figures mark a 2-mpg enhancement over last year's Highlander and also put the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's consolidated fuel-economy numbers.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a treasure of an engine that builds power nearly all the means 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 3.8 seconds, respectively. Unfortunately, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing time was both slow-moving for the course and also nearly a second behind that of its forbear. Blame the brand-new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the revised Highlander's V-6 supplies a lot of grunt in the majority of real-world driving scenarios. Thanks partly to our test auto's automatic stop-start system, we handled a practical 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg better compared to exactly what we received from a Mazda CX-9.

The Aspect of Crossover

If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the equivalent of Highlander's lovely Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), then the crossover's revamped outside design is akin to the film's handsome but forgettable protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and also rear fascias, upgraded headlamps, and also an eye-catching collection of LED taillights offer the Highlander a much more cohesive, SUV-like look. But we still would not place it fairly on the same level of beauty as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.

Unlike the exterior, the Highlander's inside has actually been left largely untouched. Toyota did include 4 more USB ports, bringing the overall to five-- 3 ahead and two in the rear. The cockpit features a number of helpful storage nooks, including a rack that extends the reduced control panel and also a huge center-console container that could accommodate nearly a cubic foot of various things. Ergonomic faults consist of difficult-to-grip temperature knobs for the climate-control system and a touchscreen that's too away from the motorist.

While base-level LE and also LE Plus Highlanders feature a basic second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and also Limited Platinum grades have captain's chairs in the center. (The bench seat is a no-cost choice on the XLE, Limited, and also Minimal Platinum.) Space abounds in the 2nd row, yet we discovered that our seven-passenger test vehicle's pail seats were installed too low for optimal convenience. Still, the Highlander's moving as well as reclining second-row chairs were like a pair of La-Z-Boy recliner chairs compared with the slim and lightweight 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is just 27.7 inches, a full 6 inches fewer than exactly what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you routinely transport enough travelers to value frequent use the third row, consider the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Shadow of an SUV

Despite the Highlander's carlike unibody building and reduced step-in height, this mid-size crossover's dealing with advises us of an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension enables excessive body coming in turns. On the plus side, the suspension absorbs roadway irregularities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically assisted steering is reasonably fast and normally well weighted.

At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander examination vehicle was no light-weight, as well as the excess mass made itself understood when applying the brakes, as the Toyota needed 181 feet of tarmac to quit from 70 mph-- 11 feet more than a 161-pound-lighter all-wheel-drive GMC Acadia Denali.

With an as-tested rate of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE sported $3704 in options. Of that tally, all-wheel drive adds $1460 as well as brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and also a display setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that shows torque distribution amongst the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat enjoyment system was one of the most pricey alternative, while $434 acquired floor mats and also body-side moldings. Standard things included navigating, a closeness secret with push-button begin, as well as a sunroof, along with previously mentioned attributes such as a blind-spot tracking system and also leather-trimmed very first- and also second-row seats (Toyota drapes the 3rd row in plastic).

While the Highlander's lifeless handling as well as cramped third row remain to suppress our enthusiasm for the Indiana-built crossover, the updated 2017 Highlander's long checklist of basic safety as well as ease features, extra powerful as well as fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and also enhanced outside designing will remain to draw in hoards of customers seeking a comfy and moderately priced mid-size crossover SUV.

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