Toyota Highlander Reviews

Toyota Highlander Reviews: Unnoticeable and sensible, the Highlander could 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 automated. All-wheel drive is optional for V-6 designs and also standard for the hybrid, which pairs the V-6 with two electric motors; we saw 24 mpg in our examination. The Highlander provides an adequate driving experience, however it's even more concentrated on indoor precisions and also storage space.


Toyota Highlander Reviews


Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot influence fervor among movie critics. After more than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealership lots in 2014, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV entered 2017 with a host of modifications focused on satisfying the masses and also pundits alike.

Significantly, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the top-of-the-line $48,840 Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum, now come conventional with a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian discovery as well as automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping help, adaptive cruise control, and also automatic high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination cars and truck likewise packed blind-spot tracking, an attribute unavailable on the lower-level Highlander LE and LE And also.

Coming with the 2017 Highlander's countless security systems is the latest variation of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is basic on all but the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continuouslies use a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- as well as includes a host of modern-day innovations, consisting of a straight as well as port fuel-injection system as well as an upgraded valvetrain that allows the engine to run on the extra effective Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy 295 horse power as well as 263 lb-ft of torque, the modified V-6 makes 25 even more horses and also an additional 15 lb-ft compared with the previous system. Fuel economic climate is up, also, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 making an EPA-rated 23 mpg integrated; all-wheel-drive designs attain 22 mpg. Both numbers mark a 2-mpg enhancement over last year's Highlander and put the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's mixed fuel-economy numbers.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS six is a gem of an engine that builds power mostly all the method up to its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander cut 0.3 2nd off of its precursor's zero-to-60-mph and also 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 and 3.8 secs, specifically. However, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph death time was both slow for the course and almost a 2nd behind that of its forbear. Blame the new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. No matter, the revised Highlander's V-6 supplies a lot of grunt in the majority of real-world driving situations. Thanks partly to our examination vehicle's automated stop-start system, we took care of a practical 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg far better than just 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 captivating Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), after that the crossover's spruced up exterior layout is akin to the film's good-looking however forgettable lead character, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and rear fascias, updated headlamps, and an attractive set of LED taillights provide the Highlander a more cohesive, SUV-like appearance. Yet we still would not put it fairly on the very same level of good looks as the butch Dodge Durango or the shapely CX-9.

Unlike the outside, the Highlander's interior has actually been left mostly untouched. Toyota did add four even more USB ports, bringing the total amount to five-- three ahead and also two in the rear. The cabin features a number of handy storage nooks, including a rack that covers the reduced dashboard and a large center-console container that could suit virtually a cubic foot of various things. Ergonomic faults include difficult-to-grip temperature handles for the climate-control system and a touchscreen that's as well far away from the motorist.

While base-level LE and also LE And also Highlanders feature a basic second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and Limited Platinum qualities have captain's chairs in the center. (The bench seat is a no-cost choice on the XLE, Limited, and Restricted Platinum.) Room abounds in the 2nd row, but we found that our seven-passenger examination car's bucket seats were placed as well reduced for optimal convenience. Still, the Highlander's gliding and also reclining second-row chairs resembled a pair of La-Z-Boy reclining chairs compared to the slim and also lightweight 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a complete 6 inches fewer compared to just what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you on a regular basis carry adequate guests to advantage frequent use of the third row, consider the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Shadow of an SUV

Even with the Highlander's carlike unibody building and also low step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's handling advises us of an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension permits extreme body coming in turns. On the bonus side, the suspension soaks up roadway irregularities with nary a shudder, and the electrically helped steering is reasonably fast as well as normally well heavy.

At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test automobile was no lightweight, and also the excess mass made itself recognized when using the brakes, as the Toyota required 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, four-wheel drive adds $1460 and also brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and a display setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that reveals torque circulation amongst the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat home entertainment system was one of the most costly option, while $434 bought flooring mats and body-side moldings. Requirement items included navigation, a distance trick with push-button start, as well as a sunroof, as well as aforementioned features such as a blind-spot surveillance system and leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats (Toyota cushions the third row in vinyl).

While the Highlander's lifeless handling as well as cramped 3rd row continuously suppress our excitement for the Indiana-built crossover, the updated 2017 Highlander's long checklist of basic safety as well as convenience functions, more effective as well as fuel-efficient V-6 engine, as well as improved exterior designing will remain to draw in hoards of buyers searching for a comfy and fairly priced mid-size crossover SUV.

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