Toyota Highlander Sport

Toyota Highlander Sport: Low-profile and also reasonable, the Highlander could haul up to eight in peaceful comfort. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four teams with a six-speed automatic and 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 models and standard for the hybrid, which pairs the V-6 with two electrical motors; we saw 24 mpg in our examination. The Highlander offers a sufficient driving experience, however it's more focused on interior precisions and also storage space.

Toyota Highlander Sport

Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot motivate eagerness among movie critics. After more than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealership whole lots in 2015, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV went into 2017 with a host of adjustments focused on pleasing the masses and pundits alike.

Especially, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the high-grade $48,840 Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum, now come standard with a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection as well as automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and also automatic high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination vehicle also packed blind-spot surveillance, a feature not available on the lower-level Highlander LE and LE Plus.

Going along with the 2017 Highlander's many security systems is the most up to date version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is common on almost the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continuouslies utilize a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- and integrates a host of modern innovations, consisting of a straight and also port fuel-injection system and also an upgraded valvetrain that enables the engine to operate on the more effective Atkinson cycle. Rated at a healthy 295 horse power as well as 263 lb-ft of torque, the changed V-6 makes 25 even more horses as well as an extra 15 lb-ft compared to the previous unit. Gas economic climate is up, also, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 earning an EPA-rated 23 mpg incorporated; all-wheel-drive designs achieve 22 mpg. Both figures note a 2-mpg renovation over in 2014's Highlander and placed the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's mixed fuel-economy numbers.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS six is a treasure of an engine that builds power nearly all the means up to its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander cut 0.3 second off of its precursor's zero-to-60-mph and also 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 as well as 3.8 secs, respectively. However, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing away time was both slow-moving for the course and virtually a 2nd behind that of its forbear. Criticize the brand-new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the modified Highlander's V-6 supplies a lot of grunt in many real-world driving situations. Many thanks partly to our test vehicle's automated stop-start system, we handled an affordable 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg far better than 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 charming Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), after that the crossover's spruced up outside design belongs to the movie's good-looking yet forgettable protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front as well as rear fascias, upgraded headlamps, and an eye-catching collection of LED taillights provide the Highlander a much more cohesive, SUV-like appearance. But we still wouldn't put it rather on the same level of beauty as the butch Dodge Durango or the shapely CX-9.

Unlike the outside, the Highlander's interior has actually been left mostly unblemished. Toyota did add four even more USB ports, bringing the overall to five-- three ahead as well as 2 in the rear. The cabin showcases a number of useful storage spaces, consisting of a shelf that covers the reduced control panel and also a massive center-console container that could suit nearly a cubic foot of assorted products. Ergonomic mistakes include difficult-to-grip temperature level handles for the climate-control system and also a touchscreen that's too far from the vehicle driver.

While base-level LE and also LE And also Highlanders feature a basic second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and also Minimal Platinum qualities feature captain's chairs in the center. (The bench seat is a no-cost choice on the XLE, Limited, as well as Limited Platinum.) Room is plentiful in the 2nd row, yet we found that our seven-passenger test car's pail seats were installed as well low for optimum convenience. Still, the Highlander's sliding and also reclining second-row chairs resembled a pair of La-Z-Boy reclining chairs compared to the thin and also flimsy 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a full 6 inches less than exactly what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you regularly carry adequate travelers to quality regular use the 3rd row, take into consideration the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Shadow of an SUV

In spite of the Highlander's carlike unibody construction as well as low step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's dealing with advises us of an antique body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension enables too much body coming in turns. On the plus side, the suspension soaks up road irregularities with nary a shudder, and also the electrically helped steering is reasonably fast as well as typically well weighted.

At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander examination cars and truck was no light-weight, as well as the excess mass made itself recognized 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 price of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE showed off $3704 in options. Of that tally, all-wheel drive adds $1460 and also brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, as well as a display setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster screen that reveals torque circulation among the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat enjoyment system was the most expensive option, while $434 gotten floor mats and also body-side moldings. Requirement things included navigation, a proximity trick with push-button start, and a sunroof, as well as previously mentioned features such as a blind-spot surveillance system as well as leather-trimmed very first- as well as second-row seats (Toyota cushions the third row in vinyl).

While the Highlander's lifeless handling and cramped 3rd row continue to curb our enthusiasm for the Indiana-built crossover, the updated 2017 Highlander's lengthy checklist of standard security and benefit attributes, much more powerful and fuel-efficient V-6 engine, as well as improved outside styling will remain to attract stockpiles of consumers looking for a comfy and fairly priced mid-size crossover SUV.

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