2009 toyota Highlander Hybrid

2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid - If the revamped Toyota Highlander is to be successful, it has its job suited it. It should move and also captivate young people, ingest cargo and also overcome snow. It has to be secure, comfortable and also elegant, and it has to do all these points without breaking the bank-- in vehicle settlements or at the pump. A tall order, no question, but the leading midsize SUV competitors really have actually obtained that excellent.


2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid


The Highlander qualifies on all matters, though it does not master any kind of one area. Supplied it can keep its outstanding resale worth and integrity, it needs to verify a wise-- otherwise specifically exciting-- option for several years ahead.

Edgier Styling

Toyota's The golden state design workshops sculpted the exterior, which is larger in all major dimensions compared to the old Highlander. To my eyes, Toyota's smaller RAV4 SUV looks better-proportioned, with simply enough contours to counter the angles. With its creased fronts lights, showy grille and amorphous bumper, the Highlander seems a bit also slick-- like a corner store consumer who won't take off his sunglasses.

The rear bumper has dimpled reflectors on each side, and most trim levels have a glass hatch that opens up independent of the liftgate. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard; the Sport as well as Limited have 19-inchers that fill in the wheel wells well. The Sporting activity has a dark silver grille and also smoked-out headlights. The Limited has plainer fronts lights and chrome outside moldings.

At 188.4 inches long and also 75.2 inches broad, the Highlander casts about the very same shadow as a Honda Pilot, Subaru Tribeca or Hyundai Veracruz. The Mazda CX-9 and also Saturn Outlook are both regarding a foot much longer.

The Within

Toyota has actually spent years building a reputation for high quality, and also lacking any type of serious competition, the new Highlander may have kept that criterion. The competition is absolutely nothing otherwise significant, however, and also SUVs like the CX-9 as well as Veracruz flaunt some remarkably high end interiors. In contrast, Toyota drops a bit brief.

The Highlander shares underpinnings with the existing Camry, and also the dashboard births much of the sedan's flavor. The facility controls are the all-natural prime focus, with large knobs for major functions within very easy reach. Sport and also Limited models have a 3.5-inch screen atop the stereo. It displays gas mileage, outside temperature level and more. It likewise shows setups for the optional automatic environment control system, which can separate the cabin right into as lots of as three temperature level zones-- two front and one back. The environment controls rest below the stereo, and also they're awfully chaotic. I counted 13 switches in between both temperature level handles; that's a great deal of ground to cover when you're referencing a readout some 10 inches away. On the other hand, the basic hands-on a/c is basic.

Cabin quality is simply ordinary. The window changes, turn signals and also center controls can go straight right into a Lexus, as well as the chrome accents and also electroluminescent evaluates appearance great. A lot of areas are trimmed in tough plastics, nevertheless, and also the appearances lack the charm of right stuff in a number of rivals. Worst of all is the ceiling's headliner, which is some of the most inexpensive mouse fur this side of an economic climate cars and truck.

Parents will appreciate the storage alternatives. The facility console in between the front seats has 4 cupholders as well as a large storage bin. Forget laptop computers; the handwear cover box might fit a tiny desktop computer. (Most likely not the screen, though-- let's not obtain carried away.).

3 typical rows of seats accommodate as much as seven, though you could go down the 3rd row in order to conserve a little cash, minimizing sitting ability to 5. The front seats supply plenty of space, with a trick extender in the Highlander Limited that extends the cushion under the vehicle driver's thighs. Wonderful touch.

The second row is equally commodious, with reclining backrests and seat pillows that readjust backward and forward. The facility seat has Toyota's brand-new Facility Stow feature. It's essentially a jump seat, which travelers could switch for a plastic facility console, turning the 2nd row into 2 captain's chairs. The extra section-- either the middle seat or console-- shops in a floor area between the pole positions. After a few practice runs, I had the ability to make the modification in around 25 seconds.

The dive seat is light sufficient for very easy setup. Its convenience is trial and error, also for a center seat; the bottom pillow is considerable, however I could easily feel the hinges below the backrest extra padding. The plastic console is lighter still, and both pieces have sturdy installation hooks that should make it through a lot of knocking from overenthusiastic youngsters.

Relying on where the second row is positioned, the 3rd row can be surprisingly adult-friendly. I'm 6 feet high as well as located headroom a bit tight, but with the second row moved forward a few inches-- maintaining a lot of legroom for a lot of adults-- the third row's legroom was such that I could endure a brief journey.

Bigger Engine, Better Gas Mileage

All Highlanders get the 3.5-liter V-6 from the Camry, Sienna as well as numerous various other Toyotas. In the Highlander it makes 270 horse power and 248 pounds-feet of torque. Both are considerable gains over in 2015's V-6, makinged 215 hp as well as 222 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is typical. Last year's base four-cylinder engine has been gone down.

Velocity suffices off the line and also stronger as the engine revs. The transmission helps points along, holding gears and rarely shifting prematurely. Tough velocity can motivate some sudden shifts amongst reduced equipments-- much better for velocity, even worse for convenience-- yet the majority of the time the shifts are smooth sufficient to pass undiscovered. The drivetrain feels finest on the freeway, where it downshifts with marginal gear hunting. 3rd gear is particularly potent for 50-to-70 miles per hour passing away.

The optional four-wheel drive is clear to the motorist. It incorporates a center differential to divide power 50/50 between the front and back wheels all of the time. Four-wheel-drive designs have a downhill aid feature. Press a control panel switch, and it will certainly slow the SUV to a crawl down high grades. The feature seems a bit disingenuous: There is no low gear for offroad rock crawling, which indicates you need to possibly prevent anywhere treacherous sufficient to need the downhill assist.

All Highlanders have a hill-start aid that holds the brakes for approximately 3 secs from a quit to avoid the SUV from rolling backward prior to you have time to strike the gas.

Utilizing the EPA's more sensible 2008 score system-- which usually causes lower numbers-- gas mileage is ranked at 18/24 mpg (city/highway) for two-wheel-drive models and also 17/23 mpg for those with four-wheel drive. These scores lead most midsize SUVs by 1 or 2 mpg. They additionally beat the old V-6 Highlander by about 1 mpg (readjusted making use of the EPA's new estimation)-- an outstanding task, offered the brand-new Highlander has more power as well as evaluates some 300 extra pounds extra. (Four-cylinder fans won't miss out on much: The old four-cylinder Highlander got just 1 mpg more than the brand-new one makes with the V-6.).

Ride & Handling

The unibody building affords a comfy ride, with none of the underbody vibrating that pestered the previous Highlander (which was likewise unibody) and numerous body-on-frame SUVs. The four-wheel-independent suspension is sport-tuned in the Highlander Sporting activity, but I couldn't detect a distinction in ride suppleness among the base, Sporting activity and also Limited. All 3 have a little bit more suspension noise over significant bumps than I've pertained to expect in a midsize SUV.

Wind sound is minimal. Provided a smooth stretch of asphalt, the tires are relatively silent. The Sport and also Limited's 19-inch wheels as well as P245/55R19 tires release a small hum at highway rates, which I couldn't spot with the base design's 17-inchers and also thicker P245/65R19 rubber.

All designs currently include electric power guiding. These systems conserve a bit on fuel usage-- a bit of low-hanging fruit to satisfy the federal government's fuel economy criteria, I think-- but they frequently result in drab, synthetic steering feeling. Expectedly, the Highlander steers with a light touch, never supplying much in the means of feedback or transforming accuracy. The CX-9 fares much better here, but couple of other rivals stand out. The same holds true for body roll: Like most SUVs, the Highlander leans away in curves, advising vehicle drivers it's not to be caught promptly.

Four-wheel-disc anti-skid brakes are conventional. The pedal offers mushy action, but the brakes clamp down hard when needed.

Cargo & Towing

With all 3 rows mounted and also elevated, freight room in back is a weak 10.3 cubic feet. The third row folds flat right into the floor, and the second row folds virtually level. Highlanders without the 3rd row rather include a relatively large storage space location under the rear flooring.

With all seats folded up, maximum freight volume is 95.4 cubic feet, which contrasts more favorably with the group.

When effectively equipped, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 extra pounds.
Security.

In Insurance Policy Institute for Freeway Safety frontal accident examinations, the 2008 Highlander scored the highest possible score, Good. IIHS has not evaluated the Highlander for side effects.

Toyota really did not skimp on safety and security features. All Highlanders come common with four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, grip control as well as an electronic security system. The stability system currently collaborates with the electric power guiding, which improves the power aid when the motorist is guiding to remedy a skid. It likewise assists combat guiding pull under hard braking to help the Highlander drop in a straight line. (Toyota claims the system could not guide the SUV on its own, as some innovative systems now do, so if you steer the wrong way in a skid, don't expect any type of additional power aid.).

7 air bags are basic, consisting of the required dual front airbags, a driver's knee airbag and side-impact air bags for the pole positions. There are likewise roll-sensing side curtain airbags for all three rows, which release throughout a rollover to avoid passenger ejection.

All seats have head restrictions, and in Sport as well as Limited designs, the front ones are forward-adjustable for much better whiplash defense. Active head restraints are typical on the pole positions of all trims. The 2nd row consists of Latch child-seat supports in the outboard seats, with conveniently available top-tether supports midway down the seatback.

Attributes & Pricing

Excluding the location fee, the base Highlander with two-wheel drive begins at $27,300. A Highlander Limited with a complete bunch of alternatives playings around $42,000. 4x4 on any trim includes about $1,500. All trim degrees have three rows of seats, though a third-row erase option on certain versions could save $740.

For $27,300, the base Highlander features 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, a CD stereo with an auxiliary MP3 jack, a/c, cruise ship control, and also power home windows, mirrors and door locks.
For $29,950, the Sporting activity includes darkened outside elements, 19-inch wheels, fog lights, a power vehicle driver's seat, a multifunction steering wheel, a back-up video camera as well as six-CD sound.
For $32,700, the Limited adds a keyless startup system, automated climate control, natural leather upholstery and a power passenger seat. A number of these attributes are optional on the Sporting activity. Options on both trim degrees consist of a navigating system, JBL costs audio, a backseat DVD player, a moonroof, a power tailgate as well as warmed front seats.

Highlander out there

Competitors from GM, Mazda and also Hyundai will offer the Highlander a run for its money. Its biggest competitor, the Honda Pilot, is due for a redesign in the next year or 2, and Toyota's secret weapon-- its online reputation for high quality as well as integrity-- has been sliding recently. The automaker has actually pledged to redouble its initiatives, and its newest SUV has to show that.

The brand-new Highlander has great deals of book sensibilities, like good gas mileage as well as loads of safety features, however there's nothing phenomenal regarding it. If it confirms as bulletproof as its predecessor, however, reliability will certainly become its defining quality, which is a book attract a lot of purchasers can get behind.

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