2015 toyota Highlander Specs

2015 toyota Highlander Specs: The 2014 Toyota Highlander's cavalcade of renovations make a formerly dull, middle-of-the-road SUV stick out with bold styling as well as boosted family kindness.

Toyota paid attention to consumers while upgrading the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander as well as reacted to needs for more cabin as well as freight area, vibrant styling as well as costs facilities. Ask for a much more dynamic driving experience ought to have been professionally disregarded, nevertheless, as the 2014's harsher flight is a tradeoff I don't believe several midsize SUV purchasers need to need to deal with in return for sportier handling.

Still, various other enhancements will definitely interest shoppers that had damaged the previous Highlander off their list or a minimum of to those that do not consider a comfortable trip an essential. The 2014 Highlander's enhanced cargo area behind the standard third-row seat is a much-needed renovation; plus, it's much easier to get into the third row, which now sittings three and also bumps conventional seatsing ability to 8.


2015 toyota Highlander Specs


With upgrades that extend the schedule of LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels, the 2014 Highlander is currently in better shape to take on the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2014 Ford Explorer and also 2014 Honda Pilot.

I drove four-cylinder, six-cylinder as well as Hybrid 2014 Highlanders at a Toyota media event.

Outside & Styling

Toyota went back to the drawing board to revamp its aging and stylistically empty Highlander. Fast-forward to 2014, as well as you can't call the Highlander boring looking any type of longer. The 2013's ho-hum look transforms into a hulking SUV with a beefier position, bulging fenders as well as vibrant front styling. Its existence was big on the 2013 New York International Vehicle Program floor where it debuted, and also it looks equally as great rolling down the street.

Just how It Drives

The driving experience isn't the car's most appealing characteristic, despite having a variety of encouraging new chassis and also suspension modifications, so it's good the new SUV does so several other points well.

Toyota picked curved canyon as well as coastal roadways in California to demonstrate the Highlander's brand-new handling chops. Driving a 2013 as well as 2014 back to back, the 2014 does exhibit higher levels of roadway grip as well as a boosted steering action. It's more athletic when excavating into an edge, though I would not call the Highlander fun to drive. The 270-horsepower V-6 does not have an immediate punch of velocity in the heavy Highlander. It's a far cry from the lighter, 290-hp Hyundai Santa Fe, which is a "little" sphere of excitement to name a few comparable three-row SUVs. A six-cylinder Highlander LE with front-wheel drive is 4,244 extra pounds, while a V-6, front-wheel-drive Santa Fe GLS is 3,933 extra pounds.

An adverse effect of the Highlander's newfound dynamics is a choppier flight over harsh roadways. After driving 2013 and also 2014 versions, I could inform the 2014 transfers more roadway flaws with the framework and into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's OKAY to have an aggressive layout as well as trip like a sofa; see the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

On the advantage, the 2014 Highlander has a more significant sensation over harsh roadways, with fewer rattles, squeals as well as framework flex. It's a matured experience with increased audio insulation, acoustic glass and also a stiffer framework aiding maintain outside sound minimal.

I briefly spent time in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota anticipates to represent 5 to 10 percent of sales, and also in the all-new Highlander Hybrid. Both the front-wheel-drive-only four-cylinder (20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined) and also all-wheel-drive-only Crossbreed V-6 (27/28/28 mpg) are a little harsh around the sides as for engine noise and also resonances. The Crossbreed's gas mileage is fairly the same for 2014, down 1 mpg in city scores to 27 mpg however keeps its 28 mpg integrated score. The shift from electric to when the engine fires up is recognizable with raw noises originating from under the hood, distinct from across a parking lot. Vibrations from the shift are marginal, but the noises are audible to take notice.

An added 353 pounds included in the crossbreed from 3 electrical motors-- 2 in the front and also one in the back-- as well as a nickel metal hydride battery is obvious in just how the Crossbreed drives compared with the Minimal V-6 with four-wheel drive. It's an unwinded experience much less thrilled about increasing and also managing despite having 280-hp integrated, as well as it also doesn't ride any kind of smoother than the non-hybrid.

The Hybrid's abnormally loud engine sounds wouldn't be as much of a concern 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 a lot smaller sized on the in. The Highlander Hybrid's deluxe vehicle price does not reflect deluxe improvement now that the feature-loaded Crossbreed Limited is the only Crossbreed supplied; the less-expensive variation obtained the axe for 2014.

The volume-seller V-6 is one of the most improved of the lot, supplying smooth and also foreseeable velocity along with the very 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 all-wheel drive is likewise extra competitive than the outward bound 2013 thanks to a brand-new six-speed transmission changing a five-speed system on V-6 designs. The all-wheel-drive system, which is likewise brand-new, helps add 2 mpg freeway over the 2013 version. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send torque to the rear wheels when slippage is found, versus the previous system that constantly sent torque to 4 wheels.

Interior

Part of the 2014's change includes calling up the indoor styling with countless soft-touch and also accent-stitched interior panels that boost the classiness. The quality is Toyota-Avalon wonderful with a stitched dashboard, guiding wheel and also soft-touch, premium products in famous places. Plastic areas that aren't textured, stitched or covered are still on the same level for the class. Even the base LE Highlander exudes the nearly luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Restricted trims.

Seats is comfortable in the very first and second rows with soft, wide pole positions and a very adjustable second row that glides and also reclines with 2 captain's chairs or the standard three-seat bench configuration-- captain's chairs are readily available on the XLE and also typical on the Limited. The remainder of the Highlander may have been redone with dynamism in mind, however the seats speak with its comfort-focused origins. Many individuals on our personnel will certainly miss the 2013's detachable second-row facility seat. I will not, as it was uneasy and also cumbersome to get rid of as well as change with the center table that saved under the facility console.

In the 3rd row, Toyota raised width and added an added seat for a maximum ability of eight owners in basic configuration. A brand-new, extra compact rear suspension released the additional area. The third row still does not fit adults with as much convenience as the larger Chevrolet Traverse, but it readies in a pinch. There are likewise new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Previously, only the curbside seat folded up and glided onward by means of the one-touch lever. Third-row riders additionally take advantage of the 2nd row's raised seat travel, which allows easy access and exit.

Comfort design & Electronic devices

Innovation is a massive emphasis in the 2014 Highlander as well as done extremely well. Toyota's Entune multimedia system functions better compared to ever compared to various other Toyota vehicles where I've made use of the system. Functioning the Entune system's voice commands is impressive. The models I checked noticed the numerous voice commands I spoke.

Those with cumbersome phones or who regularly have their phone linked to the SUV will certainly value a device storage ledge below the environment controls that provides a pass-through for USB cords. There ought to disappear Medusa-like dangling of wires ensnaring the gear selector.

The standard Entune on base LE versions consists of a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup electronic camera, USB port with iPod connection, supporting input, voice acknowledgment, Bluetooth phone connectivity and Bluetooth streaming audio. LE And also trims have Entune Audio Plus with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch display, HD Radio as well as 90-day satellite radio registration. The next step up is Entune Costs Sound with Navigation as well as Application Collection on XLE models with an 8-inch touch-screen as well as app suite with Pandora, Yelp and Facebook combination with a mobile phone and also going along with Entune downloadable application. A JBL stereo is typical on Limited trim levels.

The enormous center storage space container between the pole positions can devour anything plus-sized, like a bag, iPad or Blu-ray collection for the readily available rear-seat Blu-ray gamer. And when you neglect that Blu-ray at home, an interesting new feature called Easy Speak transfers the flourishing voice of a mad mom or dad with the rear stereo audio speakers via the Bluetooth microphone to maintain wild children in check. How much more household concentrated can you get compared to supplying a feature that allows moms and dads to yell at youngsters?

Freight, Towing & Storage space

Freight area behind the 3rd row boosts over the previous Highlander's revealing step, which had a hard time lugging groceries, not to mention a stroller or golf bag. The cargo quantity is currently rated at 13.8 cubic feet, up from 10.3 cubic feet. It's not a huge renovation, but at least it makes the area useful. It's still small compared to others in the section: The Traveler has 21 cubic feet and also the Pilot has 18 cubic feet behind the third row. Toyota's hoax to enhance freight room included moving all 3 rows of seats ahead, including length behind the rear wheels as well as utilizing a much more portable rear suspension.

The power liftgate is an excellent feature to be basic on LE Plus trim levels as well as above, as well as has a dress up its sleeve: It adapts to numerous elevations, not just one or two predetermined height settings. With the liftgate in motion, users could stop the liftgate and program it to open to that established elevation the next time. The attribute will make much shorter vehicle drivers and also owners of reduced garages very delighted. (If the gate goes too expensive, much shorter people might struggle to get to the power-close switch on its bottom edge.) An additional special feature on the back is an oldie but a reward: On LE Plus designs as well as above, the rear window opens up for very easy access independent of the freight gate.

A 5,000-pound tow score on XLE and also Limited trim levels has a typical towing bundle that includes engine/transmission colders and also updated radiator and alternator. Crossbreeds could tow 3,500 pounds, V-6 LE/LE Plus can tow 2,000 extra pounds as well as a four-cylinder LE is rated at 1,500 pounds.

Security

The 2014 Highlander hadn't been crash-tested at the time of this writing.

The 2014 Highlander supplies reduced anchors and tethers on outboard second-row seats for child-safety seats, but just a secure support on the center third-row seat.

Advanced security attributes are available, though just on the costly Limited trim degree where a dead spot tracking system and back auto parking help are basic, and pre-collision, adaptive cruise ship control and lane separation caution are optional. Limited trim degrees are additionally the only designs with a backup video camera that makes use of predictive guidelines to show the lorry's path-- a back-up cam with set lines is conventional on all various other trim levels.

Worth in Its Class

Toyota claims prices is up about $1,500 generally across the 2014 trim degrees, that include extra functions over the 2013. Base prices starts at $30,075 for a base four-cylinder LE with location, while volume-seller XLE versions with four-wheel drive are $38,360 as well as consist of leather sitting with heated front seats, navigating, three-zone environment control, smart keyless entry, second-row sunshades as well as even more. Prices 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, hanging back in crucial areas like indoor high quality, cargo room and also modern technology. Feel confident, if you're a Highlander proprietor aiming to update-- as long as you're unconcerned concerning trip quality-- the 2014 is not only a compelling upgrade, however likewise worthwhile of cross-shopping the segment's ideal.

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