New toyota Highlander

New toyota Highlander: Inconspicuous and sensible, the Highlander can haul up to 8 in quiet convenience. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four groups with a six-speed automatic and also front-wheel drive; the optional 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 obtains an eight-speed automatic. Four-wheel drive is optional for V-6 versions as well as criterion for the hybrid, which pairs the V-6 with two electrical motors; we saw 24 mpg in our test. The Highlander supplies an appropriate driving experience, yet it's even more concentrated on indoor niceties as well as storage.

New toyota Highlander

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

Significantly, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the state-of-the-art $48,840 Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum, now come conventional with a pre-collision caution system with pedestrian detection as well as automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure warning, lane-keeping help, adaptive cruise ship control, and automated high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE test car additionally loaded blind-spot monitoring, a function not available on the lower-level Highlander LE as well as LE Plus.

Accompanying the 2017 Highlander's numerous safety systems is the most recent version 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 remains to use a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- and also incorporates a host of contemporary innovations, including a straight as well as port fuel-injection system and an updated valvetrain that allows the engine to run on the much more reliable Atkinson cycle. Rated 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 to the previous device. Gas economy is up, also, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 earning an EPA-rated 23 mpg integrated; all-wheel-drive designs attain 22 mpg. Both numbers mark a 2-mpg renovation 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 gem of an engine that constructs power mostly all the method as much as its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander cut 0.3 2nd off of its precursor's zero-to-60-mph and 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 and also 3.8 seconds, respectively. However, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph death time was both slow for the class and almost a second behind that of its forbear. Condemn the new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the modified Highlander's V-6 provides plenty of grunt in many real-world driving circumstances. Thanks in part to our examination cars and truck's automated stop-start system, we handled an affordable 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg better compared to what we got from a Mazda CX-9.

The Component 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), then the crossover's spruced up exterior design is akin to the film's good-looking but forgettable protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and back fascias, upgraded headlamps, and also an eye-catching collection of LED taillights offer the Highlander a more natural, SUV-like appearance. However we still wouldn't place it fairly on the very same degree of attractiveness as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.

Unlike the outside, the Highlander's inside has been left mostly unblemished. Toyota did add four even more USB ports, bringing the overall to 5-- three ahead and also 2 in the rear. The cabin features a variety of convenient storage spaces, consisting of a shelf that extends the reduced dashboard and also a substantial center-console bin that can suit almost a cubic foot of miscellaneous items. Ergonomic mistakes consist of difficult-to-grip temperature level knobs for the climate-control system and also a touchscreen that's as well far away from the driver.

While base-level LE and also LE Plus Highlanders have a standard second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, as well as Restricted Platinum qualities include captain's chairs between. (The bench seat is a no-cost choice on the XLE, Limited, and Minimal Platinum.) Space abounds in the second row, but we found that our seven-passenger examination cars and truck's bucket seats were placed also reduced for optimum convenience. Still, the Highlander's gliding and also reclining second-row chairs resembled a set of La-Z-Boy reclining chairs compared to the thin and also lightweight 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is just 27.7 inches, a full 6 inches less compared to what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row offers. If you regularly haul adequate guests to quality regular use the 3rd row, consider the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Darkness of an SUV

Despite the Highlander's carlike unibody building and also low step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's dealing with reminds us of an old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension permits too much body coming in turns. On the plus side, the suspension takes in roadway abnormalities with nary a shudder, and the electrically aided guiding is relatively quick and typically well heavy.

At 4560 pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander examination car was no lightweight, and also the excess mass made itself understood when applying the brakes, as the Toyota required 181 feet of tarmac to quit from 70 miles per hour-- 11 feet more than a 161-pound-lighter all-wheel-drive GMC Acadia Denali.

With an as-tested cost of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE showed off $3704 in alternatives. Of that tally, all-wheel drive includes $1460 and also brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, as well as a screen setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster screen that reveals torque distribution among the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat enjoyment system was one of the most costly choice, while $434 acquired floor mats and body-side moldings. Standard things consisted of navigating, a distance key with push-button start, as well as a sunroof, as well as abovementioned attributes such as a blind-spot monitoring system and leather-trimmed very first- as well as second-row seats (Toyota drapes the 3rd row in plastic).

While the Highlander's lifeless handling as well as confined third row continue to curb our enthusiasm for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's long list of standard safety and also comfort features, much more powerful and fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and also boosted exterior designing will remain to draw in hoards of buyers seeking a comfortable as well as moderately valued mid-size crossover SUV.

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