Toyota Highlander 2015 Interior

Toyota Highlander 2015 Interior: The 2014 Toyota Highlander's cavalcade of enhancements make a formerly dull, middle-of-the-road SUV stick out with vibrant styling and boosted family members kindness.

Toyota paid attention to customers while revamping the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander and also replied to demands for even more cabin as well as cargo room, dynamic designing and also premium features. Ask for a more dynamic driving experience ought to have been professionally disregarded, nonetheless, as the 2014's harsher flight is a tradeoff I do not think numerous midsize SUV purchasers must have to deal with in return for sportier handling.

Still, other improvements will unquestionably interest shoppers that had actually scraped the previous Highlander off their list or a minimum of to those who don't think about a comfortable ride a must-have. The 2014 Highlander's boosted cargo area behind the conventional third-row seat is a much-needed improvement; plus, it's much easier to get right into the 3rd row, which now seats three as well as bumps basic seating capacity to eight.

Toyota Highlander 2015 Interior

With upgrades that cover the lineup of LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels, the 2014 Highlander is now in far better shape to tackle the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2014 Ford Explorer and also 2014 Honda Pilot.

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

Exterior & Styling

Toyota returned to the drawing board to upgrade its aging and stylistically empty Highlander. Fast-forward to 2014, and also you cannot call the Highlander boring looking any type of longer. The 2013's ho-hum appearance transforms right into a hulking SUV with a beefier position, bulging fenders as well as strong front designing. Its visibility approved the 2013 New York City International Vehicle Show floor where it debuted, and it looks just as good rolling down the street.

How It Drives

The driving experience isn't really the automobile's most appealing feature, even with an assortment of encouraging new framework and also suspension changes, so it readies the new SUV does so many other things well.

Toyota selected curvy canyon as well as seaside roads in California to demonstrate the Highlander's new handling chops. Driving a 2013 as well as 2014 back to back, the 2014 does exhibit higher levels of road grip and also an improved steering action. It's even more sports when digging into an edge, though I wouldn't call the Highlander fun to drive. The 270-horsepower V-6 does not have an instant strike of acceleration in the hefty Highlander. It's a far cry from the lighter, 290-hp Hyundai Santa Fe, which is a "little" sphere of exhilaration to name a few comparable three-row SUVs. A six-cylinder Highlander LE with front-wheel drive is 4,244 pounds, while a V-6, front-wheel-drive Santa Fe GLS is 3,933 extra pounds.

A negative impact of the Highlander's newly found characteristics is a choppier trip over harsh roads. After driving 2013 and also 2014 models, I could tell the 2014 sends even more road blemishes via the chassis and also right into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's OK to have a hostile layout and also flight like a couch; see the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

On the upside, the 2014 Highlander has a more substantial feeling over rough roadways, with less rattles, squeals and also chassis flex. It's a matured experience with boosted audio insulation, acoustic glass and a stiffer chassis aiding keep outside sound very little.

I quickly spent time in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota expects to represent 5 to 10 percent of sales, as well as 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 Hybrid V-6 (27/28/28 mpg) are a little harsh around the edges regarding engine noise and resonances. The Hybrid's gas mileage is relatively the same for 2014, down 1 mpg in city scores to 27 mpg but preserves its 28 mpg combined ranking. The transition from electric to when the engine fires up is obvious with raw noises coming from under the hood, distinct from throughout a parking lot. Resonances from the shift are marginal, however the sounds are loud enough to take notice.

An additional 353 extra pounds added to the crossbreed from three electric motors-- 2 in the front and one in the back-- and a nickel metal hydride battery is visible in just how the Hybrid drives compared to the Minimal V-6 with all-wheel drive. It's a relaxed experience less fired up about increasing and also handling despite having 280-hp incorporated, as well as it likewise doesn't ride any kind of smoother compared to the non-hybrid.

The Crossbreed's unusually loud engine sounds would not be as much of a problem if the Highlander Crossbreed weren't $48,160 with destination, $7,130 greater than 2013-- a 2014 Lexus RX 450h is $47,320, however a lot smaller sized on the in. The Highlander Crossbreed's high-end auto rate doesn't mirror luxury improvement now that the feature-loaded Hybrid Limited is the only Crossbreed offered; the less-expensive variation obtained the axe for 2014.

The volume-seller V-6 is the most improved of the number, using smooth and also foreseeable acceleration as well as the best handling with four-wheel drive. The V-6-powered Highlander's gas mileage of 19/25/21 mpg with front-wheel drive as well as 18/24/20 mpg with four-wheel drive is additionally extra affordable compared to the outbound 2013 thanks to a brand-new six-speed automatic transmission replacing a five-speed system on V-6 versions. The all-wheel-drive system, which is also new, helps include 2 mpg freeway over the 2013 variation. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send out torque to the rear wheels when slippage is spotted, versus the previous system that always sent torque to 4 wheels.


Part of the 2014's makeover includes dialing up the interior styling with various soft-touch and accent-stitched interior panels that improve the classiness. The top quality is Toyota-Avalon wonderful with a sewn control panel, steering wheel as well as soft-touch, premium products in famous places. Plastic areas that typically aren't textured, stitched or covered are still on par for the class. Even the base LE Highlander radiates the almost luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Minimal trims.

Seating fits in the very first and 2nd rows with soft, broad front seats and also an extremely adjustable 2nd row that slides and reclines with two captain's chairs or the standard three-seat bench configuration-- captain's chairs are readily available on the XLE and also conventional on the Limited. The rest of the Highlander might have been redone with dynamism in mind, however the seats speak to its comfort-focused roots. Lots of people on our staff will miss the 2013's removable second-row center seat. I will not, as it was uncomfortable as well as cumbersome to remove and also replace with the facility table that stored under the facility console.

In the 3rd row, Toyota increased width and included an added seat for an optimum capacity of 8 passengers in typical setup. A brand-new, a lot more portable back suspension freed the extra space. The third row still doesn't fit adults with as much comfort as the larger Chevrolet Traverse, yet it's good in a pinch. There are likewise brand-new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Previously, just the curbside seat folded and glided forward by means of the one-touch lever. Third-row cyclists additionally take advantage of the second row's raised seat traveling, which enables easy entry and also departure.

Comfort design & Electronic devices

Modern technology is a substantial emphasis in the 2014 Highlander and done extremely well. Toyota's Entune multimedia system functions better compared to ever compared with various other Toyota lorries in which I've made use of the system. Working the Entune system's voice commands goes over. The designs I tested picked up on the various voice commands I talked.

Those with bulky phones or that continuously have their phone connected to the SUV will certainly appreciate a gadget storage space step below the climate manages that offers a pass-through for USB cables. There ought to disappear Medusa-like dangling of cables the equipment selector.

The typical Entune on base LE designs includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup cam, USB port with iPod connection, supporting input, voice acknowledgment, Bluetooth phone connectivity and also Bluetooth streaming sound. LE Plus trims have Entune Sound Plus with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch display, HD Radio and 90-day satellite radio registration. The next step up is Entune Premium Sound with Navigating and also Application Collection on XLE versions with an 8-inch touch-screen as well as application collection with Pandora, Yelp as well as Facebook assimilation with a smartphone as well as accompanying Entune downloadable application. A JBL stereo is conventional on Restricted trim degrees.

The enormous center storage container between the pole positions could devour anything plus-sized, like a handbag, iPad or Blu-ray collection for the readily available rear-seat Blu-ray player. And when you fail to remember that Blu-ray at home, a fascinating brand-new function called Easy Speak sends the booming voice of an angry mama or daddy with the rear stereo speakers via the Bluetooth microphone to keep rowdy youngsters in check. What does it cost? extra family members concentrated can you get than offering a function that enables moms and dads to yell at kids?

Freight, Towing & Storage space

Freight area behind the third row improves over the previous Highlander's sexy ledge, which battled lugging grocery stores, not to mention a stroller or golf bag. The freight quantity is currently rated at 13.8 cubic feet, up from 10.3 cubic feet. It's not a huge enhancement, however a minimum of it makes the location useful. It's still little compared with others in the sector: The Explorer has 21 cubic feet and the Pilot has 18 cubic feet behind the 3rd row. Toyota's trickery to raise cargo room included moving all three rows of seats forward, including size behind the rear wheels and making use of an extra portable back suspension.

The power liftgate is an outstanding attribute to be conventional on LE And also trim levels and above, and has a trick up its sleeve: It adjusts to different heights, not just a couple of predetermined height setups. With the liftgate in motion, users could stop the liftgate and program it to open to that set elevation the next time. The attribute will make shorter motorists as well as owners of reduced garages very delighted. (If the gate goes too expensive, shorter individuals might battle to get to the power-close switch on its bottom edge.) An additional special attribute on the back is an oldie but a goody: On LE Plus models and above, the back window opens for simple accessibility independent of the cargo gate.

A 5,000-pound tow ranking on XLE as well as Limited trim levels has a typical towing plan that consists of engine/transmission colders and upgraded radiator as well as generator. Hybrids could tow 3,500 extra pounds, V-6 LE/LE And also could tow 2,000 pounds as well as a four-cylinder LE is rated at 1,500 pounds.


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

The 2014 Highlander offers reduced anchors as well as tethers on outboard second-row seats for child-safety seats, however just a tether anchor on the middle third-row seat.

Advanced security functions are available, though just on the pricey Restricted trim level where a dead spot surveillance system and also rear car parking aid are standard, as well as pre-collision, adaptive cruise control and also lane departure caution are optional. Minimal trim degrees are likewise the only versions with a backup camera that makes use of predictive standards to reveal the vehicle's course-- a backup electronic camera with fixed lines is typical on all other trim degrees.

Value in Its Course

Toyota claims rates is up about $1,500 typically across the 2014 trim levels, which include extra functions over the 2013. Base pricing starts at $30,075 for a base four-cylinder LE with destination, while volume-seller XLE models with all-wheel drive are $38,360 and also consist of leather sitting with warmed pole positions, navigating, three-zone climate control, clever keyless access, second-row sunshades as well as more. Rates for the XLE is extremely competitive to three-row midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer or even the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2013 Highlander was genuinely a midpack three-row SUV, lagging behind in crucial locations like indoor top quality, freight area and modern technology. Rest assured, if you're a Highlander owner planning to update-- as long as you're unconcerned about flight high quality-- the 2014 is not just a compelling upgrade, yet likewise worthy of cross-shopping the section's finest.

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