Toyota Highlander Le Plus

Toyota Highlander Le Plus: Inconspicuous as well as practical, the Highlander could haul up to 8 in quiet convenience. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four groups with a six-speed automatic as well as front-wheel drive; the optional 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 obtains an eight-speed automated. Four-wheel drive is optional for V-6 models as well as requirement for the crossbreed, which pairs the V-6 with 2 electrical motors; we saw 24 mpg in our test. The Highlander gives an ample driving experience, yet it's more concentrated on indoor niceties and also storage space.

Toyota Highlander Le Plus

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

Notably, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the top-of-the-line $48,840 Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum, now come typical with a pre-collision caution system with pedestrian discovery and automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise ship control, and automatic high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination car also packed blind-spot tracking, an attribute inaccessible on the lower-level Highlander LE and LE And also.

Coming with the 2017 Highlander's numerous safety and security systems is the current variant of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is conventional on just about the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continues to make use of a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- as well as incorporates a host of modern-day technologies, including a straight and also port fuel-injection system as well as an updated valvetrain that allows the engine to work on the much more reliable Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy and balanced 295 horse power and 263 lb-ft of torque, the revised V-6 makes 25 more ponies and also an additional 15 lb-ft compared to the previous unit. Gas economic situation is up, also, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 gaining an EPA-rated 23 mpg combined; all-wheel-drive versions accomplish 22 mpg. Both numbers note a 2-mpg enhancement over in 2015's Highlander and also placed the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's consolidated fuel-economy numbers.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS six is a gem of an engine that constructs power mostly all the method approximately its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander cut 0.3 2nd off of its predecessor's zero-to-60-mph and also 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 as well as 3.8 secs, specifically. However, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph death time was both sluggish for the course and also nearly a second behind that of its forbear. Condemn the new eight-speed automatic transmission's hesitancy to downshift. No matter, the modified Highlander's V-6 offers a lot of grunt in most real-world driving circumstances. Many thanks in part to our examination car's automated stop-start system, we managed a practical 21 mpg throughout our time with the crossover, 2 mpg far better compared to just what we got from a Mazda CX-9.

The Element of Crossover

If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the matching of Highlander's captivating Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), then the crossover's overhauled outside layout is akin to the movie's good-looking yet featureless lead character, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and back fascias, updated headlamps, and an attractive set of LED taillights provide the Highlander a much more natural, SUV-like look. But we still would not put it quite on the same level of attractiveness as the butch Dodge Durango or the hot CX-9.

Unlike the outside, the Highlander's inside has been left mostly untouched. Toyota did include four more USB ports, bringing the overall to 5-- 3 ahead as well as two in the rear. The cockpit features a number of convenient storage space spaces, including a shelf that spans the lower dashboard and an enormous center-console bin that could suit almost a cubic foot of miscellaneous things. Ergonomic faults include difficult-to-grip temperature level handles for the climate-control system as well as a touchscreen that's also away from the chauffeur.

While base-level LE as well as LE Plus Highlanders come with a conventional second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, as well as Restricted Platinum qualities come with captain's chairs in the middle. (The bench seat is a no-cost option on the XLE, Limited, and also Limited Platinum.) Room is plentiful in the second row, yet we located that our seven-passenger test car's container seats were installed too low for ideal convenience. Still, the Highlander's gliding and reclining second-row chairs were like a pair of La-Z-Boy recliners compared to the slim and lightweight 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a full 6 inches fewer compared to just what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you frequently transport adequate guests to merit regular use of 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 construction as well as reduced step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's managing reminds 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 absorbs road irregularities with nary a shudder, and also the electrically helped steering is reasonably quick and also normally well heavy.

At 4560 pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander examination automobile was no light-weight, and also the excess mass made itself recognized when using the brakes, as the Toyota needed 181 feet of tarmac to stop 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 alternatives. Of that tally, all-wheel drive adds $1460 as well as brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, as well as a display screen setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that shows torque circulation among the Highlander's four wheels. An $1810 rear-seat entertainment system was one of the most expensive option, while $434 purchased floor mats as well as body-side moldings. Requirement products included navigation, a proximity trick with push-button beginning, and also a sunroof, as well as previously mentioned attributes such as a blind-spot monitoring system and leather-trimmed initial- and also second-row seats (Toyota drapes the 3rd row in vinyl).

While the Highlander's lifeless handling and confined third row continue to suppress our excitement for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's lengthy listing of common safety as well as convenience functions, a lot more powerful as well as fuel-efficient V-6 engine, as well as enhanced exterior styling will continuously bring in hoards of consumers looking for a comfortable as well as moderately priced mid-size crossover SUV.

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