Toyota Highlander Limited

Toyota Highlander Limited: Unnoticeable and also reasonable, the Highlander can haul up to 8 in silent convenience. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four groups with a six-speed automated as well as front-wheel drive; the optional 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 gets an eight-speed automated. All-wheel drive is optional for V-6 versions and also requirement for the hybrid, which sets the V-6 with two electric motors; we saw 24 mpg in our test. The Highlander gives an ample driving experience, but it's even more concentrated on interior precisions and also storage.

Toyota Highlander Limited

Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot influence fervor among movie critics. After more than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealer great deals in 2015, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV went into 2017 with a host of modifications aimed at pleasing the masses and experts alike.

Especially, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the state-of-the-art $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, currently come typical with a pre-collision caution system with pedestrian detection and automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping help, flexible cruise control, and automated high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE test car additionally loaded blind-spot surveillance, an attribute unavailable on the lower-level Highlander LE and LE Plus.

Going along with the 2017 Highlander's many safety and security systems is the most up to date version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is standard on just about the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which remains to use a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- and also incorporates a host of modern-day innovations, consisting of a straight and also port fuel-injection system and also an updated valvetrain that enables the engine to work on the a lot more effective Atkinson cycle. Rated at a healthy 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque, the changed V-6 makes 25 more ponies as well as an added 15 lb-ft compared to the previous system. Fuel economic climate is up, as well, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 gaining an EPA-rated 23 mpg combined; all-wheel-drive models achieve 22 mpg. Both numbers mark a 2-mpg improvement over in 2014's Highlander as well as placed the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's mixed fuel-economy numbers.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS 6 is a treasure of an engine that builds power mostly all the way 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 as well as 3.8 secs, specifically. Sadly, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph death time was both slow-moving for the course as well as virtually a 2nd behind that of its forbear. Criticize the brand-new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. No matter, the revised Highlander's V-6 supplies a lot of grunt in the majority of real-world driving situations. Many thanks partly to our test cars and truck's automated stop-start system, we managed a practical 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg better than what we received from a Mazda CX-9.

The Component of Crossover

If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the equivalent of Highlander's captivating Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), then the crossover's overhauled exterior design belongs to the movie's handsome but forgettable protagonist, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front as well as back fascias, upgraded headlamps, as well as an attractive set of LED taillights provide the Highlander a much more cohesive, SUV-like appearance. However we still would not place it quite on the exact same degree of attractiveness as the butch Dodge Durango or the shapely CX-9.

Unlike the exterior, the Highlander's interior has actually been left largely unblemished. Toyota did add four even more USB ports, bringing the overall to five-- three in front and also two in the rear. The cockpit features a variety of helpful storage nooks, including a shelf that extends the lower control panel and also a huge center-console container that can suit nearly a cubic foot of various things. Ergonomic mistakes include difficult-to-grip temperature level handles for the climate-control system and also a touchscreen that's as well away from the vehicle driver.

While base-level LE as well as LE And also Highlanders have a standard second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and also Limited Platinum grades have captain's chairs in the middle. (The bench seat is a no-cost choice on the XLE, Limited, and Minimal Platinum.) Area is plentiful in the 2nd row, however we located that our seven-passenger examination cars and truck's container seats were placed as well reduced for ideal convenience. Still, the Highlander's moving and also reclining second-row chairs were like a pair of La-Z-Boy recliner chairs compared to the thin as well as flimsy 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a complete six inches fewer than what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you on a regular basis haul adequate guests to advantage constant use the 3rd row, take into consideration the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Shadow of an SUV

Even with the Highlander's carlike unibody construction as well as low step-in elevation, this mid-size crossover's handling advises us of an antique body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension allows too much body coming in turns. On the bonus side, the suspension absorbs roadway abnormalities with nary a shudder, and also the electrically assisted steering is fairly fast and also normally well weighted.

At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test vehicle was no light-weight, as well as the excess mass made itself recognized when applying the brakes, as the Toyota required 181 feet of tarmac to stop from 70 mph-- 11 feet greater than a 161-pound-lighter all-wheel-drive GMC Acadia Denali.

With an as-tested rate of $43,184, our Toasted Walnut Pearl Highlander XLE sported $3704 in choices. Of that tally, four-wheel drive includes $1460 and also brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, as well as a screen setup within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that shows torque distribution among the Highlander's four wheels. An $1810 rear-seat entertainment system was one of the most pricey option, while $434 bought floor mats and also body-side moldings. Requirement things included navigation, a distance trick with push-button beginning, and a sunroof, as well as aforementioned functions such as a blind-spot surveillance system and also leather-trimmed very first- as well as second-row seats (Toyota drapes the 3rd row in vinyl).

While the Highlander's drab handling as well as confined third row continue to curb our enthusiasm for the Indiana-built crossover, the updated 2017 Highlander's lengthy checklist of conventional safety and security and also benefit attributes, extra effective as well as fuel-efficient V-6 engine, and also improved outside designing will continue to bring in heaps of customers searching for a comfy as well as reasonably priced mid-size crossover SUV.

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