Toyota Highlander White

Toyota Highlander White: Unnoticeable and also sensible, the Highlander can haul up to eight in quiet convenience. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four teams with a six-speed automated and 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 models and also criterion for the hybrid, which sets the V-6 with two electric motors; we saw 24 mpg in our examination. The Highlander gives a sufficient driving experience, but it's more concentrated on interior niceties and also storage.

Toyota Highlander White

Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that cannot influence eagerness among doubters. After more than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealership whole lots last year, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV got in 2017 with a host of modifications aimed at satisfying the masses as well as experts alike.

Notably, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the high-grade $48,840 Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum, currently come common with a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian discovery as well as automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure caution, lane-keeping help, adaptive cruise control, and automated high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE test cars and truck additionally loaded blind-spot tracking, a function inaccessible on the lower-level Highlander LE and LE Plus.

Coming with the 2017 Highlander's numerous security systems is the latest variant of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is basic on just about the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continuouslies use a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- as well as incorporates a host of contemporary technologies, consisting of a direct and also port fuel-injection system and an upgraded valvetrain that enables the engine to operate on the much more reliable Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy and balanced 295 horse power and also 263 lb-ft of torque, the changed V-6 makes 25 even more ponies as well as an additional 15 lb-ft compared to the previous device. Fuel economic climate is up, as well, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 making an EPA-rated 23 mpg integrated; all-wheel-drive models achieve 22 mpg. Both numbers note a 2-mpg renovation over in 2015's Highlander and also put the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's mixed fuel-economy figures.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS six is a treasure of an engine that constructs power mostly all the way approximately its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander shaved 0.3 second off of its predecessor's zero-to-60-mph and 30-to-50-mph times, hitting the marks in 7.0 and also 3.8 seconds, specifically. Sadly, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph passing away time was both slow-moving for the class and also nearly a 2nd behind that of its forbear. Criticize the brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the modified Highlander's V-6 offers a lot of grunt in many real-world driving scenarios. Many thanks partly to our examination cars and truck's automated stop-start system, we took care of a sensible 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg much better than just what we obtained from a Mazda CX-9.

The Aspect of Crossover

If the 2017 Highlander's V-6 powertrain is the equivalent of Highlander's charming Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (played by Sean Connery), then the crossover's revamped outside layout is akin to the movie's good-looking however forgettable lead character, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front and rear fascias, upgraded headlamps, and an appealing collection of LED taillights provide the Highlander an extra cohesive, SUV-like appearance. But we still wouldn't place it fairly on the very same level of attractiveness as the butch Dodge Durango or the shapely CX-9.

Unlike the exterior, the Highlander's inside has actually been left largely unblemished. Toyota did add 4 even more USB ports, bringing the total amount to 5-- 3 ahead and also 2 in the rear. The cabin showcases a variety of useful storage nooks, including a rack that spans the lower control panel and an enormous center-console container that can suit almost a cubic foot of miscellaneous products. Ergonomic faults consist of difficult-to-grip temperature handles for the climate-control system and also a touchscreen that's also far away from the vehicle driver.

While base-level LE and LE And also Highlanders come with a common second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and Limited Platinum qualities come with captain's chairs in the middle. (The bench seat is a no-cost alternative on the XLE, Limited, and Restricted Platinum.) Space is plentiful in the second row, but we discovered that our seven-passenger test vehicle's bucket seats were mounted too reduced for ideal comfort. Still, the Highlander's gliding and also reclining second-row chairs resembled a set of La-Z-Boy reclining chairs compared with the thin and also flimsy 60/40 split-folding third-row bench. Legroom in the wayback is simply 27.7 inches, a full six inches less than exactly what the Volkswagen Atlas's rearmost row deals. If you consistently haul adequate travelers to quality regular use of the third row, consider the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Darkness of an SUV

Despite the Highlander's carlike unibody building and construction and also reduced step-in height, this mid-size crossover's managing reminds us of an antique body-on-frame SUV, as its softly sprung suspension enables extreme body coming in turns. On the plus side, the suspension soaks up roadway abnormalities with nary a shudder, and the electrically assisted steering is relatively quick and also usually well heavy.

At 4560 extra pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander test auto was no lightweight, and the excess mass made itself recognized when using the brakes, as the Toyota required 181 feet of tarmac to quit from 70 mph-- 11 feet more 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 showed off $3704 in choices. Of that tally, all-wheel drive adds $1460 and brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, as well as a screen setting within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that shows torque distribution among the Highlander's 4 wheels. An $1810 rear-seat amusement system was one of the most pricey choice, while $434 purchased flooring mats and body-side moldings. Criterion items included navigation, a distance key with push-button start, and a sunroof, along with abovementioned functions such as a blind-spot surveillance system and leather-trimmed very first- as well as second-row seats (Toyota cushions the 3rd row in vinyl).

While the Highlander's drab handling and also cramped 3rd row remain to curb our enthusiasm for the Indiana-built crossover, the updated 2017 Highlander's long listing of basic security and also benefit features, more powerful and also fuel-efficient V-6 engine, as well as enhanced outside styling will certainly continuously draw in hoards of buyers searching for a comfy and fairly priced mid-size crossover SUV.

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