2013 toyota Highlander

2013 toyota highlander: Even in its final design year before a redesign, the 2013 Toyota Highlander excels, strong, standard household transport-- absolutely nothing to establish the heart aflame, but eminently qualified.

Some cars, and also Toyotas specifically, frequently get described by automotive lovers as "devices." The contrast is made between a Camry as well as a fridge, or a Corolla as well as a washing machine, for example. The effects (normally less than kind) is that these lorries have attributes that are much less fun as well as better. One wouldn't take a fridge to an autocross, or drag-race a washing machine from a traffic light. But also for countless people around the globe, a home appliance is exactly just what they want in an automobile-- something they don't have to consider to utilize, that isn't really wacky or ostentatious, that's reputable as well as straightforward. For those people, lots of Toyotas are definitely excellent-- as well as the 2013 Highlander is the pinnacle of such appliancelike, comfortable, practical reasoning.

2013 toyota highlander

This is the last year for this design of Highlander, with a new 2014 model on its manner in which was introduced at the 2013 New York International Vehicle Show in March. However, there's a whole lot to such as regarding the existing Highlander, which has roominess, power, convenience and also energy in droves.

Nothing Fancy, Simply Standard Capability

The shape knows by now, with relatively hostile styling that has actually been replicated by several manufacturers. (The brand-new Nissan Pathfinder, for instance, looks a whole lot similar to this Highlander in lots of ways.) It's a clean, moving style that suffers a bit from wheels that look somewhat too small in the base V-6 trim level I checked. If you like the means it looks, nevertheless, obtain one now, as the 2014 version will certainly get a rather significant designing upgrade that's not to everyone's liking.

The interior is likewise pleasing. Nothing shocking, just well outlined, extremely comfortable and also made from premium products that have been screwed together well. Up front, the low, soft-touch dash and also high seats position integrate for a powerful view over the hood, with outstanding presence sideways and also rear also. Controls on the facility control panel huge as well as clear, with large buttons and also beefy handles that make running the climate-control system a wind (sorry). The assesses are bright, clear and also simple to review at a glance. There's nothing exceptional about the forms and also textures in here, however there's absolutely nothing to offend either-- unless you're a person that calls for some aesthetic interest in your transportation selection, as there's none to be discovered in the unlimited sea of grey plastic extending from door to door. At the very least in the Highlander it's respectable plastic, unlike in other Toyota products, like the Venza.

Seating is functional and astonishingly roomy, specifically in the 2nd row, which features impressive quantities of legroom. This is a three-row SUV, consisting of a fold-down seat for 2 people in the freight location, obtainable through the fold-and-tumble second-row seats. That third row is vast enough for full-sized grownups, yet legroom is seriously endangered. This is simply a midsized SUV, nevertheless, not a full-sizer like the Toyota Sequoia or Chevrolet Traverse. Folding up the second row for entrance to the 3rd is simple, with takes care of atop the seatbacks creating straightforward procedure also by children. Both the 2nd and 3rd rows fold flat, producing an enormous freight room able to hold large, cumbersome things.

Interior electronics are standard and not horribly made complex on the entry-level Highlander (the just significant options my examination design had were a V-6 engine and all-wheel drive). The basic touch-screen multimedia display is large and also easy to use, however a 2nd, smaller sized display over it displayed restricted automobile info, as well, with just a handful of display screens to choose from. You could choice up a Highlander to the hilt with things like Toyota's Entune (a cloud-based enjoyment and info system), a navigating system and also even more, but my tester had none of that-- just satellite radio as well as a windshield-wiper heater, part of the $60 Winter Package. On the plus side, an absence of features suggests the interior is uncluttered and straightforward. It additionally suggests there's little to do but drive.

Roly-Poly, yet Not Pokey

Fortunately, driving the Highlander is equally as enjoyable as sitting in or taking a look at one. In the base version, power comes from a standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine making 187 horsepower, however my tester had the optional 3.5-liter V-6 engine, bumping horsepower up to a much more confidence-inspiring 270 hp. In real Toyota fashion, the V-6 is the picture of level of smoothness, so much so that the only method to know it's performing at idle is to blip the pedal. Hit that same pedal while the Highlander's in gear, as well as you're compensated with strong, seamless velocity. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with the four-cylinder, yet the V-6 comes just with a five-speed automatic. A gasoline-electric hybrid version is likewise offered. With the exception of the hybrid, nonetheless, the drivetrain overall is a little bit behind the times-- most competitors are supplying six-speed automatics across the array, plus turbocharging or a minimum of direct-injection modern technology. Thankfully, a lot of buyers will certainly not know any kind of technical deficiency thanks to the Highlander's buttery procedure and also effortless acceleration.

Exactly what they could see, nonetheless, is fuel economy. Highlanders with the base four-cylinder engine and also front-wheel drive are rated 20/25 mpg city/highway-- tolerable for a huge seven-seat cruiser. Fuel economy goes down to 18/24 for the larger V-6 engine, and even better, to 17/22 mpg, when you include all-wheel drive. My week with the Highlander returned 19 mpg in combined driving; okay, yet absolutely not class-leading any longer. It falls well short of the brand-new all-wheel-drive Nissan Pathfinder, rated 19/25 mpg, and the new seven-seat Hyundai Santa Fe, which comes in at 18/24 mpg. It also typically matches the much larger Chevrolet Traverse for combined gas mileage rating (19 mpg), as well as does 1 mpg much better in the city and 1 mpg worse on the highway. The Highlander schedule's gas economic climate champ is the hybrid, ranked 28/28 mpg, however that comes at a considerable cost premium as well as with common four-wheel drive.

The Highlander is undoubtedly tuned for convenience instead of driving enjoyable. As the suspension is soft, the body motions are tippy as well as the whole vehicle rolls as well as lolls in fast edges. You will not be doing any type of spirited driving in this household truckster, however exactly what you enter return is superb trip quality that's smooth even over a few of one of the most terribly damaged sidewalk, helped by high sidewalls on the 17-inch tires that soak up bumps with little noise or interruption to your calmness. Hang an iPad on the seatback, and the munchkins will not be bothered by road conditions in the slightest. Faster freeway driving is just as tranquil as well as hushed.


The existing Highlander has actually been crash-tested by both the National Highway Traffic Safety And Security Management and the Insurance Policy Institute for Highway Safety. NHTSA ranked the Highlander four from five stars generally, while IIHS provided the Highlander its top ranking of Good in all its significant tests, gaining it Leading Security Select condition.

As for devices, the Highlander has all the requisite digital precaution, like grip control, anti-skid brakes and a digital security system. Front, side, motorist's knee and also side curtain air bags are basic. There was no backup camera on my examination vehicle, yet it's a $699 choice on base versions (criterion on all other trim levels), a rather blazing omission from the devices listing for a supposed household car.

Highlander in the Market

The Highlander V6 all-wheel drive I checked had one noteworthy high quality that could not be neglected: a somewhat low as-tested rate of $33,477, consisting of an $845 location charge. The beginning price for this base V-6 version with four-wheel drive is $32,690, implying choices on my tester were few: only a $60 Winter Plan, a $29 first-aid set, a $49 cargo net as well as an instead expensive $649 three-row flooring mat kit. If you want to skip the V-6 and also four-wheel drive, the Highlander with a four-cylinder engine and also front-wheel drive starts at $29,865. At the other end of the spectrum is a completely filled Highlander Crossbreed Limited four-wheel drive, which begins at $47,215-- quite a significant array.

Midsize SUVs have actually been taking over for minivans in family-hauling tasks, and the number of access in the field is greater than ever. Calling for seven seats does cut the note down ever so a little. The Highlander's primary competitors are the Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse/GMC Acadia, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-9 and Dodge Durango. If you could cope with just five seats, include the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, Ford Side, Toyota Venza as well as Kia Sorento. That's greater than a lots various other lorries to think about, demonstrating just how competitive this sector truly is. The closest suits are the Pathfinder, Traveler as well as Santa Fe (not the Santa Fe Sport, mind you, which is a smaller sized, five-seat design). The Pathfinder features only a V-6 and continually variable transmission, while the Santa Fe's seven-seat model supplies only a V-6. The Traveler provides two V-6 engines and also an optional turbo four-cylinder, all mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All are equivalent in regards to space, price as well as utility, yet the Highlander's rivals usually have the advantage in gas economy as well as on-board innovation.

The 2014 Highlander will finally get a six-speed transmission for its V-6 engine, which need to enhance gas economic climate as well as acceleration. It likewise obtains seating for eight thanks to a larger freight area and a larger third-row seat. Engines will certainly carry over unmodified, nevertheless, implying there will certainly still be no direct-injection or turbocharging. The interior and exterior updates look excellent and also must keep the Highlander affordable, which's really all Toyota needs to do to keep the Highlander's sales numbers up-- cosmetic adjustments that maintain it fresh in an ultra-competitive market. Toyota currently has the energy, convenience, skills and family-friendly parts down pat. Dealing with its curb allure as well as on-board technology will only enhance the Highlander's setting.