2015 toyota Highlander

2015 toyota highlander: The 2014 Toyota Highlander's cavalcade of improvements make a previously bland, middle-of-the-road SUV stick out with bold styling and also boosted family kindness.

Toyota paid attention to customers while upgrading the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander and also replied to needs for even more cabin as well as freight area, dynamic styling and costs amenities. Ask for a more vibrant driving experience must have been pleasantly ignored, however, as the 2014's harsher trip is a tradeoff I do not assume lots of midsize SUV purchasers need to need to live with in return for sportier handling.

Still, various other renovations will certainly interest consumers that had actually scraped the previous Highlander off their checklist or a minimum of to those who don't take into consideration a comfy ride a must-have. The 2014 Highlander's boosted cargo room behind the conventional third-row seat is a much-needed enhancement; plus, it's easier to obtain into the 3rd row, which currently sittings three and also bumps basic seating capability to eight.

2015 toyota highlander

With upgrades that cover the schedule of LE, LE And Also, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum trim levels, the 2014 Highlander is now in far better shape to handle the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2014 Ford Explorer and 2014 Honda Pilot.

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

Exterior & Styling

Toyota returned to the attracting board to revamp its aging as well as stylistically empty Highlander. Fast-forward to 2014, and you cannot call the Highlander boring looking any longer. The 2013's dull look transforms into a hulking SUV with a beefier position, bulging fenders and vibrant front styling. Its presence approved the 2013 New York City International Auto Show floor where it debuted, and it looks just as good rolling down the street.

How It Drives

The driving experience isn't the cars and truck's most attractive feature, despite a selection of encouraging brand-new chassis and suspension modifications, so it's good the brand-new SUV does so lots of other points well.

Toyota picked curvy canyon and seaside roadways in California to demonstrate the Highlander's brand-new handling chops. Driving a 2013 as well as 2014 back to back, the 2014 does exhibit greater degrees of road grip and an improved guiding action. It's even more athletic when excavating into an edge, though I would not call the Highlander enjoyable to drive. The 270-horsepower V-6 doesn't have a prompt strike of velocity in the hefty Highlander. It's a far cry from the lighter, 290-hp Hyundai Santa Fe, which is a "little" round of exhilaration among other similar 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.

An adverse impact of the Highlander's newly found dynamics is a choppier ride over rough roadways. After driving 2013 and also 2014 designs, I can tell the 2014 transmits more roadway blemishes through the framework and right into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's OK to have an aggressive layout and also flight like a sofa; see the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

On the upside, the 2014 Highlander has a much more significant feeling over harsh roadways, with less rattles, squeals as well as chassis flex. It's a matured experience with enhanced noise insulation, acoustic glass and also a stiffer framework assisting keep outside sound minimal.

I briefly hung around in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota anticipates to account for 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 Crossbreed V-6 (27/28/28 mpg) are a little harsh around the sides as for engine sound and vibrations. The Crossbreed's gas mileage is relatively unmodified for 2014, down 1 mpg in city scores to 27 mpg however preserves its 28 mpg integrated rating. The transition from electrical to when the engine fires up is recognizable with raw sounds coming from under the hood, audible from throughout a car park. Vibrations from the transition are minimal, yet the sounds are audible to take notice.

An extra 353 extra pounds added to the crossbreed from three electrical motors-- 2 in the front as well as one in the back-- and also a nickel steel hydride battery is recognizable in exactly how the Crossbreed drives compared with the Restricted V-6 with all-wheel drive. It's a relaxed experience much less fired up concerning accelerating and dealing with despite 280-hp integrated, as well as it also does not ride any smoother than the non-hybrid.

The Hybrid's uncommonly loud engine noises would not be as much of an issue if the Highlander Crossbreed just weren't $48,160 with destination, $7,130 greater than 2013-- a 2014 Lexus RX 450h is $47,320, however much smaller sized on the within. The Highlander Hybrid's luxury auto rate does not reflect luxury improvement since the feature-loaded Hybrid Limited is the only Hybrid used; the less-expensive variation got the axe for 2014.

The volume-seller V-6 is one of the most refined of the bunch, providing smooth as well as predictable acceleration as well as the most effective handling with all-wheel drive. The V-6-powered Highlander's gas mileage of 19/25/21 mpg with front-wheel drive and also 18/24/20 mpg with four-wheel drive is likewise much more affordable compared to the outbound 2013 thanks to a new six-speed transmission replacing a five-speed unit on V-6 models. The all-wheel-drive system, which is additionally brand-new, aids include 2 mpg highway over the 2013 variation. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send torque to the rear wheels when slippage is found, versus the previous system that always sent torque to four wheels.


Part of the 2014's improvement includes calling up the interior styling with numerous soft-touch and accent-stitched interior panels that boost the classiness. The top quality is Toyota-Avalon nice with a sewn control panel, guiding wheel as well as soft-touch, top notch products in noticeable places. Plastic locations that aren't textured, sewed or covered are still on par for the course. Also the base LE Highlander exudes the practically luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Restricted trims.

Seating fits in the very first as well as second rows with soft, wide front seats as well as an extremely flexible second row that glides and reclines with 2 captain's chairs or the standard three-seat bench setup-- captain's chairs are available on the XLE and basic on the Limited. The rest of the Highlander could have been redone with dynamism in mind, yet the seats talk to its comfort-focused origins. Many individuals on our team will certainly miss the 2013's detachable second-row center seat. I will not, as it was uneasy and large to eliminate and change with the facility table that stored under the center console.

In the 3rd row, Toyota raised width and also added an added seat for a maximum capability of eight residents in basic arrangement. A new, more compact rear suspension freed the additional area. The third row still doesn't fit adults with as much comfort as the bigger Chevrolet Traverse, however it excels in a pinch. There are also brand-new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Previously, only the curbside seat folded and moved onward through the one-touch bar. Third-row motorcyclists likewise take advantage of the second row's boosted seat travel, which permits very easy access and also leave.

Ergonomics & Electronic devices

Innovation is a substantial emphasis in the 2014 Highlander and done quite possibly. Toyota's Entune multimedia system works far better than ever compared with various other Toyota automobiles in which I have actually used the system. Functioning the Entune system's voice commands goes over. The models I checked picked up on the different voice commands I spoke.

Those with bulky phones or who continuously have their phone linked to the SUV will certainly appreciate a device storage space step below the climate manages that supplies a pass-through for USB cords. There need to disappear Medusa-like dangling of cable televisions the equipment selector.

The typical Entune on base LE models includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup camera, USB port with iPod connection, auxiliary input, voice recognition, Bluetooth phone connection as well as Bluetooth streaming sound. LE And also trims have Entune Sound Plus with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch screen, HD Radio and 90-day satellite radio subscription. The following step up is Entune Premium Sound with Navigating and Application Suite on XLE versions with an 8-inch touch-screen and application collection with Pandora, Yelp and also Facebook assimilation with a smartphone and also accompanying Entune downloadable application. A JBL stereo is standard on Minimal trim degrees.

The enormous facility storage space container between the front seats can devour anything plus-sized, like a handbag, iPad or Blu-ray collection for the readily available rear-seat Blu-ray player. When you neglect that Blu-ray in the house, a fascinating new attribute called Easy Speak sends the booming voice of a mad mom or daddy through the rear stereo audio speakers through the Bluetooth microphone to maintain wild children in check. What does it cost? a lot more household concentrated can you obtain than offering an attribute that enables parents to yell at kids?

Freight, Towing & Storage space

Cargo space behind the third row enhances over the previous Highlander's revealing step, which had a hard time lugging groceries, let alone an infant stroller or golf bag. The freight volume is now ranked at 13.8 cubic feet, up from 10.3 cubic feet. It's not a big enhancement, however at least it makes the area useful. It's still tiny compared to others in the segment: The Traveler has 21 cubic feet and also the Pilot has 18 cubic feet behind the 3rd row. Toyota's hoax to increase cargo area included moving all 3 rows of seats ahead, including size behind the back wheels as well as using an extra portable back suspension.

The power liftgate is an outstanding function to be standard on LE And also trim degrees and also above, as well as has a dress up its sleeve: It adapts to different heights, not just 1 or 2 fixed height settings. With the liftgate moving, individuals can quit the liftgate and program it to available to that established height the following time. The function will make shorter drivers and owners of low garages extremely pleased. (If eviction goes expensive, shorter folks may have a hard time to reach the power-close button on its bottom edge.) One more distinct feature on the back is an oldie yet a goody: On LE And also versions and also above, the back window opens for simple accessibility independent of the freight entrance.

A 5,000-pound tow score on XLE and also Limited trim degrees comes with a standard towing bundle that consists of engine/transmission colders as well as updated radiator and also alternator. Hybrids could tow 3,500 extra pounds, V-6 LE/LE And also can tow 2,000 pounds and also a four-cylinder LE is rated at 1,500 extra pounds.

Safety and security

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

The 2014 Highlander gives lower anchors and also tethers on outboard second-row seats for child-safety seats, yet just a tether anchor on the center third-row seat.

Advanced safety attributes are available, though just on the expensive Minimal trim degree where a dead spot tracking system and back auto parking help are typical, and pre-collision, flexible cruise control and also lane departure caution are optional. Restricted trim levels are likewise the only models with a backup camera that uses anticipating standards to reveal the lorry's path-- a back-up electronic camera with set lines is basic on all various other trim degrees.

Worth in Its Class

Toyota says prices is up around $1,500 typically throughout the 2014 trim levels, that include additional features over the 2013. Base pricing begins at $30,075 for a base four-cylinder LE with location, while volume-seller XLE models with all-wheel drive are $38,360 and also consist of natural leather sitting with warmed front seats, navigation, three-zone climate control, clever keyless entry, second-row sunshades as well as more. Prices for the XLE is very affordable 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, hanging back in important areas like interior high quality, cargo area as well as technology. Feel confident, if you're a Highlander owner looking to update-- as long as you're unconcerned concerning trip high quality-- the 2014 is not only a compelling upgrade, but likewise worthy of cross-shopping the section's ideal.