Toyota Highlander Models

Toyota Highlander Models: Unnoticeable as well as sensible, the Highlander can haul up to 8 in quiet comfort. The base 185-hp 2.7-liter inline-four teams with a six-speed automatic and also front-wheel drive; the optional 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 gets an eight-speed automated. Four-wheel drive is optional for V-6 versions and also requirement for the hybrid, which sets the V-6 with 2 electrical motors; we saw 24 mpg in our test. The Highlander supplies a sufficient driving experience, however it's more concentrated on indoor details and also storage.


Toyota Highlander Models


Like the 1986 film Highlander, the Toyota SUV that shares its name is a crowd-pleaser that fails to motivate fervor amongst critics. After greater than 190,000 Highlanders rolled off dealership great deals last year, Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV went into 2017 with a host of modifications targeted at satisfying the masses and also experts alike.

Significantly, all Highlanders, from the base $31,590 LE to the state-of-the-art $48,840 Highlander Crossbreed Limited Platinum, currently come common with a pre-collision caution system with pedestrian detection as well as automated emergency braking, plus lane-departure warning, lane-keeping aid, adaptive cruise ship control, as well as automatic high-beams. Our all-wheel-drive $43,184 Highlander XLE examination vehicle additionally loaded blind-spot tracking, a function inaccessible on the lower-level Highlander LE and also LE And also.

Accompanying the 2017 Highlander's many safety systems is the most recent version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The six-cylinder is basic on all but the base front-wheel-drive Highlander LE-- which continuouslies utilize a wimpy 185-hp inline-four-- and also integrates a host of contemporary innovations, consisting of a direct and also port fuel-injection system and an updated valvetrain that permits the engine to operate on the much more effective Atkinson cycle. Ranked at a healthy and balanced 295 horse power and also 263 lb-ft of torque, the changed V-6 makes 25 more horses and also an extra 15 lb-ft compared with the previous device. Gas economic situation is up, as well, with the front-wheel-drive 2017 Highlander V-6 gaining an EPA-rated 23 mpg integrated; all-wheel-drive versions achieve 22 mpg. Both numbers note a 2-mpg renovation over in 2014's Highlander and also placed the crossover within 1 mpg of the four-cylinder Mazda CX-9's combined fuel-economy figures.

Toyota's 2GR-FKS six is a treasure of an engine that constructs power almost all the means up to its 6800-rpm redline. At the track, this Highlander cut 0.3 second 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, respectively. Sadly, the 2017 Highlander's 5.6-second 50-to-70-mph death time was both slow-moving for the course and also almost a second behind that of its forbear. Condemn the new eight-speed transmission's hesitancy to downshift. Regardless, the changed Highlander's V-6 supplies lots of grunt in a lot of real-world driving situations. Thanks partly to our test automobile's automated stop-start system, we handled a sensible 21 mpg during our time with the crossover, 2 mpg better than exactly 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), after that the crossover's spruced up exterior style is akin to the movie's good-looking yet featureless lead character, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). New front as well as rear fascias, upgraded headlamps, as well as an appealing collection of LED taillights give the Highlander a much more natural, SUV-like appearance. Yet we still wouldn't put it rather on the exact same level of appearance as the butch Dodge Durango or the shapely CX-9.

Unlike the outside, the Highlander's interior has actually been left largely unblemished. Toyota did include four even more USB ports, bringing the total amount to 5-- 3 in front and 2 in the rear. The cockpit showcases a number of handy storage space nooks, including a rack that extends the lower dashboard and also a substantial center-console container that could fit almost a cubic foot of miscellaneous products. Ergonomic faults consist of difficult-to-grip temperature level handles for the climate-control system and also a touchscreen that's also far away from the chauffeur.

While base-level LE as well as LE And also Highlanders feature a basic second-row bench seat, the XLE, SE, Limited, and also Limited Platinum grades feature captain's chairs in the center. (The bench seat is a no-cost option on the XLE, Limited, and also Limited Platinum.) Area is plentiful in the 2nd row, yet we found that our seven-passenger examination car's bucket seats were placed also reduced for ideal comfort. Still, the Highlander's gliding and also reclining second-row chairs resembled a pair of La-Z-Boy reclining chairs compared to the thin and also lightweight 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 frequently haul adequate guests to quality frequent use the third row, think about the Atlas, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Flex.

Darkness of an SUV

Despite the Highlander's carlike unibody building and construction and 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 excessive body coming in turns. On the plus side, the suspension takes in roadway irregularities with nary a shudder, as well as the electrically helped guiding is reasonably quick and also normally well heavy.

At 4560 pounds, our all-wheel-drive Highlander examination automobile was no light-weight, and the excess mass made itself known when using the brakes, as the Toyota required 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 and also brings vestigial mud flaps, hill-descent control, and a display screen setup within the 4.2-inch gauge-cluster display that reveals torque distribution among the Highlander's four wheels. An $1810 rear-seat amusement system was the most expensive choice, while $434 purchased floor mats and body-side moldings. Standard things included navigating, a proximity secret with push-button start, as well as a sunroof, as well as aforementioned functions such as a blind-spot surveillance system and also leather-trimmed initial- and also second-row seats (Toyota upholsters the 3rd row in vinyl).

While the Highlander's lifeless handling as well as confined 3rd row continuously curb our interest for the Indiana-built crossover, the upgraded 2017 Highlander's long listing of basic security and benefit attributes, more powerful as well as fuel-efficient V-6 engine, as well as boosted outside designing will certainly continue to bring in heaps of consumers looking for a comfy and reasonably valued mid-size crossover SUV.