2015 toyota Highlander Reviews

2015 toyota highlander reviews: The 2014 Toyota Highlander's cavalcade of renovations make a formerly bland, middle-of-the-road SUV stand apart with bold designing and also boosted family members friendliness.

Toyota paid attention to consumers while upgrading the seven/eight-seat 2014 Highlander and replied to demands for even more cabin and also cargo area, dynamic designing as well as premium amenities. Requests for a more vibrant driving experience needs to have been respectfully ignored, however, as the 2014's harsher ride is a tradeoff I do not think several midsize SUV customers must need to deal with in return for sportier handling.

Still, other enhancements will unquestionably appeal to consumers who had actually damaged the previous Highlander off their checklist or a minimum of to those that don't think about a comfortable flight an essential. The 2014 Highlander's enhanced cargo space behind the basic third-row seat is a much-needed improvement; plus, it's much easier to get into the 3rd row, which now seats 3 and bumps conventional sitting ability to eight.

2015 toyota highlander reviews

With upgrades that extend the lineup of LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and also Limited Platinum trim degrees, the 2014 Highlander is now in far better shape to take on the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2014 Ford Traveler and 2014 Honda Pilot.

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

Outside & Styling

Toyota returned to the drawing board to redesign its aging and stylistically empty Highlander. Fast-forward to 2014, and you cannot call the Highlander boring looking any type of longer. The 2013's dull appearance changes into a hulking SUV with a beefier stance, protruding fenders as well as strong front designing. Its visibility approved the 2013 New York City International Vehicle Program flooring where it debuted, and also it looks just as great rolling down the street.

How It Drives

The driving experience isn't really the cars and truck's most attractive characteristic, despite an assortment of encouraging new framework and also suspension modifications, so it readies the brand-new SUV does so numerous other things well.

Toyota selected curvy canyon as well as coastal roads in The golden state to demonstrate the Highlander's brand-new handling chops. Driving a 2013 and 2014 back to back, the 2014 does show greater degrees of roadway hold and also an enhanced steering feedback. It's even more sports when digging right into an edge, though I wouldn't call the Highlander enjoyable to drive. The 270-horsepower V-6 does not have an instant punch of velocity in the heavy Highlander. It's a far cry from the lighter, 290-hp Hyundai Santa Fe, which is a "little" ball of enjoyment among other comparable three-row SUVs. A six-cylinder Highlander LE with front-wheel drive is 4,244 extra pounds, while a V-6, front-wheel-drive Santa Fe GLS is 3,933 extra pounds.

An adverse result of the Highlander's newly found characteristics is a choppier trip over rough roads. After driving 2013 and 2014 designs, I could tell the 2014 transfers more road flaws via the chassis as well as right into seats. Hey, Toyota: It's OKAY to have a hostile design and also ride like a sofa; see the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

On the advantage, the 2014 Highlander has an extra significant sensation over harsh roadways, with less rattles, squeals and also chassis flex. It's a matured experience with boosted audio insulation, acoustic glass and a stiffer framework aiding maintain outside noise very little.

I quickly hung around in the four-cylinder Highlander with front-wheel drive, which Toyota expects to make up 5 to 10 percent of sales, and in the all-new Highlander Crossbreed. Both the front-wheel-drive-only four-cylinder (20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined) and all-wheel-drive-only Hybrid V-6 (27/28/28 mpg) are a little harsh around the sides as far as engine sound as well as resonances. The Hybrid's gas mileage is fairly the same for 2014, down 1 mpg in city scores to 27 mpg however preserves its 28 mpg combined ranking. The transition from electrical to when the engine fires up is noticeable with raw sounds originating from under the hood, distinct from across a parking lot. Resonances from the transition are very little, however the noises are loud enough to take notice.

An extra 353 extra pounds added to the crossbreed from three electric motors-- two in the front as well as one in the back-- as well as a nickel metal hydride battery is visible in how the Hybrid drives compared with the Limited V-6 with four-wheel drive. It's a loosened up experience less excited about speeding up and also dealing with despite having 280-hp incorporated, as well as it likewise does not ride any smoother compared to the non-hybrid.

The Hybrid's unusually loud engine sounds would not be as much of a concern if the Highlander Hybrid weren't $48,160 with location, $7,130 more than 2013-- a 2014 Lexus RX 450h is $47,320, though a lot smaller sized on the in. The Highlander Hybrid's luxury cars and truck rate doesn't mirror high-end improvement now that the feature-loaded Crossbreed Limited is the only Crossbreed offered; the less-expensive version got the axe for 2014.

The volume-seller V-6 is the most fine-tuned of the number, providing smooth as well as predictable velocity as well as the very best handling with four-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 all-wheel drive is likewise much more affordable than the outbound 2013 thanks to a new six-speed transmission changing a five-speed unit on V-6 designs. The all-wheel-drive system, which is likewise new, aids include 2 mpg highway over the 2013 version. All-wheel-drive Highlanders send out torque to the rear wheels when slippage is discovered, versus the previous system that constantly sent torque to 4 wheels.


Part of the 2014's change includes calling up the interior styling with many soft-touch and also accent-stitched interior panels that improve the classiness. The quality is Toyota-Avalon nice with a sewn control panel, guiding wheel as well as soft-touch, premium products in noticeable locations. Plastic locations that typically aren't textured, sewed or covered are still on par for the course. Even the base LE Highlander radiates the almost luxurylike niceness of the higher-optioned Restricted trims.

Seats is comfortable in the initial and 2nd rows with soft, large front seats and a highly flexible 2nd row that moves as well as reclines with 2 captain's chairs or the basic three-seat bench arrangement-- captain's chairs are readily available on the XLE and standard on the Limited. The rest of the Highlander might have been redone with dynamism in mind, however the seats talk to its comfort-focused origins. Many people on our team will certainly miss out on the 2013's removable second-row center seat. I will not, as it was uneasy as well as bulky to get rid of and also change with the center table that kept under the facility console.

In the third row, Toyota enhanced width and also added an added seat for an optimum ability of 8 occupants in basic arrangement. A new, extra portable back suspension freed the added room. The 3rd row still doesn't fit adults with as much comfort as the bigger Chevrolet Traverse, but it's good in a pinch. There are also new one-touch folding second-row seats on both sides. Formerly, only the curbside seat folded up and also glided onward using the one-touch lever. Third-row bikers additionally benefit from the 2nd row's raised seat traveling, which permits simple entrance and also leave.

Ergonomics & Electronic devices

Innovation is a substantial emphasis in the 2014 Highlander and done extremely well. Toyota's Entune multimedia system functions much better compared to ever before compared to other Toyota lorries in which I have actually used the system. Working the Entune system's voice commands is impressive. The versions I tested picked up on the numerous voice commands I spoke.

Those with large phones or who regularly have their phone linked to the SUV will certainly appreciate a device storage space ledge below the climate controls that supplies a pass-through for USB cords. There need to disappear Medusa-like dangling of cords entangling the equipment selector.

The common Entune on base LE versions includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen with backup cam, USB port with iPod connectivity, supporting input, voice recognition, Bluetooth phone connectivity as well as Bluetooth streaming sound. LE And also trims have Entune Audio Plus with a higher-resolution 6.1-inch screen, HD Radio and also 90-day satellite radio subscription. The following step up is Entune Costs Sound with Navigation as well as App Suite on XLE designs with an 8-inch touch-screen and also app suite with Pandora, Yelp and also Facebook assimilation with a mobile phone as well as coming with Entune downloadable application. A JBL sound system is conventional on Limited trim degrees.

The massive center storage bin in between the front seats could devour anything plus-sized, like a purse, 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 flourishing voice of a mad mom or daddy with the rear stereo audio speakers by means of the Bluetooth microphone to maintain rowdy children in check. Just how much a lot more household focused can you obtain compared to giving a feature that allows parents to chew out kids?

Cargo, Towing & Storage

Freight room behind the 3rd row boosts over the previous Highlander's revealing step, which had a hard time lugging grocery stores, let alone a stroller or golf bag. The cargo volume is now ranked at 13.8 cubic feet, up from 10.3 cubic feet. It's not a substantial renovation, yet a minimum of it makes the location functional. It's still tiny compared with others in the sector: The Explorer has 21 cubic feet as well as the Pilot has 18 cubic feet behind the 3rd row. Toyota's hoax to raise freight room included relocating all 3 rows of seats forward, including size behind the rear wheels and also making use of a more portable rear suspension.

The power liftgate is an excellent feature to be typical on LE And also trim degrees and above, and has a dress up its sleeve: It adapts to numerous elevations, not simply 1 or 2 established height setups. With the liftgate in motion, customers can stop the liftgate and program it to available to that established height the next time. The function will certainly make shorter motorists as well as proprietors of low garages extremely delighted. (If eviction goes too expensive, shorter people might battle to reach the power-close button on its bottom side.) An additional unique function on the back is an oldie however a reward: On LE And also models and also above, the back window opens up for easy accessibility independent of the freight gateway.

A 5,000-pound tow rating on XLE as well as Limited trim levels features a standard towing package that includes engine/transmission colders and updated radiator and also generator. Hybrids could tow 3,500 pounds, V-6 LE/LE Plus can tow 2,000 extra pounds and also a four-cylinder LE is ranked at 1,500 extra pounds.


The 2014 Highlander had not been crash-tested at the time of this writing.

The 2014 Highlander gives reduced supports and also tethers on outboard second-row seats for child-safety seats, yet only a secure support on the center third-row seat.

Advanced security features are readily available, though just on the expensive Minimal trim level where a dead spot surveillance system as well as rear vehicle parking aid are conventional, as well as pre-collision, flexible cruise control and also lane separation caution are optional. Minimal trim degrees are additionally the only versions with a back-up cam that utilizes predictive guidelines to reveal the lorry's course-- a backup electronic camera with set lines is basic on all other trim degrees.

Value in Its Class

Toyota states pricing is up about $1,500 typically throughout the 2014 trim levels, which include extra features over the 2013. Base prices begins at $30,075 for a base four-cylinder LE with location, while volume-seller XLE models with four-wheel drive are $38,360 as well as consist of natural leather seating with warmed pole positions, navigation, three-zone climate control, wise keyless entry, second-row sunshades and even more. Pricing for the XLE is extremely affordable to three-row midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and even the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2013 Highlander was genuinely a midpack three-row SUV, hanging back in crucial areas like interior quality, cargo room and innovation. Rest assured, if you're a Highlander proprietor planning to update-- as long as you're unconcerned about trip quality-- the 2014 is not just an engaging upgrade, yet likewise worthy of cross-shopping the section's ideal.