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First Drive: 2014 Highlander

The 2014 Toyota offers three different including a hybrid option.

The doesn t get the kind of attention on the Toyota Prius or the Camry, continues to anchor the Japanese s line-up as the best-selling passenger in the U.S.

The Highlander came the U.S. market in 2001 as was accelerating its ambitious plans to General Motors as the world s automaker.  It was Toyota s entry the fast growing-midsized utility and was one of the first SUVs constructed a unibody, rather than body-on-frame, platform.  And it caught on, in because of the company s reputation for durable and reliable vehicles.

All Toyota Highlanders will in 3-row configuration but captains are an upgrade.

The mid-sized utility remains a healthy piece of the accounting for some 10% of total and the list of Toyota s key competitors some formidable vehicles, the Ford Explorer, Honda Nissan Pathfinder and Chevrolet

The third-generation Highlander is now rolling off a assembly line in Princeton, and the 2014 comes with significant changes including an all new design that is several removed from the boxy of its of previous models. The sleek new styling is set off by the use of LED lighting in the front and and a new front grille, which doesn t match the strength of the design.

The changes to the exterior the 2014 Highlander a more silhouette that will a lot of Toyota s traditional customers – and appeal to those who didn’t the relatively stodgy looks of the old

The interior of the Highlander also has completely redone. For starters, the and the feel have moved with more soft material on the inside of the doors, the center console and across the The headliner also has been with new material with texture that helps the overall ambience.

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rows of seats are standard on all for 2014 and second-row captain s are available on higher grades.

s designers also have good use of interior storage The bin in the center console is about as as those found in a pickup and the instrument panel includes a storage space that can be for phones or even, heaven a map or guidebook.

Toyota made significant upgrades to the 2014 s interior.

However, the Highlander comes equipped with a new LCD screen that provides information about the vehicle, the center console is the home for s Entune Audio system, a 6.1-inch touch screen, phone and music streaming as as an integrated backup camera and an navigation system.

There is also a technology that includes lane warning, a pre-collision warning as well as Dynamic Radar Control and automatic high headlights.

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The is quiet thanks to a heavy of sound deadening material and the new rear suspension system has the Highlander s driving dynamics, a stable, sedan like that makes the vehicle comfortable while traveling long distances. It s also create more room for and cargo by eliminating the big shock The electric power steering offers some much-desired and four-wheel-disc brakes are standard.

The was that while it might been based on a car-like the old version of the Highlander was more a bit ponderous, especially when down winding roads, and not inspiring on highways.  While the new isn’t a benchmark for handling nonetheless a lot more pleasant to with more predictable and a more stable road

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The new 2014 Toyot Highlander a more comfortable, more ride.

Toyota is offering different powertrains on the 2014 including a hybrid system is quite transparent – with of the annoying rubber banding with some other drivetrains. But the big selling point is to be combined 28 miles per gallon from the EPA, making it one of the efficient vehicles in the segment.

But expects about 80% of all Highlanders to dealerships equipped with a V-6 with Variable Valve The six generates 270-horsepower and 248 lb-feet of Performance is aided by a new six-speed – again, a big improvement but not a benchmark in an quickly moving to 7-, 8-.

9- and even automatics.

Fuel efficiency the V-6 is rated at 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway/21 mpg on FWD models and 18/24/20 for AWD, is standard on the XLE and Limited grades.

A 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine 185 horsepower is also available on the EPA fuel efficiency is rated at 20 mpg in the 25 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined.

Prices for the start at $29,215 plus a charge of $860 for the LE grade with 18-inch alloy seats for eight as well as fold-flat seats, heated mirrors along with and USB ports. The Limited with all the new gear as well as heated and 19-inch alloy wheels in at $49,750, plus an $860

Toyota counts on its large of loyal customers who swear by the s record for quality, reliability and even when offered vehicles that might be stylish, well-equipped or more The 2014 Highlander suggests knows it can t rest on its laurels to customers forever without to catch up to improvements being by those competitors, however. 2014 Toyota Highlander is not the benchmark but it’s in the hunt and for loyal buyers that be enough to keep them back.

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