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Review 2014 Toyota Highlander The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2014 Toyota

By Bark M. on February 10, 2014

One about a month ago, a that I had never really much thought to entered my quite forcefully. My phone and on the other end was a family member me that my sister-in-law had been in a serious auto accident. She had traveling through an intersection another motorist had run the red light the opposite direction.

It was a hard In fact, the impact was severe to flip my sister-in-law’s car was onto its What’s more, her three-year-old my nephew, had been in the back

They both left the totally unharmed.

Her car? A 1st gen Highlander. So, at least in part, I owe the and security of my extended family to the Toyota mid-sized CUV.

when I was invited to preview the Highlander, I was interested to see what the was about after all, don’t typically buy Super ad space and hire The Muppets for that aren’t critical to corporate strategy. Toyota has employing a two-pronged strategy for segment for quite some the Body-On-Frame, rugged 4Runner, and the innocuous Highlander. The 4Runner has appealed more to the male while the Highlander has been toward the ladies of the club. At glance, it’s plain to see Toyota has made a concerted to “butch up” the Highlander.


The grill looks like the with a wide, gaping The doors now bulge out from the giving the whole vehicle a more truck-like appearance. also a little bigger, too half an inch wider and 4 inches longer.

Visually, definitely a “love it or loathe it” While I’m probably likely to in the latter category, I do give credit for taking a creative with the appearance of the car. the previous generations of Highlander faded into the background on any this one will stand

The interior is where the Highlander shines. On the XLE and Platinum level that I drove, the quality of the materials was second to none. clear that a great of thought went into the of the dash. The XLE and Limited trims an eight inch, high-resolution in the center, while the LE gets a six touchscreen.

There is a neat tray (I’m not really what else to call it) extends all the way from the center of the to the passenger door that is for all of your electronic gadgets. In there’s even a portal cut above the USB jacks that you can tuck your cables When one drives as many CUVs and sedans as I do, it’s the details, the unique touches stick in your mind.

Toyota’s gift here to the OCD us is what stuck with me.

dear friend of mine a new 2013 Highlander last and her main complaint is the lack of in the second row. “It’s embarrassing exposing my ass to the entire lot as I’m leaning over the cramped trying to buckle kids carseats,” she frequently complains to me. you know somebody at Toyota could fix that?” Well, I can’t do anything about 2013, but the engineers at Toyota have heard enough about the outgoing model they made significant to both the legroom and the hip room of the and third rows for the 2014 In fact, the second and third have both been back about three and the cargo room behind the row has also been increased by 34 for you Active LifeStyle Triathlete more than enough for a stroller or a golf bag. also heated seating for the second row on the Platinum package trim level, which is a touch.

However, I was most interested in how the drives. I daily drive one of the competitors (a Ford Flex), so I was to see how they compared. While the Limited around the beachside of Santa Barbara, the Highlander very wide, wide to be slightly concerning on some of the streets. Otherwise, it was charming. reduction was a big concern with the new and with 30% more sound and a new windshield, Toyota hit it out of the park.

almost too quiet I felt isolated from the environment. I can imagine that there be times where that be exactly what the doctor Even with the big Panoramic open, noise remained at a

The driver’s seat provides comfortable cushioning, but it still the lumbar controls that I so much in the Avalon. Braking was mushy, so much so that I had to apply serious pressure on the pedal when decelerating speeds above thirty-five or so.

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the Highlander into the mountains was a pleasant experience. There are two options available (three if you the Hybrid, which I did not get any seat with), a 2.5 liter four that produces 185 horsepower and 184 ft lbs of (LE trim only), and a 3.5 liter six that makes 270 horsepower and 248 ft lbs of (available on all trim levels). a curb weight of somewhere 4,100 and 4,500 lbs, on trim, even the sixer quite underpowered (Toyota, wisely, did not provide a four to drive).

The six-speed automatic transmission with even the mildest which would be fine if it and stayed there. It didn’t. I nearly constant searching and as I went up and down the mountains Santa Ynez. The best way to get a pleasant driving experience the engine/transmission combination was to hammer it in a way I doubt many CUV drivers are to do.

This also caused the power steering to behave in bizarre fashion. I found I was able to move the wheel degrees in either direction the front wheels would Again, not a huge concern for CUV drivers, but when you’re to take mountain corners at speeds, it’s disconcerting.

The new for double-wishbone rear suspension was noticeable the rear end of the car bounced much less than one expect from such a vehicle. In fact, I found wishing that Toyota had put a suspension up front, too. The weight over the nose of the car distribution numbers were not at the time of this review) the MacPherson struts work hard in corners, and body was significant.

Toyota is expecting this model to be a big hit in the mid-sized CUV segment, a that is critical to the success of any They are looking for the 2014 to about ten percent more the outgoing 2013 did, or 140,000 units, all of which be built in Franklin, Indiana. As the big time competitor in this to be totally refreshed, it’s to expect that they hit their target.

They to keep the price tag under for the LE, sneaking in at $29,215 for a FWD four However, they’ve also to squeak over the $40k for the first time with the topping out at $41,100 for the AWD model, is an increase of $1,700 over the model. There’s also the new Limited, which comes in at (with optional An available Technology Package that a Pre- Collision system Dynamic Radar Cruise Lane Departure Alert Automatic High Beam and Safety Connect), and the Hybrid Platinum, which just under the $50K barrier at

Whew. I would expect the bulk of Highlander sales come from the LE Plus and XLE at $34,200 and $37,500, respectively.

My impressions of the Highlander? If you’re not to take it up and down any mountains soon, or do any towing with it, right up there with the in class, including the Explorer and the Cherokee. Despite the new styling, hard to see it taking any business its stablemate, the 4Runner they’re very different vehicles.

new Highlander will do nothing to satisfied Highlander drivers buying another one, and do a lot to convince happy owners of to take a look. That is, they can get past that grille.

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