2014 Toyota Highlander | First Drive Review — Consumer Reports News

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Over its two generations, the Toyota Highlander best be described by one word: Easy-going and accommodating, the Highlander has provided no-stress family Those qualities won the Highlander appearances on Consumer Reports’ Top list. So why mess with

The new Highlander continues to be one of the most midsized SUVs on the market. redesign focused on improving the driving dynamics and providing a third-row seat, increasing seating capacity to eight—all the to square off against the Highlander’s rival, the Honda Pilot .

We a 2014 XLE all-wheel-drive version for With heated leather a moonroof, and standard navigation, the XLE has every feature you’d all for a reasonable $38,941. But there’s an oversight: You can only get blind-spot on the top-trim Limited model. a very handy safety on a big SUV like this that, the trim name states, its availability. Other key high-tech such as forward-collision warning, are only available on the Limited. At all Highlanders come with a backup camera. (Read our in post: Redesigned 2014 Highlander faces a tough .)

Driving impressions: As Toyota to instill more excitement its product lineup, recent have sacrificed ride for marginal improvements in handling. But the Highlander makes us think the company might just be the hang of balancing those two Steering is direct and well lacking the lightness and numbness of iterations. The ride remains with the 18-inch wheels and It’s also pretty inside, with only a of wind noise noticeable the driver’s window.

Three powertrains are available. You can get a 185-hp four-cylinder with the model, but most Highlanders have Toyota’s ubiquitous 270-hp V6 mated to a six-speed As always, this combination smooth and ready power. Our car has the optional all-wheel-drive and the V6. So far we’re about 21 mpg in mixed driving—about par for class. It will be interesting to see how the does in our formal fuel testing, especially given the of fuel-economy enhancing gear as a continuously-variable transmission or an eight-speed

Of course, if it’s fuel you really want, you can choose the Hybrid. with its 3.5-liter V6 and drive system providing a 280 hp. Our previous-generation Hybrid got a very 28 mpg overall; we expect this to meet or beat that But you’ll pay for the fuel savings as the Hybrid is only available in Limited trim, with a price around $48,000.

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The has no off-roading pretentions whatsoever; it suited for snowy pavement and dirt roads only. the V6 model is rated for towing pounds, setting it up for that more work than up rivals such as a Dodge or Chevrolet Traverse /GMC which require simply the box for the factory towing package.

Inside the cabin: Toyota things up inside the Highlander’s Stitching details run across the and chocolate-brown accents break up the blackness. Some plastics are a bit too in their shiny hardness,

Wide and well padded, the seats are accommodating. But maybe the seats are in the second row, with our car’s $275 chairs. This option the eight seating positions, but it two well-spaced seats, perfect for sparring kids apart. those seats fully and it feels a lot like a minivan, to abundant floor space. though the third-row seat is this time around, it remains a place that should avoid.

Controls are simple with big Toyota couldn’t resist in some touch-sensitive capacitive surrounding the radio. Usually annoying, they work OK in iteration, but their only is high-tech vanity. It’s to navigate the large touch and Toyota’s Entune system a high level of connectivity.

take: Highly practical yet the Highlander has a good chance of being a standout in the vital SUV segment. Thus far in our evaluations, the new makes the soon-to-be-redesigned Honda look crude and dowdy, and more manageable to drive the larger Chevrolet Traverse and Durango. Drivers looking for a BMW X5 or Porsche Cayenne should somewhere else for excitement. But for the mainstream, the Highlander aces the for pleasant family transportation.

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