2014 Toyota Highlander — churning comfortably through the blizzard…

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2014 Toyota Highlander — comfortably through the blizzard.

It happen that often, but it does it’s glorious. I that can be applied to many, activities, but in this case it was a between a new all-wheel-drive Toyota SUV and a ripe old New England blizzard.

we try out these cars in the benign of California, but this was a special to Massachusetts and Maine. The lagniappe was the And, yes, it was glorious, this $38,703 beast nearly a foot of new snow clogged the driveway, then into a windy blizzard on a highway with nary car in sight. It makes one pay attention.

The car in was a 2014 Highlander XLE. is the third generation Highlander (it in 2001) and it has grown from a if bland crossover kind of car a high-waisted all-things-to-all-drivers example of that keeps you comfortably in heated leather seats allowing you to navigate weather you to think impassable.


The look in this third gen is one that is more brutish, from the front – the big, almost snarling grille as if it were lifted wholesale Toyota’s big Tundra pickup

The details: the new Highlander rides on wheels (replacing 17-inchers) in mid- to high-level trim, a 3.5-liter V6 engine, with 270 and a six-speed automatic transmission. consumption is 18/24 mpg, (A more expensive hybrid with 280 horses and 27/28 is also available.)

I did mention cosseted, right? you have the typical modern of gadgets that lets you you have spent lots of and therefore should be comfortable. The will now hold eight – reconfiguring the rear suspension Highlander designers to fit three in a wider third row seat.

In the of Gizmos, the car now has a system called Easy Speech, which is a for the kind of raucous public system you heard in high Switch on Driver Easy and you can make your own, “NOW HEAR THIS, NOW THIS” blast through 10 something that is bound to the fear of God in all passengers, especially the boy who is beating up on his older sister in the

Speaking of seats, they’re The nav screen is a full eight wide (will they have large-screen LED screens in and Toyota, nothing if not tuned in to the age, has an “apps” button to the of the screen.

Apps is your entry to Entune, an information and entertainment that includes such Web as movietickets.com, OpenTable (for reservations), Yelp, Bing, Internet radio, among things. You could spend on these, but as it was, I didn’t. was, after all, the

And so, here we are, slogging the blizzard. Toyota designed the to operate mostly on front-wheel-drive and kick into all-wheel-drive things begin to get unmanageable. For me, was most of the time. (You can get a Highlander with front-wheel-drive

The acid test of AWD in super-snowy is how well it works as the snow up. At one point, the snow was about inches deep on a driveway and the drove through it quietly and – we didn’t even have to to “locking mode,” where you can in AWD for better traction.

Toyota Blizzard

Of course, not everyone will AWD (yes, I’m thinking of you in southern and Arizona), but remember that has been a particularly horrendous across much of the country. As I this, it’s the middle of and we just had a blizzard in rural And that’s on top of the countless snowstorms have paralyzed vast of the Midwest and New England for the past months.

If you do go hunting for a car like you may also want to look at competitors: Mazda CX-9, Pilot, Kia Sorento, Nissan Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford and GMC Acadia.

Highlanders (2.7-liter, four-cylinder FWD) start at $29,215 and up to nearly $50,000 for the Hybrid Platinum edition. That is $8,000 more than the of a standard Lexus RX350 is Toyota’s luxo line) and so a bit of a puzzle – get a Lexus and make a statement, or get a Toyota and have lux the Lex.

For more consumer on cars, check these Web

Reliability information can be seen in dependability studies conducted by Power; and at Consumer Reports.

mileage figures are available at site, maintained by the U.S. of Energy.

For trivia lovers: the you see on the window of every new car for sale in the States is known in the auto as the “Monroney.” It is named for U.S. Almer Stilwell (Mike) the Oklahoma Democrat who sponsored the Information Disclosure Act of 1958, required all new cars to have that detail the price of the car and its

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