2014 Toyota Highlander Test Drive — Toyota Highlander Review — Popular Mechanics

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Toyota Highlander

There can only be one, but the new is a much better one.

25, 2014 2:00 PM Text A. A. A

On-Sale Date: Now

Base $30,075 to $50,650

Competitors: Traverse, Dodge Durango, Explorer, Honda Pilot, Santa Fe, Mazda CX-9, Pathfinder

Powertrains: 2.7-liter 185 hp, 184 lb-ft; six-speed automatic, 3.5-liter V-6, 270 hp, 248 lb-ft; automatic, FWD or AWD; Hybrid-electric V-6, 280 hp total output, AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (city/hwy, est.): 20-25 (I-4); (V-6); 27-28 (hybrid)

get right to our favorite feature: Easy Speak, which a front-seat microphone and rear-seat to transmit the driver’s voice to the like a PA system. Now, you want to yell, You kids it off back there! you can make message boom in the back like the voice of God without turning your head. remember to switch it off when tooth fairy activities.

If Easy Speak does some rear-seat commotion, it be the only noise inside the new as Toyota has returned the vehicle to the isolation that earned the its reputation for pleasing drivers who to avoid experiencing their some of which was lost in the Highlander. It was for good reason older Toyotas were with Buicks. Comfort was the of the day, and it appears to be once

Toyota Highlander

While you’re talking your in-car PA system, you can a larger audience in the new Highlander the reconfigured rear suspension space for a wider, three-abreast row. That means the can carry as many as eight You can even carry luggage rolling eight deep, as is 34 percent more storage behind the third row. The count drops back to seven with optional captain’s chairs, but their design flexibility costs much like the thinly Stow ‘n Go seats on and Chrysler minivans.

From the driver’s seat, all is well. The cheap plastic and gaping panel joints have blighted recent vehicles are gone, leaving a view of quality materials and The V-6 engine approaches silence, while the automatic transmission has a six speeds, it employs them aiding the Highlander’s mission of serenity.

Grip the Highlander’s thick-rimmed, (as equipped on our Plus Limited model) steering wheel and find another surprise: steering feel. This is even in the newest Toyota and was nonexistent in the old Highlander, so it is a welcome to be able to feel the tires the road as steering effort while turning into

We also see some welcome in the Highlander, bucking Toyota’s stereotype. The dash has a rubber-lined across the bottom to stash phone, with a pass-through to a cord to the USB port below. It is a simple way to embrace drivers’ use of technology. Such understanding of wants epitomizes Toyota’s to its roots with the Highlander, a vehicle that is quiet and while also offering that reinforces those rather than detracts them.

All told, the new Highlander should owners singing its praises the front seat. Only now the back in the third row can’t they don’t hear

Toyota Highlander
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Highlander

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