Review: 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited — NYTimes.com

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Review: 2014 Toyota Limited

Review: 2014 Highlander Limited

Toyota’s crossover becomes less more Ernie with an of some welcome personality.

automobile manufacturers have minivans over the last 10 because crossovers are where the is these days. Need Porsche now makes two of them.

recently introduced the third of its Highlander, aimed at suburban and, apparently, Muppets. In the “No for Boring” ad, Dr. Teeth and the Electric band, assorted Muppet and Terry Crews extol the of this three-row crossover. the items it can reportedly hold are “a flock of chickens and a grand a drum kit and an organ, too.” And you thought Cheerios in the booster were hard to clean up.

So it would be easy to think the 2014 Highlander is roomy to fill in for school bus duty, the need arise. A quick of the specifications finds the new model has 0.7 cubic feet less space than the previous The Highlander isn’t as spacious as Motors’ crossovers, but hey, the area gains 3.5 useful feet.


And, happily, there’s no for boring.

Toyota has been for reliable transportation, not inspired engaging driving dynamics and interior materials. The mission of its Akio Toyoda, is to change He wants his engineers to add more to their vehicles. Progress has occurred with the Avalon, the and now the Highlander.

Interior materials get a upgrade, though admittedly I a top-of-the-line Limited with drive and the Platinum package — a with a sticker price of The stitching and wood trim be simulated, but it takes a determined to tell.

A long shelf running the center of the dashboard to the passenger is especially handy. So is a one-way to the third row, making it for parents to give children when they’re acting Animal. The Platinum package radar-assisted cruise control, but it work under 30 miles per

The Highlander’s mash-up of Toyota and Dodge Durango design is a welcome update, though the and tail lamps stick out The rear window opens from the hatch —a feature as as a Snuffleupagus.

Improvements to the handling a suspension system that reduces body roll. all, the Highlander’s driving are fairly crisp, and road is average. Generation 3 uses the platform as Gen 2, with some high-strength steel surrounding the passengers. This year’s is 3 inches longer than and a bit wider and lower, too. Big Bird out of the third row; back there is tight for full-size adults.

The base 4-cylinder (offered with front-wheel drive) about the same fuel as the 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that I The gearbox has 6 speeds. For better economy, there’s also a Hybrid.

Among gasoline-only crossovers, the Pathfinder remains, by a hair, the champ in this class. The Highlander with all-wheel has an E.P.A. rating of 18 miles per in the city and 24 on the highway. Many crossovers, like the Chevy Honda Pilot, Hyundai Fe and Ford Explorer, are all within 1 or 2 of the Toyota.

At the end of the day, the new Highlander is Bert, more Ernie. good to see Toyota putting a of personality in its vehicles.

The family segment is fiercely competitive, so if not test driving at least vehicles, you might be missing out on the one just right for your

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