2014 Toyota Highlander: First drive review — MSN Autos

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Toyota responds to competition in the three-row crossover with a larger and more Highlander for 2014.

Toyota a chance when it introduced the in 2001. As one of the first crossover SUVs, it didn’t have the muscular styling or off-road of popular truck-based SUVs of the However, customers realized didn’t need all the off-road and they liked the Highlander’s ride and reasonable fuel Late in the decade many acknowledged the success of the Highlander and to crossovers. That left the a bit behind the curve, since rivals are now bigger and more For 2014, Toyota is remedying issue with a larger outfitted with upscale Does the new model stack up?

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Model lineup

The Highlander is offered in LE, LE Plus, XLE and trims. The Hybrid is now available with Limited equipment; a Hybrid is no longer available.

The LE equipment includes cloth a rearview camera, a 3.5-inch LCD display, Bluetooth connectivity and airbags, including driver airbag and front passenger cushion airbag.

Some of the LE additional equipment includes a rear hatch window, power liftgate, three-zone climate control with air an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s and satellite radio.

The XLE gets a sunroof, roof keyless access and starting, upholstery with vinyl seat, an auto-dimming rearview universal garage-door opener, window sunshades, Driver Speak voice amplification, and Premium Audio with the and App Suite.

The Limited’s plethora of includes perforated leather heated and ventilated front row second-row captain’s chairs, LED ambient lighting, Entune JBL Audio with 8-inch screen and 12 speakers, rear assist and blind spot with rear cross-traffic

An available Driver Technology includes Toyota’s Safety service, a precollision system dynamic radar cruise and lane departure alert automatic high-beam headlights. A package has these features a panoramic sunroof, a heated wheel, and heated perforated second-row captain’s chairs. A DVD entertainment system is also

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Under the hood

The choices carry over 2013, except for a new transmission. The 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 engines are now to a 6-speed automatic transmission of a 5-speed. The 2.7-liter makes 185 and 184 lb-ft of torque, while the V6 270 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The comes only with drive, while the V6 offers front- and all-wheel drive. the 4-cylinder, the Highlander carries Protection Agency-estimated fuel ratings of 20 mpg city/25 mpg highway. the V6 and front-drive, those numbers are mpg, and with the V6 and AWD they are mpg.

Toyota also offers a powertrain that teams the V6 engine with three motors to make 280 horses. The is a continuously variable automatic constantly adjusts gearing instead of changing gears. The powertrain is rated at 27 mpg city/28 mpg and it has all-wheel drive.

The Highlander’s new system sends 100 percent of the to the front wheels during cruising, but can apportion up to 50 percent of the to the rear wheels when it slip. It also comes a center locking differential to in a 50-50 split. Depending on the and equipment, the Highlander can tow 1,500, or 5,000 pounds.

The dash features touch-sensitive and phone controls, and it comes with various versions of Entune infotainment system. We don’t prefer touch as they can be hard to hit just but these worked every Entune is a hub for the communications, entertainment, and functions, and it provides a gateway to through owners’ smartphones.

is one more unique feature of Toyota calls it Driver Speak. The driver simply a virtual button on the center and his/her voice is broadcast the speaker system. While initially seems like a way to yell at the kids, it’s used to include backseat in the conversation. Not a bad idea for a family

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