2014 Toyota Highlander — First Drive — Road & Track

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By James Wolfcale February 6, / Photos by James Wolfcale

one half of a two-tiered approach

it was launched in 2000, the Toyota has usually occupied the space the 4Runner and the RAV4, though leapfrogged each other a few as Toyota has introduced new models. the company has positioned the 2014 and the 4Runner as a two-tiered attack on the SUV market. The unibody Highlander is now squarely at suburban families. It may get off-road once or twice a (a 50/50 differential lock up to 25 mph is on all-wheel-drive models), but it will see use as a commuter vehicle and family The 4Runner will carry on its body-on-frame construction for buyers for a bit more ruggedness.

It has a one-way intercom system to the seats

Highlanders in XLE and Limited come with what calls Driver Speak which amplifies the driver’s to the back seats through the stereo speakers. It’s a one-way intercom system to the for when you need to tell kids to stop pelting other with food. tells me you won’t need an to hear their retort.

The Hybrid is outstanding

If you can spring for it, the Limited Hybrid is the one to have. The from electric to gas power is and undetectable. The thud you used to in hybrids as the gas motor took is gone. During a brief drive, I got an indicated 19 mpg with a of 39.1 mpg. Toyota 27/28 mpg. The brake had a slightly artificial feel due to the recovery system, but it would been far less noticeable had I not stepped out of a non-hybrid Highlander. At a under $50,000, it’s and it commands a $20,000 premium the base LE model, which plenty of standard features.

The center console is cavernous

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If you it to, the center console will 38 12-oz. soda cans. It is cavernous, but if you find yourself yelling at your kids the Driver Speak Easy then it might be a good to keep a bit less soda on

It will do everything you could expect of it

The cabin is very put together and feels upscale towards the bottom of the range. The V6 is enough for any situation, and the IIHS it a Top Safety Pick Plus. It can up to seven adults, and the rear fold down perfectly for trips to Home Depot. The was a bit stiffer than I would expected, and the exterior styling is a bit if inoffensive. Obviously, the decision to buy a is not an emotional one. People buy because they’re vehicles fit their lifestyles, and because Toyotas, they will do asked of them with fuss. That’s exactly Toyota has done here, and what they’ve done so now for decades.

A Highlander LE equipped with the 2.7-liter in-line four things started at $29,215. The LE with an impressive list of options, meaning it shouldn’t be The rest of the range comes with a 270-hp 3.5-liter V6, the range-topping Hybrid LTD Platinum, comes in at $49,790.

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