2014 Toyota Highlander First Impressions Editor’s Review | Auto123.com

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2014 Toyota Highlander Impressions

Carmel, CA — the winding, sun-drenched, coastal Coast Highway behind the of the brand new 2014 Toyota makes for a great way to spend an — or many for that

What is the Toyota Highlander?

The was, and still is, Toyota’s cousin to the rugged 4Runner. Now in its generation, the Toyota Highlander directly with the Ford Nissan Pathfinder and Kia Sorento.

and wider than the previous the 2014 Toyota Highlander is a SUV (the first of its kind to in 2001), creating its own sub-segment this then new design. in FWD, AWD and as a Hybrid, the Highlander three rows of space and a of trim options to suit all needs and desires.

2014 Toyota Highlander and Specs

Across all models, the Toyota Highlander will a 3.5L V6 engine (the will have it too), good for 270 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of Mated to a 6-speed ECT-i transmission, the Toyota Highlander is but it can boogie when asked.

Hybrid models will be as well, all equipped with the engine plus a 24V hybrid which adds an extra 28 to the mix — both EV and ECO driving is on the Hybrid.

As far as trims and pricing, the Toyota Highlander has a healthy of trims and drivetrains. At the bottom is the LE FWD starts at $31,680. At the very top the 2014 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD at $45,100. However, there is of selection in between in terms of aesthetic extras and the like.

There is only one model with front-wheel drive base version), the rest are with Toyota’s on-demand drive system first on the 2013 RAV4. A back-up is standard across the lineup.

The Toyota Highlander will go on across Canada in early

The Highlander was, and still is, gentler cousin to the rugged (Photo: Miranda Lightstone)

the 2014 Toyota Highlander

I into the driver’s seat of the Toyota Highlander with few expectations. I wanted to treat as a brand new vehicle, free of prejudices and judgements. I’m I did because I was quite impressed what I experienced.

Upon start-up, it’s this is a Toyota. Their and engines have a certain to them, and that’s just It makes one think of reliability, and practicality. Pop the 2014 Toyota into “D” and you’re off as the smoothly swaps gears fuss. Even along the elevation-changing Pacific Coast route, the 2014 Highlander the speed changes and cornering well.

Body roll is noticeable, and while it did feel in some of the sharper seaside I was quite impressed with how the large, three-rowed SUV did overall.

Steering is as precise as one would in a larger vehicle, though I did for a bit more on-centre feel at speeds. The steering goes a bit on the highway and isn’t as precise. is sufficient, though did require added pressure and could been a bit more “bite-y.”

and Out of the 2014 Toyota Highlander

off, bravo to Toyota for a exterior redesign on the 2014 Highlander. I absolutely love the front end that’s reminiscent of the Tundra (and what’s manly than a pickup?). headlights with a brow that connects perfectly the large chrome grille this new Highlander makes a on the road.

Round back, they me. The taillights jut out like TV dinner and are much too “edge-y,” but not in a good While the 2014 Toyota sports some great along its shoulders and side its profile reminds me of a Dodge with a large rear that’s rounded out and not the usual SUV bottom we’re used to

Inside the 2014 Toyota all is grand and comfortable. With rows of seating available; a shelving system up front one of the best interior dash I’ve seen in quite time); and a nifty new gadget Easy Speak (which front occupants to speak to occupants via the Bluetooth mic and speakers), the Toyota Highlander is the perfect vehicle for all passengers.


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