2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid — First Drive — Road & Track

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By Jeffrey Jablansky December 17, / Photos by Jeff Jablansky

a decade ago, the Toyota was a pioneer among unibody utility vehicles, playing value special to the lauded RX. No longer in the shadow of the Lexus and threats from all corners, now ensconced in a competitive segment it to create, the Highlander was due for a refresh to establish an identity of its own.

In its generation, the Highlander#146;s inoffensive styling has evolved to an amalgam of from its top competitors, with than a hint of Jeep Cherokee about its side and profiles and Kia Sportage in its stubby and greenhouse. Even its sharpest are slightly dulled.

The #146;14 Highlander#146;s interior, is a complete volte-face from its A clean, flowing dashboard of now-requisite soft touch and a standard touchscreen across the lineup compensates for the scattershot injustices that you weren#146;t aware the #146;13 model had The full roster of driver technology is now available.

The body is but the engines are the same (more A standard third row is quite but it’s a value-added feature SUVs that make pay for more seats. In an effort to the Highlander stand out in a crowded Toyota has removed much of the model’s idiosyncrasies and somehow it less cool.

The #146;14 Highlander accelerates, brakes, and handles like a heavier Camry#151;which is to say without aggressiveness, or true sharpness of function. Given its shared with the sedan, this is the result that Toyota had all along.

With the optional V6 which Toyota#146;s bean expect to comprise up to 96 percent of the the Highlander never feels although neither is it as fleet of as, say, the Ford Explorer A four-cylinder engine appears on the base front-wheel-drive LE model, but it a look. On roads with grades like the ones in CA, where we tested the Highlander, its torque makes it possible to the throttle all day.

The Hybrid returns as the most top-tier Highlander, sporting a gas-electric setup. In this there is no longer a #147;B#148; for extra regenerative braking, requiring the driver to work to achieve frugal motoring.

within the App Suite is Driver Speak, a curiously named that uses a headliner-mounted to pipe messages directly the front row through the rear-mounted In conjunction with the Highlander#146;s troublemaker prevention mirror, feature is the single greatest in exemplifying the driver-as-dictator mandate. about that name

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The redesigned Highlander is a leap of the model it replaces, but it seems to squarely in the middle of a market with models seeking to themselves (see: Buick Hyundai Santa Fe, et al.).

exercised marked restraint in the metamorphosis as opposed to implementing a sea philosophy and trying to attract an new customer base. At the launch Toyota was self-assured enough to a #146;13 model on hand to the level of the #145;14#146;s improvement in an era most automakers would you forget their previous

The Highlander#146;s advancement is best up in an old adage: The new one is greater than the sum of its despite the fact that of those parts are carryovers. the northern California coastline before sunset, with the sunroof cracked open and the 12-speaker JBL audio system high to reveal its crispness, the were right to be really if not overly impressed, by Toyota#146;s effort.

It#146;s a rare moment a car is sufficiently improved to move the needle yet fails to appeal to the enthusiast. In this case, okay: The #146;14 Highlander is enough to conquer the daily without fuss or stress, and it likely have no trouble an appeal to its devotees, who desire more.


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