2014 Toyota Highlander Review: Bigger And Better — Forbes

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2014 Toyota Highlander Bigger And Better

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The like the handling dynamics, a middle ground relative to models. It has more weight to it and more feedback than (Nissan Pathfinder), but less others (Mazda CX-9 ).

The line is: don’t expect a sporty driving experience the 2014 Toyota Highlander. But you enjoy a smooth ride, interior, lots of amenities and low of ownership.

Added sound material and acoustic glass on the cut road noise significantly and the cabin as quiet as a luxury car 70 miles per hour. There was wind noise after the got above that speed, but it was windy on the day of our test drive.

The optional all-wheel-drive system has changed to improve fuel In the previous model, it always power to all four wheels. Now the goes exclusively to the front in normal driving. The system power to the rear wheels when the front ones to lose grip or when through a turn.

The all-wheel-drive has a “locking mode” for really conditions. It splits power between the front and rear as long as the Highlander stays at low It automatically disengages above 25 per hour.

Fuel economy for the V6 engine is up by 1 per gallon overall, thanks in to a new six-speed transmission that the outgoing model’s five-speed. The Protection Agency rates the fuel efficiency at 19 mpg city/25 mpg mpg combined for front-wheel drive and for all-wheel drive. We averaged 19 mpg and 20 mpg overall in the all-wheel-drive versions we


A four-cylinder engine is offered on the LE model and a hybrid powertrain is on the top Limited trim level. the four-cylinder nor the hybrid was available to drive.

Optional Features and Pricing

The has four trim levels in the LE, the LE Plus, the XLE and the Limited.

A $1,400 package is available for the two highest It includes features such as cruise-control and a pre-collision warning with automatic braking of which is more commonly on luxury vehicles.

The Limited’s package adds indulgences as a panoramic moon roof, wood trim and mood for an extra $2,490. It includes in the technology package as well.

The SUV segment is going upscale, consumers increasingly opting for the trim levels and the most possible, Toyota’s Hoffmann Average retail prices in segment are up about $4,000 2008.

Toyota expects the two highest levels — XLE and Limited — will for 75 percent of Highlander sales, less than 10 percent of will opt for the base four-cylinder

The 2014 Toyota Highlander LE at $29,215, the LE Plus at $32,740, the XLE at and the Limited at $39,640. The priciest of the Highlander is the Hybrid Limited which starts considerably at $49,790.

All prices exclude a $860 delivery charge.

the two previous generations before it, the Toyota Highlander will be a It gives growing families they need to ride in and safety.

The driving experience is sportier before. It handles better some competitors, including the Santa Fe and Nissan Pathfinder, but not as as others, including the Ford and Mazda CX-9 .

More the Highlander was a pleasure to drive all day From the feel of the seats, to the of the controls, to the sound and power of the the Highlander proved to be a wonderful companion that never or disappointed in any significant way. saying a lot, considering how so new vehicles perturb these whether with frustrating annoying transmissions or lack of room.

The 2014 Toyota Highlander is on now, with the hybrid arriving in mid-February.

Get a closer at the redesigned Highlander:

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