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First drive: 2014 Highlander

The 2014 Toyota has many useful, high-tech inside.

The Toyota Highlander a makeover for 2014 and a bunch of new and luxury features


CALIF. – For a large and growing of the population, even the mere that family life necessitate the purchase of a minivan is to make one don the blue warpaint and attacking the furniture with a while yelling about

Happily, there is an alternative.

If repelled by sliding doors, bench seats, and a puffy that’s more haggis handsome, perhaps a three-row is in the cards? Everybody makes and here’s Toyota ‘s latest It’s called the Highlander. and it a cutthroat market segment a Japanese katana.

The 2014 Highlander has grown up both and literally.

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In the for mid-sized SUV supremacy, there can be one! Well, seating for up to actually.

Currently, the Highlander is a wee bit of the refreshed Nissan Pathfinder in the sales race, but still a third in volume behind the Explorer. There’s little with the outgoing model, from the disconnected steering and the that it was slightly smallish to others in the segment. Not to worry, “embiggened” it.

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Sleek, stylish, handsome – are the words that Toyota to describe their jacked-up hauler, but perhaps not all might From the front, the new truck/car has a reminiscent of a Subaru Tribeca: an vehicle, but not really something to be in the styling department.

The rear and bumper treatment fall in with smaller-sibling RAV4 ‘s and bulges. From the side, the now resembles a Dodge Durango. or the fictional Canyonero that Marge Simpson to such of road rage in The Simpsons .

Toyota Highlander


This vehicle is bigger in all than the out-going model, yet the same wheelbase and is slightly the result is plenty of overhang, and one of the models already had a curb-scuffed This thing is no cowerin’, beastie – it’s quite the However, the new Highlander also to be rugged and modern in appearance.

On the improved inside, the Highlander has niceties than you can toss a at. For instance, two-thirds of the dash is by a large shelf that’s for holding all the various detritus of life, from smartphones to bars. It’s right reach, and has a pass-through to run cords to 12V and USB charging points. Clever. And there’s the gargantuan storage bin between the front seats. big enough for a handbag or possibly least-favourite child, and the sliding means it works as an armrest when open. The entire is larger, thanks to the Highlander’s length, and there are useful all over.

This gargantuan storage bin be for a bag, or your least-favourite

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Second-row is more adult-friendly than in the model, and third-row seating is a tad as well, at least when As mentioned, seating for up to eight is with a second-row bench or for seven with two captain’s instead. Getting in and out of the back row be a problem for kids in terms of but the sliding seat is heavy and hands might need a help.

With all seats there’s just 390L of behind the third row, up by Sounds like a lot, but very tight back especially with the third-row reclined. Happily, the rear opens on most models so you can things in.

The 2014 Toyota is powered by a 270-horsepower 3.5L V6.


Interior quality and are both improved as well. and passenger will both the updated look of the new soft-touch and its uncluttered, touchscreen-based layout. For Toyota does dearly its rectangular buttons, and if you opt for a lower-end expect to see multiple blanks to the of the steering wheel.

However, technologies are quite good, with a 6.1-inch touchscreen system that includes hands-free phone connectivity and streaming. A backup camera is across the range – much with the limited rear – as well as Toyota’s suite of technologies. This last stability and traction control, brake force distribution the trunk up with heavy and get slightly more rear bias), and Smart Stop, a that overrides the throttle if the is depressed.

The 2014 Toyota Highlander is than the outgoing model.


XLE trim adds on niceties such as leather push-button start, navigation and audio, the touchscreen increases in to eight inches, and there’s Blu-Ray entertainment for the rear The top-end Limited spec LED running lights, heated and front seating, rear and blind-spot monitoring.

Included as of the Apps package on XLE trim and is something fairly unique “Driver Easy Speak”. this system through the interface, and a microphone picks up the voice and lets them to – well, let’s not kid ourselves – at their rear seat

In theory, this is a fantastic giving a harassed driver the thunder of an angry Old Testament “Stop Hitting Thy Sister Or I Give Thee A Thousand Of Time-Out.”

The 2014 Toyota interior is also much and is packed with luxury

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In reality, the speakers make you sound a bit Charlie Brown’s teacher in . Even so, as a parent, the chance to the “this is your captain joke repeatedly as the kids is too good to pass up.

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Luckily, only the passengers that are to irritate, not the drive. While the for the Highlander essentially carry from the previous iteration, are two major improvements this smoothness and cornering.

All non-hybrid Highlanders will with the 270 horsepower 3.5L V6. to a reprogrammed six-speed automatic and pitted against 2,000+ in the AWD models, it’s perfectly but not much more than Thank goodness the base engine isn’t available in as forcing it to cart around much Angus beef is plain cruel. Fuel ratings are improved over year, with the AWD V6 scoring L/100 km in the city and 8.2 L/100 km on the

The Toyota Highlander gets a for 2014 and a bunch of new technology and features.

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confidence can additionally be enhanced in all by opting for all-wheel-drive, which is on the LE model and standard on the XLE trim and up. there was certainly not much in the way of in sunny SoCal, the Highlander do well with acceptable clearance despite its new lower height and an electronically-controlled clutch of splitting power 50/50

Toyota’s system shunts to the front most of the time to fuel economy, but can portion out to the rear differential while and cornering. Naturally, you’ll proper winter tires, could be expensive given the 18-inch rim size.

The Highlander’s new rear suspension and ability to power to the rear makes for a improved drive. It’s stable at speed, and handles corners with ease. is acceptable, if a bit on the spongy side the Highlander’s considerable weight. The seems less over-boosted previously. It’s no race car of but is composed and planted, imparting confidence.

2014 Toyota Highlander


In fact, it’s so to the road that you really to watch your speed. the V6 doesn’t have a great of power in reserve for passing, perfectly capable of propelling machine up to law-breaking velocities. obviously spent a considerable sum in ride and in-cabin noise and the Highlander is fairly quiet albeit with some from the extra large

There are some mild to be felt about the new programming for the automatic transmission – the software appears to include the directive: in doubt, always upshift.” can manual select their own for engine braking on a gradient, but the shifted up once when it have been slowing the and a firm prod on the throttle is to get it to downshift for passing.

A hybrid of the Highlander is also on offer, a 280 hp rating for the carry-over powertrain. is rated at 6.7 L/100 km city and 7.2 km highway – note that Canada will be changing the way figures are calculated, and expect to get worse real-world performance.

The Hybrid’s 10 extra horsepower exactly make it a rocketship, but the electric torque and continuously ratios of the planetary gearbox a smooth wave of acceleration. heavier than the standard and fairly resistant to quick changes, but the steering is nicely and the power delivery is very

It’s easy to handle in and as a long-distance tourer, should down the highway with True, hybrids make sense battling stop-and-go and this one will take to save enough fuel to pay the premium, but the proven durability of powertrain should provide resale.

Add-on safety for further day-to-day driving a forward collision alert comes bundled with cruise control, lane warning, and automatic high headlights.

All in all, the Highlander is a vehicle; solidly mid-pack, evolved and in no way revolutionary. The Scots for this type of thinking is ca’ – to move slowly, cautiously,

It’s a judicious play served Toyota well in the and will likely do so again

2014 Toyota Highlander

LE $31,680

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