Malcolm Hogan: Boring? Sorry, not this redesigned Toyota Highlander |…

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Malcolm Hogan: Boring? not this redesigned Toyota

I recently had the chance to take a to Charleston, S.C. for an adventure in the 2014 Toyota Highlander. The came on the heels of enjoyable in the Lexus RX 350 F Sport.

The Lexus drive naturally raised my for the all-new 2014 Highlander, how the Lexus was the familiar “luxury’’ that the Highlander strived to be in the of some consumers in the two previous of the Highlander’s existence.

Getting in around 4 p.m. I had a bit of time to the warm welcome of locals who hunkered down for the light roads while schools canceled and many businesses on a hiatus. After a quick of what the new 2014 Highlander was all Toyota was eager to get me behind the of their latest crossover which now can seat up to eight Not only that, but new design and a sportier driving aptitude all purposefully incorporated in the 2014 to better conciliate a wider who may expect a Lexus-level of refinement.


Did they pull it off? In my they did.

The all-new Toyota Highlander Hybrid, I first took a drive the old Charleston ice-paved roads, its utilitarian foot right in of its eco-minded demeanor.

The Highlander separates itself from the with its electric motor additional power to the 3.5-liter V-6 through a Continuously Variable (in a harmony to all four wheels of 280 horsepower).

Although I am not a fan of CVTs, the in the new Highlander Hybrid makes for all of the behind-the-scenes tasks of power all in an economical fashion. Testing out the system on a few patches of ice was actually of how well planted the new Highlander is. Even though I didn’t get fuel consumption numbers my limited drive, the system flawlessly without any abrupt from the engine power to or use of the start-stop technology.

I thought of it like an overpowered Prius that grew a times bigger to seat people with a bit of storage to spare. Only, the new Highlander had a fun side with its new chiseled and sportier character on the road.

On my adventure on a much longer I took out the new 2014 Toyota Limited — loaded up with all of the amenities, including radar control (also featuring warning and mitigation), lane-departure blind-spot notification and second-row chairs (seven-passenger configuration).

It was powered by a 270-horsepower V-6 engine 248 pound-feet of torque transmitted to all through an electronic differential and a automatic transmission. Having gears in the new Highlander, as opposed to a CVT in some of its direct competition, adds some value for enthusiasts — considering how much of a CVTs are.

The Highlander CVT is more of a technical necessity to an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city and 28 mpg on the highway. The V-6 get 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway for the front-wheel-drive and 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway for the all-wheel-drive

The redesigned interior is spacious for and second-row passengers. The captain’s all prove to have a hidden of supporting you more than its looks. The seats where to make them thinner for leg room but without sacrificing

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The removable middle seat for the row is functional but limited for a smaller or children. The third-row seating, available to seat three, may for two adults just fine, but is an impossible mission for three adults. This is not to say the third row is cramped, it is just limited on its functionality and comfort for three occupants. However, it is the perfect for three children or two adults and one

Much of the storage area, in to the massively large front console armrest compartment, can be a space for just about you would haul or store in a SUV. With the third row in you still have some space for four to five bags before closing the liftgate.

There is no doubt that the benefits of seating up to eight the all-new Toyota Highlander has on a new journey with added Toyota’s new “Let’s Go Places” is very relevant with the new and it deserves a thorough look for who may be seeking a competent alternative to minivans or other eight-passenger

The redesign is a nice hat-tip to figures who want to solidify experience in driving the family on those lone trips. the rest of the family should no qualms with the new exterior The solid unibody construction, luxury, and many exceptional that set the Highlander apart its competition all add to its value.

The vehicles during my single-day Toyota included the Highlander XLE front-wheel Highlander Hybrid all-wheel-drive AWD for Hybrid models) and the top-end Limited all-wheel-drive. A four-cylinder is offered in limited supply, I did not get to experience.

The starting price for the base XLE V-6 is $36,040, $47,300 for the Hybrid and for the Highlander Limited. The base LE starts at just $29,215 and for the LE Plus trim, all respectable points for an eight-passenger midsized utility vehicle.

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