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Toyota Highlander gets new gear for 2014

CARMEL, CA started a trend in 2001 it introduced the Highlander. Based on the platform, it was arguably the first car-based SUV and a new term was coined to it and the dozens like it that CUV or Crossover Utility Vehicle.

the more rugged body-on-frame bristling with off-road CUVs fit the urban lifestyle the minivan in many cases as the vehicle. They are tall and have all-wheel drive, but are more highway friendly and

The Camry-based Highlander was joined the years by a veritable explosion of from virtually every manufacturer. As a result the Highlander struggles to stay in the top ten on the sales for this segment. Time for a

The third-generation Highlander, due to arrive at local Toyota store the end of January, rides on the same as the outgoing model and uses the engine, but otherwise is new inside and It has a new body, interior, transmission and system. The steering and suspension been re-engineered and there are slick new features standard and

The 2014 Highlander is 75 mm longer, 15 mm and stands 30 mm lower. The majority of extra length can be found aft of the of seats where cargo has increased.

The new frontal appearance apes the new Tundra pickup a trapezoidal grill flanked by headlights that wrap into the fenders resulting in a aggressive look. The A-pillars are and the rear hatch, bumper and lights are redesigned.

But it is inside the bug changes can be found. The Highlander has from boring to lively flat plastic panels by a contemporary horizontal treatment pleasant contrasting shades and finishes. Soft touch abound and the both base and information screen(s) are larger.


At the bottom of the new dash lies one of “why doesn’t everyone do features a tray that more than half the of the car. It is shallow but provides storage for any number of items and within easy reach. If you put smart phone or digital player there, you can run the charging through a slot supplied above the various inputs for or sending music to the in-car Slick!

Another neat especially for families can be found the ‘apps’ of the audio system in mid and upper trim levels. ‘Driver Easy Speak’ it the driver to speak to occupants in the row with enhanced volume and Press the button on the screen and the built into the headliner used for the hands-free phone, your voice through an to the speakers in the rear of the vehicle. It a whole new meaning to “keep it back there” or other common phrases!

The Highlander continues to offer rows of seats in all models. The row is a bench on all but the top trim level it is replaced by a pair of Captain’s The third row contains belts for occupants and access is easier redesigned folding second row But that seat is best to little people and short

The four-cylinder engine previously remains in the American Highlander but will no longer be offered in The corporate 3.5-litre V6 found in Toyota and Lexus vehicles is over unchanged. The five-speed transmission has been replaced by a new The full-time all-wheel-drive system previously has been replaced by an unit that first on the RAV4. Capable of sending up to 50 per of torque to the rear wheels it be optional on the base model and on all others.

The combination of the new transmission and AWD system has a 10 per cent improvement in fuel

The Highlander will once be offered in hybrid guise the same 3.5-litre V6 and trio of motors combination used but over a wider range of levels. At a combined 290-horsepower the is not only the stingiest Highlander, but the fastest. It will be a late coming to market about a after the others.

On the road the new is decidedly more refined the old. The biggest change is reduced noise levels. is a very quiet ride little wind or road finding their way into the and sensible speeds.

The other is in the degree of alacrity offered by to the steering and suspension and how well it road blemishes without the toss common in tall vehicles of this nature. roll has also been The Highland feels like it is a taller and heavier Camry.

The 270-horsepower six has its work cut out for it. The Highlander is a vehicle, topping two tonnes nobody or anything aboard. is adequate, but not exactly stirring.

The Highlander will be available in LE, XLE and trim levels with packages available to bump up the at each step up the trim All but the base come with a view camera. Depending on and equipment price have held at the previous point or in cases reduced despite equipment.

Will the redesign, aggressive pricing and added be enough to push the new Highlander up the sale charts? Only and the market will tell. But the of satisfied customers driving the or older model will see the improvements.

2014 Toyota

Type: mid-size CUV

Base price: $31,680 PDI and destination charges.

Engines: V6 and hybrid with 3.5-litre V6 and motor.

Horsepower/torque: 3.5 V6 270-hp/248-lb-ft; 280-hp/

Transmission: six-speed or CVT

Drive: front or all-wheel-drive

economy (litres/100 km): FWD AWD 11.5/8.2; hybrid 6.7/7.2

4,855 mm

Width: 1.925 mm

2,790 mm

Competition: Buick Chevy Traverse, Ford and Escape, Honda Pilot, Santa Fe, Jeep Grand Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9, Pathfinder

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