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Consumer Reports Names Its Best And Worst SUVs 17
Mar
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi Q7, Consumer Reports, porsche, Porsche Macan, RAM, Subaru, subaru forester, Subaru XV, SUV, TOYOTA, Toyota Highlander, Trucks on 03 17th, 2017


Consumer Reports has named its best and worst SUV models and those that took home top honors hail exclusively from Japan, Germany and the United States.
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The 10 Best Cars Of 2017, According To Consumer Reports 2
Mar
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Audi Q7, Chevrolet Cruze, Consumer Reports, Honda Ridgeline, Kia Optima, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, subaru forester, Top Picks, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius, Toyota Yaris on 03 2nd, 2017


In order to figure out how to put together a top 10 list featuring the year's best vehicles, several factors had to be taken into account.
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Toyota To Invest $600 Million Into Indiana’s Highlander Plant 25
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, SUV, TOYOTA, Toyota Highlander on 01 25th, 2017


Toyota has announced that it will invest $600 million into its Princeton, Indiana factory responsible for producing the Highlander SUV.
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Facelifted Toyota Highlander Earns Top Award From IIHS 12
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in IIHS, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Videos, video on 01 12th, 2017


Just like the previous version of the Toyota Highlander, the updated model has qualified for a Top Safety Pick+ rating.
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Japanese Brands Own The List Of Cars U.S. Owners Keep For 10+ Years 24
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in honda, Honda CR-V, Honda Odyssey, Honda Pilot, Hybrids, LEXUS, Lexus RX, Study, Subaru, subaru forester, TOYOTA, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Sienna on 12 24th, 2016


A new study shows that, in the US, the top 10 cars most likely to be owned for 10 or more years are built by either Toyota, Honda, Subaru or Lexus.
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Top 10 Vehicles America’s Rich Bought In 2016 18
Dec
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in BMW X5, Ford Explorer, Ford F-Series, Honda Accord, Honda CR-V, Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, Lexus RX, Reports, Toyota Highlander on 12 18th, 2016


You probably think that the rich are indulging in the finer things in life, and that could be true, but when it comes to cars, they don't really go for the flashy and outrageous, as one might have expected.
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Toyota Drops Pricing Details For U.S-Spec Highlander Range 4
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in prices, Reports, SUV, TOYOTA, Toyota Highlander on 11 4th, 2016


Pricing details for U.S.-bound 2017 Toyota Highlander models have been announced just before the model reaches dealerships in mid-November.
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Toyota Recalls 2016 Highlander SUVs Over Faulty Brake Fluid Warning Light 21
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Recalls, Reports, SUV, TOYOTA, Toyota Highlander on 10 21st, 2016


Toyota will be conducting a safety recall of 7,100 model year 2016 Highlander units in the US due to a brake fluid reservoir sensor issue.
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Toyota’s U.S. Sales Fall For The Fourth Straight Month, Down 5% 3
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, Scion, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Mirai, Toyota RAV4 on 09 3rd, 2016


Toyota has posted its four consecutive month of declining sales in the United States.
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Aftermarket Toyota Seat Heaters Could Short Circuit, Spark Flames 14
Jun
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Recalls, TOYOTA, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Sequoia, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Tundra, Toyota Venza on 06 14th, 2016


Owners of certain Toyota vehicles, equipped with aftermarket seat heaters, will have to take their rides back to the dealers, as these could burst into flames.
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Toyota Slaps A New Face On 2017 Highlander, Gives It More Grunt Too 25
Mar
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in new cars, New York auto show, TOYOTA, Toyota Highlander on 03 25th, 2016


Toyota's family-friendly Highlander SUV has been updated for the 2017MY with a more modern look, more power and an array of available safety features .
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2017 Toyota Highlander Gets A Makeover, More Powerful Engine 14
Mar
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, New York auto show, TOYOTA, Toyota Highlander on 03 14th, 2016


Toyota has pulled the covers off the Highlander for the 2017 model year, which will be officially debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show.
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Toyota Brings Rugged TRD Pro Models To LA 19
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in LA Auto Show, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Tundra, TRD on 11 19th, 2015


When Toyota customers look for more special everyday models, perhaps to make them forget that most of their friends drive identical cars, they can always turn towards TRD.
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Silver Toyotas Playbook: SEMA Edition Quintet Gets TRD Goodies 4
Nov
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in Galleries, SEMA show, TOYOTA, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Land Cruiser on 11 4th, 2015


Apart from the gargantuan Tundrasine, which is the required piece of extravaganza from every automaker in SEMA, Toyota also had five of its production vehicles on display.
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2014 Toyota Highlander Quick Adventure Drive and Review 14
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, SUV, Test Drives, TOYOTA, Toyota Highlander on 02 14th, 2014
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I had to chance to take a trek to Charleston, South Carolina for an adventure in the all-new 2014 Toyota Highlander. The folks at Toyota provided me a new Lexus RX350 F-Sport to take a trip down during the winter vortex to avoid extensive flight delays. It was an interesting beginning to what proved to be an enjoyable trip despite the questionable weather at times. My trip set off in a new Lexus RX naturally raised my expectations for the all-new 2014 Highlander, considering how the Lexus was the familiar ‘luxury’ crossover that the Highlander strived to be in the minds of some consumers in the two previous generations of the Highlander’s existence.

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Getting in Charleston around 4pm I had a bit of time to digest the warm welcome of locals who were hunkered down for the light ice-covered roads while schools were canceled and many businesses were on a temporarily hiatus. After a quick presentation of what the new 2014 Highlander was all about, Toyota was eager to get me behind the wheel of their latest crossover creation, which now can seat up to 8 passengers. Not only that, but new design language and a sportier driving aptitude were all purposefully incorporated in the 2014 Highlander to better conciliate a wider audience who may expect a Lexus-level of refinement. Did they pull it off. In my opinion they did.

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The all-new 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which I first took a drive down the old Charleston ice-paved roads, puts its utilitarian foot right in front of its eco-minded demeanor. The new 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid separates itself from the pack with its electric motor feeding additional power to the 3.5-liter V6 engine through a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) in a harmony to all 4-wheels (total of 280 horsepower). Although I am not a fan of CVTs, the unit in the new Highlander hybrid makes sense for all of the behind-the-scenes tasks of power management all in an economical fashion. Testing out the all-wheel-drive system on a few patches of ice was actually reassuring of how well planted the new Highlander hybrid is. Even though I didn’t get real-world fuel consumption numbers from my limited drive, the system performed flawlessly without any abrupt transitions from the engine power to electric or use of the start-stop technology. I thought of it like an over-powered Toyota Prius that grew a couple times bigger to seat 8 people with a bit of storage room to spare. Only, the new Highlander hybrid had a fun side with its new chiseled looks and sportier character on the road.

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On my next adventure on a much longer route I took out the new 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited loaded up with all of the available amenities including radar cruise control (also features collision warning and mitigation), lane departure warning, blind spot notification, 2nd row captain’s chairs (7-passenger configuration), powered a 270 horsepower V6 engine with 248 ft-lbs. of torque transmitted to all wheels through an electronic differential and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Having actual gears in the new Highlander as opposed to a CVT found in some of its direct competition, really adds some value for light-hearted enthusiasts considering how much of a deal-breaker CVTs are. Though, in the Highlander Hybrid the CVT is more of a technical necessity to achieve an EPA estimated 27 mpg city and 28 mpg on the highway. The V6 models get 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway for the front-wheel-drive configuration and 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway for the all-wheel-drive models.

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Driving the new Highlander Limited started me off on an adventure around the old country of Charleston down back roads. Some of the most noticeable changes and improvements on the Highlander was how quiet the cabin is and how well dampened the chassis felt on those back roads. Many new aspects of the Highlander shined during my drive through the city exuding many traits from Lexus SUV vehicles. The 3.5-liter V6 proved its willingness to put things in motion without much drama or lack of power. However, the all-wheel-drive system’s added weight seemed to diminish the over-all acceleration of the new Highlander. Basically, it was not as fast off of the line as the front-wheel drive variation. Though, the all-wheel-drive Highlander Limited felt a bit more planted with very limited wheel spin, especially when put to the true test on some of the local icy roads. The over-all stability and handling of the Highlander are as sporty as it has ever been. My enthusiast view of the Highlander is much praised by its stable handling and use of a 6-speed automatic transmission instead of opting for a CVT unit.

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The new redesign interior of the 2014 Highlander is spacious for front and 2nd row passengers. The captain’s seats all prove to have a hidden agenda of supporting you more than its initial looks. The seats where redesigned to make them thinner for additional leg room but without sacrificing comfort. The middle removable seat for the 2nd row is functional but limited for a smaller structured person or children. The 3rd row seating, made available to seat 3, may work for 2 adults just fine but is probably an impossible mission for 3 averaged to large sized adults. This is not to say the 3rd row is completely cramped, it is just limited on its full functionality and comfort for 3 full-sized occupants. However, it is the perfect size for 3 children or two adults and one child. Much of the storage area, in addition to the massively large front center console armrest compartment, can be a versatile space for just about anything you would haul or store in a midsized SUV. With the 3rd row in place in the back, you still have some usable space for 4 to 5 stacked bags before closing the power lift gate down.

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There is no doubt that with the benefits of seating up to 8 passengers, the all-new Toyota Highlander has embarked on a new journey with added possibilities. Toyota’s new “Let’s Go Places” slogan is very relevant with the new Highlander and it deserves a thorough look for those who may be seeking a competent alternative to large minivans or other 8-passenger SUVs. The redesign is a nice hat tip to male figures who want to solidify their experience in driving the family vehicle on those lone trips. Nevertheless, the rest of the family should have no qualms with the new exterior styling. The solid unibody construction, Lexus-like luxury, and many exceptional features that set the Highlander apart from its competition all add to its value.

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The vehicles driven during my single day Toyota adventure included the Highlander XLE front-wheel drive, Highlander Hybrid all-wheel-drive (standard AWD for Hybrid models) and the top-end Highlander Limited all-wheel-drive. A 4-cylinder Highlander is offered in limited supply, which I did not get to experience. The starting price for the base Highlander XLE V6 is $36,040, $47,300 for the Hybrid and $39,640 for the Highlander Limited. The base Highlander LE starts at just $29,215 and $32,740 for the LE Plus trim, all respectable price points for an 8 passenger midsized crossover utility vehicle.

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Copyright: 2014 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: $36,060 MSRP XLE V6
  • Engine: 3.5-liter DOHC V6 24-valve 270 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm / 248 ft-lbs. torque @ 4,700 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 109.8 inches
  • Total length: 191.1 inches
  • Total width: 75.8 inches
  • Total height: 70.1 inches
  • Track: f/r-64.4/64 inches
  • Headroom: font-39.5 / rear-39.6 inches
  • Legroom: front-44.2/ middle row-38.4 / 3rd row- inches
  • Total interior volume: 156.5 cu.ft.
  • Cargo volume: 13.8 cu.ft. 3rd row seats up / 78.6 cu.ft. all seats folded
  • Curb weight: 4,464 pounds
  • Maximum towing: 5,000 pounds
  • Fuel capacity: 19.2 gallons
  • Turning circle: 38.7 ft.
  • 0-60 mph: 7.1 seconds est.
  • EPA mileage: 19 mpg/city, 25 mpg/highway XLE V6 FWD






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