It handles most of the chores you'd assign to a minivan, even though it doesn't carry a pair of sliding side doors or their associated stigma. The implication typically less than kind is that these vehicles have attributes that are less fun and more useful. Folding the second row for entry to the third is easy, with handles atop the seatbacks making for simple operation even by children. Spend up to the Highlander Limited, and the convenience scale tips with leather-trimmed power seats, 19-inch wheels, three-zone automatic climate control, dual power front seats, and the Center Stow Seat, as well as woodgrain trim. This system, when you also get all-wheel drive, has a unique arrangement with two electric motors where the transmission would go, plus one more electric motor for the rear wheels. The Toyota Highlander is obviously tuned for comfort rather than driving fun. In the affected vehicles, the second row left hand seat may not lock in place when positioned in the forward front or second adjusting position.
The 2014 Toyota Highlander will finally get a six-speed transmission for its V-6 engine, which should improve fuel economy and acceleration. Across the entire lineup, the Highlander feels responsive enough, but is no driver's car, with the electric power steering offering little feedback and the suspension settings quite mushy. The Highlander's well-built, well-equipped cabin puts all the controls where they need to be, without all that much heed to fashion. An overloaded vehicle can result in a tire failure which may result in a vehicle crash, personal injury, or property damage. In the affected vehicles, the second row left hand seat may not lock in place when positioned in the forward front or second adjusting position. Remedy Southeast Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will test the sensitivity of the occupant detection sensors, and recalibrate them as necessary.
The Explorer offers two V-6 engines and an optional turbo four-cylinder, all mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Mostly, it's differently shaped fog lamps, some blue plastic and chrome trim that draw the visual line between the versions. The top Limited edition gets some unconvincing woodgrains, with a band of metallic plastic trim, while its leather upholstery warms up the interior immensely. That third row is wide enough for full-sized adults, but legroom is seriously compromised. The implication typically less than kind is that these vehicles have attributes that are less fun and more useful.
Changes from the 2012 model to the 2013 I tested are few see them compared. Show full review Even in its final model year before a redesign, the 2013 Toyota Highlander is good, solid, basic family transportation — nothing to set the heart aflame, but eminently competent. It's coupled to a six-speed automatic drives the front wheels. The app based Eutune multimedia audio system is new. Recall Date 2014-03-27 Description Toyota is recalling certain model year 2013 Highlander vehicles manufactured March 13, 2013, through August 6, 2013. While it can deal alright with heavier loads, too, fuel economy isn't stellar.
Don't even consider the 2013 Toyota Highlander if driving excitement is a priority; you're not going to find it here. What they might notice, however, is fuel economy. There's little doubt the Highlander is unexciting on the outside; and for the most part the same rings true inside. Roly-Poly, but Not Pokey Thankfully, driving the Toyota Highlander is just as pleasant as sitting in or looking at one. Safety The current Toyota Highlander has been crash-tested by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. So… Before the 2014 Toyota Highlander officially debuts next week at the 2013 New York auto show, the automaker has released a revealing teaser image. All of the Highlander models tend to lull you into simply setting the cruise control and conversing with passengers; it's very softly sprung, and the electric power steering tends to be light—too much so, we've observed, on the highway.
Highlander Plus includes a 3. Remedy Southeast Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will test the sensitivity of the occupant detection sensors, and recalibrate them as necessary. A small group of the affected vehicles will need additonal remedies which are still being developed. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331. The Highlander is pitched primarily toward two crowds: busy parents and families, and empty-nester types looking for extra passenger and cargo space when it's needed.
This could increase the risk of personal injury during the event of a vehicle crash necessitating airbag deployment. A cargo cover is included in all versions from the new Highlander Plus trim on up, and with the seats flipped forward there's up to 95. This is the last year for this style of Toyota Highlander, with a new 2014 model on its way that was unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show in March see the. The current version of the Highlander, with us now since 2008, has looked a bit derivative--or at the very least, drawing a little too literally in equal parts from Toyota's car and truck sides and ending up with an appliance that lacks any real flair of its own. With the exception of the hybrid, however, the drivetrain overall is a bit behind the times — most competitors are offering six-speed automatics across the range, plus turbocharging or at least direct-injection technology.
For those people, many Toyotas are absolutely perfect — and the 2013 Highlander is the pinnacle of such appliancelike, comfortable, utilitarian thinking. A fuel-cell converts hydrogen or other fuel into electricity, which is…. Changes from the 2012 model to the 2013 I tested are few see them compared. This version of the Highlander is by no means quick or fast--expect 0-60 times of nearly ten seconds--but the price is relatively low; it's quite fuel-efficient; and the powertrain is relatively smooth despite taking its time. There are plenty of places to store electronics and smaller items, too. It also generally matches the much larger Chevrolet Traverse for combined mileage rating 19 mpg , and does 1 mpg better in the city and 1 mpg worse on the highway. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859.
Perhaps more significant is that Toyota has widened the 3rd row by 4. The front axle motor produces 167 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque, while the rear axle motor produces 68 hp and 96 lb-ft of torque. This could increase the risk of personal injury during the event of a vehicle crash necessitating airbag deployment. Engines will carry over unchanged, however, meaning there will still be no direct-injection or turbocharging. . Nothing outrageous, just well laid out, extremely comfortable and made from high-quality materials that have been screwed together well. There are essentially three powertrains available on the Highlander.
We tend to think that it looks a bit like the previous-generation Subaru Forester, sized up a notch. Nothing Fancy, Just Basic Competence The shape is familiar by now, with fairly aggressive styling tha. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859. A wide range of people--from busy moms to geriatric empty-nesters--are going to appreciate the Highlander's ride height, and the height of its seats. It fares better in fuel economy while netting 10 additional horsepower, for a total of 280 net hp.