Model value: The 2013 Toyota Highlander is still seen as one of the best utilities available in the United States. This could increase the risk of personal injury during the event of a vehicle crash necessitating airbag deployment. All Highlanders also feature a corner braking feature whereby the power steering assist helps the driver regain and maintain vehicle stability. 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. However, there's still no acceptably safe vehicle on the market that gets 28-30 mpg. I was exposed to a wide variety of conditions while driving it and did not find it lacking in any of them.
What they might notice, however, is fuel economy. See the Highlander compared with major competitors. While I have not had the opportunity to test it in the snow and winter conditions of the Colorado high country it will be there this winter , I have found it to be a truly outstanding vehicle. My only criticism is that I wish there were more than two outlets up front and one in the trunk area. Offering seating for seven adults, the Highlander is surprisingly versatile.
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. Seatbelts should be worn at all times. The 3 rows of seats enable us to transport grandchildren and friends to various events, and, with the seats put down we have abundant room for shopping packages, and the occasional piece of furniture. Folding the second row for entry to the third is easy, with handles atop the seatbacks making for simple operation even by children. The center console is vast and deep, and bins on the doors will easily hold iPads or game controllers.
The 2014 Toyota Highlander will finally get a six-speed transmission for its V-6 engine, which should improve fuel economy and acceleration. For details on vehicle specifications, standard features and available equipment in your area, contact your Toyota dealer. Its ride, handling, and quietness are superior, when combined with outstanding electronics, great gas mileage for a 4wd vehicle of its size , and comfort you get as good a package as possible. The closest matches are the Pathfinder, Explorer and Santa Fe not the Santa Fe Sport, mind you, which is a smaller, five-seat model. We love our 2013 highlander limited.
A small group of the affected vehicles will need additonal remedies which are still being developed. Now that my kids are a little bigger 7 and 10 , I think the next car I buy will be a little bigger. Engines will carry over unchanged, however, meaning there will still be no direct-injection or turbocharging. V6-equipped models can be equipped to tow up to 5,000 pounds. 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. The 2013 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid excel at people-toting--although they're neither quite as spacious nor quite as refined inside as some other three-row models like the Ford Flex or Chevrolet Traverse.
The recall began on May 28, 2013. Failed to get data, please try again. This is typically measured in liters 3. At this time I have spent a winter in the Colorado Rockies with it and have found it to be excellent in the snow conditions we encountered there over our 10 week stay. But in real-world testing we've never managed to replicate those numbers; over several drives we've seen a bit lower. Even the 3rd row seat was adult usable if you are relatively agile.
Controls on the center control panel are big and clear, with large buttons and chunky knobs that make operating the climate-control system a breeze sorry. In front or in the second row, they're easy to climb into or easy to lift a child into , and their wide, soft, and flat contours make getting in easy, even if they don't give you much side support in the corners you're not going to racing around them anyhow. Mostly, it's differently shaped fog lamps, some blue plastic and chrome trim that draw the visual line between the versions. An adult can fit, but you'd better be nimble and willing to kiss your knees for most of the ride. I purchased a temporary carport to keep the rain off the car. That said, there's a certain honest, straightforward charm about the Highlander, once you get past its lack of flair.
Nothing Fancy, Just Basic Competence The shape is familiar by now, with fairly aggressive styling tha. Distinctive styling isn't its strength--its practical, spacious interior is. Hybrid models are distinguished from the gas-only Highlanders, only if you look close enough. First it appeared to be stopped up drain lines coming from the moon roof not a warranty item. The interior is similarly pleasing.
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. Very comfortable and easy to drive. The 3rd row seats are pretty small, and it's awkward to crawl back into them. The Highlander Hybrid is really the green star of this lineup, with ratings of 28 mpg city, 28 highway, along with quicker acceleration than the base model. Its base four-cylinder produces 187 horsepower, and it does just fine with front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic. The Highlander's well-built, well-equipped cabin puts all the controls where they need to be, without all that much heed to fashion.
The highlander drives very easily like a car with a V6. A couple of years ago Toyota gave the Highlander a very minor facelift, with a somewhat different front end and a little more chrome trim, plus a few more angles and creases. That's about on par with the Ford Flex. The Highlander is a front wheel drive off-road vehicle road car with a front placed engine, sold by Toyota. Really happy with my Hybrid Highlander, going on 4 years now. In the base model, power comes from a standard 2. Nothing outrageous, just well laid out, extremely comfortable and made from high-quality materials that have been screwed together well.