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2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Wednesday, June 19th 2013. | Toyota

All-New 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid – A more advanced interpretation (in each method) of the company’s current mainstream midsize SUV. This Toyota reveal was really a pleasant surprise with the most recent hybrid drivetrain, a much more “Butch” exterior, far more luxurious inside, and all-new new infotainment making it a standout.

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Bill Fay, Toyota Division Group VP and GM kicked off the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) Press Days as the primary manufacturer with a presentation reveal. The automobile? The all-new third-era 2014 Toyota Highlander mid-size SUV.

With three-row seating for up to eight, extra standard options and technologies, elevated cargo capability and what needs to be improved gasoline financial system, the new Highlander Hybrid will provide owners improved style, consolation and utility all of the whereas saving some $’s at the pump.

Exterior

The brand new Highlander Hybrid incorporates a a lot stronger and more upright trapezoidal grille, new wraparound headlamps, decrease roofline, sharply cut fender flares and a deep character line working from the taillight lens, above both door handles before fading away into the front quarter panel.

The exterior has grown in size by roughly three inches whereas width is increased one-half inch. Identical to the all-new 2013 RAV4, the all-new 2014 Toyota Highlander rear end is highlighted by a rear raise-gate with one-contact energy open/shut and driver selectable memory top settings.

Interior

Toyota raised the bar on interior design even further from current enhancements inside their sedans. The truth is, interior design components from the all-new 2013 Toyota Avalon have appeared and in some respects, outclasses it but retains a extra rugged SUV appearance.

Like the 2012/2013 Camry Hybrid, the 2014 Highlander visibility has been improved by means of repositioning and shaping of the front A-pillars, whereas the scale of the rear quarter glass has been increased to supply a wider discipline of view to the rear.

The brand new inside makes use of premium smooth touch supplies together with normal contrast seat stitching on greater trims. A smooth-contact instrument panel and silver-painted, satin, and chrome-plated accents outline the interior. As well as, wooden-grain trim can be discovered on the entrance dash and door trim. High finish materials, a fabric textured headliner (lastly!), obtainable comfortable and perforated leather-trim seats, leather-based wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are additionally welcome excessive finish appointments to this otherwise “robust” SUV.

A padded cutout shelf within the decrease dash from beneath the pinnacle unit to the passenger aspect door permits distinctive storage and easy access to USB, Aux and 12-volt power.

A new roll-prime heart console with a dampened sliding door offers a comfortable armrest, or when absolutely opened is giant enough to hold a big handbag. All Highlanders will feature a newly designed 4.2 in. in-meter-cluster Multi-Data Display. Obtainable ambient lighting around the entrance sprint and doorways add to the refined environment.

And as vital function of any mentioned so far, SOS is included but this time, a damped sunglass holder has been provided.

Both entrance and second-row passenger seats shall be available with heated seats and ventilated seats for entrance passengers.

The second row offers bench-seating for three passengers or two captain’s seats featuring a collapsible tray with cup holders. Entering into the third-row is made simpler with the addition of a one-step second-row sliding seat operate that provides nearly three more inches of house for easier entry and exit to the third-row. While not fairly as straightforward to make use of because the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinders “EZ Flex Seating System”, a single pull on the handle situated within the outboard seat tops was sufficient to maneuver the seats ahead and out of the best way for third row ingress and egress.

An total interior width increase of 4.three inches within the third-row and a standard recline operate creates added comfort for up to three smaller passengers approach in the back. Just like the second-row bench, the third-row will be forty/60 split. Rear cargo area behind the third-row has also elevated by 34 p.c for added storage.

Further obtainable comfort features include an Automatic Excessive Beam System, Auto Cruise Management, Good Key, driver’s seat memory, heated and ventilated entrance seats, heated second-row captain’s seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Interior noise reduction is said to have been achieved through a 30 p.c enlargement of silencing insulation materials within the floor. Acoustic-kind glass is used for the windshield and the panoramic moonroof design (for Highlanders so outfitted) was used to reduce wind noise.

Vibration is minimized through expanded protection of the dash silencer, enhancements to physique sealing, and the strategic placement of three hydraulic engine mounts. Improvements within the exhaust format have been made for additional noise and vibration reduction.

Infotainment

All new Highlanders come geared up with Toyota’s Entune multimedia system. The Display Audio system with a 6.1 in. touchscreen with Bluetooth, voice recognition and an Integrated Backup Camera is standard whereas an eight in. touchscreen system and Toyota’s Entune app suite with 12 JBL speakers shall be available.

The brand new Highlander will also offer an out there Rear Seat Leisure system with an RCA coaxial input terminal on the rear of the middle console to allow exterior devices, such as gaming systems, to be connected.

Drivetrain

The brand new Highlander can be available in three powertrains whereas I’ll concentrate on the hybrid.

The Highlander Hybrid model’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system pairs the Atkinsonized 3.5L V6 engine with VVT-i to Hybrid Synergy Drive and (2) Electric Motor(s) for even more power and fuel efficiency than the present second era 2013 Highlander Hybrid’s 231 internet hp and 28/28/28 mpgUS city/freeway/combined rating.

Chassis

The 2014 Highlander’s body structure includes high-energy metal within the entrance pillars for elevated rigidity and safety.

The new 2014 Toyota Highlander now incorporates Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive (AWD) for bettering cornering while spring charges and shocks have been tuned to enhance experience and handling. The electrical energy steering has additionally been revised to reinforce highway feel.

Upfront MacPherson struts are commonplace fare whereas out back, an unbiased double-wishbone is provided vs. the twin hyperlink struts from the earlier generation. Four-wheel discs and 18 in. alloys are commonplace while 19 in. alloys can be an option.

The Dynamic Torque Management AWD system screens and controls the torque transfer between the front and rear wheels through an electromagnetically managed coupling positioned within the rear differential.

Just like the RAV4, entrance to rear torque distribution can range from a hundred:zero to 50:50, with entrance-wheel drive (one hundred:0) automatically engaged beneath regular driving situations to assist enhance gasoline consumption.

The Dynamic Torque Control AWD system uses information sent from pace, steering angle and speed, throttle angle and yaw charge sensors to automatically govern the transmission of torque to the rear wheels, as required.

A classy, high-speed interactive administration system coordinates management of the Dynamic Torque Management AWD, Automobile Stability Management (VSC) and Electrical Power Steering (EPS) programs to enhance Highlander’s efficiency, handling and safety.

Security

On the passive front, all 2014 Highlander’s could have entrance, facet, facet curtain and driver/entrance passenger knee airbags standard.

Lively security can be dealt with by Toyota’s standard Star Security System together with Enhanced Automobile Stability Management (VSC), Traction Control (TC), Digital Brake-power Distribution (EBD), Brake Help (BA), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Smart Stop Know-how (SST).

All Highlander’s can even come geared up with an ordinary backup camera and Hill-begin Help Management whereas AWD variants will embody an AWD LOCK switch.

Additional but elective security features include rear parking sonar, Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, Rear Cross Visitors Alert, a Pre-collision System and Auto High Beam headlamps.

All Highlanders might be assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) in Princeton, IN and can reach vendor showrooms early subsequent year.

Early Conclusions

E all-new 2014 Toyota Highlander has plenty of room, affords the latest luxurious appointments and extra fashionable amenities than most would ever ask for. With what is said to be a more highly effective and efficient drivetrain, it’s certainly checking all of the boxes. What I had hoped for was the Camry Hybrid’s 200 hp web 2.5L mated to HSD within the Highlander for an enchancment in fuel efficiency. I perceive the weight “issue” and the need to provide a rocket ship to fulfill the gear heads but 200 combined hp seems greater than sufficient whereas offering less pain on the pump. After all, the 2.7L supplies simply north of a hundred and sixty hp and it’s the “base” engine supplied within the 2014 Highlander. Drop the AWD system and you achieve another 1 mpg and perhaps another .2 seconds to 60 as well.

Oh effectively, possibly a 30 mpgUS city/highway/mixed score is in the offing and that along with the much more durable wanting exterior and far more luxurious interior might sway a non-hybrid proprietor to join the fold.

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