2009 toyota Highlander Hybrid

2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid - If the revamped Toyota Highlander is to succeed, it has its work suitable it. It should transport as well as captivate youngsters, ingest cargo as well as conquer snow. It has to be secure, comfortable as well as luxurious, as well as it needs to do all these points without breaking the financial institution-- in vehicle settlements or at the pump. An uphill struggle, no doubt, but the leading midsize SUV competitors truly have actually obtained that good.

2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Highlander qualifies on all counts, though it doesn't master any one area. Offered it can keep its exceptional resale worth and integrity, it ought to prove a clever-- otherwise particularly captivating-- choice for years to find.

Edgier Designing

Toyota's The golden state layout workshops sculpted the outside, which is larger in all significant dimensions than the old Highlander. To my eyes, Toyota's smaller sized RAV4 SUV looks better-proportioned, with just sufficient contours to balance out the angles. With its creased fronts lights, showy grille and characterless bumper, the Highlander seems a little bit as well glossy-- like a convenience store shopper who won't remove his sunglasses.

The back bumper has dimpled reflectors on each side, and the majority of trim levels have a glass hatch that opens independent of the liftgate. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are conventional; the Sporting activity and also Limited have 19-inchers that submit the wheel wells perfectly. The Sporting activity has a dark silver grille and smoked-out headlights. The Limited has plainer headlights and also chrome outside moldings.

At 188.4 inches long and 75.2 inches wide, the Highlander casts roughly the exact same shadow as a Honda Pilot, Subaru Tribeca or Hyundai Veracruz. The Mazda CX-9 and Saturn Overview are both about a foot longer.

The Within

Toyota has actually spent years constructing a track record for top quality, and also missing any kind of significant competitors, the brand-new Highlander might have preserved that requirement. The competition is nothing if not significant, though, and also SUVs like the CX-9 as well as Veracruz flaunt some remarkably upscale interiors. In comparison, Toyota drops a bit brief.

The Highlander shares bases with the existing Camry, as well as the control panel births much of the sedan's flavor. The facility controls are the all-natural focal point, with extra-large knobs for significant functions within very easy reach. Sport and also Limited versions have a 3.5-inch screen atop the stereo. It displays gas mileage, outside temperature level as well as more. It additionally shows settings for the optional automated climate control system, which can split the cabin into as several as three temperature areas-- 2 front and one rear. The climate controls rest below the stereo, and also they're very messy. I counted 13 buttons in between the two temperature handles; that's a great deal of ground to cover when you're referencing a readout some 10 inches away. In contrast, the standard hand-operated cooling is easy.

Cabin high quality is just average. The home window switches over, turn signals and also center controls can go straight into a Lexus, and also the chrome accents as well as electroluminescent assesses appearance fantastic. The majority of locations are trimmed in tough plastics, nevertheless, as well as the structures do not have the appeal of the stuff in several competitors. Most severe of all is the ceiling's headliner, which is some of the least expensive computer mouse fur this side of an economy auto.

Parents will appreciate the storage alternatives. The center console in between the pole positions has four cupholders and a broad storage space bin. Fail to remember laptop computers; the glove box could fit a little computer. (Most likely not the monitor, however-- allow's not get carried away.).

3 basic rows of seats suit approximately seven, though you can drop the 3rd row in order to conserve a little cash, minimizing sitting capability to five. The front seats offer lots of space, with a trick extender in the Highlander Limited that prolongs the pillow under the vehicle driver's upper legs. Wonderful touch.

The second row is similarly wide, with reclining back-rests and seat paddings that adjust backward and forward. The facility seat has Toyota's brand-new Center Stow feature. It's primarily a jump seat, which guests can switch for a plastic facility console, transforming the 2nd row right into 2 captain's chairs. The extra portion-- either the center seat or console-- stores in a floor area in between the front seats. After a few practice runs, I had the ability to make the change in around 25 seconds.

The jump seat is light enough for very easy installment. Its convenience is trial and error, even for a center seat; the bottom padding is substantial, but I could quickly really feel the joints beneath the backrest cushioning. The plastic console is lighter still, as well as both pieces have durable installment hooks that ought to survive lots of knocking from overenthusiastic youngsters.

Depending upon where the 2nd row is placed, the 3rd row can be remarkably adult-friendly. I'm 6 feet tall and also discovered headroom a little bit tight, yet with the 2nd row progressed a couple of inches-- protecting a lot of legroom for the majority of adults-- the third row's legroom was such that I could endure a brief journey.

Bigger Engine, Better Mileage

All Highlanders get the 3.5-liter V-6 from the Camry, Sienna and also several various other Toyotas. In the Highlander it makes 270 horse power and also 248 pounds-feet of torque. Both are substantial gains over in 2014's V-6, makinged 215 hp and 222 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed transmission is standard. In 2014's base four-cylinder engine has actually been gone down.

Acceleration suffices off the line and also stronger as the engine revs. The transmission assists things along, holding gears and seldom changing prematurely. Hard acceleration can prompt some sudden shifts among lower gears-- much better for velocity, worse for comfort-- but most of the moment the changes are smooth adequate to pass undetected. The drivetrain really feels ideal on the freeway, where it downshifts with marginal gear searching. Third gear is especially powerful for 50-to-70 miles per hour passing away.

The optional four-wheel drive is transparent to the motorist. It integrates a facility differential to split power 50/50 between the front and back wheels all of the time. Four-wheel-drive designs have a downhill assist feature. Press a control panel button, as well as it will certainly reduce the SUV to a crawl down high qualities. The feature appears a little bit insincere: There is no low gear for offroad rock crawling, which implies you should possibly stay clear of anywhere treacherous adequate to need the downhill aid.

All Highlanders have a hill-start help that holds the brakes for approximately three seconds from a stop to prevent the SUV from rolling in reverse prior to you have time to strike the gas.

Using the EPA's more sensible 2008 score system-- which generally leads to reduce numbers-- gas mileage is rated at 18/24 mpg (city/highway) for two-wheel-drive versions as well as 17/23 mpg for those with four-wheel drive. These ratings lead most midsize SUVs by 1 or 2 mpg. They additionally defeated the old V-6 Highlander by about 1 mpg (adjusted utilizing the EPA's new computation)-- an impressive accomplishment, provided the brand-new Highlander has more power and also weighs some 300 extra pounds much more. (Four-cylinder fans will not miss out on much: The old four-cylinder Highlander got just 1 mpg greater than the new one makes with the V-6.).

Trip & Handling

The unibody building pays for a comfortable flight, with none of the underbody vibrating that pestered the previous Highlander (which was likewise unibody) and many body-on-frame SUVs. The four-wheel-independent suspension is sport-tuned in the Highlander Sporting activity, however I could not detect a distinction in trip suppleness amongst the base, Sport as well as Limited. All 3 have a bit extra suspension noise over significant bumps than I've come to expect in a midsize SUV.

Wind sound is minimal. Offered a smooth stretch of asphalt, the tires are fairly silent. The Sporting activity and Limited's 19-inch wheels and P245/55R19 tires send out a minor hum at highway rates, which I could not find with the base design's 17-inchers and thicker P245/65R19 rubber.

All models currently have electrical power guiding. These systems conserve a little bit on fuel usage-- a little low-hanging fruit to meet the government's gas economy requirements, I presume-- but they frequently cause lifeless, synthetic guiding feeling. Expectedly, the Highlander guides with a light touch, never ever providing a lot in the method of responses or turning accuracy. The CX-9 prices much better in this regard, however few other competitors attract attention. The exact same holds true for body roll: Like most SUVs, the Highlander leans away in curves, advising vehicle drivers it's not to be cornered quickly.

Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are typical. The pedal supplies spongy reaction, yet the brakes clamp down hard when needed.

Freight & Towing

With all 3 rows mounted and raised, freight room in back is a meager 10.3 cubic feet. The third row folds up flat into the flooring, and the 2nd row folds virtually level. Highlanders without the 3rd row instead consist of a fairly large storage area under the back floor.

With all seats folded up, maximum cargo volume is 95.4 cubic feet, which contrasts extra positively with the group.

When correctly equipped, the Highlander can tow approximately 5,000 pounds.

In Insurance Policy Institute for Freeway Safety frontal collision examinations, the 2008 Highlander racked up the highest score, Excellent. IIHS has not checked the Highlander for side influences.

Toyota didn't stint safety functions. All Highlanders come common with four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, grip control and an electronic security system. The security system now collaborates with the electric power steering, which increases the power help when the driver is steering to remedy a skid. It likewise assists battle steering pull under hard stopping in order to help the Highlander drop in a straight line. (Toyota claims the system could not guide the SUV on its own, as some advanced systems now do, so if you steer the wrong way in a skid, don't anticipate any type of extra power assist.).

7 airbags are conventional, including the called for twin front airbags, a motorist's knee airbag as well as side-impact airbags for the front seats. There are likewise roll-sensing side curtain air bags for all 3 rows, which deploy during a rollover to stop resident ejection.

All seats have head restraints, and in Sport and Limited versions, the front ones are forward-adjustable for much better whiplash protection. Energetic head restraints are typical on the pole positions of all trims. The second row includes Latch child-seat supports in the outboard seats, with conveniently accessible top-tether anchors midway down the seatback.

Functions & Rates

Excluding the destination charge, the base Highlander with two-wheel drive starts at $27,300. A Highlander Limited with a complete bunch of options playings around $42,000. 4x4 on any type of trim adds regarding $1,500. All trim levels feature 3 rows of seats, though a third-row erase alternative on certain models can conserve $740.

For $27,300, the base Highlander includes 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless access, a CD stereo with a supporting MP3 jack, cooling, cruise ship control, as well as power home windows, mirrors and door locks.
For $29,950, the Sporting activity includes darkened exterior elements, 19-inch wheels, fog lights, a power chauffeur's seat, a multifunction wheel, a back-up cam and also six-CD sound.
For $32,700, the Restricted adds a keyless start-up system, automated environment control, leather furniture and also a power guest seat. A lot of these functions are optional on the Sport. Choices on both trim levels consist of a navigating system, JBL premium audio, a backseat DVD player, a moonroof, a power tailgate and warmed pole positions.

Highlander out there

Competitors from GM, Mazda and Hyundai will certainly provide the Highlander a run for its cash. Its biggest competitor, the Honda Pilot, schedules for a redesign in the next year or more, and also Toyota's key resource-- its online reputation for high quality and dependability-- has actually been sliding recently. The automaker has actually pledged to redouble its initiatives, and its most recent SUV should confirm that.

The new Highlander has great deals of book sensibilities, like decent gas mileage and also loads of safety functions, however there's nothing remarkable regarding it. If it verifies as bulletproof as its predecessor, however, reliability will become its defining feature, which is a book attract a lot of customers can support.