The car handles nice and is very comfortable. Gas mileage is as advertised. My only complaint is that I have a second row bench seat that is a 60/40 split. There is a constant metal rattling sound coming from the hinge of the 60 side and the 40 side vibrates when I hit pot holes, man hole covers, construction, etc. Its not the tires. When I'm on the highway the seat does not vibrate. However, the metal rattling from the hinge never stops. It doesn't give you the feeling of buying a "solid" vehicle. Also, the Entunes freezes on me or re-boots on its own. Have to bring it to the dealer to be looked at.
I like the Highlander except for the poor visibilty to the rear, passenger side, and backup camera screen in daylight.
The visibility out the rear window looks like looking out at the light at the end of a tunnel. It is limited and poor and the windows seem to be designed for looks rather than safety visibility concerns.
It is very difficult to see the images on the backup camera screen during the day. You would have to strain your eyes to look at the screen to try and make out what is behind. This creates a problem of spending too much time looking at the screen and ignoring the other surrounding areas. The screen's visibility is great when it is darker outside.
The passenger side's visibility is poor too.
I wish I had bought the backup sensors and other sensors. I wish there was a retrofit.
It is very unsafe to accelerate to fast on the Highlander. Do not accelerate too fast as your grip on the steering wheel could be overcome and the front wheels will turn uncontrollably from side to side. You can easily lose control and crash by accelerating too quickly. I never had this problem on any car I have driven.
2014 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I bought my Highlander in July 2014 and never look back this is by far the best SUV/vehicle I've ever had it has a smooth ride is it's comfortable and has lots of room for storage. I would definitely recommend this truck to anybody looking for space comfort and great reliability.
2014 Toyota Highlander XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
This engine has a known problem with VVT-i system that has been posted in a service bulletin since 2009. They have done nothing to mitigate or change the design of the problem leading to a 17hr service at $90 an hour. The issue has not been addressed by Toyota because it is not a safety issue, thus they have seen no need to issue a recall. Beyond the vehicle being huge on the outside, claustrophobic on the interior, the vehicle's seats are not very comfortable. The fuel mileage is poor in relation to the engine performance. Toyota's service dept. is also poor. An oil change for the vehicle will take nearly 2 hours regardless of which dealership you visit. The vehicle has poor off road performance mated with below average on road performance. The doors do not open wide enough to accommodate loading a child into the vehicle. The voice recognition system is not useful. The seat warmers are wonderful. The interior is well appointed and of good build quality. Visibility in the vehicle is poor. The blind spots on the vehicle are large if you sit high in the vehicle. The B and C pillars completely obstruct the view of the next lane. The back up camera works well but is the only reliable way of backing the vehicle due to the high lip on the rear glass. The vehicle bump and torque steers. The transmission has low speed lag which prevents downshifting at low RPMs. I would in no way recommend this vehicle to anyone and I would encourage all other Highlander owners to sell theirs back to Toyota.
After owning this vehicle for over 2 years, in my opinion, the Highlander will surpass any competitor on any point of comparison: Fuel Efficiency, Best value for the price, Overall quality (mechanical and materials), etc.