2014 Toyota Highlander Consumer Review: A few steps below excellent

2014 Toyota Highlander - Consumer Review

2014 Toyota Highlander

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Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)

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26 of 45 people found this review helpful
A few steps below excellent
By mugman1 on


2014 Toyota Highlander Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


Bought a Limited AWD to replace our old 05 Odyssey minivan.
Good looking vehicle especially in maroon with black interior.
We shopped Mazda and Honda (their products were dated) and Acura MDX (overpriced in my opinion).
Got out the door with the tech package for $38K.
Good value but at a cost.
The interior design is quite nice, but there is evidence of cost-cutting in the hard plastic materials below arm level, the fell of some of the switchgear, and in the carpet (it feels like trunk liner material).
It rides well, handles securely and has plenty of power when pushed, but it does drive "big" and the engine is coarse; the Odyssey's engine was stronger and sounded better.

Best Features

Interior layout, gauges, comfort of the seats. The ventilated seats work well to cool you off (haven't had a chance to use the heated seats, but I'm sure they will come in handy in the winter)

Worst Features

The JBL premium sound system is merely average. Despite 10 speakers, you only seem to be able to hear those at the top of the dash, the bass sound is poor, and the subwoofer does nothing (if it exists at all). For a limited model listing over $42K, this needs to be addressed. Engine note is coarse and drones at low revs, but comes alive around 4000 rpm. Some interior pieces could be upgraded and the center arm rest is at a different height then the door armrests, a mistake made years ago by many carmakers but mostly corrected in nearly all cars by now. Put a bench option in the Limited for those who want seating for 8; it only comes with captain's chairs but that will likely change soon.
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By gregrasa
on 07/01/14 12:41 PM (PDT)

Your impressions jibe almost exactly with mine. (I posted a review a couple down from this one.) Thanks for the review.

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