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2014 Toyota Highlander: Apple Cider Run

December 19, 2014

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Oak Glen, California is a small town just east of Yucaipa on the southeast portion of the San Bernardino Mountains. I try to go every fall to visit some of the area's many apple orchards and stock up on the beautifully cloudy apple cider. You can mosey around the rows of trees and pick your own apples during the autumn, but my schedule prevented me from visiting during the busy season. I couldn't procure my own apples in December, but I still wanted to grab some of the good stuff to use in a Warm Vanilla Cider recipe I found one day as I casually lurked on Martha Stewart's Web site. So I grabbed a few friends, tossed them into the 2014 Toyota Highlander and headed for the mountains.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Long Seat Cushions

December 12, 2014

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When I drive the 2014 Toyota Highlander I feel like a little kid sitting in her parent's car. The long seat bottom cushion hits my short legs about mid-calf. And the headrest of the driver seat is slightly above my head, even when lowered as far as it will go. Not an ideal driving position for me.

For the record, Magrath says he doesn't feel he needs any thigh support when he drives the Highlander because the seats fit his longer legs just fine.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Well, This Is Awkward

August 22, 2014

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Back in July Matt reported that his hands were too large to be able to reach the USB port in our long-term 2014 Toyota Highlander. It's hidden away in this tiny space behind the shifter.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Cooled Seats Don't Cool

August 12, 2014

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It's summer. It's hot, as in 108 degrees hot. You're perspiring profusely as you hop into your sunbaked 2014 Toyota Highlander to go home from work. It's got cooled front seats. That should be a godsend. But it's not.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Third-Row Seat Access and Comfort

July 31, 2014

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The 2014 Toyota Highlander comes standard with a third-row seat, giving it either a seven-passenger or eight-passenger capacity depending on whether you've got the captain's chairs (like ours) or the second-row bench. So maybe you've got to take your spouse, your two kids and your in-laws out to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. How's the Highlander going to do?

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Well Suited For Long Highway Drives

July 30, 2014

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It's summertime. It's time to pack up your family and head out for the Great American Road Trip to Wally World. But what are you going to drive? "A Tesla Model S!" you might say, having gained inspiration from our record-setting LA-to-NYC drive (and back).

The more practical and obvious choice, though, would be something like our 2014 Toyota Highlander.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Great for Glamping

July 10, 2014

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Last weekend the Oldhams packed up the Edmunds long-term 2014 Toyota Highlander and we went glamping.

That's glamping with a gl. As in glam camping. It's how the modern urbanite roughs it. And it's kinda become a thing.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: First Aid Kit

June 30, 2014

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Our 2014 Toyota Highlander came with this first aid kit. It's a family car. Families need Band Aids.

But wait, there's more...

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Second-Row Cup Holder

June 27, 2014

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If you haven't sat in the back of a 2014 Toyota Highlander then you can't fully appreciate the space and utility available there. One of the SUV's coolest second-row features is this flip-down cup holder/table.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Massive Center Console

June 26, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander

Our 2014 Toyota Highlander has a massive center console. Seriously, this thing is big.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Campus Visit Road Trip

April 14, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander

The timing couldn't have been better. My wife and I needed something spacious to take on a Spring Break road trip with our eldest daughter and her friend, and our brand-new 2014 Toyota Highlander long-term test vehicle arrived at the perfect moment. And Toyota's fairly simple break-in procedure, which lasts just 621 miles, was complete just before we were scheduled to load up and head north.

The girls have been accepted to colleges in Oregon. My daughter is about 90-percent sure she'll attend the University of Oregon this fall. Her friend has been accepted at Reed College in Portland but hasn't yet seen the state, let alone the city or the campus. The TV show Portlandia is her only reference point.

A side trip to visit my parents on the Oregon coast will make this a 2,500-mile journey when all is said and done.

For now, we've only just crossed the border on the first leg of our journey. But I can already tell the 2014 Toyota Highlander is much better suited to this trip than our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe proved to be last fall on the very same roads in almost identical circumstances. The difference is night and day.

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