January 9, 2015
Our 2014 Toyota Highlander didn't see too much action in December, starting the month with 12,970 miles and finishing with 13,972.
Grand total of 1,002 miles.
No long trips to report, other than a 2.5-hour road trip in search of apple cider.
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December 9, 2014
I'm doing the easy work and answering a question posed by s197gt. "What does the fuel gauge indicate when the light goes on?"
The photo above is what the highlander indicates, st197gt.
Let's go deeper.
December 2, 2014
Our 2014 Toyota Highlander has been with us for 8 months now, and during that time we've run the odometer up to 12,970 miles.
November wasn't a particularly heavy month, only 1,499 miles, but this included a quicky road trip out to La Quinta, and a whole lotta city commuting. Did either of these things have an impact on our overall fuel economy?
November 20, 2014
Last week I drove our long-term 2014 Toyota Highlander out to La Quinta, California to visit my parental units. La Quinta is about 150 miles due east of my home base, all of which is covered on Interstate 10, a major roadway.
When the trip was complete, imagine my surprise when, despite averaging 22.1 mpg over the 306.7 miles, the Highlander was in need of a refill.
November 5, 2014
Our 2014 Toyota Highlander averaged 19.4 mpg over 1,362 miles of mixed driving in October. No big road trips this month, just normal commuter duty.
This slightly dropped its lifetime fuel economy over a total of 11,879 miles to 19.9 miles. As such, we're presently falling 1 mpg below the EPA's combined estimate of 21 mpg.
October 6, 2014
We added about 800 miles to our 2014 Toyota Highlander's odometer in September. It suffered a dead battery, endured a little rain, helped out some Girl Scouts, and passed the 10,000-mile mark.
September 8, 2014
Our 2014 Toyota Highlander didn't see much action during the month of August. With no big end-of-summer road trips on the calendar, the comfy SUV was pretty much regulated to moving people 'n stuff around town.
August 6, 2014
July was a fairly quiet month for our 2014 Toyota Highlander. We added about 1,300 miles commuting around Southern California and posted fuel economy similar to what we've seen in prior months.
July 04, 2014
After a few months in the fleet our 2014 Toyota Highlander is proving to be a popular vehicle for weekend errands as well as week-long road trips. With well over 6,000 miles on the odometer its overall mileage has dipped slightly, but is still solidly over 20 mpg in combined driving.
June 9, 2014
Our long-term 2014 Toyota Highlander has been in our fleet for just over two months, but it's already cracked 5,500 miles. Most of those miles were driven during the month of April on long road trips, and with so much driving the Highlander required 12 stops at the gas station. The month of May was far less eventful, but we still recorded a new lowest-fill MPG.
May 8, 2014
This was the first full month in the fleet for our 2014 Toyota Highlander. It started things out with a lengthy trip to Oregon followed by a few other highway-heavy weekends.
Not surprisingly, its mileage numbers came in slightly above its official EPA ratings. Not only did it deliver a best tank of 26.5 mpg on one leg, its overall average so far is 21.3 mpg. Oh, and 431 miles on a tank isn't bad either.
April 24, 2014
It would be inaccurate to call our 2014 Toyota Highlander overpowered. At around 4,350 pounds, the Highlander asks a lot of its 270-horsepower V6. But when you demand power, the 3.5-liter delivers with smooth, rich urgency. It kicks down a gear, a polite suggestion, really. Then it kicks down a second gear, sends a wave of torque steer through the column, and a jolting reminder that a two-ton object in motion tends to stay in motion, even with good brakes.