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2014 Toyota Highlander: The 1.5-star Entune App

April 6, 2015

2014 Toyota Highlander

"If I could give it zero stars I would."

"Entune failed us again."

"Toyota, you should be ashamed of yourself and this app."

These are quotes from just a few of the recent user reviews on Toyota's latest Entune app in the iTunes stone. The total rating for Entune is 1.5 stars. I was curious. Does it really suck that bad? It was time to find out with our 2014 Toyota Highlander.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Trip to Tennis Tourney

March 27, 2015

2014 Toyota Highlander

With tickets in hand for the BNP Paribas Open pro tennis tournament at Indian Wells, I selected the keys to our 2014 Toyota Highlander. It seemed like a good choice for a 300-mile (round trip) mostly freeway cruise. As this is the most time I'd spent in the Highlander, I can see why this is such a popular, and Edmunds "A"-rated, choice in the midsize crossover segment. Following are four reasons (in no particular order) why the Highlander made this small road trip a pleasure.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: DVD Player

March 10, 2015

2014 Toyota Highlander

Although I have driven our 2014 Toyota Highlander countless times during the past 10 months, I have only just realized that the family hauler we picked traded a rear-seat DVD package for a giant sunroof.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Lane Departure Alert

January 19, 2015

2014 Toyota Highlander

My son was back home from college for winter break, and I thought it would be fun to take him and his girlfriend to a concert in Las Vegas. I selected our 2014 Toyota Highlander from our long-term fleet for the trip.

Home to Vegas is about 300 miles, and I figured I could get some good conversation with the kid and his girlfriend on the way over. I'd share with them sage words of wisdom, and in exchange, they could keep me in the loop with what the cool kids were doing these days.

I should have known better.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Getting the Navigation Right

October 21, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander

Dan Edmunds recently praised the navigation in our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan. The vehicle position icon, instead of being centered, is offset to allow for more map space in the vehicle's projected path. Luckily for me, our long-term 2014 Toyota Highlander has a similar design.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Well, This Is Awkward

August 22, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander

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: Using the Driver Easy Speak Feature

August 4, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander

If you're a parent with more than one kid, there has probably been a time when you've been driving and needed to yell at your little miscreants in back. You've likely said things like, "Bobby, stop touching your sister." "Jackie, for the tenth time, stop kicking my seat." "If you guys can't get along I'm just going to turn around right now."

With the 2014 Toyota Highlander, Toyota is hoping to make this a little easier with the Driver Easy Speak feature.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: My Hands Are Too Fat

July 08, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander

I have big hands. Not long, just...pudgy. I don't think the 2014 Toyota Highlander was made for people with fat hands. At least the front shelf storage area isn't.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Getting Entune

July 2, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander

Scheduling is sometimes tough. I was asked to show a TV news program what's available for in-car apps. That week, we had a loaded Toyota Camry test vehicle so I planned on using that as an example. Schedules changed and the Camry was gone, but fortunately we still had our long-term 2014 Toyota Highlander.

The night before the cameraman showed up, I made sure to sign out the Highlander, but once I got in it my stomach sank.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Sunlight Washes Out Navigation Screen

May 16, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander

The navigation system in our 2014 Toyota Highlander works great, as long as you can see it. Anytime there's direct sunlight streaming through the windshield, the navigation screen gets washed out to the point of uselessness. 

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Iffy iPod Indexing

May 12, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander

I didn't download the silly Entune software for our long-term 2014 Toyota Highlander. I'm not going to. It's silly. I don't want Toyota telling my telephone what to do. So maybe this "problem" would be fixed that way. I don't know. I won't be the one to find out though.

The issue? Our Highlander is trying to play songs, artists and albums that aren't on my iPhone.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Bluetooth

April 28, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander

When the boss calls, you answer. And with my cell phone paired to the Bluetooth in our long-term 2014 Toyota Highlander, there's no excuse to hide from Editor in Chief Scott Oldham.

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2014 Toyota Highlander: Radio Controls Not Ideally Placed

April 4, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander

Apparently, Toyota didn't quite learn its lesson with the Tundra pickup. You might recall that when the big Tundra debuted in 2006, it had a pretty glaring issue with the design of its center stack.

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