January 19, 2015
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.
October 21, 2014
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.
August 22, 2014
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.
August 4, 2014
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.
July 08, 2014
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.
July 2, 2014
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.
May 16, 2014
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.
May 12, 2014
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.
April 28, 2014
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.
April 4, 2014
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.