April 17, 2015
Our year-long test of our 2014 Toyota Highlander is nearing its end. But we recently passed 20,000 miles on the odometer and that meant an appointment for the required service. I called Toyota Santa Monica to set it up.
February 27, 2015
Our 2014 Toyota Highlander last visited the dealer in October. A couple of days ago, the big blue crossover notified us it was due for routine service. The 15,000-mile interval called for a tire rotation and visual inspections of the brakes, wiper blades and fluids. I took the Highlander to Puente Hills Toyota just after noon.
October 23, 2014
As the maintenance minder in our 2014 Toyota Highlander finally changed from "maintenance required soon" to "take me to a dealership now or suffer the consequences," we made an appointment at our local dealership to placate the SUV's incessant startup message.
September 5, 2014
Rushing out the front door, hands full of laptop bag, gym bag and things-I-must-mail-at-the-post-office bag, I fumble for the 2014 Toyota Highlander's key fob. I press "unlock." Nothing. I press it again. Twice. Still nothing.
August 28, 2014
Our 2014 Toyota Highlander test vehicle is nearing a trip to the dealer. I know this because this morning, the Highlander flashed me the "maintenance soon" sign, prompting me to glace at the odometer.
August 5, 2014
We received this recall notice for our 2014 Toyota Highlander. The supplemental restraint system electronic control unit requires a software update because it does not conform to the Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standard. That's a mouthful. In simpler terms, the SRS ECU fails to meet the FMVSS.
May 15, 2014
The first service for our 2014 Toyota Highlander was a quick and painless one. Kelly dropped the SUV off in the morning for a tire rotation, fluid top-off and a few inspections. We were a little surprised to learn that while scheduled maintenance is set at 5,000-mile intervals, the Highlander only needs an oil change every 10,000 miles. Most of the cars in our long-term fleet get an oil change every time.
May 13, 2014
On the way to the office this morning, I delivered our 2014 Toyota Highlander to Toyota Santa Monica for regular service. I did not call ahead for an appointment, and there were three other vehicles already in the service drive when I pulled up.
May 7, 2014
Our long-term 2014 Toyota Highlander popped up the alert you see above upon startup the other day. There's no missing it, as the alert was accompanied by an audible chime.