2014 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD Full Test Specs | Edmunds

2014 Toyota Highlander - Road Test Specs

2014 Toyota Highlander SUV

(3.5L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2014 Toyota Highlander XLE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr 8-passenger SUV
Base MSRP$38,360
Options on test vehicleRear-seat entertainment system ($1,810)
As-tested MSRP$40,170
Assembly locationPrinceton, Indiana


ConfigurationTransverse, front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,456/211
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.8
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,300
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)270 @ 6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)248 @ 4,700
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic
Transmission ratios (x:1)I=3.3; II = 1.9; III = 1.42; IV = 1.0; V = 0.713. R= 4.148


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearDouble wishbone
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16
Tire make and modelBridgestone Dueler H/L 422
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire sizeP245/60R18 105S
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.7
0-45 mph (sec.)4.7
0-60 mph (sec.)7.3
0-75 mph (sec.)10.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.4 @ 91.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.1
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.9
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.9
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)7.5
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)11
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.5 @ 89.9
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)116
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.7
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON59.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.79
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.79
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.4
@ Full throttle (dB)69.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)62.5
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,000

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsSweet V6, a smoothie everywhere on the tach. Decent power, but it has a lot of SUV to move here. Full-throttle upshifts are also incredibly supple, though pretty slow. Our quickest runs came using the old brake-throttle overlap method at launch to bring the revs up slightly. The AWD launches the Highlander pretty hard when doing this, with zero wheelspin. Using the Sport or Manual shifting mode was about a tenth quicker than Drive, but it still upshifts for itself at 6,000 rpm anyway. Manual shifting is via the console lever (pull back for downshifts). Does not blip the throttle on manual downshifts.
Braking commentsModerate to spongy pedal feel, a decent amount of nosedive but still well-controlled stops. Oddly, hardly any ABS commotion or tire screech, but reasonably good stopping distances for such a heavy vehicle. The first stop was the longest at 123 feet, the second stop was shortest at 116 feet. The sixth and final stop took 121 feet.
Handling commentsSlalom: Steering is on the slow side, but still intuitive nonetheless. Meaning, it goes where it's pointed. That said, this is a lot of SUV to move from side to side around the cones, and the suspension is on the soft side so there's a lot of body roll. The stability control system initially seems tuned perfectly in terms of gentle cut-in. That is, until you really start throwing the thing around, and then it stabs the brakes dramatically. Skid pad: Considerably better grip than the previous Highlander. And what's cool is that dialing the throttle in and out has big effects on the oversteer/understeer. It responds well, though there's no denying the amount of body lean allowed causes major abuse on the outside front tire.

Testing Conditions

Test date2/25/2014
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Temperature (°F)64.88
Relative humidity (%)51.06
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.84
Wind (mph, direction)0.94 head and cross
Odometer (mi.)2,486
Fuel used for test87 octane
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/35

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)20 combined/18 city/24 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)22.6
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.2
Driving range (mi.)460.8

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionAM/FM CD player, MP3/WMA playback capability, six speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityUSB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control
Satellite radioSirius/XM with 90-day trial
Rear seat video and entertainmentRear-seat Blu-ray DVD entertainment system with 9-inch display
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemStandard with 8-inch display
Smart entry/StartOptional remote start
Parking aidsStandard back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionStandard

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,464
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,487
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)54.9
Length (in.)191.1
Width (in.)75.8
Height (in.)70.1
Wheelbase (in.)109.8
Track, front (in.)64.4
Track, rear (in.)64.0
Turning circle (ft.)38.7
Legroom, front (in.)44.2
Legroom, rear (in.)38.4
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)27.7
Headroom, front (in.)39.5
Headroom, rear (in.)39.6
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)35.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)59.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)59.6
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)55.0
Seating capacity8
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)83.7
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)42.3
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)13.8
GVWR (lbs.)6,000
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)1,455
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,000
Ground clearance (in.)8.0
Approach angle (degrees)18.0
Departure angle (degrees)23.1


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance2 years/25,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance2 years/25,000 miles

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