Disclosure: I was loaned a 2014 Toyota Highlander to review and give my honest opinion.
I rely love my job and being able to test and review services and products with my family. Recently Toyota loaned me a 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum to drive for the week. The Highlander immersed its self into the North American SUV market in 2001, as a secondary option to the Toyota 4Runner.
Over time the Toyota Highlander has progressive evolved over the years, to cater to buyers that want room for passengers plus cargo options. Along with plenty of leg room, Toyota packed tons of safe and fun features in the Highlander.
Ten Reason This Dad Likes the 2014 Toyota Highlander
Here is my top ten features I like about the Toyota Highlander.
- Navigation System, Entune, Back-Up Camera and JBL Audio
- On demand power – Wherever the day takes you, you have the power to get there. Highlander’s available V6 engine generates 270 horsepower and still offers up to an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway on FWD models. The 6-speed automatic transmission has also been redesigned for a better overall drive with impressive acceleration and reduced fuel consumption.
- Smart Key System with push button start.
- Three-zone automatic climate control.
- 8-way power driver seat with power thigh and lumbar support
- Blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert – It’s like a second set of eyes. Even when your Highlander’s outside mirrors are properly adjusted, you still may
have trouble seeing cars to the side and rear of you in the next lane. Using radar technology, the available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert can help warn you that a vehicle is there by illuminating an indicator on the appropriate outside mirror.
- Lane departure alert and Pre-Collision System – The Lane Departure Alert is designed to warn you should it detect your vehicle drifting out of its lane. The Pre-Collision System employs radar to help determine if a frontal collision is imminent, alerts the driver via visual and audible warnings, automatically applies the brakes to help slow the vehicle, and retracts the front seatbelts to help reduce the effects of a collision.
- Hybrid functions – EV18/ECO Modes, Energy monitor display, Hybrid system power meter.
- Projector-beam halogen smoked-chrome-accent headlights with auto on/off feature
- Platinum Package — includes Driver Technology Package [Safety Connect,®31 Pre-Collision System (PCS)32 with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC),16 Lane Departure Alert (LDA)33 with Automatic High Beam (AHB)],34 panoramic moonroof, heated steering wheel, heated perforated leather second-row captain’s chairs.
Overall – 2014 Toyota Highlander
This is one of my favorite SUV’s to date, and I would recommend checking out the Toyota Highlander for yourself. If you are looking for a solid, but comfortable ride for the family this is one to look at. The V6 gives you the power you need to haul or enter the freeway. But, the best part for me and my family is the safety features and tech features.
For more info or to take a test drive, see your local Toyota Dealership, they would love to help.