Consumer Reports recently did a comparison of the top SUVs out on the market today to determine the best models based on weight class and size. The Toyota Highlander came out on top for the mid-sized SUV class thanks to a long list of features and impressive performance figures cited by the company. Read on to learn what Consumer Reports found so enchanting about the 2014 Highlander, and why it might be a good SUV to take a look at some time in the future.
One of the main reasons that the Highlander received the vote form the editors at Consumer Reports was because of its impressive level of performance. The hybrid version of the vehicle achieved a very high level of fuel efficiency at 25 MPG while still maintaining power and being able to pull up to 3,500 lbs. behind it. Even the standard V6 version of the vehicle managed to get 20 MPG helping it beat out plenty of the competitors.
Smooth Handling and Enjoyable Features
Compared to many of the other test subjects that Consumer Reports looked at the Highlander had better handling. It felt like a steadier ride while dealing with several different terrain types and experienced less body roll around corners. This made the Highlander feel like a more solid and stable option than most of the competitors.
On top of the impressive handling, the critics were also impressed with the infotainment system because of its ease-of-use. Most brands focus on cramming in as many features as they can into a vehicle without worrying about how difficult they will be to access, but this isn’t the case with the Highlander. It comes with plenty of useful features, but they are all very easy to access and make use of. The system also sports reliable voice controls making it easier for drivers to get the information they need safely while driving.
Beating out the Competitors
The Toyota Highlander was up against some very tough competitors and still managed to come out on top. It was tested against the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban as well as the Ford C-Max. Each of these SUVs was rated as “Very Good” by Consumer Reports but the Highlander still managed to beat them all out thanks to its unique blend of quality features.
After going through all the perks that Consumer Reports lists off there is no question of why they chose the 2014 Toyota Highlander as the best mid-sized SUV out of all their test subjects. It just combines the best set of features together to create an extremely enticing package overall. If you’re interested in picking up a new SUV the Highlander is a good model to check out. Not only does it have the enjoyable features listed above, but it’s known for its high resale value and its reliability.
Come meet SpongeBob Squarepants and see the all-new Highlander Hybrid at the LA Auto Show this weekend
Toyota’s Highlander Hybrid has always been a near-perfect combination of size, luxury, fuel efficiency and power, and for 2014 a dose of style can be added to its long list of positive attributes.
With the recent redesign of the gas-powered Highlander, the Highlander Hybrid benefits from fresh new looks. With an increase in length and width over the outgoing model, the new Highlander Hybrid has road presence like no Highlander before it.
Using the same powertrain as it predecessor, the V6-powered 2014 Highlander Hybrid should manage the same combined EPA fuel economy rating of 28 mpg.
The 2014 Highlander Hybrid will be available in two trims: Limited and Limited Platinum. Starting at $47,300, the Highlander Hybrid Limited comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen display with navigation and Toyota’s Entune system, eight airbags, and a backup camera among other things.
Moving up the Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum adds Safety Connect subscription emergency services, a radar-based cruise control with Toyota’s Pre-Collision safety system to help in avoiding accidents, a lane departure warning system, panoramic moonroof, and heated seats in the second row. The Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum will be priced at $49,790.
Meet SpongeBob Squarepants
If the passengers you’re hauling in your 2014 Toyota Highlander or Highlander Hybrid happen to be children, be sure to stop by the Los Angeles Auto Show this weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) to meet SpongeBob Squarepants and see the SpongeBob Squarepants Toyota Highlander.
Teaming up with Nickelodeon, Toyota will offer a build your own SpongeBob booth, airbrush tattoo artists, and a chance to win a surfboard by Santa Cruz Surfboards from the non-profit environmental group Heal the Bay.
On top of this, Toyota and Nickelodeon will work together to donate $5 to Heal the Bay for each individual who Tweets or Instagrams a picture of the SpongeBob Squarepants Highlander with #SpongeBobHighlander up to $10,000.
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After a tragic year in Japan and a strain on the parts supply chain, Toyota still managed to find a way to produce over 1.25 million vehicles and 1.14 million engines in North America alone, along with completing three major expansion projects in the United States.
In total, Toyota produces 12 models in North America: Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Lexus RX350 and Venza. What’s more, the following United States expansion projects were completed in 2011:
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia completed an expansion resulting in increased 6-speed automatic transmission production bringing the plant’s total employment to approximately 1,100.
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama began 4-cylinder engine production in the fall, resulting in 240 new jobs.
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi began Corolla production in the fall, adding 2,000 jobs.
Looking forward, Toyota expects to assemble its 25 millionth vehicle in North America this year (2012), and will begin producing its all-electric RAV4 at its Woodstock, Ontario facility.
Toyota’s manufacturing site in Kentucky produced the most vehicles in the United States with 371,694 units produced, where over half of which were Camrys. Toyota’s Indiana plant put in a lot of work as well, producing just under 244,000 units, many of which were Sienna minivans. However, it was Toyota Manufacturing of Canada with the top number, producing 458,729 units, nearly all of which were Corolla sedans and RAV4 crossovers. Also of note is Toyota’s Virginia engine plant, which produced nearly half a million four and six cylinder engines. Kentucky was just under, producing over 415,000 four and six cylinder engines.