2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Utility 4d Review
2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Utility 4d Review. With an end goal to flavor things up a bit for 2014, Toyota treated the Highlander to a complete outside makeover, including three inches of general length and supplanting the past model's square shaped shape with some sharp and swoopy lines that resound the brand's present configuration direction. In any case, the gentlemen in the powertrain division evidently didn't get the reminder about spicing things up. Returning for another voyage through obligation are the same 231-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 gas motor, pair of electric engines (one each for the front and back axles), 45-kW nickel-metal hydride battery pack, and constantly variable transmission that spurred the past adaptation. As anyone might expect, the joined net drive stays immovable at 280.
In common regular operation, the gas-electric half and half framework stays straightforward, consistently exchanging the fuel motor on and off as required without trouble. Discourage the quickening agent past the three-quarter mark, in any case, and things get uproarious, as the CVT lets the gas motor wind up, putting the coarser side of its identity up front. Sadly, forward advancement isn't comparable with its boast. We persevered through the automaton and slight vibration sufficiently long to record a 7.6-second 0-to-60 sprint, and additionally a 15.8-second quarter-mile. That is just a couple of 10ths off the 7.3-and 15.6-second times recorded by the nonhybrid 2014 Highlander V-6 AWD. Despite the fact that neither rendition of the Highlander can be delegated brisk, it's at any rate ameliorating to realize that very little execution is relinquished in the mission for natural prudence.
Additional telling is the 24 mpg we recorded in blended driving. Just 4 mpg south of the EPA's consolidated number of 28, it's a huge change over the 19 mpg we recorded with an about indistinguishably furnished V-6 model. In any case, you'll pay in advance for that productivity, as our test auto's sticker checked in more than $5500 higher than the V-6 non-cross breed. Regardless of whether this difference meets expectations to support you relies on upon your individual driving propensities, and very likely the conclusions of your social circle.
Braking to a prevent from 70 mph expended 187 feet, inside of spitting separation of the 188 feet required by our nonhybrid V-6 Highlander. Yet, past the numbers, the Highlander cross breed's marginally schizophrenic brake-pedal conduct bothered us in everyday driving. Introductory braking begins smooth and straight, however you achieve a point where the pedal travel has a decreased impact on deceleration. The nonlinear braking feels absolute unnatural. Powerfully talking, the Highlander half breed is fundamentally the same as the traditional model's. Substance to stay in path without remedy, the controlling all things considered is to a great extent not interested in little revisions and languid to take after sudden inputs. Transform hard into a corner, and the net is huge understeer—our analyzer marked it "intemperate"— and a storing aiding of body incline. However, once more, power is not the Highlander's main goal. Its quality is giving quiet, predictable transportation.
A Calming Influence
To that end, the inside checks all the privilege boxes: It's tranquil (69 dBA at 70 mph), effects are all around detached and quieted, and materials are fragment fitting. You can't miss the extensive rack dwelling underneath the dash that, in spite of an advantageous link go through that keeps individual gadget links sorted out and a delicate touch surface to keep them from sliding around and likely will turn into a sloppy and completely noticeable storehouse for the debris of family life. Then again, the tremendous stockpiling receptacle underneath the inside armrest effortlessly gulped a radar locator, two handheld computer games, and a DSLR camera with space to extra, keeping them far away while stopped.
Cowhide trimmed, warmed, and cooled front seats come standard in the crossover, and the calfskin trimmed second-column containers—a seat is not accessible in the half and half—now go around three creeps more remote forward, giving less demanding access to the third line. Worked with a solitary lever, sliding the second-line pails forward turned out to be basic, an aid for those with kids to crowd. In spite of the fact that Toyota claims the 60/40 third-column seat is 3.3 inches more extensive than it was already, it does little to smash the generalization of the wayback being suitable just for youngsters and flexible performers. Talking about which, Toyota figured out how to position the half and half battery pack and AWD equipment in such a style, to the point that it doesn't encroach on load limit, the crossover offering the same 13.6 cubic feet of storage room behind the third column and 42 behind the second line as in the standard Highlander. Models without the all encompassing sunroof get a touch more space, measuring in at 13.8 and 42.3 cubic feet.
Just five alternatives showed up on the request sheet for our effectively all around prepared Highlander Limited Platinum AWD half and half test vehicle: a medical aid unit ($29), covered floor and load mats ($225), a freight net ($49), body-side trim ($209), and running sheets ($599). All in, the as-tried value went to an astounding $51,761 (the base cost for a Highlander cross breed is a just as grandiose $48,225), a number that may toss a wrinkle in Flaubert's entire.
Rural super-mothers, flame eating sideshow oddities, and maverick self-mutilation execution specialists observe: If you're searching for an anticipated counteractant to the bothers of every day existence with a gesture to ecoconsciousness tossed in for good measure, the Highlander crossover will take care of business without taking your spotlight. Simply hold the cost in line, for fear that your average peers blame you for offe