Immediately after the official presentation of the new, fourth generation Toyota Highlander in Ukraine the team InfoCar took this crossover for a long test to yourself to understand all its advantages and disadvantages.
First you need to decide what are the competitors of the new Highlander will face in our market. From a formal point of view, their circle is not that big: Mazda CX-9, Infiniti QX60 and Honda Pilot. But if you go beyond the dry intraclass struggle… in short, don’t be surprised when you see a detailed comparison of the Highlander c Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and Land Cruiser 200.
Further. That Highlander under the hood? The gasoline 3.5-liter naturally aspirated engine produces 249 HP and 356 Nm of torque. Yes, the question of why the same engine Lexus RX (and our market) gives you 300 HP and 370 Nm of torque, just. But after accepting this fact awakens a desire to see if the motor is derated to disperse Highlander to 100 km/h in time certified 8.5 S. I did start with two pedals and off the climate control?
Further. Recently we have started measurements of the stopping distance of test vehicles from a speed of 100 km/h generally Accepted “plate” of 40 m, i.e. the result below is acceptable, but the above – is dangerous. Braking distance Highlander beat literally everything (received) results. That’s just rejoice this is not necessary.
Further. Toyota Highlander is a family crossover: there are three full rows. But the trunk area behind the third row consists of 268 litres, this means that just as in a big journey with a big family you can’t go, – you will need to use the roof box. And also, it seems, half of the plastic panels in the salon you can remove minimal effort with his bare hands. This “constructor” will appeal to kids, but “family” car is not manifested in it.
More… But no. Not enough about the bright side Highlander. Because this crossover has a lot of advantages: good steering settings, high smoothness, excellent sound insulation and very decent interior.
So weigh all the “pros” and “cons” Toyota Highlander will be at least interesting. Everyone will find what to put on a particular scale. Our verdict see a detailed plot.